There's been a lot of talk about webcomics as a business lately. More than ever before, webcomics are sustaining themselves and their authors through their hard work and promotion. Exciting times seem to be right around the corner for the industry as a whole.
But if you're not a webcomic guru with tens of thousands of readers, what then?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 16, 2004 - 22:05
In week 2, Smuga reviews Spark Needle and Apis Teicher interviews Gilda Rimessi of The Sinner Dragon.
Next, DaMonkey Man reacts to (some of) our readers' reactions to this issue.
The last couple of columns I've written have been more like pep talks then How-To material. I must be working through some inner demons of my own or something while I write these, trying to type out things I do or want to do as some sort of record of what I'm thinking. In turn, that got me thinking...
We like happy endings because we know in our hearts that there are almost no happy ends.
I think Gremlins eat away at my time.
Let me clarify that. I KNOW that Gremlins eat away at my time. I don't know what color they are just yet or how tall they are, but they've got to be real. There's no other explanation for hours and hours tumbling away with no way for me to get the time back.
As the Fates would have it, Joey Manley is a Colonel.
He's also the Field Marshal behind the great wall of subscription-service, webcomic-related product known as Modern Tales. Having been creepy-crawling around the webcomics community scene since about mid-2000, he first started up with a webcomics reviews/interviews site called talkaboutcomics.com. Only months later, he decided that the world was ready for a subscription-based webcomics portal, even if some seemed wary of the prospect of paying for something that had "always" been free to date.
But already a few years have passed, and Manley's dream stands tall in the garden of fruition -- not only has Modern Tales endured, but it has grown, branching out to include a host (literally) of sister anthology sites, as well as promote key solo artists, too. Now, with a few new fun gifties to hand out from his bag of webcomics tricks, the Colonel takes a few moments out of his uber-busy day to respond to you, the reader, on all things webcomics, business... and chicken (seriously).
Last column I stressed the importance of starting, of making that push and getting the momentum to start your own comic project. If you don't start, then you'll never know what's possible. But, there's no need to throw caution completely out the window.
For the love of all that's holy, create a buffer of strips/pages BEFORE you start posting them on the web.
Over the last few columns we've talked about building your plot, creating a cast of characters, and we've been moving forward at each step to the real deal: writing the comic. All these pieces of the foundation have been laid and now it's time to build on top of it with our real story. It's time to stop analyzing and start doing.
You sit down relaxed, all ready to write Chapter 1 Page 1 and then...
...Fear sets in.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2004 - 18:08
Missing a Part of My Blog-Brain - January Thoughts
Now that we're sorta/kinda past the server crash (still lots of clean-up to do) I'm realizing more of what was lost.
Above all, I love good stories.