Hitch It / Ditch It: Mojo, Sweet and Sour Grapes, Rival Angels
Hitch it: Promotion
Skar does an admirable job of promoting his comic every day. From Facebook and Twitter upates to engaging his readers on the blog under the comic, Skar does an excellent job of self-promotion.
Ditch it: The Web site
From the tons of wasted space at the top to the lack of clear organization under the comic (not to mention the huge, default ComicsPress navigation buttons), the Web site needs a serious overhaul. Hit the search at the top of the site and look for “Web design Hot Seat.” Much of the stuff repeated in those critiques applies to this site.
Hitch it: Color
One thing that always strikes me about this comic is how effective it is at evoking mood through color. Compare this update with this one. Notice how the pace slows down… the emotion gets dampened a little… from the first to the next? Color plays a crucial part in the storytelling in this comic.
Ditch it: Big type
As graceful as the visuals are in this comic, the type always seems overpowering. I would love to see Diana back the size of the type down incrementally — and gauge the effect. I would also encourage her to focus a bit more on composing the panels with the balloons in mind. Right now, balloon placement seems a little haphazard.
Hitch it: Sex appeal
This comic does a fantastic job of playing up its sex appeal without getting sleezy or creepy — and that’s a pretty fine line to walk. The characters aren’t two-dimensional caricatures of what men think women are — rather there’s some very interesting character development going on here.
Ditch it: Significant updates
It’s my personal opinion — and I could be wrong — that this comic could improve its performance on the Web by planning the pages in such a way that each ended on a significant story beat. Right now, it’s pretty much a standard “graphic novel updated on the Web page-by-page.” But, as you’ve heard me say before, that does nothing to retain the reader who arrives on the site for the first time — with no backstory — and has nothing satisfying by the end of the page he/she is reading. It’s a daunting challenge, but it can be done. And I’ve love to see it done here.