The presumption that "webcomics are the future, a hurf a durf" is just stupid. There is just as much, if not more, untalented hacks working in the field as there is in print. It's uninspired, boring, and leaves a lot to be desired. Or as my ex who is a big webcomic reader so tactfully pointed out "some of the art those DD kids try to pass off is just horrible".
wait, what? Are we talking about the content of webcomics or the medium of webcomics?
As a medium webcomics isn't quite there yet because they are still emulating print comics with things like panels and word balloons. Utilizing things like sound is a step in the direction I was talking about when I said webcomics are the future, a hurf a durf. The problem is making it appealing to the viewer staring at it on a computer screen. I have a universal love for all forms of comics, but I HATE having to use the scrollbar to read a webcomic; I hate having to click a button to turn the page; things like that break the momentum for me. The challenge is that adding too many bells and whistles turns your "webcomic" into a horribly limited(limited movement that is), motionless flash movie. The future of webcomics will come when someone figures out the right balance of old and new. Somebody will figure it out and get it right finally, and then that will be the "standard" for webcomics that everybody else will copy, regardless of content.
I don't know about comic strips, and I don't know about "better or worse", but print comicbooks will always be around because they are tangible, and I can hold it in my hand, and turn a page without having to wait for the next image to load. But for the generation of kids that are raised on computers, webcomics are their future.