Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.
This podcast we discuss:
Byron: When should you, if at all, use colloquial terms or expressions? Or even cultural references? For example I’ve used the term “Free Clinic” and I had to explain it to my readers. They say if you have to explain it, then don’t use it. Is that really true? I know MST3K used a ton of movie references and it became hip to try and figure them out.
Dawn: Eventually, I will have to end my comic and move on to something else. With gag-strips it’s more like the sappy end of a sitcom, you bid farewell to the characters more than the storyline. Do you think it’s better to give fair warning, to prepare readers, or “surprise” them with the final comic? Obviously, hyping up “the end” could get more hits, but it seems inappropriate for some reason.
Drezz: Getting rid of the ads, getting rid of the clutter and delivering just the comic – making it a fully online reading experience without the distractions (Wormworld Saga, His Face all Red, Sarah and the Seed, etc) since ads don’t do much more than take up real estate, and I want the GN to be something to read and enjoy (and eventually integrate into a ‘studio’ site).
Chris: After Heroes Con, I’m going to try and launch a Kickstarter Campaign because I now have three books and it’s getting harder to print enough copies of all three books for all the conventions I go to. A Kickstarter campaign will go a LONG way to remedy that situation. Some of the Kickstarter money would go towards having a bigger advertising presence on the web as well. My Problem: The campaign goal was going to be between $1,500 – $2,000. I don’t know if I have a big enough fan base that would be able to make this campaign a success. I know a lot of it is not just relying on your fan base. You also have to promote, promote and promote. Still though, I still have that “What if I can’t reach my Kickstarter” goal feeling that’s making me have a little bit too much paralysis by analysis. What should I do?
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