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The author writes:
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as a Comic, is in fact, a Web Comic, or as I've recently taken to calling it, Web plus Comic. A Comic is not a medium unto itself, but rather an abstract concept that is made existent by the medium of distribution such as the Web and all the Pipes, Sys-Admins, Network Administrators, several mustached Web-Plumbers that maintain the utilities and vital system components comprising a full distribution network as defined by POSIX.
Many viewers run a modified version of a Web Comic's system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of Web Comics which is widely used today is often called "Comic", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the Web Comic system, developed by the Web Comic Project.
There really is a Comic, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the distribution system they use. A Comic is the kernel: the abstract concept in the system that allocates the imagined world's resources to the other plots that you read. The Comic is an essential part of a Web Comic, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete distribution system. A Comic is normally used in combination with the Web system: the whole system is basically Web with Comic added, or Web plus Comic. All the so-called "Comic" distributions are really distributions of Web plus Comic.