Alliance Chat 17

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before!

In this podcast, we’re chatting about tagging you comic’s site so new visitors can quickly identify what your comic (and your website) is all about. This can be in the header image or in a top level sidebar widget, but many artists forget to do this so visitors are you confused and quickly leave. And that lead to what makes a good pitch discussion. Plus we even dip into good slogan discussion and Dawn’s hubby comes up with a new tag line for the Alliance!

Plus, Byron rants on how a website was advertising for “kid friendly” comic content and stated clearly “no skin or language but gore and violence was okay” and this blew Byron’s mind, so thus, a rant.

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  1. Elevator pitch:

    “A pair of teen siblings lives in a perfect utopia where people live long and stress free lives, yet they are an oddity. Stravo and his little sister Asara are orphans and their parents aren’t the only ones to have disappeared. ”

    I have a longer version (about 2 paragraphs) but this pretty much covers the main notes: Utopia, orphans and mystery of disappearing people.

    • Sounds intriguing! For some reason, I automatically place them as teens and orphans even if you don’t mention it; they’re old enough to be interesting characters to follow (presumably because they’re trying to find their parents and some of these other missing people?), but their parents are gone, and they’re young enough that this really matters. So I think you could go even shorter:

      “In a utopian world, people are disappearing, and two siblings are left to uncover the mystery behind it if they ever want to see their parents again.”

      • actually, they’re not searching for their parents, they were just fine since Asara was too young to remember and Stravo just was puts all his time into his projects and school. They go to school, have friends and all of their material needs are met, even have guardians that cares about them.

        Its part of the character development when you live in too good of society and pretend problems don’t exist until it hits you in the face.

        I love that description but I think it might miss aim the direction of the story? Or did my summery means different? would that upset a reader? There’s a few planned twists in the story.

        • Ahhh, okay. Yeah, if they don’t know or care about where their parents are, then “orphans” and “missing parents” conveys a different message to me. The piece that’s missing for me is what role that mystery has in the life of the main characters. Are their parents outside the “utopia” trying to get them back? Are their friends/guardians starting to vanish?

          If you can point to why the “utopia” starts to become a problem for them, I think your pitch will be stronger!

          • Asara doesn’t interacts with him, but Stravo is trying to get his dad out of the virtual world, a sort of 2nd life. You meet him in the 2nd chapter, but Stravo doesn’t know why his dad is there, dad doesn’t really have much of a memory.

            As far as where the mother is outside the utopia, thats part of the twist. What does ‘outside’ means?

            Since Stravo and Asara are the main characters, how much does the pitch need to mention other things that will happen? Is it enough just to get you to pick it up and read the first chapter?

  2. I love writing elevator pitches for other people, but yeah, my comic name is a made-up fantasy word and just has tangentially-related mini-stories right now. The best I’ve done tagline-wise is “Nonsense. The magic and sword-fighty kind.”, and I kind of rely on comparing it to Discworld and shounen manga a lot to get the style of humor-fantasy-adventure across. S’tricky.

  3. so pleased i found this website ,thanks for the advice ladies and gents this is all taken in to account as I’m am at the very first stages of designing the site so i found this chat at just the right time.

    cheers again

  4. I’m really curious to see the list of All-Ages comics that you gathered, Robin. I’m starting to put together plans for launching one of my own, and I’m making an effort to check out what other talented folks are doing, and how they’re interacting with their audiences.

    Any chance you’d feel comfortable sharing the list you gathered?

      • Thanks for sharing the list Robin!

        While I’m still finding my demographic, last year’s convention appearances showed me that a lot families with kids stopped to look and/or bought my comic.

        So as an all-ages comic, I’ve been pondering if kids read online comics? If not what’s the best way to reach younger readers? Would an app for a tablet help?

        • I’ve found that, in general, kids are not online readers unless their parents accompany them. And parents of children are as a rule very, very busy. So the odds of them taking their kids to your work are not all that great.

          An app for a tablet could help, as nearly all the kids I’ve met are super tech-savy when it comes to hand-held devices.

          You might also consider contacting local schools and asking if you can come in and talk to the kids for 30 – 60 min. Ask to send an info pamphlet/order form with the kids the day before. Then come talk, and bring products to sell after the talk. You might be surprised at what parents will let your kids buy, IF you make it easy for the parent to do so through their kid. I’d recommend talking directly to the principal or teacher if possible. Schools tend to be…not all that responsive to letters and email. A phone call or personal visit would work better.

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