Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast!
This podcast we discuss:
Ken: I think it’s natural that your art style evolves with time and practice… But to me, writing is different. I read recently that people really relate to well defined characters so I’m trying to develop deeper characteristics in my characters. For instance I’m trying to discover: what does Rick like about Milton? What does he hate about Milton? What secrets does he know about Milton? What does Milton like about Rick, etc. Do you guys do anything to help your writing evolve? Is it okay to podcast without pants on?
Byron: What to do with a Google+ page that hasn’t already been done at Facebook and essentially failed (in terms of bringing in significant new readers)? And I’m not wearing pants right now…
Drezz: What are your future plans? Do you have a 5-year or 10-year goal that you are working towards, with outlined steps or somewhere in writing for reference, or are you just winging it? How successful has it been for you (in both regards – planned and unplanned)
Dawn: Native and regular retweets: is there an easy way to view a list & thank your retweeters? Rather than going to twitter.com, to the “your tweets, retweeted” list, and typing in everyone’s name 1 by 1? Know of any 3rd party apps/services that will just show me a list and allow me to populate a tweet w/ their names? This is driving me NUTS.
Reader’s Issue: I’ve been listening to your podacst archives over the past few weeks and have really enjoyed the show. I do a webcomic with a friend of mine (he writes and I draw) and I had a question about copyright regarding one of our occasional characters. We do Dax at www.daxcomics.com and it is a scifi humor strip, mostly full of scifi references along with a storyline. We recently introduced a Ferengi (from star trek) who is going to be revealed to be married to our hero’s sister. It is a short side arc for the holidays and we figured it’s parody and falls neatly into copyright laws. However for the future of the strip would we be able to keep this character as part of the main cast or would that be infringement? We intend to merchandise the comic when our readership can support it, however we don’t want copyright infringements to prevent us from making books and the like. I hope this question didn’t ramble too much and I thank you for your time.
Jess Boudrie, daxcomics.com