Applying sitcom principles to comics
One of the major changes I made at the beginning of this year was to stop writing a daily comic strip. Instead, I started producing a graphic novel that updated on my site in two partial-page updates per week.
The change has been a very positive one for me. My traffic has responded appropriately. I don’t have the same traffic I did when I was updating daily, but it certainly hasn’t been a large drop-off. And, since my ad revenue has stopped delivering the income it used to, I can’t say that I’m all that concerned about pageviews as I used to be.
What has become evident is that I’m much happier with the quality of my writing. Since I’m not trying to hit a punchline every three-to-five panels, my writing has become a little more relaxed and organic. And my humor has been written in such a way that it unfolds much more naturally. I think I’m writing funnier stuff, and I think I’m writing stories that hang together much better than a collection of comic strips.
And it all started by studying sitcom writing.