Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast!
This podcast we discuss:
Byron: When you know you will be late to post a new strip, posting your sketch on schedule: Yay or Nay?
Drezz: Working on a new strip scheduled for release in the new year – should I promote both at a con even though the ideas are completely opposite? Does that dilute the brand of each one even though the targets are completely different? Should I pick and choose which comic to promote at certain cons? Should I look at eventually building myself as a brand over the comics (future goal?)
Marc: I was thinking my issue could be about strategies for bringing a comic back from an extended hiatus. With my work on SuperFogeys, I’ve had to put Spooky Doofus on hiatus, but I have no firm plan on when or if I can bring it back. With work, family and SuperFogeys I don’t have the time to bring it back anytime soon but I do hope to gradually build up enough strips in between other things to bring Spooky Doofus back in some capacity. I guess what I’d really be looking for isn’t so much tips on balancing my time (since you guys covered that topic already) but ideas on marketing the comics return. Maybe we could also discuss putting out a comic at a steady regular schedule verses a “seasons” type approach like television shows do.
Ken: I’m wondering if my brand out performs my comic. Maybe the graphics and design set the wrong expectations – I’m a better designer than I am a comic artist so maybe in trying to look good, as in “the carpet doesn’t match the drapes” (that’s what she said – zing!).
Reader’s issue: From David Reddick: Managing promotions of your comic. For me, it’s a time issue. It’s so hard to take the time to put out ads on other sites and navigate all the promotions it can take when I’m so heavily focused on making comics. Are there any easier solutions? are there people out there who will do that for you in the webcomic community?