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Re: If It Weren't for Keenspace ...

Postby Ideal Comics on Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:40 pm

Bobadventures wrote:My comic is one of the two most important creative works I've ever produced, the other being my novel. I've loved producing it these past 13 years. Having a regular artistic outlet during rough times has been invaluable to me.

And yet, when I think how much of myself I've poured into this comic over the years, and how little it has availed me in any real world sense... ah well. Such is art, I suppose.

I used to hang out on this forum a fair bit. Then one guy here offered to review other people's webcomics. I figured it was a chance for some very minor free publicity, so I said sure. He absolutely excoriated my work, seemingly just for the amusement of it, and then reposted his critique on a site he'd started expressly for mocking struggling artists. For years, his stupid review was one of the first things that came up on any google search of my comic's title.

I didn't want to hang out here again after that.


Good gravy, that sounds awful!
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Re: If It Weren't for Keenspace ...

Postby Pimpette on Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:45 am

Oh hey, the ol' stomping grounds.
Someone poked the facebook group; cool to see it's not a complete ghost town around here.

If not for KS/CG, my life might be on a completely different track. I started a shitty comic as a way to keep in touch with a friend who moved several hours away. If not for the KS community, I probably would have eventually dropped it like I'd dropped every other website I'd ever made up to that point. Ended up making a lot of friends (I think Crossfire, phact0rri, and AoD were the first few I really started talking with) and we pushed each other to keep going.

But then we decided on the first Toronto meetup - K-Dawg and Ghastly and Tynan and yes, even VileTerror. I was late and so only ended up meeting K-Dawg and Tynan - we all hit it off immediately. Almost twelve years ago I moved to Toronto to be with Tynan, and Dawg is still one of my best friends. Gawds alone know where I'd be now without either of them.

I just sort of fell away from the forums when everyone else did. Life got busy and I didn't have time anymore to sit and watch threads like I used to. Also my internet went garbage for a while and I couldn't run mIRC anymore, so I lost touch with a lot of people.


Mr Ekshin wrote:I miss people, and don't know whatever happened to them. Yarpsdat (?), Mr. Bob (Star Bored), Ayame Ex Goddess (Newscast),RPin (Alex and Ilia), Grace (Because of Math Class),KensouX (The Fan), Ida (Mechagical Girl Lisa A.N.T.), Codeguy (Quest of the Silly), Sippan (Sippan Serie), FAUB (Fallen Angels Used Books)...

People who were just plain fun to hear from here: KittyKatBlack (I have waaay too many pictures of your avatar. See t-shirt reference below), VileTerror, McDuffies, Ghastly, Jim North, Terotrous (I miss the little blender avatar), Gooblah, DeityPermit, MixedMyth, Yeahduff, Coydog, Shinedog, Dogdog (Okay, I made that one up), Col, Cortland, Lag the Noggin, Soap Committee, Evil Jamie, Komiyan, MariaAndMichelle, Mercury Hat, Joel Fagin, KrisX, Ly, PeppermintAfterlife, Pimpette, ToxicAvenger, Brockway, Turnsky, That guy who got spotted and suddenly stopped doing his comic... Tortelli? Benelli? Minelli? Minestrone?

Sortelli

I facebook-lurk a few people, like the creep I am. BOMC (Grace), Komiyan, Mercury Hat, Soap, CJ, Vort, dragonmajik, Lego, Corgan Dane, MixedMyth, birdie, aeridus, Ti-Phillipe... all seem to be all right and doing things. (I am suddenly hit with just how many of my fb friends are from here. I still feel like I've missed a few though)

K-Dawg is good and often complains that I'm still his friend. It's what he gets for showing me where he lives.

Tynan is great and currently watching Disney+ and harassing our cat.



...so that was an essay and I apologize. But good to see familiar faces again Image
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Re: If It Weren't for Keenspace ...

Postby Bustertheclown on Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:42 am

I feel like I never really made much of the platform or the community here. It's a great place, and the genuine connection I always understood was here is the reason I'm still lurking, even now. But that's a pretty common failing on my part -- recognizing potential, but not really reaching it.

Ideal Comics wrote:
Bobadventures wrote:My comic is one of the two most important creative works I've ever produced, the other being my novel. I've loved producing it these past 13 years. Having a regular artistic outlet during rough times has been invaluable to me.

And yet, when I think how much of myself I've poured into this comic over the years, and how little it has availed me in any real world sense... ah well. Such is art, I suppose.

I used to hang out on this forum a fair bit. Then one guy here offered to review other people's webcomics. I figured it was a chance for some very minor free publicity, so I said sure. He absolutely excoriated my work, seemingly just for the amusement of it, and then reposted his critique on a site he'd started expressly for mocking struggling artists. For years, his stupid review was one of the first things that came up on any google search of my comic's title.

I didn't want to hang out here again after that.


Good gravy, that sounds awful!


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