Can I be honest with you all?
Maintaining this webcomic is starting to wear a bit thin on me.
I wish i could tell you guys that this action webcomic has been a blast to write and draw, but truth be told, it hasn’t. It’s actually been a pretty big chore to get all of the artwork penciled, inked, scanned, colored and lettered , not to mention coming up with new scripts. I still haven’t figured out what happens at the second half of chapter 6, and I’m not that motivated to dive in and figure it out.
In other words, folks, I’m getting pretty close to being burnt out.
I have nothing but admiration for all of you webcomic creators that can continue to do the same strip or series or story for years on end. this is The Seizure’s third year, and quite frankly, I’m tired of this story and these characters. I want to start something new, but I also want to finish what I started, and this story is just reaching the halfway point.
I also think part of the issue is that this action webcomic isn’t picking up steam as far as generating a following. People come to this site for my blog insights (mostly the ones about the comic industry and the business of making webcomics) and for my webcomic recommendations A LOT more than to check out the latest comic page. And with this being an action webcomic first and foremost, that’s a serious problem.
I don’t know what it is that’s causing that. It’s a strong possibility that the artwork isn’t engaging enough. My wife wasn’t impressed with my latest pages, said (and I quote) “they looked like they were done by a little kid.”
Is that what you all think of my comic’s art? and I have no answer to that. I know my art isn’t as polished as it could be, but consider that I’m penciling, inking, coloring and lettering all of my own stuff, and trying to get all of it done as quickly as possible so I can keep a consistent posting schedule, and yeah, a lot of the art comes off as rushed. i really do wish I had an artist to collaborate with to help with that, but this site doesn’t make enough money for that to be an option. Maybe if I were doing this strip full-time, (or just doing art full-time in general) I could have higher quality art.
But those are really just excuses. if you guys aren’t impressed with the art, then I’m at a loss of what to do about that in the short term.
Or maybe it’s the story that fails to grip you. I’m trying to give these characters some depth so that you actually care about what happens to them. All of the upcoming chapter 5 of this action webcomic is devoted to showcasing Carmen and Bobby’s friendship, and showing just why Carmen’s plight is such a big deal to Bobby. But if, after 5 chapters, you still don’t really care or want to know what happens next, then this story is an epic FAIL, and a waste of everyone’s time.
the problem is, stopping now doesn’t seem to be an option. I’ve got a lot invested into this action webcomic. it generates a bit of ad revenue (not a lot, mind you. and I at least want to get enough to collect on the revenue being held for me. Those of you who have these ad services know what i’m talking about), and I just set up a merchandise site for this action webcomic. and then there’s the fact that The Seizure is a prominent feature of my portfolio (which also happens to be part of the site).
So i’m really in kind of a lose/lose situation. Continuing with this project isn’t really profiting me at the level of the effort I’m putting into it, but I’ve got too much invested to quit.
What I want to do is finish chapter 5 (I’m coloring the art for it now), post it, and then take a sabbatical from this action webcomic to figure out what I want to do with it next and basically just recharge my batteries. I can still post my webcomic recommendations, but I just wouldn’t be adding any new comic pages for a while. but I don’t know.
Can somebody talk to me? give me some feedback and let me know where you stand with The Seizure. knowing what the people really thought of my story, art and site would go a long way towards helping me decide what to do.