Being guilty of adapting a work that is NOT in the public domain, I've given this a lot of thought for when I finish The Book of Three and have learned enough about this process to do something I can actually profit from.
Princess and the Goblin has actually been top of my list for a while, too. :) I've also considered Jungle Book, for the reason somebody else stated, except I think I'd be bored by the lack of female characters. Also I'd rather draw people than animals.
I'd love to do a couple of the Francis H. Burnett books. Both Secret Garden and A Little Princess would make great graphic works.
Anne of Green Gables would also be fun.
I would say Peter Pan, but Renae de Liz is already doing that and geez, who can compete.
Classic fairy tales have been done a lot and so has Greek mythology, but there's plenty of other cultural folk tales and mythologies to be played with out there. Given my current project, I will probably consider taking a crack at the Welsh Mabinogion at some point.
Geez, she's moving so much further west than was predicted. That's not a bad thing for us, but I'm going to be just a little bit pissed if we spent this last week of panic, mayhem, hype, and blowing our budget on water and batteries, for nothing.
It's kind of surreal, you all. I'm up near Orlando and right now it's just drizzling rain. No lightning and zero wind. You would never know she's out there. We've got our "panic room" set up in case of tornadoes tonight, but at this point it's not going to be nearly as bad as it looked two days ago. Not for us, anyway.
The bullshit forecast panics people too early and in all the wrong ways. I had friends pick up and scatter to the west coast because all the early models showed it going up the east or middle of the state. Now they're stuck in Tampa about to get slammed. Everyone here was ready like two days ago because the media hype made us feel like disaster was imminent, and now we've been sitting here with our boarded up windows and booze for 48 hours, literally bored and wishing the damn thing would just get here already and be over with.
I can't profit from the current comic because copyrights, but it's a hobby I take very seriously, because the story I'm visualizing is one I'm so passionate about. I do care about subs, but I care more about active readership; people who take the time to interact in some way. It's amazing to get, say, 154 individual reader counts in a day, but very discouraging when only four of them comment. I try not to take it personally, realizing that a lot of people feel like they just don't have anything useful to say or are on their phones where typing is a pain - but I can say that when I DO get into good fan discussion it motivates me like nothing else. I become incredibly productive because I am seeking that next "high", and if it doesn't come I'm like an addict in withdrawal. lol But even so, I'll keep going, because it's worth it to me.
Go professional? Maybe. Not with this story, but this has been a learning process, and by the time I'm done, I feel like I'll have grown enough to tackle a different one, something I could actually market and sell. But my time is limited, and given the choice between working on something else I could sell and continuing my work on Prydain - if I could only pick one, I'd stick with my hobby. It's that serious. (And of course, I rely on the fact that we're a single-income family and can spare that kind of time in the first place.)
khkddn:People binging your archive probably won't notice slow pacing as much as people who read the updates as they come out.
Readers who are all caught up with your comic might be less inclined to rate or comment if there is not enough noteworthy content on the page. They might stop checking every single update and instead only check your comic after a couple months worth of updates are up. Which isn't bad, just a different way of reading.
This, in my experience, is the crux of the matter. I've had a reader get a little impatient with pacing at one point, but it seemed to be due more to my slowing down to one page a week after a long stretch of twice-weekly updates, plus, perhaps, a misunderstanding of what the story was actually about (they wanted more sword-and-sorcery action, and I persist in concentrating on character development and relationships - but then, I have the luxury that I'm adapting an existing book and most of my readers already know the story, so they aren't breathlessly awaiting the next big event; they're just enjoying seeing it come to life. I sometimes forget that I have a few fans who have no idea where the story is going and thus are more likely to chafe at perceived lack of progression...I feel for them, and I hate to lose any readers over it, but ultimately I'm telling this story the way I think it should be told at a gut level).
I do instinctively feel that each page should sort of stand alone as much as possible - each one serving as its own little story-within-a-story, if that makes sense. If characters are conversing, and there's a witty punchline, or a setup for a big reveal, or a cliffhanger line, or a big surprise declaration - those become my page punctuation, and I'll break up the rest of it to fit into those parameters. Sometimes I add more space to a page just to do that effectively, though it took me a long time to give up on the OCD notion that every page had to be the same size in case I wanted to print a book one day. We have the flexibility with webcomics so we might as well use it. I find that if I follow this rule, my pacing stays...consistent, at least. Some will like it and some won't, and that's fine.
Man I'm so ready for some company to give Wacom some legit competition. And not just for their crazy price points either. Reading reviews on their new tech (I covet the mobile pro)leads me to believe they are getting sloppy, themselves, and I'm sure it's due to the fact that they ride on the strength of their brand alone. There really are no better options, so we are stuck putting up with annoying buggy things in $2k machines, assuming we can afford them in the first place. Unacceptable.
