Hitch It / Ditch It: Experience Boost and Tales of Absurdity
Here are the last two participants in this round of Hitch It / Ditch It Hot Seat critiques. This is a unique opportunity for us to get down-and-dirty with the craft of comics — and some of the best practices of business, marketing, social media and more.
The “Hitch It / Ditch It” Hot Seat is one of the more popular of the critique series. The rules are simple: I go to your site and point of one thing you’re doing well, and one thing that might stand some improvement.
But that’s only the beginning of the discussion.
Members (especially members who have asked for critiques in the past or plan on doing so in the future) are encouraged to add their own thoughtful responses.
The point isn’t to elect a new King of Comics (or point out a goat) — rather, this is a chance to talk about the how and why of what it is we do.
Hitch it: I really like the visual way this comic presents MMO gaming. It’s really pretty slick.
That’s a really great way of communicating the central premise behind the comic. It’s used sparingly, but its powerful enough to carry. I think it needs to fill up the vertical space better. I think I understand the thought process that brought you this far — if you put the important information all the way at the bottom, many readers are going to miss it. But I’d like to see some method that doesn’t leave that unattractive white space above and below the “screen text.” What if that screen text were moved to the bottom and an illustrated panel were placed above it?
Ditch it: I’d love to see the backgrounds developed a little more. It looks as if you’re doing digital art. It would be so easy to draw a few backgrounds and place them into the scenes. Right now, your panels look half-done to me.
Hitch it: The comic. A large percentage of those jokes got me good. Excellent writing! And the art is fantastic. This is a great comic.
Ditch it: I don’t have a lot to criticize here. I think you could bump your ad revenue by placing a 300×250 ad at the top of the left-hand column under the comic. And your navigation buttons seem to be a little on the large side. Finally, this:
After reading a number of strips on your site, I learned to completely ignore the title. After all, like many webcomics, it’s usually an afterthought — and it’s seldom important. Except in cases like the example above, in which I completely missed the humor because I wasn’t reading it. I’d like to see you go one direction or the other. Either the title is always a crucial part of the reading experience or you incorporate the wording in the comic itself.