Now, let me ask you this, Mr. Hayes: Do you, in fact, wish to make a living doing any one or all three of your comic strips?
You've said you did, but you're not acting like it. I've wondered if you weren't on occasion posting the pity-me stuff just to extort more donations, but for the moment I'll take you at your word; you're near-destitute, living at home with Dad, and unemployed save for what you make from donations and "greeting cards" off these three strips. Correct?
If you don't want to comic for a living, then shut the fuck up and go get a day job. Stick with it, and do the strips in your spare time if you feel like it. Any donations or book sales after that are just gravy.
If you do
want to make some kind of living wage off these strips, then you're going to have to make some changes, boy. I already outlined the high points earlier. Those aren't bits of my opinion, they're what all the other successful strips are doing.
You can break your own trail and hope for the best, or you can follow in the plowed and paved footsteps of others. Take your pick.
Don't want to follow my advice? Scroll down to the bottom of this very page. See that name next to "Images created by"? A little digging brings up his web page
. Read through those tutorials. Anything familiar? Clean archives. Clean page layout.
That not good enough? User Friendly
sells a book
on making a website (including a comic strip) successful.
Don't tell me you've never looked around the web for advice on making your comic successful. There's better than three thousand webcomics out there, and believe it or not, some of those liberal atheist bastards actually have some pretty good ideas.
Now, you can sit there and ignore any advice given because you didn't think of it yourself. You can sit there and dream of fixing up a rusty rattletrap camper and pin your fortunes on hoping to drive to conventions and sell books.
Though one wonders why people would buy books if they don't read the strip in the first place.
Or you can make a few relatively simple changes, and make an easy-to-do but difficult-to-keep decision to fix a schedule and keep to it, and have something you can earn a real living off of inside a year.
I know you won't like some of those changes, as they would run contrary to your principles, despite the fact those principles amount to little more than "kicking the pedestal" of a webcomic artist who is more successful than you, despite having what you see as an intolerably contrary ideology.
Sorry son, you can't have both. The proof is right here, right now. You're sitting there spewing bile and hate, interrupting your own comics- your income- with meaningless fluff and filler, making excuses when you're given advice, and wondering why you're broke.
You don't have to take my advice. In fact, if it weren't for the purely selfish reason that I want to read more about Quentyn, you could go rot in your own hate for all I care. I regret getting mixed up in all this, as the more I read by and about you, the more disgusted I get.
Piss or get off the pot, Mr. Hayes. Stop making excuses why you can't do either.