Submitted by FractalDragon on June 13, 2003 - 17:59
It seemed a little quite in here, so I thought I'd try to make things interesting...
I've seen this debated in other places, but it seems like a worthy topic for discussion.
What are people's take on pacing of a web sequential?
This question is mostly the concern of stories which have more of an involved plot than those which are mainly one shots.
It seems that it is possible for a broadly arcing story to to succeed in the web medium, since there are numerous examples. However, what is the most effective way for that to present such a story.
Of course, one could simply present it as it would be presented if it were to be printed up into a book, but since the update schedule of a web comic is usually one page at a time, there are instances where this would cause breaks in the story at akward plot points (i.e. key conversations).
Also, in print, one can take multiple pages to setup an important event since the reader of something in print can easily just turn the page; however if that's done in a one page at a time update this would mean that some of the pages leading up to the payoff would be a little annoying to plod through, since it might take days or even weeks to wait for a single page. A good example of this is a fight sequence. In a print comic, multi-page fight sequences work pretty well. However, if after two or three weeks of updates, a web comic is still showing a fight sequence that in reality would take less than a minute, it can get really annoying.
So, what are people's thoughts? Is it worth the effort for a web comic creator to plan out pages to provide a payoff every update? Or, is it just a waste of effort?