The Internet, as it tends to do, is disrupting the comics publishing industry, enabling cartoonists access to free or cheap publishing, marketing and fundraising tools. 

That entrepreneurial independent streak sometimes leads to more traditional channels, such as mainstream media outlets, or print collections of web comics. 

WGBH News talked to a few Boston-area cartoonists about their craft:

Watertown Cartoonist Don MacDonald Hatches Machiavellian Comic

MacDonald is looking for a publisher for a hardbound edition of his web comic, a fictionalized biography of Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli -- but despite the medium, this isn’t Machiavelli: Vampire Hunter.

Brian McFadden Brings Editorial Cartoons from Quincy to the New York Times

What started as an outlet for McFadden's sense of humor led to publication in alternative weeklies, and, later, the New York Times.

Cartoonist Ryan North Lets Readers Decide End of 'Hamlet'

North joined Jared Bowen to talk about his new record-breaking Kickstarter project, To Be or Not to Be. It's a chooseable-adventure version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, written in graphic style and completely crowd-funded.

John A. Walsh Chronicles 19th Century Irish Immigration Experience in 'Go Home Paddy'

Walsh raised $5,800 using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to finish his historical fiction web comic, "Go Home Paddy."