JimRob wrote:As for the question of whether it's worth putting the time in to make a really polished comic strip when the results don't seem to be appreciated... Art (of the type I think you mean) is, by definition, less popular than entertainment. Compare the numbers visiting art galleries yearly with numbers viewing a soap opera daily. Of the two, art is less popular because it's difficult: it raises questions and requires thought. Comic strips have the potential to be a wonderful synthesis of the two - just read Peter Blegvad's Leviathan - but the audience for that, as opposed to passive 'light entertainment', is small. Many just want a laugh, and anything beyond that - even something innocuous like interesting panel layouts - is off-putting. I can't say that fills me with hope and joy, but I fear it's true. Even so, there is a smaller nucleus of people who can and do appreciate comic strips which do something interesting. They are out there, and there are more than forty of them. It's just a question of finding them, or rather, them finding you. And they will eventually (although the speed of it, inevitably, is proportional to how much 'networking' you do).
JimRob wrote:Lastly, I'd warn (from no real experience, but still) that attempting to be more accessible to a wider group of people is really the kiss of death.
Consul wrote:However, all things being equal, I would rather have a niche audience that adores me than a large audience that treats me as the flavor of the week.
i imagine that i've added more to the world with my 40-odd daily visitors than Jim Davis has in his 25 years of assembly-line "cartooning."
i might have to write a rebuttal to that essay... i knew it was a little funky the morning after i wrote it, but you guys have really given me some additional perspective. that, as an artist, is ALL i need.
Consul wrote:You know, you just have to love a forum that regularly uses the band Yes in analogies.
Another example, though much less well-known, is a recent discovery for me. He's a blues pianist and comedian who calls himself the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz. If you ever have a chance to see this man in person, please treat yourself to it. His show is rather raunchy (low comedy), but when he lays down on the piano, very few are his equal (high art).
And with that, I think I will stop for now, and give other people a chance to chime in.
PROKOFIEV2000 wrote:thanks! that means a lot. i'm honored that you've spent hours of your probably otherwise exciting life spelunking my slow-drip archives, and have returned with an actual POSITIVE sentiment about my storytelling. that sounded a little sarcastic, sorry, but i've been sort of bitter about my art recently.
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