Reaching an archive’s “Critical Mass”
(or “how I ended a long hiatus and embraced the reboot”)
|This post has been generously submitted by Webcomics.com Member Steve Troop,
creator of Melonpool.
So, you have a strip that has a loyal fan base and a huge archive, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to increase your readership? I’m going to go against the grain here, but sometimes a total reboot or a brand new comic is your only option.
This is not a theory I came to lightly — I have over 18 years of webcomicking (on and off) under my belt, which has made me very aware of something I call Critical Mass. That is — the point in any comic’s life where it becomes difficult — if not impossible — to attract new readers due to the size of your archive.