My Amazon wishlist this year is MAINLY graphic novels from webcomickers I've followed forever. Noelle Stevenson, Lucy Knisley, the 'Scurry' volumes, The Meek. I realised my graphic novel collection is TINY, and I'd like to remedy that.
And a robot vacuum. So I can spend more time reading said graphic novels, obviously.
This thread gave me a short existential crisis. I graduated Uni in 2011, moved overseas, got married, bought a house, car, had my kids. This decade has been a big one in terms of milestones and firsts, and I may never have another decade like it for the rest of my life. That kinda hits hard.
That said, I'm not leaving those things behind. They're all coming with me into 2020, and a new little baby on the way too.
Always grateful. Looking back at all the hoops I jumped through for hosting back in the day (comic genesis! Self-hosted Wordpress! gahhh!) I'm so glad that CF exists as it's basically been smooth-sailing ever since I came here.
I think minimum wage is far too cheap. You are not doing unskilled labour, and I think you should re-price yourself so you're earning at least $15-17 an hour, plus materials.
But it also depends on demand. I haven't made money on my art but my side hustle is babysitting for people. I charged X amount per hour when I started, and got so many requests that it would have literally been illegal for me to have that many kids in my home lol. So I went up by a few dollars an hour. It slowed down the requests to where they were manageable. Now I charge a daily rate to avoid people asking "can you watch my kid for an hour" to only pay me one hour's worth, as it stops me from taking other kids during that time who are willing to pay for a whole day (and the one-hour drops offs are never super punctual about pickup time).
Anyway. Long story short, I'd start with higher than minimum wage, and then assess based on demand. If demand is low, you can go down in price without hurting yourself/ending up working for less than minimum wage, and if demand is high and you end up with a huge waitlist of commissions, then it's a little easier to explain to current clients why the price is being raised (going from $15 an hour to $16 is less of a jump than $7.50 to $15).
Let me get this straight. You're... disagreeing with my observation, on Quill doing a stupid thing... because other people also did stupid things? Sorry, but that's not a good argument.
I think "blaming" the whole snap just on Quill's mistake was over-simplifying it, because almost every character make their own mistakes that directly/indirectly led to Thanos getting all the stones. It seemed like a good argument at the time lol!
Product Placement:Mind you, all of these are rhetorical questions. I'm not expecting you to answer them. I'm only pointing out the problem that comes when you give a guy, who has the ability to both control time and teleport across the entire universe, a vested control over the plot. He could have thought of multiple unconventional methods to solve the issue.
PS. Thanos first appeared during Avengers 1 end credits.[/spoiler]
I think the writers limiting the infinite power of Dr. Strange was for the exact same reasons as they had Captain Marvel 'too busy' to help the Avengers. It wouldn't have been a good story. A cool story, Dr. Strange vs. Thanos and the Infinity Stones, I'd read that fanfic. But it's not an Avengers story. The Avengers had to lose everything. And the time heist shenanigans really helped sum up the movies and reflect on the character's journeys, and made sure everyone had a good solid ending. I know you know how film/storytelling works, I'm not trying to explain it like you're a newbie - I'm just saying that's why *I* think it worked really well and why I was super satisfied by the time-travel aspect of the story while I was watching it.
And I don't think of it as you disliking the film. I know a lot of people have issues with time travel in movies. Superman in 1978 was another one people have problems with because of the fact that time travel solved everything. I loved that movie too. So fight me about it!
Also, I find it interesting that out of 14 billion possible scenarios, this was the only way to beat Thanos, when it seems like they could have avoided all of this by telling Quill to chill out for 5 minutes, while they were getting the glove off the dude.
I respectfully disagree (but also just plain love talking about it lol).
If I recall, multiple 'human' mistakes were made when it came to defeating Thanos. Gamora practically handed him the soulstone on a silver platter. She said she was willing to die to stop Thanos getting the stone, but she didn't. She couldn't see her sister suffer. Wanda also had the power to stop Thanos getting all 6 stones by destroying one before Thanos knew where it was. But she couldn't destroy the person she loved. Quill's emotions got the better of him too. Thanos basically got the stones due to the 'human-ness'/weaknesses of the individuals around him, including Quill.
