Webcomic Workshop #47

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Tonight’s Topic:  Doing your comic on-line in seasons.  Meaning, you’d publish a set amount of comics, take a predetermined break, then return for another “season” of comics.  We address the Pros and Cons of this format and how it applies to both gag-a-day strips and long form comics.  In this Podcast we have Byron, Dawn and Drezz trying our best to avoid technical issues with Skype.

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  1. Great webcast this week!!! I’m a new listener, but really LOVE your format and relatively “clean” show (it’s just so much more professional sounding when the cussing is kept to a minimum for those of us that may be listening with kids or family nearby etc.) You all have very interesting points of view and it makes for great entertainment and quite often valuable information.

    I’m getting ready to launch a new comic in the coming months, and I think I will be going to launch it in a seasonal format.

    After really studying this for awhile, I have decided on approaching this format a little bit differently so that the off-season will be still effective with minimal lulls. I’m really excited as I think I have found a way to minimize the loss of readership during these off-seasons.

    Your topic was right on target here and it struck a chord with me immediately.

    As I get closer to launch….I will discuss further the concept that I’m hoping will work for me in this season by season approach.

    Todd Dolce’

  2. i remembered replying on g+ to the question on going seasonal, and i still believe that short hiatus’ are good for creators trying to generate or maintain and audience. I’ve been involved in a few business and marketing classes and one of the things they stress is to never let your readers (your audience) cool off. even if you do go on hiatus, a brief hiatus where you still keep a slight public presence is good. a drawing here, a doodle or blog post there, can keep the line of communication open.
    the internet is vast and online/digital comics is a very saturated field (a lot of variety out there) it’s not so much a matter of loyalty or disloyalty or what have you. but more so a matter of distraction and desertion. a hiatus is good for the creators health, but too long of a hiatus is unhealthy for the fan/creator readership building process.

    television is dictated by a different nature of production than comics, but not always. for a good while many series of japanese animation production went year long with very short hiatus breaks dispersed in between, and the same is done with their comics.
    but my point is the western model of major seasons works to a comics’ disadvantage in my opinion. it’s a far easier task to not vanish even during a hiatus with the connectivity the world now has with current tech.

    a buffer of content might not be such a bad idea, to resolve the problem of what happens out there in the down time between seasons.

    the trenches may not be the best example for a seasonal comic, because those creators involved all do other ongoing series. so they have fan cross over and other content that will keep them satisfied during that down time.

    in the end, it’s just a matter of how long would your personal hiatus be.

  3. I thought of that, too. Having a season, like a tv show does, it could be a long season, like maybe just take the summer off and publish the rest of the year. I wonder about losing readers though and thought that maybe blogging to pick up the slack might be a good idea, so there is fresh material, not necessarily daily, but there is still something fresh there for the summer months or whenever the hiatus is. I do some cartoons that aren’t really political, but they are about something in the news so maybe I would publish those during downtime, just so that they are current when they need to be current.

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