It’s not just newspapers that are going free. James Kochalka of American Elf has also changed his subscription policy : the comic’s complete archive, going back to 2002, is now available free of charge. Special sections, such as the Bonus Elf (the extra strips James draws when he feels the urge) are still for subscribers only, but the weekly comic is free.
I must admit, I’ve never subscribed to the comic, but always read it online on the day it appeared. I have the cartoon diaries at home though, and they are among the most-read books in my collection.
A free elf is a happy elf, of course, but i’m kinda wondering where this free trend will lead us.