I’ve been thinking about webcomics lately, and after reading this discussion, I’m a little discouraged. Two things fans don’t like are:
Which I break with Quick Step and Golden Boy respectively. Granted, I had started to come around to the same conclusion with regards to pay webcomics after a few weeks in on Quick Step. Putting ads on the page has improved my AdSense profit slightly, but not enough to go buy beer, which is the ultimate monkey. But mostly, that discussion just confirms many of my suspicions. It is humbling to have all of your assumptions about a business get smashed to pieces like this. The important thing though is to learn from the mistakes and not give up. To be relentless.
I’ve also been doubting myself when it comes to format, and by that I mean comic strip format versus contained story format. I do graphic novels online basically (or short stories with Quick Step), but there is a definite beginning, middle, and end. The webcomics that are popular? Comic strips. Daily updates aren’t as hard with comic strips because you only have about three panels to draw in an easier style (although you have to come up with a good joke a day, that is the difficult part). This makes me wonder if I should write an epic 600 page tome and spread it out over a few years. Would that help anything, or just drive me bat shit insane trying to produce it?
In other news, Joey Manley launched WebcomicsNation.com this morning. Basically, it is nice feature-rich online business package for cartoonists. That is great for people who aren’t in the web development and design business, but for me? Unsure. I may give it a whirl just to see if there are any benefits from being a part of that network of creators. If I get a larger audience from it, then it will pay for itself. More importantly though, there is now a great system in place for people that want to be online but don’t know how to get online with their comics. I can’t see how anything but good can come out of that.
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