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Taking strips like Gunnerkreig Court and Questionable Content as examples, webcartoonists tend to move forward, like Brad says. Their first strip is very different from their evolution. And Page One of their printed collections is the same as their first archive post.
From the perspective of the one doing the hiring:
My friend needed an artist and posted her query on CraigsList. She got several strong replies, including one from the artist she hired.
I don’t know what method those responding artists used to monitor Craigslist, or how much time it entailed.July 18, 2017 at 8:54 am in reply to: How do you a vertical equivalent of an epic "Double Spread"? #25133
My head was too busy spinning from the numbers to grammar-check!
This site has a “Critique” forum with very low traffic.
Good to see you’re trying new things (and not letting a complicated life stop your art)!
The page looks fragmented — the components don’t relate. It looks like you added “air” to compensate.
The title banner and the index take up a lot of space. I’d prefer to see more of the current strip.
The color drawing of your main character in the ad on the right distracts me from her B&W appearances in the strips.
We’re having a discussion under “General Discussion” about B&W strips which might give inspiration:
1. For instance http://www.gogetaroomie.com uses almost the same color for the page background as the strip background, which unifies the page.
3. http://iamarg.com/ cleverly saves all of its distracting color and business for the bottom, AFTER you’ve scrolled to finish reading the strip.
But your STRIP — good things going on in your art in the new series. There is good variety of tone and concept, even costuming, between panels. PLUS you use that variety to comic effect!
I’m glad you liked it! This is another I couldn’t think of yesterday. http://ohumanstar.com/ The artist adds a single color to the B&W as Raymond and Drakkheim mention — red for flashbacks and blue for the present. Plus, it has lovely, understated art and crystal clear storytelling.
Me, I don’t have time to color, as Raymond argues well. I also find it a creative challenge to do everything I need to in white, 25%, 50%, and black. I can’t argue it as a path to success, though…
Cameron, are you saying that the people who buy the ROSE print editions wouldn’t read her if they stumbled across her online?
Because they prefer print? Because they don’t like scrolling?
(I found break points in your latest ‘Yoga’ story, for example, where you could break it into six clickable chunks.)
Your art in “Empathize” is lovely, so that aspect shouldn’t intimidate you, unless producing with that level of care and detail a few times a month is daunting. If so, can you develop a simpler style with some shortcuts? Your monster hunters sound like fun, so I hope you figure something out.
That is a good question, and a difficult one. Although snacks do seem Rose’s go-to when things get tough, they don’t define her. Some of the strips aren’t about food (or her). But how do you elevator pitch a good-natured human? Mary Tyler Moore? Archie?
So the “food” line works unless you come up with something else. She IS a girl trying to understand adulthood, but that’s hard to say in a catchy way.
My thought at the moment, f.w.i.w., “Rose loves life and dessert. But dessert’s easier.”
Pam, I’m glad you re-upped for Webcomics.com. Your frequent comments and tone are important in this community!
Think about the backgrounds more. You have appealing-looking characters; you obviously enjoy drawing them. But you seem to rely on coloring to fill the rest of the panel.
Show more about the kind of building that O’Reilly works in (is it a lab or a bar). Show more trees or bushes or rocks around the beach. Draw some cool underwater foliage and coral.
You put some nice detail in the establishing shot in the first panel. Page 2, panel 5 has nice depth and detail. I suggest more of that.
Mira seems to be reacting to the sense of color saturation I get when first opening your strip. But if she’s suggesting removing the banner ad, can you afford that?
(Maybe the illustration in the logo distracts from the illustration in the strip.)
I think your web design is great. Everything fits on the screen, so I can click from strip to strip without scrolling.
Your character design is appealing. However, dialogue contains terminology that is unfamiliar to me, and I don’t know the game screen and manual conventions. My loss. Do you have a plan for getting your work to an informed audience?
Re: the thread not going anywhere – when I visit webcomics.com, I look for recent updates (as I did this time). I get the sense that none of us are checking the site frequently, which means few updates, allowing threads to look unpopular and age quickly.
Hi Jenn! Your pages are very clear and appealing!
If you’re choosing between “Blightrun” or “Aldwen Archives,” you might as well choose for the long-term. Neither is self-explanatory like “Evil Inc” or “Biff the Vampire.”
Have you considered an evocative, intriguing title, even if it doesn’t explain? ‘Hamlet’s Danish’ or ‘Girls with Slingshots’ makes me curious, even if I don’t know what I’m getting into.
But many webstrips have chosen to teach their audience to expect good things from the site, whatever the name. PVP? XKCD? You can too.