Webcomic Workshop Podcast #66

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Frank: How do you deal with criticism? It’s easy to deal with the constructive, but what about the just plain nasty stuff? Do you ignore it and hope it dies on it own or do you fight fire with fire? This ties in with the next article I’m writing.

Byron: With the launch of the rebooted 1977 Again approaching, I was going to have a separate URL for the comic’s reboot and just leave the current comics alone. Should I move them over to the archives of the new website or simply point people over to that site?

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5 Comments

  1. Re: 1977 Reboot

    As a reader, I think having multiple web sites can be confusing. If you decide to go with two sites, don’t duplicate your old archive. Then what would be the purpose of having a separate site? Confusing! (At least from my perspective.)

    You mentioned installing WordPress again, but that is very messy! You could easily separate the reboot from the old comics on the SAME WordPress install. Right now your permalinks are http://1977thecomic.com/page-name/ so you could use something like http://1977thecomic.com/1977again/page-name/ for the new comics. You can also use completely separate navigation for all the …/1977again/… comics. WordPress is really customizable like that. I personally use webcomic.nu for my WP comic plugin, and that has great support for multiple comics with separate permalinks and separate navigation. You use ComicPress which also has support for multiple comics, so you should be able to achieve something similar without making a completely separate second site, or even installing a second WordPress on the same domain.

    See my site for an example. It’s just one WordPress install, but I have separate permalinks for each project I do, and I even have separate visual styles (done via child themes) for each.

    This is all just my opinion! If you’ve got a clever plan for rebranding 1977 and you think it should really be completely separate from the old comics, then go ahead with the new site. I still wouldn’t recommend moving over the archive in that case.

    • I should mention I was referring to ComicPress 4 with the multi-comic support. I think it was added in Easel (which was effectively ComicPress 3) so it may not be something you’re familiar with from ComicPress 2.

      I’ve played a lot with all the ComicPress/Easel versions, though, and I think Webcomic is an easier plugin to use, and it has more options for customization. ComicPress 4 is a mind blowing improvement over ComicPress 2, though!

  2. Hey Byron,
    I’ve been listening to the podcast today and had a view of how to approach the new site. You could approach it the same way Hollywood movies. The branding is similar, but changed just a little. The marketing push is all separate. Fans know about the previous story, but it’s a completely different story.

    Video games are a perfect example of this approach as well. I think the release of Call of Duty 79 or how ever many they have out. Fans of CoD geek out on the new story. If we wanted to go back and get nostalgic we can go back to the previous game.

    I hope this helps,
    C~

  3. Oh, trolls.

    This discussion about critique brings up some thoughts for me. My usual response to critique that is overly harsh, and someone being “a troll” (not someone giving me legitimate, helpful critique that was asked for or was actually constructive) is the kill-them-with-kindness approach. So what do you do when that sort of response gives you a reputation for “not taking critique” and “never listening to anyone because you think you’re the world’s best artist/writer/whatever”? And does anyone ever get critique, and you say “Oh, you’re right, I’ll keep that in mind for next time” and then get hate because you don’t go back and change whatever you got the critique on right away?

    Criticism and critique has been on my mind a lot lately, obviously.

    • I’d say set the terms of your feedback. It’s okay not to be equally responsive to all sources of criticism. Giving feedback is a skill, just like taking feedback is a skill, and not everyone is equally good at expressing their opinion. However, if you still want to be open to valuable critique, set the terms. Specify what you want opinions on. Present specific questions. Not only will this encourage valuable feedback, but it allows you to have a little more involvement and control in the process.

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