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Re: Comic Upload Pace

Postby kayotics » June 8th, 2018, 3:48 pm

Smopit wrote:Are you drawn to comics with something familiar in them (ie: a fan comic of something you are familiar with, or a comic with a character in it that you know) more so than an entirely original comic? Or would you say that isn't relevant?

I love fanfiction, but only when I'm already involved in the fandom. In regards to comics, though, I prefer original works. Especially in webcomic form.

Some of the reasons that I like original comics better:
- I don't need to know anything about the original series (this is especially important for any Marvel or DC stuff. There's expectations put on the reader that they need to know everything, and that's difficult to keep up with)
- There are opportunities to merchandise your comic if it gets popular enough.
- Selling the comic (either physical or digital copies) isn't a legal issue
- You have more freedom to do what you want with the characters without people getting angry about it.

There's a lot of people who make fan comics, and there's even people who sell them successfully, but there's a lot more risks involved wth making fan works, even if you might get a boost in readers by someone else's characters.
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Re: New Question Added!

Postby Oly-RRR » June 8th, 2018, 10:36 pm

I prefer original works (it's a unique voice telling their own story every time, something we didn't really have that much before the Internet and indie publishers, and to me it's usually more special than mainstream media targeted at much bigger audiences and taking less risks).

eishiya wrote:The "familiar" elements I like to see in stories are very broad cultural stuff that most writers and readers take for granted anyway, like... having characters, particularly who are humanoid/anthropomorphic enough that I can parse their expressions, People Sit on Chairs, etc.

This! Slice of life is my favourite genre because of it - and while I can still enjoy fantasy it's still the mundane parts of it (something that can work in any setting I guess) that bring me the most joy.

I like some fan comics but it's usually very broad fandoms (like Pokemon) that allow people to take their own twist at the setting AND have their own original characters. And it's that unique take on something familiar rather than the familiar franchise itself that draws me to each particular comic in that case.
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Re: New Question Added!

Postby Smopit » June 9th, 2018, 3:35 pm

Thanks for the feedback, guys. I really appreciate your insight.
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Re: New Question Added!

Postby hestia.edwards » June 13th, 2018, 4:45 pm

The first few questions I have are...

Would you rather read a comic that uploads a new page every week or a comic that uploads an entire (30 or so page) chapter every six months?
I have a much easier time keeping up with a comic that makes smaller, more regular updates. Often times with manga, since there is such a length of time between episodes, I lose interest and forget details between installments.

How often do you upload?
For my first comic, Concerning Rosamond Grey, I posted one page a week. For my sequel comic, I really want to update 2-3 a week.

How long does it take for you to complete a page?
For my first comic initially, it would take me 12 hours: by the end, a page would take me under 5 hours.

Do you post a page after its completed or do you have a backlog?
I never had a buffer. It's one of the those things that is strongly recommended that I have never done. :D Like Eishiya says, I prefer to be able to "be with the readers", and not be to ahead mentally. I might even change my plans for a page if a reader's comment warrants more explanation or whatnot.

About how many pages do you have backlogged?

Are you drawn to comics with something familiar in them (ie: a fan comic of something you are familiar with, or a comic with a character in it that you know) more so than an entirely original comic? Or would you say that isn't relevant?
I avoid fan comics, partially because I likely don't know the franchise, partly because many of them are amateurish, but mostly because I object to the principle of fan comics or fan fiction: why build on a franchise when you can work towards your story and maybe even franchise?

Conversely, you might have a situation where the comic story is completely original, but the art style is reminiscent of a already established style (Arte Nouvelle, Disney, manga, etc). Is it better to have your own style that is unique, but will have a harder time gaining traction because it's different, or is it acceptable to "cheat" by making your art style similar to something that is famous and will attract readers? I don't know the answer to that.
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