Many of us started our webcomics as a hobby — more for fun than anything else. The problem is that under the pressures of updating, keeping fans happy, etc., the comic goes from a fun hobby to being just another chore. To combat this feeling, here are a few tips that I have found work well.
1. Stop doing whatever makes it boring. For my comic, I got sick of looking at the art, so I found another artist to collaborate with. Now the comic is better than ever. Don’t like writing? Hire someone to do it. Hate printing and shipping merchandise? Perhaps signing on with an online store or a fulfillment service is right for you.
2. Go back to what made it fun. If you used to do random nonsense and now have a drama-filled story arc, wrap it up and go back to the random nonsense until you feel good about the comic again.
3. Take a break. Do a week or two of guest strips while you re-energize your creative mind. Catch up on other things you like and try to gather some ideas about the future of the comic. You may end up wanting to cut the break short so you can get back to updating.
4. Do whatever you want. Remember that this is your comic, not anyone else’s. Come up with a story arc that you have always wanted to do, and just do it. Have your main characters hook up or blow some stuff up. Just go crazy, but make sure it’s what you want.
5. Start anew. Ian McConville ended Mac Hall because he felt it was becoming a chore, but then he and Matt Boyd started up Three Panel Soul, which is still going strong. Maybe a fresh start is all you need.