For me that is what made it an interesting part of the story. Thanos and Quill loved Gamora equally, so seeing them face off together (in a way that didn't involve puny Quill being flicked into the sun) was impactful IMO. Thanos had to get all 6 stones. We as fans needed him to. You don't build up Thanos' quest for the stones for THAT long (I don't remember when Thanos first appeared. Avengers?) without some payoff.
As for phase four, I'm hoping they introduce a whole new batch of folks for us to love, as well as keeping other characters for cameos or have their story within the main arc (similar to the Hulk/Banner storyline that weaved through a lot of the movies). Now that the MCU is so large, I'd like to see different factions emerge between the good guys, and disagreements between factions that culminates in them becoming enemies for a short while before they have to team up against a common baddie enemy. Basically give me some more in-fighting lol.
I watched it on Thursday but only just had time to actually make a post.
I loved it. The fat jokes were a bit over the top, yes, but most people in the theatre I was in seemed to enjoy it. I was mainly stoked to see a fat Thor, I always joked to my husband that he looks like a fat Chris Hemsworth XD
One of my fav parts was
seeing how The Hulk and Banner had resolved their issues. Ruffalo has been my absolute favourite portrayal of Hulk and it was a pretty fantastic storyline weaved throughout the movies.
I also loved, "I thought you were a build-a-bear".
I liked that they mentioned a positive aspect of the snap - less pollution and boat traffic, allowing them to see the whales in the Hudson. It was quickly shut down, but makes you think, surely there's a way to have those benefits WITHOUT murdering half the Universe.
I'm also glad that Captain Marvel didn't 'steal the show'. She was important but not needed for the whole journey.
I have so many ideas for comics, and so little time to develop them, let alone draw them. I posted a comic in 2005 and promptly abandoned it because it was awful and I was awful. My art peaked in 2009-2010 when I drew every day, and has only gotten worse since then because because I went for years without drawing.
I kept quitting. And maybe I'll quit again in the future.
But I can't quit for good. I haven't been able to kick the habit. Something always pulls me back in - I get a block of free time. A spark of inspiration. A new gadget to draw with.
So sure, if you want to, you should definitely quit. But if art is something that truly calls you, you'll come crawling back eventually :)
I just bought a refurbished Surface Pro 3 for $299, and I love it. I love that I can draw anywhere - in bed, on the couch, in the playroom. I'm not tethered to my PC, but I can sit at my desk and draw too. I can't always get a comfy enough position to really draw refined lines, but for quick sketches or something mindless like colouring, it's fine. And I like that it's a tablet so I can do other stuff on it too, read books, browse facebook, etc. It pulls double duty so it's not just an expensive drawing gadget.
Does anyone stream their comic-making process, or general art/drawing process? I watched a stream last night and got a little bit hooked on watching people draw! And it inspired me to draw more too. Twitch had surprisingly few art streamers live at the time I was looking, and I couldn't find people streaming their webcomic creation at all.
So if you do stream, let me know what schedule and platform! Or if you don't, is there anything specific putting you off? I personally am awkward around crowds, I'd love to stream purely for fun hangout times, take 10-min silly requests etc (bear in a bath tub, ninjas on a rooftop, etc), but I don't think I could stream my comic, or a polished-looking picture, because I'd be too nervous to get it right.
decaf is offensive to my people. My people being mothers of small children who wake up at 6am and do not stop running, climbing, learning and exploring until naptime. By which time I get to sit down and have a second cup of coffee to fuel me for when he wakes up again.
Coffee is practically a medical necessity. A human right. Beer is a privilege.
I have my own domain, but Comicfury hosts, so it's super simple to redesign and upload comics, I just come here to do it. And honestly, it's the least amount of tinkering I've ever had to do to make my site look and act how I want.
When I had my own hosting, Wordpress was pretty much the only game in town for a DIY webcomic for a beginner (you have to learn some html and css or your comic looks like every other comic in existence).
I've also hosted through Tumblr, it was a trainwreck. I've attempted to code my own webcomic site, that was a dumpster fire. I've heard about Squarespace but no idea what their deal is.
