Webcomic Workshop #7

The topics we cover in this podcast are:

Antoine: Links, ads, icons, social medias, etc… When do we draw the line? What is “Too much” stuff on your website?

Dawn: Dealing with critical family members or significant others who don’t “get” what we do. Balancing loved ones and aspirations.

Ken: How much effort do you guys put into your website other than archives – and do you or have you received feedback that makes you think it’s worth the time investment.

Byron: How to prepare for a Con and what to look for in convention/trade-show contract.

Final Thought: Ken – “It’s what I do…” Webmaster Guidelines for Google.

Drink of the Week: Vodka Martini – Shaken, not stirred!

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  1. (LOL) “Drink of the Week: Vodka Martini – Shaken, not stirred!”
    Wrong! tall glass of Johnny Walker Red and Pepsi (50/50 mix). If you can’t complete the drawing in 45 minutes, you won’t be able to! It’s a good way to work on your speed drawing (LOL)

  2. Poor Dawn got kind of beat up in this episode for her web site, and I don’t know if she updated it in the meantime, but it looks fine. Anyway, I just finished reading a book about web design and usability called “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug and really enjoyed it. I thought you guys might be interested: http://www.sensible.com/dmmt.html

  3. This podcast worked fine for me. I’m glad it wasn’t a permanent glitch.

    As for Dawn’s topic, it may be easier to get more support from your peers rather than your ‘loved ones.’ Some people just don’t get it – sure they support the notion of your art, but when it comes down to an physically working, it’s treated as a hobby.

    My wife is like that. She knows I’m an accomplished artist, and she understands I love the comic/ graphic storytelling medium – but she doesn’t understand that there needs to be an amount of work put in – in order to receive a result later on.

    I follow Byron’s example – I tell my wife things about my webcomic when I want to tell her. She doesn’t follow it regularly because the subject matter doesn’t interest her – and thats fine with me. She’s not part of my target demographic.

    • pretty much the same story here, with my new husband Drezz. He thinks I’m very talented.. and I think he’s more proud of my accomplishments with my kids book series than my webcomic… but there comes a point when the lack of free time causes issues. I have to accept we’ll have these scuffles from time to time.

      The support I have found from meeting friends at cons, online, and these goons here at WA makes up for those who won’t support/don’t care/aren’t a target demographics/don’t GET it. If I focus on the good, I think I’ll be okay.

  4. Great podcast! They are getting stronger and stronger as you go along.

    The whole issue of support from your family and peers hits home pretty strong with me. My two daughters are always at the edge of there seat waiting for my next comic. My wife enjoys my comic as well, but is not a comic reader. My father has read my stuff before, but doesn’t seem to understand the comic (even though it is about his passion, hockey) and I think has given up. I have tried corralling friends on Facebook, with next to zero success. The circle of “Webcartoonists” on Twitter seems to be my main source of support (which is pretty awesome). It is always nice to get that pat on the back from those closest to you though, even if they aren’t “into” your work. Every writer wants to expand their readership, but how do you that if you don’t get any kind of feedback from those you trust?

    I really like the idea about emailing the comic updates. The less tech-savvy folks will get more access to the comic and it may be easier for them to respond. I know over at weVolt I don’t get any feedback on the website because they don’t allow “outside” comments due to excessive spamming. Although my traffic is much better there than where I was before, I miss the interaction with readers.

    Your tips on attending comic conferences were pretty good as well. I’ve only attended one, as a fan, and I liked what I saw. I think before I start thinking about setting up a table I will attend a few more as a fan, get more comfortable and quietly send out some of my work (a la Antoine).

    Thanks again for getting me to think more about my comic and which directions I should be taking it!

    • you’re very welcome Warren! Glad to hear our podcasts are helping you, they sure help me out!

      Look into feedburner or a similar service to send out automatic email updates, I just switched! Was manually emailing them myself, ugh!

      and yes, best to plan on exhibiting at a con when you have something to sell! so, focus on creating GOOD content.. gathering it up for a book, and then worry about your first appearance at a con. One step at a time!

  5. The telling your family thing hit me in a different way than others, I think. My family knows nothing of my comic. They know I draw. My mom knows I do commissions for money. I just don’t want them to see it because of the subject. My best friend knows about it. I don’t think she reads it but she likes that I draw and claims she’ll make me a web page.

    I live with my co-writer, so obviously he knows about it. I never really talked to anyone about it with real people. I guess I’m more afraid of what people will think about what it’s about then whether or not they think webcomics can be a real job.

  6. First time listener to podcast #7.Met Dawn and Ken at C2E2 in Chicago and they were the best. We talked for a few minutes and they were very helpful. Friendly and personable, they told me about the site and after hearing the podcast, I see why they are like that.After the giggling and the joking around,they really do have a lot of information to give out. Oh yes, Cracker Jacks are still cool, just the prizes are crappy. Thanks again for taking the time to giving me a sketch in my books.

    • Hi Carroll! Hope you enjoyed your day(s) at C2E2! we sure did! well, when Ken wasn’t busting on me, and once Byron remembered to bring my books! We’re glad you dig the podcast… our goal was to make it fun and informative. Be sure to listen to an upcoming special podcast, direct from the C2E2 floor!

  7. I’ve been listening to the podcasts in order… slowly and I have to say this is the first podcast that has made me so upset, I had to completely stop what I was doing, get away from the computer, take time to calm down, and come back.

    The thing is, the whole “zero family support” thing is a really sensitive issue for me; like Dawn said, they just won’t rest until they’ve convinced me I’m wasting my life every time I take a pencil to a piece of paper and produce something that can’t be written with ASCII characters. It does baffle me a little that you guys just leave it hanging there, as if saying “deal with it”

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