Case Studies/Richard Stevens

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Richard Stevens has been a major presence in webcomics for the better part of a decade, gaining notoriety through his popular webcomic Diesel Sweeties - in March of this year, he chose to release the entire archive under a CC BY-NC license.

A few people I spoke to thought that CC-licensing and releasing free ebooks would hurt me financially, but it hasn’t. I think it frees me from the obligation to some day get every single strip into print, and the kind of person who wants comics on paper isn’t going to settle for screen-reading anyway! In the end, it just felt like a progressive choice. When you create new material on a constant basis, I don’t think you need to worry about people passing around copies of the old stuff. It’s not like they can pirate or scoop you on something that isn’t done yet. — Richard Stevens

Read our full Featured Commoner Interview with Richard for more information.