Comic Fury Webcomic Hosting - 30 Days of Comic Management

You are not logged in. Log in, Register, More info
Forum > Webcomic & Art discussion > 30 Days of Comic Management
Pages: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [18]

"30 Days of Comic Management", 19th Sep 2019, 12:37 AM #1
LeRenardRoux
Scrabble Loser 🦊
User avatar
Posts: 2038
Registration date: 27th Jul 2013
Location: at the bottom of a stair whose top is invisible with light
Hey everyone! We've had some fun threads about character development, world-building, and plot-crafting in recent months. So I thought, why don't we answer some questions about the absolute boringest part of comics!! Management!

These questions are to help you assess your own comic management decisions and determine whether you're happy with how you're running things. We’re all hobbyists, most of us are one-man bands, and we have limited but varying amounts of time, talent, and money to invest in our projects. None of these questions are meant to shame you for not having the same resources as someone else, or for not investing what you have to the fullest. They’re about finding a balance between what you can and want to put in and what you hope to get out. A lot of these questions start with “Is x important to you?” and “No” is a legitimate answer. We don’t all want the same things out of this. A lot of them end with “Do you have tips to share?” Even on questions without that prompt, feel free to share what worked for you and what didn’t. Feel free to take others’ advice or leave it. Some of these questions may have very personal answers. Feel free to skip any that you’re not comfortable sharing.

We're on to the fourtg category of topics- Time -and today's question is:

19. How much time do you spend per week on your comic? Is this enough to maintain your update schedule? Is it an amount of time you’re comfortable devoting to your comic? How much time do you spend on other hobbies/fun activities? Do any of your hobbies take time away from important responsibilities? Are there steps you could be taking to manage your time to get what you want out of it? Are there any resources for time management that you have found helpful and would like to share?


Past questions:

_______________________
image
"To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world...."
19th Sep 2019, 12:48 AM #2
Taily
Environment Knight
User avatar
Posts: 1282
Registration date: 9th Mar 2010
Location: TEXAS???
Thanks for making this thread, I think this will be a great way for us all to analyze our own habits!

Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


I think I had a different motivation going into this thing than I currently do; it's definitely evolved. When I chose comics as a hobby 10 years ago, I was literally a kid, and my motivations were:

1) I want attention!

Nowadays it's more nuanced! It's more like:

1) I have a whole lot of ideas and I need to get them out of my head (I need a creative outlet).
2) Maintaining a webcomic helps me stay connected with my friends, because they interact with it and it functions as a bonding experience.
3) I still want attention!
19th Sep 2019, 12:52 AM #3
JammyTheBirb
Birb is the Worb
User avatar
Posts: 4432
Registration date: 17th Aug 2012
Location: Englishland
Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.

-I have ideas inside me, and I've gotta get 'em out.
-I want to produce the stuff I always wanted to read and got sick of not finding, with the kind of characters and stories I want.
-I'm proud of my work, and it makes me feel better even when I'm not feeling too great.
-Comics are accessible and possible for me to achieve, unlike things like animation or prose. (I could do the latter if I tried, but I'm worse at it than I am at comics.)
-It feels good to create something.

I have no idea how to accurately order those. Interacting with other creators is an awesome bonus, but I'd still be doing this even if I wasn't, and I can't accurately call that a 'why.'
_______________________
Avatar by MK_Wizard
imageimage
imageimage
19th Sep 2019, 12:53 AM #4
CrosEL

User avatar
Posts: 1086
Registration date: 9th Mar 2018
Location: America
Top reasons for my comics:

The voice in my head kept begging me too.

I wanted to do something like: Kumar and Harold go to White Castle

I already did comics on miiverse, and felt I should continue..

Thought of a awesome concept for one of the main characters

I'm a maniac...


To add detail: the reasons above solely apply to UBERNATURA, every other comic is because:

I was inspired

My Muse's overactive

Wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone.

Thought it would be fun to try.
_______________________
Me: I suck...

