DC Comics took the first step toward the navigating -- if not managing -- the wild and wooly world of Webcomics on its own terms yesterday, launching Zudacomics.com, according to Publishers Weekly. Before you begin scanning in those mini-comics for consideration, however, not so fast...

Even though I suspect DC wanted to generate some positive buzz about Zudacomics.com heading into Comicon International two weeks from now, plenty of folks (see The Beat and Blog@Newsarama.com), including me, remain skeptical, and for good reason: There's no contract info to be found on the site.

Yes, creators whose work is selected for display will be paid for their work and can receive royalties too, said DC President/Publisher Paul Levitz to PW. One of the major comics publishers throwing out an idea like this one without a contract...

Will Zudacomics.com be a venue for creators with the right projects that beg to be seen by a wider audience or will it a be another "slush pile"? Read the short New York Times piece about Zudacomics and see what I'm talking about.

And, where did "Zuda" come from anyway?