Thorne posits that librarians have an obligation to collect web comics with the same frequency that they collect works in other media: "A large body of work on the Web ... holds interest for library patrons. Librarians have long accepted a responsibility for seeking out and evaluating resources on the Internet for the benefit of their patrons, and for making their discoveries available in digital subject bibliographies, or pathfinders." I couldn't agree more. I believe that librarians should collect information sources from a variety of media and be sure to include web comics or other internet sources in their pathfinders or read-alike lists, in addition to keeping lists of web comics themselves (lists that should probably be checked frequently to make sure the links are still functional and accurate).
Many new comic artists are taking advantage of the ability to self-publish via the internet, in the same way many authors choose to self-publish their novels. This allows the comic artists to gain a following and possibly seek professional publication if it is desired. Thorne mentions that this also allows the artists to avoid the "editorial control" of syndication, providing more freedom of expression for the artist. As the web has exploded and its use has expanded from only the technologically elite to even preschoolers at the public library, so have the genres of web comics to the point that Thorne posits that some web comics defy a specific genre classification.
I am constantly amazed by the variety of styles employed in web comics. One of the comics I follow regularly, Savage Chickens, consists of pen and ink chicken caricatures drawn on Post-It notes. Some of the cartoons on this site deal with sci-fi themes such as Star Wars or Star Trek, but many of the cartoons are simply funny scenes involving the chickens or their friend Timmy Tofu. Another comic I follow is Surviving the World, which features a man in a lab coat standing next to a blackboard. Each day there is a different message on the blackboard. The Brick Side, a comic created by a friend of mine, contains a photo of a scene created with LEGO bricks, often embellished with thought or speech bubbles. One blog I found recently features stories about being a parent of small children and is illustrated with pictures that appear to have been drawn in the Microsoft Paint program, and the pictures are intentionally "crappy" (the author's word, not mine).
I appreciated Thorne's list of resources and clearinghouses for web comics. At this point in our class, I think it goes without saying that web comics are created for a variety of audiences and that we should recommend them as appropriate to anyone who could be interested in the subject matter. Thorne posits that "a library with any kind of a graphic novel collection should not be neglecting webcomics." Thorne is half-right. All libraries should avoid neglecting webcomics, regardless of their graphic novel collection.