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While doing research for the new SYAC, I actually stumbled upon something truthful on TVtropes.org. Usually I take everything from that site with a grain of salt, but this one bit actually was surprisingly honest and truthful about webcomics:

Webcomics work on a very different set of standards than other fiction. Almost all webcomic authors are working pretty much entirely alone as they both draw and script their comics and most do not plan any further along than to the end of their current story — sometimes not even that far.

Many of them try to adhere to a schedule they aren't really capable of meeting, resulting in them rushing to meet their deadline and making mistakes that should be avoidable. So many of the good 10% lack qualities standard in traditionally professional works. This can be because of the lack of editorial input as well as the lack of lead time. Not all webcomics suffer from this, though, and even the ones that do can still be interesting. Arguably, some strips benefit from their rawness.


Being a webcomic artist is surprisingly demanding. We can't get critiques on every new strip we produce, and often mistakes slip under our radars. I'm not a bad artist, but I do make mistakes... Many more than I probably should were I employed in a position which had regular quality checks and hours. I don't have friends or family who can critique them, so the sad truth is that I am completely alone when I make my comics.

Your schedule is one of the most important aspects you must maintain. Fans plan their lives around your comic releases. If you say you're gonna release a comic on Monday and Wednesday, you'd better do your damnedest to release your comics on Monday and Wednesday. BUT... not at the loss of quality of your work. In the early days of SYAC (when I was literally doing them once a day) I cut corners, I used copy/paste, I ignored background details, and I relied on cheap jokes just to get through my absolutely demanding schedule. It was quantity over quality, which in the end hurt me more than I could've ever imagined. It was a lesson I learned too late.

So please take this article to heart and don't bite off more than you can chew. It's tempting if and when your comic starts becoming popular to update more often to appease the demand, but do your best to resist it. Maintain a release schedule that works to your pace. It's better to turn out a quality product once a week, than a shoddy product every day.
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Legojack261 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
TVTropes really isn't a bad website you know. I'm not sure why you'd think it's that unreliable.
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DragonRex1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Out of curiosity, what's with the dislike of TV Tropes? If you said something about FOX NEWS it's understandable... except to my family but no one's perfect, but why TV Tropes?
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Avarifina Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
this is good advice.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice. I guess I'll resist the urge to update my comic more often.
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Neo-Zander Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes.
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Passin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I agree, that's why I don't do my own. (Among other reasons)
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Empyu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
I once considered doing a webcomic. My mentality was, "Newspaper comics come out almost every day, and most of the jokes in them are lame! They get paid to do this, but I'm pretty sure I can do a better job for free."

I learned pretty fast that you can't get good at something just by wanting talent. Even if you were already talented, you still need to have discipline and willpower.

A lot of the webcomics I used to read suddenly ended because the creator found he or she simply couldn't find the will to keep going. It takes some serious - sometimes life changing - commitment to do it.

Several years ago, I think in '07 or '08, I went to a comicon panel for webcomics. Before they started, Greg Dean asked the crowd if any of them were interested in starting a comic. About half the room raised their hands. His response, somewhat jokingly, was something like, "Don't do it! It'll ruin your life!"
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Pheonx23 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Yes I completely agree with you Tom, one such person comes to mind is fellow who goes by "LoadingArtist"
Every time he puts out a comic, it's pretty damn awesome, but he only does it once every week and a half, but his drawings for the most part are very simple seeming, but with a great amount of detail in them.
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Chialupa Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student
thank you for sharing!
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