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New Year's Resolutions for Webcomics

I saw the headline about the new year's resolution gigacast, and I thought that'd be a good one for us to talk about here. So how about it? Let's hear all those resolutions we'll try not to break by second week of January.

My resolutions? To make Fabricari into a better comic.

I want to finish the first graphic novel in 2006. I'm gonna attempt to color. It's not something I do well, but it seems to be well received.

And the big one is to improve my time management. I'll try to cut down on the missed days. And less time bullshitting online. Of course, that means mundane blogs and less drama.

Hopefully a year with less gimmicks and a better comic will yield in a more loyal readership.

This last year showed me just how many hard working artists there are out there trying to find an audience for their art. It was humbling. And it was inspiring. Thanks to all of you!

Oh, and one more. How about we get this forum hopping a little bit more. Xerexes and gang built a pretty cool joint here.

Another good topic!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

I resolve to finish all of the loose end work I have on the Comixpedia website! :)

I expect as everyone gets back from holidays and also everyone gets used to the new site format that the forums will pick right back up. I think the new structure here may even help make things a little livelier than they were before.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Excellent!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

[quote:2effe6baab="zortic"]I've also felt that my involvement with the WCCA's have forced me to keep some level of obscurity, but I feel like I've missed out on way too much activity and growth lately.

Mark - I hope everyone knows how much work you've put into the WCCA's. I doubt they'd exist without your shepherdship.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Fabricari wrote:
[quote:5d6aa0fdbf="jdalton"]My own personal definitions:

Webcomic A comic distributed and designed primarily for viewing via the internet. By definition, a webcomic loses something when you put it in print.

Online Comic A comic distributed via the internet, but one designed primarily for another format (such as print). By definition, an online comic is best read in print (if it is available in print, which it may not be).

My comic is an online comic, but I read and enjoy many in both categories.

Really comics are comics - that is without relaunching the McCloudian What Is a Comic Debate? comics are combinations of words and pictures. You can secondarily ascribe adjectives to that like "strip" (often associated with the newspaper), "book" (often associated with superheroes and dank, messy stores) and "web" (published on the web) all of which have a hodgepodge of information tied up with those terms.

People have used all kinds of terms to describe comics outside of the traditional "book" and "strip" on paper formats because purely for informational terms it's often useful to know these other comics on your computer are different in many respects. Comixpedia has stuck with webcomics for several reasons and I think we've actually helped to standardize that as the predominant term used today.

Just because we throw around there terms though doesn't have to interfere with understanding that the ways people create and publish comics is much more fluid than 5 years ago. Print and web are alternative avenues much like play, movie and tv are sometimes. Sometimes a story is worth telling in several ways and other times a story can only be told in one particular way.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Tim Broderick's picture

I resolve to:

Start my fourth graphic novel by the end of February, beginning of March and

B) sell a cartoon short story to a mystery anthology produced by a national publisher. ;)

Mark Mekkes's picture

[quote:161b7d8b8e="TWG"]Dude, you were on the nerd's version of 60 Minutes.

Okay, good point. :oops:

But next time I'm wearing a Zortic shirt!!!

Bryant Paul Johnson's picture

I resolve to keep doing my comic for another year, fiscal prudence be damned, and to periodically draw comics that aren't about the 19th century.

Though not for a couple of weeks.

Mark Mekkes's picture

I am definately resolving to become more active in the webcomic community next year. I've spent the last few years quietly lurking and Webcomics have seemed to explode around me.

I've also felt that my involvement with the WCCA's have forced me to keep some level of obscurity, but I feel like I've missed out on way too much activity and growth lately.

So I hope everyone will be willing to accept a humble old man back into your fold. :wink:

Re: Excellent!

Mark Mekkes's picture

[quote:76ddfebb13="xerexes"]Mark - I hope everyone knows how much work you've put into the WCCA's. I doubt they'd exist without your shepherdship.

Thanks! There are actually several of us that do alot. Coming out of my hole in the ground is kind of a tricky business since I want to make sure that the WCCA's aren't perceived as "my" awards, I want them to belong to the entire community.

So... If anyone wants to make a new year's resolution to help with the WCCA's, feel free to drop me an email. 8)

This is a popular thread on many different boards. Like Mr. G, I will quote myself...

"I'm looking to double my traffic by the end of next year (at least), get about five chapters done, launch my second webcomic, join one of those webcomic imprints, publish a book or two, continue to earn a living doing what I love..."

This will involve hitting the lofty 10k/daily readership, which will take some work, but readership HAS been slowly rising since my relaunch, so maybe it's doable.

I also plan to make Mitch Clem pay for dissing High Fidelity some time in the new year.

I resolve to start a new comic in February and gain a billion readers before ending it in May.

Then I'll start another one, and that one will gain a double billion readers before ending in the fall.

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bobweiner's picture

I resolve to have a printed PC Weenies book out by the end of next year - featuring all-new content, and a much-needed focus on the character development. It's something I've always wanted to do, but school and work have kept me from it.

