First fan post!

Postby Blakey on Sat Sep 29, 2001 8:30 am

Hi, Jim.<P>I just thought I'd leave a message on your board (particularly since I'm the first fan post!) and say that I think that the art in your comic is great.<P>I am thinking of starting a web comic myself and would appreciate it if - when you get the chance - you could msg me, so that I know what to expect, if it's not too much trouble. Thanks.
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Postby Zubkavich on Sat Sep 29, 2001 8:37 am

Wah-Hoo! My first post!<P>Well, especially since you're the first on the board, I'll type up a little chunk of info about how I went about getting ready to do The Makeshift Miracle web comic.<P>- First and foremost, the idea itself. No matter what style or genre you're doing, have a plan. What kind of theme you want, what reaction you want from your audience and what you want to say humorous, dramatic or otherwise.<P>- Don't try to create something you think will be popular if it doesn't make you happy to do it. From all the evidence I've seen, the best stories are the ones that come from authors who want to write or draw what they're doing. That may sound obvious, but if you create something that you would enjoy reading, you'll find fans who have attitudes like yourself instead of second guessing what's popular or lucrative.<P>- Research. What kinds of web comics are out there? What can you do that won't just repeat what's been done before.<P>- Do the actual pages! It sounds silly, but all the planning in the world won't help you if you never actually start. Plan, get ready then get to it. Set a schedule and work at it.<P>- Work ahead. I'm currently over 12 pages ahead on Makeshift Miracle so that I can always have a Mon/Wed/Fri schedule. Even if I'm sick or my day job overwhelms me, I've got time to keep working on 2-3 pages a week and stay ahead. Webpages live or die on the regularity and quality of their content. People want new things, and they want to know that when they show up, it'll be there for them.<P>- Build your webpage carefully. Think about keeping your site download friendly with the smallest kb images you can without sacrificing quality. <P>- Get it out there. Promote your page politely without being obnoxious. Treat your audience with respect. Keep working to improve.<P>That's some advice. It's not specific (what programs to use, how large images should be, etc.) because the mentality and the planning is more important than some formula.<P>Lastly, do it because you want to and because it's fun. Don't expect money and don't assume that people will come rushing for it. There's so much content on the web, that building an audience is a crazy daunting lucky thing...<P>Hope that's a little helpful.
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Postby Blakey on Sun Sep 30, 2001 6:56 am

Well, Jim, I'd really like to thank you very much for the advice, and apologise for doing the 'please, please help me!' thing. I know it's a bit weak, but I want to make a good run of this.<P>BTW, if it's OK with you, I'll be linking to your page when I get mine up. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif">
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Postby Zubkavich on Sun Sep 30, 2001 6:59 am

Feel free to link to my page... every little bit helps <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Best of luck on your web comic.<P>------------------
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