Give Them a Sporting Chance
Submitted by roofpig on March 6, 2007 - 16:13
"Who is this clown?" you may ask. Pete's the name. Long time reader, first time blogger. Let's get this show on the road.
This is a topic that's been brewing in my head for a long time now and I need to get it out. In short, I'm tired of the constant spewing of vitriol concerning the number of bad webcomics out there.
I admit, yes, there are bad webcomics out there. There are some truly atrocious ones, the kind that make you scream out in the night in much the same way a full viewing of Biodome will cause you to. But somewhere along the line the pointing out of this fact became a justification for people to not check out new comics.
I say "new" as in "newly started", not as in "I haven't read this before".
The fact is that nobody starts with a perfect comic. Even if you don't subscribe to the theory of human evolution, there is a webcomic evolution that takes place over time. If you don't believe me, choose a handful of your favorite webcomics and compare the first month's worth of strips to the current ones. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10 there is a significant difference in art style and/or writing style.
And I'm not stupid enough to think that all newly started webcomics will survive. In my OnlineComics.net account I've faved (is that even a word?) a good number of comics that after a while started updating sporadically, went on an indefinite hiatus, or failed altogether. But for every large number of failed comics, there are a small number that continue on with the potential to snowball into something bigger.
On the other side of the fence, new webcomic artists hearing the constant badmouthing of the "bad comics" out there can become insecure because of that. Keep in mind that most new webcomic artists are younger artists, and being young and being an artist is a dangerous combination when it comes to emotions. If anyone had spoken negatively of my comic when it first started, regardless of whether or not it was justified (it was), I would have narrowed my eyes and plowed ahead. But most people don't have that thick skin and motivation (or maybe it's just plain old stubborness). We don't have to coddle these people; we just need to encourage them to grow.
Before you drone on about the number of bad comics that out there, think about this: Are most of the comics out there really that bad, or are you just too lazy to devote time to some comics that have potential?