We all know how strong is image appeal. Very often a blog posts goes viral only because it starts with a great image.
We also know that we cannot use just any images we find on the web: we need to respect the creator’s copyright.
Luckily there are some absolutely awesome creative minds who would *love* you to use their works (with the credit).
* You should always credit any comic you are using for your article or presentation
* If you have doubts (if you are allowed to modify the original creation or if you can use it, please get in touch with the creator. It never hurts to ask. Besides, having a great comic creator among your contacts is never a bad thing!)
Here’s the list of those cartoonists:
|Inky Girl||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported||Writing, Creativity, Blogging||Link back to the author (“Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.”). Contact the authir *only* if you plan to make comics a regular part of your publication or site||Yes (RSS)|
|xkcd||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5||Anything||If you’re not sure whether your use is noncommercial, feel free to email me and ask (if you’re not sure, it’s probably okay).||Yes (RSS)|
|Bunny Comic||Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0||Anything||–||No (RSS)|
|Diesel Sweeties||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5||Anything||Creator Richard Stevens||Yes (RSS)|
|Spiked Math||Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada||Math (with lots of possible geeky focuses)||–||No (RSS)|
|Luke Surl||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales||Anything||For commercial use, or if you would like a high resolution print or electronic copy of a particular comic, please email email@example.com.||Yes (RSS)|
|Peebles Lab||Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States||Anything||–||No (RSS)|
|The Bizarre Cathedral||Creative commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0||Anything||Why is The Bizarre Cathedral licence “non-free”?||No (RSS)|
|Lefty Cartoons||Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.||Politics and Enviromment||–||Seldom (RSS)|
|Web Domuts||CC – Creative Commons||Anything||–||Yes (RSS)|
|Security Cartoon||Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0||Security||“To reproduce this material, you must include “Reproduced with permission. Please visit www.SecurityCartoon.com for more material.” with each cartoon strip. “||No (RSS)|
|Snotm||Creative Commons||Anything||“YOU CAN SHARE THESE COMICS ONLINE. JUST LINK BACK TO MY BLOG. IF YOU GET RID OF THE WATERMARK OR DON’T LINK BACK, YOU’RE KIND OF AN ASS.”||No (RSS)|
|Crimes Against Hugh’s Manatees||Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.||Life and self-improvement||–||Yes (daily). RSS|
|Moose Lake Cartoons||Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International||Anything||This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.||Yes|
|Jesus and Mo||Creative Commons License:||Philosophy and religion||Feel free to copy for noncommercial purposes, under the same license.Please provide a link back to jesusandmo.net||Yes (RSS)|
“Post image is used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.”
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Hi. What a breath of fresh air. Just what I have been looking for. I’ll be sure to add some of the sites to my list of image sources.
What a great resource for blogging! I’ll bookmark this one and check out some of these cartoonists.
Xckd is awesome! And thanks for introducing me to Crimes against Hugh’s Manatees. When I can’t find anything that suits my post I sometimes browse different keywords under Flickr’s creative commons and give a photo credit in a post.
I’m planning to check out your No, You are NOT Allowed to Use Any Flickr Images for more tips 🙂
Hi Smarty, Lots of things are running through my mind right now. My intention of coming here is cos i red about you online today and tried out your name “Ann Smarty” on Google and here I am. Got to your FB notes from Mashable you really are a gret writer. Right now I am trying out the “Inky Girl” you wrote about on this post. Too busy to look into what you really do but I’ll be coming back learn more soon. Cheers!
Wow! What an awesome post! Using these cartoonists’ work is a fantastic idea for creating some high value content on social media sites like facebook. And, the beauty and the benefit of it is a huge viral marketing potential when sharing it on facebook for example.
Thanks a lot Ann for unselfishly sharing this list with us.
Wow ! Nice post ! I’ll bookmark this one and check out some of these cartoonists.Thanks for sharing it !
I am always amazed about how documented are all your posts. Although it had taken me several minutes to read the whole article, I must say it is very helpful to every aspect.
Amazing post ! I’ll bookmark this one and check out some of these cartoonists.Thanks for sharing it !
Finally. Someone who has seen the light.What an awesome post! Using these cartoonists’ work is a fantastic idea for creating some high value content on social media sites like facebook. And, the beauty and the benefit of it is a huge viral marketing potential when sharing it on facebook for example.
Just looking back, Mimi and Eunice is awesome 🙂 and licensed under Creative Commons from my understanding.
Thanks for the list.
I’ve been hunting down active creative commons webcomics and you’ve given me a few I hadn’t seen before.
Just wanted to let you know for potential updates that the domain Fish4Brainz.ca is no longer registered while some haven’t published for several years (According to their RSS feeds):
Security Cartoon May 2008
Bizarre Cathedral October 2011,
Peebles Lab April 2012