Keffria wrote:It seems to me that, unless you're an insanely dedicated person, taking the "bastard" approach is just going to burn you out that much faster. If drawing your comic takes away from things you enjoy, it's time to take a step back, because that's unhealthy, in the same way that any other activity would be if it ruled your life.
I find it hard to disagree with you as always, J. On the other hand...
Do you believe in the opposite?
That's an interesting thread there, Pin. And, you know, I'm almost inclined to agree with what's being said about massive popularity. One of the biggest turn-offs for potential readers (myself included) is having to wade through a massive archive of comics with god-awful art and lackluster writing before getting to the good stuff -- and if your comic has been going for two or three or four years, I would hope that there are significant differences between the oldest strips and the current work. If you want to be really popular, you need to start off with a bang and attract the eye of someone (i.e. a "big dog" comic or a much-visited site of some sort) who will link you. Take Bekka, for example - that massive hit increase from the WarCraft site helped to rocket "The n00b" (which started out with decent art) to popularity.
On the other hand, if you don't get that initial "push" from a big-name site, it's going to be a long and arduous journey to popularity, and I think that the reason why you don't see a lot of comics that follow this latter route is that most people either get bored/frustrated or end their comics naturally before they have the chance to see the hits pour in.
The other thing mentioned in the thread was the sheer volume of webcomics - you only need to look at Keenspace's pending list to confirm that. It's much harder to be noticed when you're a tiny little fish and the sea keeps growing bigger and bigger.
Bekka: Ah, no, I didn't think you were crazily obsessed or anything -- but I don't believe in pushing myself to draw whatsoever. Most of the time, I wish I had more free time to sit and work on my comic, but there are times (not very often; maybe once every month or two) when I just don't feel like drawing, and that's what I have buffer for. I don't ever want to feel like my comic is a chore. And I'll admit that I'm in this game partially to share my story with others, get feedback, sell merchandise, etc. (I don't just do it for myself), but it's still just a hobby.