I know you asked for self-hosting advice, not domain mapping, but from my personal experience it has been the best option so far. I feel like I have all the benefits of a self-hosted webcomic (i.e I get to make it look how I want), with none of the hassle of blocking spam, updating wordpress and whether it breaks your site, random functionality issues requiring tech support, etc.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy:I'd take EncyclopediaDramatica entries with an ENORMOUS grain of salt. Like, a whole 10lb lick. A lot of the Tim Buckley entry appears to be unsourced rumour.
CRTL+ALT+DEL is a moderately above-average webcomic. It's quasi-professional enough. It's funny enough. It's more bland and derivative than it is outrightly or aggressively bad.
And I may be in the minority, but I've always felt that the miscarriage storyline was very affecting, and worked really well without any lead up -- it was a gut-punch, as tragedy often is. I think of my father's death 5 years ago -- we got the news on April 1st. We'd all had a good Easter the day before. We thought the news was someone's dumbass joke... and then it sank in, painfully quickly, that it was real, and that my father was really gone. Just like that. No lead up. Straight from jokes and levity to cold, hard death. That's life, and CRTL+ALT+DEL captured that feeling in a way which has always felt, to me, like a real artistic triumph.
And even putting the entire miscarriage plot aside, I genuinely think a lot of the hate Tim Buckley gets is from trolls who are jealous of his success.
...and I'm going to go ahead and add that I think a lot of his target audience are young and insensitive dudes with a lot of growing up to do, and also a good chunk of misogynists (if Gamergate is any indication) -- this was not the best audience to throw a women's health storyline at, no matter how well-done.
P.S. The man is a fellow webcomic artist. I don't care if he drags and drops (I cheat at art too, because I'm not immortal and don't have the time not to, and also Wally Wood told me to). Regardless of how much or how little rumour we may believe might be true about Tim Buckley, I don't think we should be referring to fellow webcomic creators as "a piece of shit".
I'm sorry about your dad. I pretty much agree with everything you've said here. I was proud of the comic for going that way and showing the characters in pain. The other information about his personality is new information to me and I haven't had time to process it, so all I can comment on is how his art affected me - it inspired my first webcomic (not about guys or gaming, but style wise, and just 'wow, I could do that too'-wise).
And death and loss doesn't always get the Grey's Anatomy treatment, where everything gets dramatic lighting and a buildup and a few strong monologues and a punchy narrator to wrap it up with a meaningful quote. I was joking with my husband and squeezing his hand when the nurse went quiet and left, and the Doctor came in and told me, at 38 weeks pregnant, that my daughter's heart was no longer beating. And my miscarriages haven't ever even been in hospital beds - I had one on vacation, and one at home. I don't think they should be taboo topics or only topics that certain genres/formats/art-styles can do.
Our budget for groceries is 400 a month. We do often go over that, but we try to use cash so when it's gone, we stop (if we use debit we lose track of the budget SO easily). We've had times when we've had to get creative with what we already have in the pantry and freezer. Usually at Walmart (at Aldi we struggle to spend more than $50 a trip).
We do have a grapevine that was here when we moved in. I don't water it, weed it, fertilise it, use pesticides on it, or prune it. But it grows grapes still, and every year I make a few pots of freezer jelly. That's the only 'free food' I get from gardening - gardens are quite a big investment if you start from scratch, so I don't know I would ever 'make' that money back with the produce I would be able to grow.
I am SO Tumblr. Not necessarily on purpose, it's just easier to draw. Noodle-arms, sausage legs, overly-cute and simple. I used to draw more Disney-style, but I prefer the simple style for my journal comic (and now it's been so long that IDK if I even can draw anything except the Tumblr style any more).
I click on comics that have art that shows care. I don't mind about art style or 'talent' per se, but I can't read a comic that is scribbles or stick figures or MS Paint/aliased as heck (unless it's a sprite comic obv). I am an avid reader, so if you have a story to tell but aren't willing to put in the effort it takes to polish a page, then write it as a book/script and I will be more likely to read it.