An excellent question!
As I said earlier, I did, in fact, like Questor
. It's an engaging storyline and features well-rounded characters.
But it's frustrating to me, as a reader, to neither know when, or even if, the comic will be updated, and that half the time it is
updated, it's needless filler and "greeting cards" wholly unrelated to the story.
I'll put up with late, sporadic or infrequent updates (Suburban Jungle, Outsider, Suicide-for-Hire
, etc.) when I know the strip is not the writer's day job. In those cases, I'll happily accept whatever I can get, and whenever I can get it.
But when the writer insists on calling himself a "professional cartoonist", yet updates randomly and infrequently, uses more filler than Fred Gallagher ever did at the height of MegaTokyo's
"Dead Piro Days", AND
complains of losing readers, poor sales and general poverty, that just heaps annoyance on top of frustration.
I came here to see if there was an explanation. Perhaps I was missing something, a reason for Mr. Hayes' behavior, and to perhaps suggest a pointer or two with which he might improve both the comic and by extension, his sales and income.
What I found was a petty, mean, hate-filled little man. His Onions
filler strips being bare iceberg-tips to the venom-filled Ross Ice Shelf of his LiveJournal. I now rather regret giving this man any advice, as any action that brings him more readers serves only to allow him to spread his bully pulpit bile ever wider.
But I also found a petty, lonely little man who clearly, desperately wishes to become a professional paid
cartoonist, but cannot muster the energy, skill or determination to do what's needed to become such, and too obstinate and petulant to accept any help or advice towards that goal. Hell, he actively rejects
Why am I still here? As I said, I once liked Questor
. I now have a very hard time seeing it as it's own story; it is now dimmed by the stain of it's creator, and that is, to me, a loss.
Again, why am I still here? I harbor a faint hope that Mr. Hayes can bring himself to make the changes necessary to improve his strips. I am not suggesting that he discard or even suppress his faith, and I do not in any circumstance expect him to tone down the hate and theist propaganda. What I am
suggesting is that he simply alter his schedule to be more consistent and regular (which should be absurdly easy) and to post said schedule on the front page.
I am suggesting that he place Onions
in it's own page or even as it's own strip. This too, is absurdly easy, requiring only the registration of another plug-and-play ComicsGenesis site.
I am suggesting that he dial back or preferably eliminate the filler art and greeting cards. Or, at the very least, post them with
and preferably below
the actual comic strip
, not "instead of". And after the strip makes it's update after that, place the filler in a specific gallery for it, so it's not interrupting the archives. Another very easy change.
I suggested that he take the non-Questor
strips out of his archives, and place those, too, in a specific seperate gallery. That way new readers that start at the beginning can read through smoothly, and without interruption, and will therefore be more likely to get "hooked" on the story, and thus stick around as regular readers. This one will take a bit of work moving files and resetting the AutoKeen calendar, but is still relatively easy and will be of considerable benefit.
Are any of these things too much to ask? Is implementing them really such an umbrage on Mr. Hayes' faith and beliefs?
To Skull, I have but one thing to say:
"Door's to your left."
Thank you. That's precisely
the attitude I got from all three comics, from this board, and from Mr. Hayes himself.
Now, please tell me; is that the proper attitude for a comic strip the author hopes to one day earn a living at? A strip that, in order to generate any sort of income, must
work to bring in new readers and keep the ones he has?
If one is going to actively drive away readers, then one best not complain about poor sales.