RANT : WCAD and the like.

Postby Tirdun on Sun May 06, 2001 11:36 am

OK, I missed Web Comic Appreciation Day. And I missed the MST3K thing. Why? Because I'm so far ahead, I guess. I try to keep at least a month of strips (5 weeks is my going rate) so by the time these things get announced, it's already too late for me. Those that do get announced in time tend to be overly-involving and I just can't figure out how to DO them and still keep a running storyline.<P>Anyway, I could've done what GPF did and beg people to buy my crap, but I don't sell any crap. Why? Because who the hell would buy it? Me and 2 other people, that's who. I'm a realist here.<P>The 120 (yes up to 120 WOO!!) people that read this enjoy it enough to keep it on their bookmark list and occationally write me a quick note. You know what? That's 10 times what I ever hoped for. But this is a hobby and if it makes people laugh or even grin, hell, it's better than collecting stamps.<P>So, Web comic appreciation day is fine and all, but I doubt if the 120 readers are going to ponder any greater future for web comics just because I throw something up for them to read. Plus, I'd just be preaching to the choir here. I know that I'm not reaching anyone who isn't reading GPF or Sluggy or User Friendly also. So let them do the work.<P>Not much of a rant, eh? Oh well. WRESTLING SUCKS!! IT'S ALL FAKE AND THE WOMEN SCARE ME!<P>How's that? Loud, contraversial and in all caps. Better? Good. Off you go now.<P>------------------
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Postby Pooga on Fri May 11, 2001 10:59 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tirdun:
<B>OK, I missed Web Comic Appreciation Day. And I missed the MST3K thing. Why? Because I'm so far ahead, I guess. I try to keep at least a month of strips (5 weeks is my going rate) so by the time these things get announced, it's already too late for me. Those that do get announced in time tend to be overly-involving and I just can't figure out how to DO them and still keep a running storyline.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Don't worry about it. While I never gripe about late or missed strips, and rarely comment on the extended hiatuses (hiati?) that plague certain strips, I've always prefered those strips that keep far enough ahead to be able to cover for the inevitable dry spells. This one included. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> It's part of why I have yet to attempt anything resembling a strip of my own. I mean, look how long it took me to reply to this!
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Anyway, I could've done what GPF did and beg people to buy my crap, but I don't sell any crap. Why? Because who the hell would buy it? Me and 2 other people, that's who. I'm a realist here.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I hate to say it, but I probably wouldn't be one of those two. I still haven't gotten around to ordering a BoxJam shirt, and I really liked that one!<P>On the other hand, it doesn't cost anything to set up a cafepress store, last I checked, and you never know. Come up with a design that's clever outside the context of the comic and you might get business you never suspected (My favorite and most commented-on T-shirt for the past year or so has been "Humans are weird but tasty.", not the Quatrix as I had expected).
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>The 120 (yes up to 120 WOO!!)</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Woo indeed! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif">
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Not much of a rant, eh?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Don't worry. Mine never are either. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>One thing I've wondered about since WCAD (or since I saw the May 5th Family Circus) is whether WCAD was <I>intentionally</I> or coincidentally held on the same day as "<A HREF="http://www.citypaper.com/current/funny.html" TARGET=_blank>Cartoonists Day</A>". There seemed to be no mention of that at <A HREF="http://wca2001.keenspace.com/" TARGET=_blank>the WCA webpage</A>. On the one hand, it seems like it HAD to have been planned that way, but on the other, from what I heard Cartoonists Day was something of a non-event with the pros this year.<P>Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know that I'm still on the edge of my seat, checking in daily as the story continues to deepen (albiet at a snail's pace it seems sometimes <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/tongue.gif">). This is probably the best serial strip I know of in terms of story. Thanks for creating it, and don't you dare ever decide to stop in the middle! You've got me hooked and it would probably be a jailable offense to leave me hanging while there are still so many threads in the pattern. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>Pooga<P>------------------
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Postby Tirdun on Sun May 13, 2001 9:26 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know that I'm still on the edge of my seat, checking in daily as the story continues to deepen (albiet at a snail's pace it seems sometimes)</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I know, I know. Partly because I'm constantly adding stuff in as I go. Storyline 10 has been bumped to storyline 12... but I'm honestly not padding with crap here. Well, -I- don't think it's crap <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> but you're right, it could move on a bit. At least I have some people (or at least A person) wanting more <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>
This is probably the best serial strip I know of in terms of story. Thanks for creating it
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Oh stop. It's an amusing bit of fluff with bad art and an honest attempt at plot. But I appreciate that.<P>Don't worry about me stopping, at least not anytime soon. I'll write until I've finished the whole run (regardless of audience). It's a hobby, not a job, and I really enjoy doing it. At this point I estimate 5 chapters, but who knows? Once that part of the story is done, I may keep going or start something new.<P>------------------
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