God: Who told thee that thou suck?


image
19th Sep 2019, 12:57 AM #5
deo101
pungent
User avatar
Posts: 417
Registration date: 26th Sep 2017
Location: California
Why I make comics:

-I have stories in me that I need to get out
-They're accessible/achievable for me
-I love my characters, and I want other people to like them too! (a bit selfish, I know)
-Idk why but for some reason when I was 12 I decided I was gonna make a comic and I just never gave up on that idea. It's just kind of always been how I wanted to tell my stories.
_______________________
If you see me on the forums im probably procrastinating.
image
19th Sep 2019, 1:28 AM #6
TheHiddenElephant
not a slice of pizza
User avatar
Posts: 318
Registration date: 1st Dec 2017
Why did I choose to make comics?

I didn't choose. If I could choose, and I have said this to myself far before I started making my comic, then I would absolutely not make a comic.

I needed to make a comic. There was no choice.

I've got stories that just absolutely need to be made. I make too much stuff too casually not to do so.
Gives me a purpose in life.
Also furthers my ability to make art and expands it.
Connecting with a community (this is by accident).
_______________________
image
19th Sep 2019, 1:31 AM #7
Dyohna

User avatar
Posts: 502
Registration date: 20th Feb 2015
Location: Sugar Water Beach
The last time I thought of art and comics as a hobby was like 7th or 8th grade, I want to do it for a living but why I chose it...

-I don't feel like I had a choice, this is THE way I keep from being bored and sad
-Everytime I would watch a show or read a picture book I was happy to know those characters and I thought I could effect people that way as well
-Constantly thinking about ocs made me want to see their stories with my own eyes
-I like to draw but I don't like repeating myself so animation wasn't gonna be an option for me lol
-I like it when the little people talk in my head, they're nice company
_______________________
19th Sep 2019, 2:02 AM #8
Zero Hour

User avatar
Posts: 1105
Registration date: 12th Mar 2017
Location: Pirate Submarine
1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.

1.It happened by accident
2.I just like it
3.I got attached to the main character of my comic, like a lot
_______________________
19th Sep 2019, 3:10 AM #9
ShaRose49

User avatar
Posts: 1181
Registration date: 27th Jul 2018
Location: Canada
1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


I don’t really think of this as a hobby—a hobby is something fun that you do on the side, this comic is almost (but not quite) a full-time job. I think of it more as my calling, as dumb as that may sound. Well, not the comic specifically, but the story. I have much bigger plans for this story in the future, but for now, it is what it is.

1: I wanted to make my story available to more people.

2: I need to get these stories out of my head or I’ll self-combust hehe

3: It was a good challenge for myself.

4: It forces me to learn things I wouldn’t have otherwise, like better art and writing.

5: it’s a way to interact with people and I need more of that in some ways.

6: I want to help people and bless them in some way. Entertainment is the way I’m best at that.
19th Sep 2019, 3:42 AM #10
BlueDragon

User avatar
Posts: 745
Registration date: 7th Jan 2015
Location: Missouri

1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


1. I love the way it feels when I draw something that was in my mind.

2. I want to improve my art and story telling.

3. I want to make an independent career of comics and art. It started as a hobby, but it's always been the long term goal.

4. I want to know the end of the story. And I have other stories I want to start or finish, too. There's not enough time. I'll die before I get to my other stories X'D

5. I don't want to let myself down, and now I don't want to let my partner down (or my doggos.) I have found notes to myself (from different ages and such) reminding me not to forget my love for art. One was sealed with some candle wax...I'm sure I wasn't supposed to be playing with candles o_O

6. This comic, and making comics in general, has been there for me through the crash and burning of two long term relationships. Third time's a charm?
_______________________
19th Sep 2019, 3:45 AM #11
swamp
Min-Pin Kingpin
User avatar
Posts: 1242
Registration date: 8th Feb 2017
Location: Montana, for now
1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


I love this thread topic.

I don't think I could list. I... have written and drawn as long as I can remember. If I'm not, something is wrong. It's a huge amount of how I exist. And as soon as I realized I could combine them... I've never wanted to be anything else. I love thinking about it, I love reading about it, I love reading comics, I love making comics.
Telling stories is the real passion, but comics just feels like the right way to do it.

So I guess-
1. COMICS
2. ... if comics gave me money, I could draw more comics
_______________________
19th Sep 2019, 4:03 AM #12
Danny McLimmon

User avatar
Posts: 173
Registration date: 3rd Jan 2016
1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.

1. I wanted to create media with a positive message, in the hopes of it enriching people's lives. If you don't like what's out there, create it yourself, I say.

