It's an interesting combination of nostalgia and criticism. I feel Like I'm progressing in the art department. I'm making a little progress in story telling and pacing, but I've lost a tiny bit of the humor and fun that I felt in earlier adventures. Like I've changed direction a bit. There's a lot of reevaluation going on I guess. Overall, I do enjoy going back and reading what I've created. And the comments that people have left along the way. There's a bit of a time capsule of people that have come and gone from the hallowed halls here at CF and wider webcomic community. There's a lot of "I wonder whatever happened to that person"
Bruno harm is a Sunday comic style crime Drama and gag strip in one!
Only if it's a comic that I'm still working on. Otherwise, I could never go back and read through. The cringe factor for old writing is a thing, and there's also... something else. Something like, "why am I going back to high school? I have enough on my plate as it is!"
In no particular order, the continuity factor already mentioned. I enjoy seeing it - it's all been in my head for so long I still get a kick out of some of the scenes on actual pages. I want to make sure I'm not dropping anything (which could be the same as continuity, but I mean more so larger plot or storylines rather than details). To remember how I portrayed a particular effect or object or such. For the sense of accomplishment.
I don't have the hang up that many folks seem to about worse art. Maybe I haven't been doing it long enough [about 2 and 2/3 years now, counting the time creating pages before I uploaded] or maybe I'm just set in how I draw now -- I've been working in this style for decades now so there's little room for variance. I don't mean I can't improve, just that it's a kind of groove now.
I don't see how one can NOT read back through everything every so often. It's got to feel cohesive, no? I suppose if one had a very rigid & meticulous outline of how things will be to an end, sure, you could avoid it. But with an open-ended comic with inter-weaving storylines like mine, it's a necessity.
I haven't looked at the 2015 pages of my comic in a long time. Some of them have minor fixes added but it still hurts to look at. One day I will take a good look back, and that'll be when I start redrawing pages.
It took a while, but I think I've reached a point where I'm not ashamed to look at my old work anymore. I'm a bit embarrassed by some of the writing, but I'm far enough away from it to accept that I was a different person then, who hadn't been drawing for as long as I have, and who didn't know as much about writing, or life...
I actually really enjoy reading through my comic, not just to check continuity and stuff. Though, this is actually true of everything I write. Maybe I'm a narcissist, but I write stories I'd want to read in genres I love, so it makes sense I like reading my own stuff.
@keiiii I'd agree there. Once my current comic is over I'll probably reread it one last time and then shelve it and move on.
@joeyballast about looking back on old art stuff you stopped doing and reapplying them--I do that too! I also sometimes relearn things about my characters that I'd forgotten about, and that sometimes sparks new ideas going forward!
I see a lot of mentions of people saying if they looked back at their old stuff, they'd feel like they have to redo everything.
I can attest to having done that myself briefly as I attempted to at least color my older pages for a time as my first 170 or so pages were not colored, but that was a nightmare, and stopped at the first 10 pages.
I still enjoy reading my story arcs at least. Some of the jokes about then current stuff going on movie, video game, or toy wise isn't very prevalent today, but...eh.
I love looking back at my older pages. It cheers me up when I'm feeling down.
Remembering what was going through my mind when I made one of my dumb jokes and puns, or what or even whom I was thinking about when I designed a main character or background character.
Ideally, it's for continuity control, but I tend to get lost in the story, sometimes.
I may not be an especially good artist, but, I make comics that I enjoy. I hope others enjoy them, as well.