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?
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…
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.
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.
Continuing our talk about building stories and crafting characters, let’s touch upon character personality. When building a character, we need to decide upon character traits, empathy, flavor, motivation and contrast. All three are fancy ways of saying "What does this character portray to the audience?"
Physical Connections In The Electronic World
Summer is here and the convention season is upon us. It’s time to strain and pull ourselves away from our computers and hopefully make some sort of real human contact with the people that we’ve learned about through e-mails, forum posts and web pages. These are webcomics and comic communities bringing people with similar interests together, and showing quite clearly that most costumes look ridiculous on the average human being.
Hollywood and Free Comics To The Rescue
In the sky, it’s a bird… it’s a plane!
No, it’s just Hollywood obsessing over another trend, mashing it into the ground with well intentioned overexposure all for the sake of the almighty dollar.In the sky, it’s a bird… it’s a plane!
No, it’s just Hollywood obsessing over another trend, mashing it into the ground with well intentioned overexposure all for the sake of the almighty dollar.
Jim Zubkavich — Traitor To The Web?
I was originally going to use this latest column to discuss Hollywood’s current fascination with comics and the inevitable backlash that it will create. However, an e-mail I received asked me some questions that surprised me, and I decided that the explanation would work well here as a new topic.
In my column this month, I waxed philosophical and talked about an idealistic comic industry based on strong stories and diversity throughout the marketplace in the stores and online. It’s a beautiful concept and although it warms my heart, it’s definitely not the reality at this stage. So beyond the sequential paradise that I’ve envisioned, let’s start down the road that can lead us to that brighter place, shall we?