On October 13th, 2010, the Webcomic Alliance opened it’s doors. All those year ago.
One year. That was quick…and it was awfully long.
For certain, October snuck up on us here in the Alliance’s corporate offices. Since no one changed the wall calendar (next to the water cooler) twice this year, we all thought it was still August. Sure that sounds silly, but who can concentrate with all the cowbell, kazoo and crickets making noise around here?
What we’re really trying to say is that we’ve been so busy trying to make stuff for you guys, well, we forgot to get you something extra special.
Although, we kinda did. And we don’t know if you’re going to like him…I mean it. IT. Definitely it.
Okay fine, it is a him and that’s Drezz Rodriguez from El Cuervo the comic. You probably have seen Drezz around here – he’s helped out before and written a few articles and made plenty of comments in…well, the comment section of the articles.
We are proud to announce that Drezz is now a full-time member of the Alliance. Drezz will be sitting in during the podcasts for a little while and offering up some articles. What Drezz brings to the alliance that we’ve been lacking on is long form story expertise! So there you have it..just imagine Drezz standing here with a giant bow on his head!!
So now you’re thinking, “WOW! What a gift, and I didn’t get you anything.”
Well, we’re not too sure you haven’t you see there are over 2000 comments from the last year. Sure most of those are Antoine rambling, but let’s be honest – the interaction is important. And that is WITHOUT the giant mess of a forum.
It would have been extremely easy for us to slap our four dopey faces on the top of this article and while patting ourselves on the back tell each other we did a great job. But the reality is that we didn’t do this alone – you helped. We didn’t keep this going by ourselves. While we enjoy this very much, the comments and sharing of ideas are a driving force to keep us going – and to hopefully keep you coming back.
Remarkably, it’s entirely possible that maybe Drezz isn’t enough. So, this is your opportunity to tell us EXACTLY what you want us to get you. What do you want in the future from the WA? Let us know as we’re considering all options to help celebrate!!
Special thanks to Kurt Sasso, founding member of the Alliance, Todd McElmurry for filling in on the Pick of the Week and Character Challenge spots and everyone else for stopping by reading and commenting. We’d also like to thank the many talented and wonderful people who have filled in on the podcast sharing their issues and knowledge. It’s been a privilege to collaborate with these fine people.
At this point, you can’t see it right now, but we’re swimming in a sea of tears here at corporate. At least we hope those are tears…
So what has been the most valuable thing that the Webcomic Alliance has meant to some of us?
Ken says: For me personally, it’s been acceptance and confidence. I’ve been eager to share my professional expertise within the Webcomic community and the Alliance has been a great forum for that and people have genuinely supported what I’ve been lucky to share and that means a lot. Additionally, the support of the other WA members has done wonders for my confidence. It’s truly been amazing and I couldn’t be more appreciative.
Blah, blah, blah – right? Fine – what kind of impact do us prima donnas think we’ve showered the webcomic masses with?
Ken says: aside from the joy brought on by each of us ridiculing each other? In all seriousness, I hope we’ve brought the notion that it’s okay not to have all the answers. It’s okay to have issues and seek out someone who can lead them in the right direction and you’re not as alone as you thought you were.
Finally, what do you geniuses see as the future of the WA?
Ken says: Growth. I think Drezz will help add a voice that’s been missing from the site and we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the interaction between not only us and the rest of the community, but with each other and between the individual members of the community.
Speaking of Drezz, we asked him for a couple of sentences on what the WA has meant to him coming from the community side and he came back with the long form version – two paragraphs. Sooo typical of those long-form types!
Oh, he said something very nice. We’ll have to work on that. 😉
We take it all back. We’re glad he’s here and we’re glad you are too!
What has the WA meant to you and what would you like to see happen in the future?
* Please note that Byron Wilkins was not available for the original version of this article and his thoughts may be added at a later date.
All I’ll add to this is that the friendship and the comradery that I’ve developed here at the Alliance is like none else in my professional or personal life. These guys and gal are the best in my book. We’ve been through a lot… some tough moments at times, but mostly we’ve had one hell of a fun ride. It takes a TON of work to do the Alliance and we all do it willingly to help this great webcomic community that has welcomed us with open arms.
There were folks in the beginning that made fun of us, but those people are all quiet now as we’ve shown that we’re in this for the long-term and take this job very seriously. I have grown soooo much from our discussions and articles, that I know I’m a better artist, businessman and marketer for it. For that, my friends, you have my undying gratitude and, more importantly, respect.
I will be on a long-term hiatus from the Alliance for a while due to family medical issues and I’m glad Drezz has stepped up to the plate to join this great team. Welcome. One word of advice: have fun.
And finally THANK YOU to all our readers and listeners. You’re the best as well.