For 2006, I also hope to finally meet other webcartoonists face-to-face - because I feel like I'm on an island with nobody to share ideas and critiques with. I'd settle for having chats or skype sessions with other webcartoonists, but that may seem odd without first meeting them face-to-face.

Beyond that, I'd like to keep working on refining my style and, of course, bringing new readers in.

-Krishna

Krishna M. Sadasivam Cartoonist, "The PC Weenies" http://www.pcweenies.net

New Year's Resolutions for Webcomics

J-Sun's picture

[quote:f836a10f08="rabbitpie"]I resolve to start communicating with other webtoonists and such and start to read more webcomic news. Like what I'm doing now. =)

Indeed!

Me too!

Oh yes - and I resolve to have WEEKLY Updates!
:shock:

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xmung's picture

my resolution is to be on AbbyL's 2006 List of Hottest Webcartoonists! Or at least those 'Who are Marginally Hawt'...

Plus I wanna do some great webcomicking in 2006... probably got a better chance of accomplishing that than getting on a list!

Magellan - superhero cadets... their own worst enemy is themselves!

Greg Carter's picture

I resolve to continue to not miss updates, to weave together the loose threads laying around all over the comic into a plot, and to try to draw the characters so they look the same way twice. Well, those first two anyway.

Greg Carter - Abandon: First Vampire - Online Graphic Novel

Greg Carter's picture

By that definition there are very very few actual webcomics. That's why the whole name-game thing is silly. I'm tired of making the distinction.

Greg Carter - Abandon: First Vampire - Online Graphic Novel

Tim  Demeter's picture

[quote:2c95521368="rabbitpie"]I resolve to start communicating with other webtoonists and such and start to read more webcomic news. Like what I'm doing now. =)

And I resolve to help make these forums the place to do it!

Tim Demeter
does a bunch of neato stuff.
Clickwheel
GraphicSmash
Bustout Odds

Greg Carter's picture

New resolution:

Fred Gallagher said something in a rant that I'd been thinking a lot about my ownself.

No Frailty is only a webcomic because I publish it first and foremost on the web. In all other ways except the pixels vs paper comparison it is more like a print comic. I have mini-comic collections of each chapter that I sell. I'll soon be collecting those into an OGN size book. I format the page for print. But I publish it on the web first because it's easier and because I enjoy many, many more webcomics than I do print-only comics and enjoy the community.

So starting January 1, 2006 I quit calling No Frailty a webcomic. I'll just say it's a comic and talk about it's distribution separately. It's a comic that's published online first and I know that makes it a webcomic and I'm not denying that. I'm not ashamed of being a webcomic, I'm proud of it. But it's not just a webcomic so it's not fair of me only calling it that. It's a print comic too. Everyone else can continue calling it a webcomic, coz, it is that first and foremost. It's too cumbersome for me to keep saying "It's a webcomic but I also have print collections."

Like I said, I'm the only one that's going to stop calling it a webcomic. I'm only changing MY perspective on how I treat it. I think it's an important distinction.

Greg Carter - Abandon: First Vampire - Online Graphic Novel

Tim  Demeter's picture

My resolution this year is to push my comic beyond just slapping drawings on a webpage and waiting for fortune and glory to roll my way. All my goals are related to digital distribution and business end stuff. I want to push just what a digital comic is and what you can do with it, monetarily. I'll leave the radical artistic endeavors to better comicers.

Better?

Well, more INTERESTED, comicers.

Tim Demeter
does a bunch of neato stuff.
Clickwheel
GraphicSmash
Bustout Odds

I started in late 2005, but I resolved to re-invent my comic. I used to draw Krakow as a 4 panel gag comic, but lately I've been doing full comic book style pages with more continuity. I've been working a helluva lot harder on the art, I'm drawing actual backgrounds now, and I'm shading everything.

Tyler Martin's picture

Does this mean we can still back out before the first?

I resolve to get back to work on my graphic novel.

spargs's picture

Firstly, I resolve to coallate my spare time more effectively in order to produce a more regular, higher standard in resulting work - i.e. I'm going to get my arse into gear wrt updates.

Secondly, I resolve to strengthen and effectively redouble my creative input - i.e. my mate Andrew is gonna write me some jokes.

Thirdly, I resolve to adopt a more aggressive marketing strategy in order to achieve a broader readership base - i.e. I'm going to pester the hell out of the internet until people read my damn comic.

Lastly, I'm going to eat more fruit.

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New Year's Resolutions for Webcomics

Fabricari's picture

I saw the headline about the new year's resolution gigacast, and I thought that'd be a good one for us to talk about here. So how about it? Let's hear all those resolutions we'll try not to break by second week of January.

My resolutions? To make Fabricari into a better comic.

I want to finish the first graphic novel in 2006. I'm gonna attempt to color. It's not something I do well, but it seems to be well received.

And the big one is to improve my time management. I'll try to cut down on the missed days. And less time bullshitting online. Of course, that means mundane blogs and less drama.

Hopefully a year with less gimmicks and a better comic will yield in a more loyal readership.

This last year showed me just how many hard working artists there are out there trying to find an audience for their art. It was humbling. And it was inspiring. Thanks to all of you!

