rufiangel: I love comments as much as the next webcomic artist, but I also want to encourage people not to base the 'success' of their comic around them. The reality is that content creation is hard work, and may not be immediately appreciated, but you get what you work for: content that will still be there, sometimes for years and years, that people can look at and enjoy later on even if not now.
You have a very valid point. Indeed, just because one isn’t getting comments nor any other kind of feedback doesn’t mean one isn’t being seen/heard. Though I feel sorry for those who receive scant support for their efforts, I myself will focus specifically on the creators I enjoy and will send my encouragement lustily across the web to let them know that I love their work and hope that they will continue.
Sure, I’d like to buy the world a Coke and give y’all a bucket full of loving kudos. Moreover, I cringe at the idea of insincere praise as it will eventually ring hollow and deem all commentary worthless.
Content creation IS indeed hard work….or is it? I’ve seen your stuff Rufiangel…..quality work, excellent. But we both know that there’s a rush we get when we’ve created something we’re proud of, right? We obviously love what we do and will likely put ourselves out to accomplish that high….but to receive praise for the efforts that we do to fulfill ourselves….
Of course, not every artist out there is a lovable nut committed to creating beauty and YES...there are some whackos out there. But of all the collectives on the internet we web-comic creators are a different breed. For most of us, our comics are a bearing of our very essence. We're looking inside ourselves, creating images that reflect what we find there and presenting it to a forum wherein ANYBODY can comment. It's likely that this is a concept that you've not reflected on, but is it not true? Even the silliest tripe that you fart onto a drawing board came from inside of you, and after you've shed your mortal coil that perspective won't ever be available again...to me it deserves a small bit of reverence.
For the most part we artists are doing what we do here in webcomic-land out of the shear joy of communicating through our craft. Few garner any hope that there is any real livelihood to be gleaned from their efforts and find themselves struggling to balance an all too time consuming hobby with the responsibilities of one's external life.
Recently, I was sad to see that a story I was following here for the past couple years had reached it's conclusion and was moreover touched when the author reached out to me with a personal message of gratitude for my enduring support throughout the comic's run. The creator had also expressed that they would not likely put as fervent an effort into any future undertaking due to the lack of response from the readership.
So I reflected on the terrific stories I've seen on this platform and remembered interactions I had shared with the wonderful people who had made time in their lives to create...not with the hope of fame, but merely for the love of the craft. I've reached out...so often I've put forth the hopeful message, that can be surmised by the chorus put forth by the doomed Who's on Horton's dust speck, "WE ARE HERE, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE HERE!!!!!!"
I implore anyone who has taken the time to read this foolish rant, to support one another. Not just the kinky nonsense that you find so fascinating because you're A twisted perv who gets off on dirty pictures...(I don't judge, really. Who doesn't love poorly drawn T&A?)
Get out from behind your own cartoon world and take a look around, there are AMAZING humans out there who'd like to have a shot at entertaining you.......and PLEASE leave a comment. Don't be a dick.