HELP! Somebody help me! The Alliance has kidnapped me after that 50th podcast I was part of, now they are torturing me and forcing me to write something in here! HELP!
Okay, not really.
There is something that has been slowly (very slowly) boiling in my brain for the past months and I thought it would be a great subject for a Debate here at the Alliance.
There are comic creators, in order to respect their posting schedule, that would post their incomplete strip on the post day. Two of my great webcomic friends, Krishna M. Sadasivam (http://pcweenies.com) and Byron “Ye Old Fart” Wilkins (http://1977thecomic.com) are what I would call “guilty as charge”.
I’ll be straight to the point: as a reader, I do not like this practice at all. When I read a comic, I want to read the final product, not a work in progress one. To me, it’s as if the next time I’m supposed to see a Dexter TV episode, they would air the rehearsal sessions instead of the actual episode. I don’t know if I would come back back later to watch it as I already know the plot and the ending.
Another strong reason I do not like this practice is the fact that I’m using an RSS reader to read my comics. I look at my reader almost everyday, meaning that I would see the incomplete strip, skip the post and forget about it. Also, some creators are using the Thumbnail feature for their RSS feed and not all the time reposting the final version over the old one would recreate the thumbnail (unless the creator actually takes the time to do it). Then, the next new post, I would have to go on the website, look at the previous comic in order to catch up, I’m lazy that way.
I wish there was a simple way to re-send that post to the RSS feed, but unless the creator deletes the original post and create a brand new one, I don’t think it is possible (deleting the post would mean losing the potential comments already in there…).
One good thing from this I could appreciate as an artist, is to be able to see a transition within the creator’s steps in creating a strip. But I really don’t feel that is enough for me to enjoy an incomplete strip.
So my advice? You have a schedule? You want to desperately respect that schedule? Well, make sure you finish your strip on time, or revise your schedule.
Again, that is what I think personally, and I threw it in here to start an healthy and constructive discussion with all of.
So, what do YOU think?
Antoine Gagnon always had a passion for cartoons. In his early teenager years, he started to draw but stopped at some point, without really being good at drawing, for obscure reasons. 18 years after, he’s back and rediscovered a passion long gone. The Drunken Fools online comic is actually Antoine’s first attempt at drawing and is inviting you to live the evolution of his style over time.