Oh, and one more. How about we get this forum hopping a little bit more. Xerexes and gang built a pretty cool joint here.

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

A related webcomic goal is to help get comixpedia.org to the point where we have two hundred edits per day, and ten thousand articles by the end of the year. Another goal is to help finish up some policies stuff and help to develop a strong tight knit community. This mean an active discussion list, a IRC choked with lots of users, lively discussion on how to improve the encyclopedia, strong community bonds, friendly place to newbies, etc. Of course, have more comixpedians!

AbbyL's picture

I resolve to continue updating as best as I can from Japan, and to try to get a buffer going so that I don't have to worry about it for a while. I have other resolutions that involve getting in shape and making out with Japanese boys, but they're obviously unrelated to webcomics.

AbbyL's picture

I'm willing to make that effort. I'm going to a college in Tokyo, so I should be all right as far as internet and, y'know, technology goes.

Fabricari's picture

[quote:676453771f="jdalton"]My own personal definitions:

Webcomic A comic distributed and designed primarily for viewing via the internet. By definition, a webcomic loses something when you put it in print.

Online Comic A comic distributed via the internet, but one designed primarily for another format (such as print). By definition, an online comic is best read in print (if it is available in print, which it may not be).

My comic is an online comic, but I read and enjoy many in both categories.

Oh, and my resolution is to get published. No, I'm serious this time. :shock:

While by that definition, my comic could be considered an Online Comic - as I size it to be compiled in print and have the files saved in a higher resolution. But if art is defined by it's audiance, as it sometimes is, then my comic is primarily for the web, as more people have read it on the web than ever read my print book.

I think it's goofy to try to box things into a category - unless it makes you feel better, and gets you drawing more. I call my art "fast sexy porno rock and roll hoppopotomus". That keeps me going. :wink:

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

AbbyL's picture

Oh my, don't make such a resolution! It can only lead to heartbreak. (Psst. pix plz) ;)

The William G's picture

[quote:9ddbceb4ae="AbbyL"]I resolve to continue updating as best as I can from Japan, and to try to get a buffer going so that I don't have to worry about it for a while. I have other resolutions that involve getting in shape and making out with Japanese boys, but they're obviously unrelated to webcomics.

Admitedly, my experiences in Japan only amount to a couple of months total in Kyushu, but I found the internet in Japan is outrageously expensive and not nearly as plentyful as in Korea. You may be disapointed in that area.

Not being gay or bi, I cant give you any advice on the making out with Japanese guys thing. Though I've been told by a couple of Japanese pals that they love, but are a bit intimidated by western gals so you'll have to do most of the aproaching/ dragging into the sack.

I dunno where you're going in Japan, but keep the word "earthy" in mind.

Which leads me to my own resolutions, which I'll just copy from another board:

I'm going to update a new comic daily, and another comic weekly. I'm going to do this until both are finished. Then, assuming this'll bring me to the summer, I'll take a break and travel around Asia like I've been meaning to for the last four years.

Then I'm going to get a job that's not in Korea in the fall. The "new" has well worn off of this place.

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I've also felt that my involvement with the WCCA's have forced me to keep some level of obscurity, but I feel like I've missed out on way too much activity and growth lately.

Dude, you were on the nerd's version of 60 Minutes.


The William G's picture

[quote:603a27f318="AbbyL"]I'm willing to make that effort.
Face it tiger, you've hit the jackpot. ;)

Quote:
I'm going to a college in Tokyo, so I should be all right as far as internet and, y'know, technology goes.

Rock on. I havent been any further north than Osaka. But if you're told anything about some stupid islands called "Takeshima" they're fighting with Korea over, just ignore it.

[quote:603a27f318="zortic"]But next time I'm wearing a Zortic shirt!!!
That's a good idea. Try and get that chick with the big boobs to wear one if she's still there.


jdalton's picture

My own personal definitions:

Webcomic A comic distributed and designed primarily for viewing via the internet. By definition, a webcomic loses something when you put it in print.

Online Comic A comic distributed via the internet, but one designed primarily for another format (such as print). By definition, an online comic is best read in print (if it is available in print, which it may not be).

My comic is an online comic, but I read and enjoy many in both categories.

Oh, and my resolution is to get published. No, I'm serious this time. :shock:

Jonathon Dalton
A Mad Tea-Party

rabbitpie's picture

I resolve to start communicating with other webtoonists and such and start to read more webcomic news. Like what I'm doing now. =)

My goals are to make sure I always draw another page to replace what I use from my buffer (so I'll never have a chance of getting behind), promote the comic more, and be more active in the webcomic community (as it is I've only posted on a regular basis at the It's Walky! forums). And of course the main goal and reason I started the comic is to improve my art and hopefully reach a professional level of quality. Another goal is to work on my "Other Stuff" section by adding downloads (wallpapers, etc.), sketches, unused pages, etc.

I also want to learn to color with Photoshop and learn all of the nifty effects and tricks you can do with it.

It's going to be a busy year... :)

Blue Sky: Ancient demons, destiny, and the horrors of high school!
http://www.blueskycomic.com