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Foxtrot cartoonist thrives using iBooks Author over print

updated 09:00 pm EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

Each $2 e-book offers 100 Foxtrot comic strips

Syndicated Foxtrot comic strip creator Bill Amend, who two weeks ago took his "first steps into the worlds of e-books and self-publishing," has reported that his "Pad Pack" collection (three volumes of 100 strips each selling for $2 on the App Store) have made in two weeks about 25 percent of what his traditionally-published strip collections make in two years. The artist, who created the books entirely in iBooks Author, called the results "amazing."

Amend revealed the statistics in a Twitter post to followers, and said at the time he announced them that he was "really, really happy with how well they turned out," and plans to release additional volumes every few months. The iPad-oriented collections (which are offered at Retina Display resolution) mix black-and-white daily strips with Sunday color ones, and are loose collections not in chronological order but rather samplers across the years with some story lines and some stand-alone strips.

So far, Amend has offered three collections (volumes one, two and 3.14, the "extra geeky" edition), which he calls "mini-books that take maybe 20-30 minutes to read, and aren't bogged down with a ton of outdated references," a problem he said occurs more often in "my older, chronologically-arranged print books." The newspaper strip ran as a daily from 1988 until 2006, and now appears on Sundays only in hundreds of newspapers around the US.

Amend has been one of the few traditional strip cartoonists willing to experiment with digital publishing, and has forged relationships with several of the more notable webcomic cartoonists such as Scott Kurtz from PVP and PAX creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Amend even did a "crossover" strip filling in for Kurtz in which characters from both comics meet, and has also done guest strips for Penny Arcade.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He means 50%

    25% of two years' earnings is 50% of one year's earnings. Not bad for two weeks on sale. Or maybe his annual sales are pretty meagre?

  1. chas_m



    Pretty popular

    Foxtrot is a very popular comic strip, one of the most popular in the country I'd venture to say.

  1. thedude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now imagine if

    Now imagine how much say a volume of calvin and hobbes would make......

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does this mean...

    Amend might decide to create more new content, now that it can be more profitable for him? Surely he has time for more than one Foxtrot strip a week, as long as people are willing to pay.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Let's see, they're really cheap, and they don't have the 'tons' of outdated references the print books have. He's comparing apple's to orange's on sales.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I remember

    his iFruit computers. Wasn't the iMac called the iPear?

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