I tried a much-lauded Surface Pro from a Black Friday sale and had a similar experience. Returned it. Once you work on a Cintiq there is no going back. I'm still curious about the iPad Pro, but until Smith Micro makes an iOS app for Clip Studio, I don't think I could use it for much more than roughs and layouts. Can't justify the price for that. :/
Photobucket sucks anyway. Who has time to sit through a damn half-hour of page loading with every click, thanks to all their stupid blinky ads and plug-ins? I'm glad they're making themselves obsolete; I hope it causes a mass exodus from their horrible site.
Oh man Joey that's fantastic! I can't believe you did a whole group shot! Love seeing them in your style...especially Gurgi, and Eilonwy's hand holding the bauble.
Dang those fluid lines of yours are just gorgeous. You draw like an animator...beautiful! Can I share this on my social media?
I know I'm being a goody-two-shoes overachiever for posting this already, but I had free time today and if I didn't go ahead and do it I'd forget about it.
I have a soft spot for Tanner. He reminds me of those stoner guys in high school who spent all lunch hour playing hacky sack in the parking lot. It looked pretty much like the most physical exertion they would ever willingly undertake.
You've already got quite a few here, and I dislike adding my name to the pot on these kinds of things because I don't like begging for feedback, but if you are inclined, I'd love some advice on The Book of Three.
Story isn't mine as I'm adapting a book, so no need to analyze it as nothing is going to change. My art style has evolved quite a bit and I'd love to hear how I can push it further. And I am specifically looking for opinions on whether to stick with the page format I was using for the first 100 pages or so (traditional "print" layout), or stay with the vertical format I have switched to in my most recent pages.
Thanks so much - and if you're totally burned out and DONE by the time you get this far, I'd understand. It's a huge commitment doing threads of this type.
Part of the issue is that I have small children and no spare time to nitpick around with traditional methods. If I want to keep my comic output high I HAVE to use digital tools. My drawing skill is fine either way, (though after working on a screen so long I find the "tooth" of paper sort of a sensory annoyance) but I have zero patience for not being able to resize and rearrange page elements with a few button clicks. And for coloring - sheez. I wouldn't even know how to START anymore without multiple layering, the ease of quick-fill, and slider adjustments for contrast, etc.
I have a cynical inner voice that says my attention span has been so fried by the digital age that I couldn't go back to traditional media even if I wanted to and had the time. That's probably not true, but I'd be hampered by a lack of passion. To some extent, doing a comic has made me more focused on the end result rather than the process - ironic, since that tendency is something I used to get frustrated with my art students over.
This thread appears to explain why I'm suddenly getting a few comments from readers I've never heard from before. lol
I think the general consensus is that most of us make an effort to reply to comments left on our work, because it is good to acknowledge that somebody took the time to say something. As someone in my 30s, an old fogey by this site's standards, I remember when commenting was far more common than it is now. Ten years ago people were browsing sites like this on actual computers with keyboards. Now that mobile devices have become the norm, commenting has become far, far less frequent, because nobody enjoys typing on a phone or tablet. That is a shame, but in a way, it makes each comment even more meaningful - you know that somebody really wanted to say something or they wouldn't have bothered. (Either that, or they're old school and prefer interacting on a computer.) And that is something that deserves thanks, though I think many of us like to say something a little more substantive. We all like to talk about our work, and most of us enjoy the interaction of fan community.
I typically will visit a commenter's page as a courtesy or curiosity, but feel that leaving comments just because somebody did that for me is a little bit disingenuous - this also seems to be the common opinion. I have pretty specific and narrow taste for comics; my subscription list is tiny, and if I'm not grabbed instantly by a thumbnail and description, I don't click through to check out the work. My life just does not grant me the spare time to read comics solely out of gratitude to their creators. I have to be legitimately interested in them, and my interests are limited. I've had a few enthusiastic commenters on my work who have disappeared over time, and sometimes I wonder guiltily if it's because I did not respond in kind - but ultimately, again, I only have time to follow things I am interested in, and nobody should have to apologize about somebody else's work just not being their cup of tea.
HOWEVER, if I do read something, I try to make a point to comment. I think most of us know how encouraging and motivating it is to get feedback, especially if it is thoughtful, and knowing by stats that people are reading but only hearing from one, or two, or none, can be discouraging. I try to remember that, and come up with something decent to say, particularly if I'm browsing a comic that doesn't already have pages of commentary. There are those that never seem to lack it, and I don't always bother saying something on those, unless I've established a rapport with the creator and know they look forward to hearing from me.