Create Your Own Webcomic

Written by Daniel Punch

Syndicated comic authors have been complaining about newspaper size restrictions, content censoring and similar issues for a long time. Comic enthusiasts have been increasingly irritated byrepparttar treatment their entertainment medium receives as well. Then along camerepparttar 116090 Internet, providing unlimited and unrestricted distribution possibilities. Thusrepparttar 116091 webcomic was born.

There are millions of webcomics out there, dealing with such vast topics as video games, college life, samurai, Lego men, identity and self esteem, depression, suicide, children and joy. People write them either for a living, for fun, as stress relief, for artistic expression, or often just forrepparttar 116092 hell of it. Then they stick their creations onrepparttar 116093 web and hope that just one more person will find and enjoyrepparttar 116094 fruits of their labour.

There seem to be several hundred new comics created each and every day. These often dwindle and fade after only a few months. Occasionally, however, a comic rises aboverepparttar 116095 rest and gains such popularity thatrepparttar 116096 creator is able to forgo all other work and scrape a living solely offrepparttar 116097 proceeds generated by their websites. Some examples of such are Penny-Arcade, PvP, CtrlAltDel and

Many people, when introduced torepparttar 116098 world of webcomics, think to themselves "Wouldn't it be cool to have my own comic?" and a few go beyond this and create their own. So how can a newcomer ensure that their comic continues beyondrepparttar 116099 first few weeks of enthusiasm?

Now before I go into some useful tips it is probably worth noting that I amrepparttar 116100 proud owner of a failed webcomic. It went for a few months before hitting a few snags and then grinding intorepparttar 116101 ground. I have plans to return to creatingrepparttar 116102 comics, but as of yet have not. So I'm not really drawing from a foundation of success, more of failure and an understanding of some ofrepparttar 116103 main factors contributing to my failure.

For starters, you're going to need to plan a little. It's unfortunate, unfair and certainly not fun, but it is necessary. Sit down and think about your comic. Come up with a location setting, some characters and maybe even a few plots to test them in. Runrepparttar 116104 characters through some adventures and see how they react and how you react to them. Your characters will grow and change throughout this process, and continue to do so throughoutrepparttar 116105 life of your comic but you need to get a handle on their basic character traits.

For some reasonrepparttar 116106 majority of comics revolve around a group of people (usually guys) that are somewhat geeky and live together. Usually in a university dorm. I would imagine that this is because that'srepparttar 116107 general life ofrepparttar 116108 majority of webcomic authors. The premise itself also makes an awful lot of sense forrepparttar 116109 basis of a comic. When designing my own webcomicrepparttar 116110 process went a little something like this: I designedrepparttar 116111 main characters, most of which were drawings that I had been playing with since high school. Then I needed a reason for them to constantly see each other and interact, so I got them living together. They needed character traits that I could relate to, so they become university-aged students that had at least a passing interest inrepparttar 116112 geeky side of life.

I drew my first few strips and showed them to some friends, who liked them, so started looking into putting them online. The initial line up included two guys who lived together, a female love interest for one ofrepparttar 116113 characters and a talking animal (in my case a frog, because I had this frog that I'd been drawing for years and had become quite attached to him).

At this point I wasn't very experienced with webcomics, having only really readrepparttar 116114 syndicated newspaper comics thatrepparttar 116115 syndicated press companies post online. So I started looking through some ofrepparttar 116116 major comics, only to find that Sluggy Freelance hadrepparttar 116117 talking animals, geeky guys that lived together and female love interest already covered. A bit more research revealed thatrepparttar 116118 "university students living together" was covered inrepparttar 116119 large majority of comics. Furthermore, having a kind of wacky (and just a little stupid) character, and a more sensible and reserved one was practically a given. Then, to rub salt inrepparttar 116120 wound, I found that another comic had its main character design very similar to my own. So I got rid ofrepparttar 116121 frog, removedrepparttar 116122 focus on gaming and university and otherwise leftrepparttar 116123 comic as it was. Not entirely original.

Anyway,repparttar 116124 point is that you should probably try to be more original. Check through your concept and removerepparttar 116125 whole university students living together with wacky talking inappropriately anthropomorphic sidekicks. You'll be better off inrepparttar 116126 long run and have a more original creation.

The "Memory" Collector

Written by David Kunstek

The “Memory” Collector

Everyone collects something right? It may be baseball cards, hats, or some other type of sports memorabilia. Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of anything, you may be and don’t even know it. How aboutrepparttar collection of tools inrepparttar 116089 cellar you don’t really use, but you have to have them! Even maybe all those movies laying around you no longer watch, sounds like a collection to me.

More common items people typically collect are things like, coins, military items, guns, and sports items. Generally it will be something that once interested a person, had an impact on their lives or they just simply enjoyed. Me, I am a collector of shot glasses. What it was that spawnedrepparttar 116090 interest is beyond me, I think it may have started in college. I now have a collection of over 300 shot glasses, and yes, I have had at least 1 shot of some type of a concoction from each one of them.

Looking at them now, they are reminders of places I have been, and things I have done. Every one of them has a story to be told,repparttar 116091 memories flood my mind every time I pick one up. None of my shot glasses really have any monetary value, but I would never part with them, as a collection, they are proof of my existence if kept together.

I have searchedrepparttar 116092 internet to findrepparttar 116093 reasons why others collect shot glasses. This quote was found on a personal site of an obvious diehard Hard Rock Café shot glass collector; “My goal is to display each ofrepparttar 116094 shot glasses that have been available overrepparttar 116095 years from The Hard Rock Cafes and The Hard Rock Hotel.” Needless to say,repparttar 116096 man(or woman) has their work cut out for them to complete that collection.

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