I've been thinking about this myself, as we're gonna be facing this at some point. I think what I'd do, is only put a minimum amount of information on the character page. Keep it to basic stuff, a good reference image, and maybe a small amount of description, no more than two sentences. I see character pages as a way to help a reader recognise who is who, rather than introduce and sum up characters to them. I would probably be on the side of 'keep the information up to date' but without so much detail it spoils everything.
Hey, all you have to do is reply to your thread! It may help to keep it bookmarked. But if you post too quickly after (I think it's up to 6 hours after, or it could be a day, I forget) the posts will be merged and the thread won't be bumped. That is, unless you're replying to someone else. But it's not really recommended to post that often there anyway. The rules thread says this:
3. Don't bump your thread more than four times a week or more often than you update. (Answering questions posted in thread is fine.)
So if you reply to your thread no more than this, you should hopefully not encounter any problems. -w-
Edit: oopsy, too late. but there may still be something useful in here anyway.
Both can be good. Colour does tend to draw me in, but I do have an appreciation for well done black and white, and I love textures and screentones, so if something has those it'll probably look pretty good to me. Colouring is kind of... the fun part of comics? To some people, i feel, anyway and that may have something to do with why its used so often. its true it works well with certain genres and not with others. I'm sure a horror comic wouldn't look right with bright, saturated colours unless it was deliberately in your face, and probably kind of trippy- wait, now I wanna read something like that. XD The fact webcomics are online is a big factor too, we can colour without worrying about cost. (as I found out when i printed my comic and the result was stupidly expensive. -_-)
I tend to only use colour nowadays, as my style is quite cartoony/not detailed, and I think colour goes with it better than black and white would. I wouldn't entirely rule out a black and white comic in the future, but I'd have to be feeling it. Black and white wouldn't save time for me. I'd still need to do the shading the same way, and knowing me I'd just make an image in colour then greyscale it so that the shades look right. The only way to save time on black and white i guess would be to leave the image as lineart. This can work for some people really well, but I think for me it'd just look unfinished.
I was kind of fed up today, so I decided to draw up this thing with someone's tumblr post I found on google this one time instead of doing something productive. The post amused me. Nice to have a change sometimes. -u-'
Baines. So much. But it's not my fault! XD A friend created an amazing backstory for him, and now it's canon. It explains so much about him and his personality. He's probably THE most developed character in this universe now. But I can't say much more because it's all plot relevant. :/
Not bad for a character who wasn't even dead when I first thought of him.
oh boy so much. Some of these are from my first webcomics that can no longer be found anywhere thank goodness.
started writing without a plan or buffer and forgot plot points
had a character who swore a lot because i thought it was 'cool.'
lined with biro, and coloured by scanning in the pages, and scribbling over the page with 60% opacity
got bored of a comic, and finished it with really crappy art
drew with a mouse for like, forever, and had to draw over certain lines to make them thicker.
For my current ones, things i regret are:
not using cell shading from the start (badly utilised line shading)
anime sticker mouths
Neither my smackjeeves nor my tapas mirrors did very well, but SJ did a lot worse, so I deleted it and kept Tapas. I guess its just weighing up the stuff you have to do and if it's worth it. I say if you know you have A regular reader on a site, it may be worth keeping going. things may pick up.
I could never hurt an animal, I hate what happened, but the fox didn't know what it was doing, it just wanted to make a food store I guess. It's been put somewhere else, and that coop's not being used again, so I guess it's over with now.
Another update: one of our hens survived. She was trapped under a bit of wood, and is really traumatised, so we're keeping her inside tonight.
So, my birds mean a lot to me and today I got some bad news.
A fox killed all my chickens apart from two cockerels in another pen. It's still trapped in the pen hiding in their bed and the RSPCA were no help- they won't come get it, we have to apparantly open the door and let it go, or put it in a cage and move it somewhere else, heck knows how. But I don't want it anywhere near the ones we still have.
If you have chickens, ducks, rabbits, whatever, please be careful. Make sure they're shut in at night, and preferably that by day, they're in a secure run/area with a roof. Make sure animals can't dig their way in, (look into a concrete floor for their house?) and that the walls are not made of netting they can get through. Check for holes. And apparantly fox repellent exists, so look into that. Just please make sure your animals are safe.
I don't think I have huge gaps in my comic between character appearances, given the small setting, but there are gaps and for whatever reasons, a lot of characters now have very different faces to when they first appeared. Even Baines, which I didn't even notice until it was mentioned to me XD Ah I feel you guys though, sometimes even just one chapter can feel annoyingly long between getting to draw a character. -w-
I think animal characters are great. Even in the most dire or unfamiliar of circumstances, a cute animal is a familiar comfort, and you can rely on a (tame or domesticated) animal to be friendly to anyone who's nice to it, regardless of complications in the situation. Animals are just great for filling the roles human characters just can't. Also they're cute and can be so funny. I agree with the dog thing though, its just weird to see a horse or dinosaur acting like one for no reason. Animals have their own personalities!
Beyond kinda has some, Barty the cat and Cackle the hen, but they belong to the ship/crew in general rather than main characters. Though it seems Sawbones has 'claimed' Barty. Mostly they just get up to background antics, but they've been very useful for certain little moments in the plot. I wanted to include animals, because pirate ships pretty much always have some in fiction. Though I didn't want to go the typical 'parrot and monkey' route. A cat is a useful animal to have around (catches rats) and a chicken can lay eggs. Cackle's also based on my own chicken who recently passed away, so her place in the story means a lot to me. -w-
I was going to say that future comic Silk and Sword doesn't have any, but then I remembered, yep, one particular kind of animal is really important (and pretty dang adorable) so I guess it does!
Yes, I also strongly prefer the last page. Thinking on it, I don't really follow many comics that don't send you to the last page. Spoilers could be a problem, but I don't think one page would give away too much on its own, often I've come across a spoiler, not understood what it was until i read the comic, because of context.