Webcomic Workshop Podcast 85


Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Chris: For larger conventions, offering my spare vendor badge/pass to a reader or fan to help me out for the weekend.

Dawn: My next comic project will be a graphic novel done in chapters but not post it on-line as I want to submit it to publishers. How do I get the feedback from the webcomic model but keep it available to a publisher?

Warning: Podcast may contain some language not suitable for all-ages
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  1. Great show as always guys.

    Wanted to throw my 2 cents in to something Dawn brought up, since I can speak to it from my own recent experience. That being going through the withdrawals of no longer posting each update online and getting feedback. There’s no way to sugar coat it, it’s hell. It’s really hard to go from that nearly constant interaction with folks to being isolated and creating on an island.

    At first, I HATED it. Those first 20 pages were tough to get through. However, I eventually found a groove and then I was so wrapped up in the story, I stopped noticing the feedback thing. That being said, I did have a few select folks that I did share things with behind the scene (you Dawn being one of them.) That helped a ton as far as critiques, bouncing off ideas etc not to mention it kinda helped release a little of that built up steam from wanting to see how people reacted to what I was doing.

    Now before I make it sound like a terrible idea, I have to say, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. With my book, the slow sizzle of webcomic feedback could never compare to the flood of excitement and positive words I’ve received every time an issue has come out. To stay with the loose drug analogy from before, doing a webcomic is like smoking pot. It’s good, you do it with your buddys, you bond and make great memories. Comic issues is like moving straight to the hard stuff. it’s a totally different rush and it takes you places you never thought you’d end up before.

    It’s tough to get used to but I highly suggest you give it a shot. Regardless, looking forward to see what you got cooking Dawn. Should be fun 🙂

    • and there’s your hard drug analogy of the day, kiddies!
      I was thinking of you and Torchlight, Ryan… when I was imagining what thew lack of feedback would be like. Thanks for your input. Patreon may be an option, too…. just wish I could know for sure if that would nix things with a publisher or not.

  2. I know as a fan attending a con, if you have a helper or an assistant in your booth while you’re gone walking the con or wouldn’t be back for awhile, I am of the mindset to wait for an artist to return before I’d buy anything. The only times I’ve really seen this work out well is when it’s like a parent/child dynamic. Usually the children can pitch a comic as well as their parents, because they’ve been so immersed in the world around it. Normally when I see it’s not the actual artist behind the booth, I’ll either wait, come back or just not buy anything at all. For me, the con is all about meeting the artist and buying from them directly.

    • a valid point, definitely. Depends on the product. People watching my table will never sell a book. But they will sell coasters or maybe a T-shirt. That type of impulse purchase.

  3. You could always just build a pitch for the publishers. Usually they just want a write-up and a handful of pages. If no publishers bite, then you can start posting it as a webcomic and build up your own following as you finish off the book.

    • an option for sure. I was planning to work on enough to send out a full floppy issue, a solid chapter to chew on, and maybe a script of the rest or at least something more to lay out the full story. My goal is to get something under the wing of a reputable kids-comics publisher… but if I like a story enough it may wind up as a webcomic as well. Have to play it by ear. Thanks Walter!

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