I've been thinking about this for a while now. What exactly do I want to do with comics? What are some of my goals? What's the future hold for my stuff? Here are just a couple of stream of conscious thoughts:
I don't want to be big on YouTube, that's for sure. I've never liked getting in-front of the camera, I don't have the time or ambition to work on animations anymore, and I certainly can't crank out videos as fast as some of the big guys over there. It's a huge competition and I just don't want to have anything to do with that. I think my youtube page is marked private and you have to have specific links to view anything. I might make an odd video here or there, but they're most likely just goofy things I do for fun, not for any sort of attention or recognition.
I'm curious about how I should move forward with DA. I think a majority of my haters are outraged that I'm popular on DA and that I'm content with drawing simple cartoons when I'm obviously talented enough to do more complex works. I've wondered what would happen if I moved most of my major series off of DA and just kept producing them on my own websites. Would my"haters" back off because I'm not using an art critiquing website as my primary source of promoting? Would my fans be willing to follow me to various websites to get their content? Despite the fact I don't make money off of DA pageviews, any comic I post here with a link to my site generates me a lot more money than if I don't post at all. Could I afford the potential drop in viewers from not advertising on DA anymore? There's a lot to consider.
I'm also thinking of slowing down. I've been cranking out SYAC one comic every 2 days. And while SYAC is generally simpler and easier to complete, the rigorous schedule does eat into my time working on other projects. I'd like to ease off a bit on SYAC so I can focus on maintaining the other series I have and hopefully bump the quality up a notch. But again, the pageviews and money generated from SYAC's set schedule is a big source of my revenue right now, and I don't know if I can afford a drop. I will be launching Soapbox Derpy soon (a new website dedicated to political and pop-culture comics), and I'm also working on a new comic project while maintaining Alex Ze Pirate. That's like 4 different websites I gotta keep running regularly, and all of them take time to produce content. I'm still trying to figure out the balancing act of which comic gets what priority.
Honestly, I just wanna make comics. I just want people to enjoy the stuff I have. I have no real goals of being outrageously famous, or having big comic deals with major studios. As long as I can get paid for producing my own content with my own characters, I'm happy. I'm not a great artist or writer, but I am working on it. And despite the perception, I do listen to the negative feedback and strive to improve when I feel it necessary. I know a lot of people misunderstood my post "Sins of an artist" where I mentioned that improving wasn't an ultimate goal, and it still isn't. But that doesn't mean I won't improve or that I've "given up" improving entirely. Some of my recent SYAC should be evidence of that. I'll try to make more of an effort to experiment on certain things, but I don't wanna feel pressured to do it either.
That's primarily why I also want a writer for one of my stories, and why I've been looking for editors for my comics. I need someone to bounce my ideas off of before I begin working. I've really discovered how wonderful it is to have a teammate who can look over your work from a different viewpoint and offer ideas and suggestions I might not have thought of.... or correct me if I do something wrong. If at all possible, I would like to hire a writer/editor to look over nearly all my stuff before I post. However, this is probably not possible at the moment.
I'm not entirely sure how to go about doing this either... I could easily just ask here on DA "i'm looking for a writer, apply through notes" and what not, but I feel like I might get overwhelmed with responses. I'm also not sure how to judge the writing either. Like, does someone submit a script? Do I tell them what to write about? How much freedom do they have? How do we arrange things? So many questions, I'm not sure what to do. At least with the editor part I can ask friends and family to look over my stuff. With an actual writer... I dunno. They have to be special for the part and know how to write for comics and be able to write emotionally for the characters and scenarios...
Blah.. this was really all over the place. Sorry about that. But I think it helped me get my ideas out. I've been thinking about a lot of things recently and sometimes it's just helpful to write, you know? Also, it's my journal so I can post whatever I want. HA! lol.
Anyway, those are my thoughts this morning.