How can I justify spending so much time on this?
Submitted by cashiavellis on February 21, 2005 - 19:27
I really care about my webcomic, but it's really hard to get readers. I'm doing it as a "long haul" kind of thing, a la Dave Sim, except that he had a plan to make MONEY off of it, and I don't. I want to submit this to more experienced web cartoonists, or anybody who feels like they could or would (or wouldn't) be one, and ask, What makes you do this? Is there a plan? Are we all doomed to be starving artists, or people with lame day jobs who do this as a hobby?
I promised myself that I was going to do one comic book for each book of the Bible, and I plan to. I love the creative freedom, and I like putting my ideas in artistic form, and it's always good to have a project, but...
It just seems like there's so much thoughtless crap out there, and the MOST online cartoonists seem to hope for is to EVENTUALLY get to the "Sluggy Freelance" point where they sell so many T-shirts and overpriced books, and beg for money SO OFTEN, and become SO FORMULAIC that the cartoonist can sort of make a meager living by doing it.
Is there something I don't know? Are we working on some awesome, high-tech way to get paid for our work? Do e-mails from obsessed fans really make it all worth it? Do we do it because we have to?
Does ANYONE ELSE feel this way? Ever?