2. I wanted a project that would combine my loves of music and cartoons.

3. I would like to animate these characters someday, but as of right now, that's a bigger project than I can handle, so I chose comics as a way to develop the characters, since it's easier for me to produce with my extremely low budget.

4. It's good art practice.
19th Sep 2019, 4:13 AM #13
HeSerpenty

User avatar
Posts: 2717
Registration date: 23rd Nov 2012
Location: California
Great idea for a thread Roux!

1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


Lol because a TV series wasn't as realistic for my situation. That's pretty much the only reason. If WHen I finish Serpents I don't think I'll do another one X"D. I'd probably co-author a couple with a certain person, but I truly don't see myself obsessing over more stories after this TO BE HONESSSST.

**I feel like I should add**

I have tons of passion for my story..lol..but not tons of passion for the actual art of comic-ing. If that makes sense? LOL I didn't want to sound too negative! I mean I do enjoy it! XD
_______________________
image
--Updates Once a Week!--
Commissions|DeviantArt



19th Sep 2019, 6:05 AM #14
MissElaney

User avatar
Posts: 728
Registration date: 26th Nov 2016
Location: WOKELAND, ACTIN HARD
Because I want to tell this goddamn story and I want to tell this got damn story. I'm lame and have little other motivation.
_______________________
19th Sep 2019, 11:06 AM #15
B.W.K.

User avatar
Posts: 102
Registration date: 30th Jan 2018
Location: Here
1. I like writing stories
2. I feel the stories I write are best told using a visual medium
3 To learn skills I didn’t have before.
4. To do something in my free time
_______________________
image
19th Sep 2019, 3:52 PM #16
wesley-draws

User avatar
Posts: 32
Registration date: 27th Jul 2019
Location: From (and made of) parts unknown
Yay, I'm so excited to actually participate in one of these threads :D

1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


1. I love the combination of art, writing and layout. Whenever I do just writing or just single illustrations, they always seem to be missing something. Images plus writing makes it complete. And arranging a whole page is just fun.
2. I want a finished piece of work featuring my characters, something I can point to and say "this is my characters' story".
3. The format of drawing page-by-page is great motivation to keep going. I don't have to "start from scratch" every time because each page sets up the next one ahead of time.
4. There's a lot to learn about, and it's really fun to research. Lettering, paneling, pacing, a whole bunch of stuff I've never done before.

I suppose I should say stuff about improving my skills as an artist/writer... but to be honest that's not a huge motivator for me haha x) Just kind of a side effect.
_______________________
image
19th Sep 2019, 3:53 PM #17
Jeremy7
What a sucker
User avatar
Posts: 752
Registration date: 7th Mar 2018
Location: Small SC Town
#1:

I've got stories I want to tell.
Well, OCs I want to share.

I want to leave at least a semblance of a mark on the world.

There were no comic shops around when I was a child, so webcomics are frickin' neato.

Maybe one day, I can sell T-Shirts.
_______________________
image
19th Sep 2019, 5:24 PM #18
Chernobog

User avatar
Posts: 299
Registration date: 5th Jun 2012
Location: NJ
1. -Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.-


1. Creating, for me, is pure exorcism. I need to get things out and I need a lot of mediums. I do a webcomic, I write novels, and I run a very involving Dungeons and Dragons game. Exorcising these stories and ideas makes me better as a creator and gets ideas out of my head so I can develop new ones. Stagnation is death.

2. I don't handle being told I can't do something 'just because'. My life has been filled with people who are either elitist in nature or specialists in some topic (somehow, being specialized in one topic/field means you know everything).

3. It's a medium I have no plans to excel in, but I'm not some complete putz with either. Knowing that 'I can do this' helps with confidence issues sometimes.

4. I need to have accomplishments in life. It helps me feel a day hasn't been wasted on more mundane things.

5. I've become more dedicated in other pursuits. One of my finished webcomics was eight years long, with 2-3 updates a week for a long time. If I can do that, surely I can focus strong on other things too.
_______________________
Whether you give your two cents or I give mine, it still isn't worth much to anyone.

Check out my written works, 'Peaches and the Pooka' and 'Desperate By Dusk' on Amazon!

Arachnid Goddess 2

My DeviantArt page
19th Sep 2019, 6:05 PM #19
whiteshaix

User avatar
Posts: 204
Registration date: 28th Jul 2015
Location: Italy
I chose webcomics as a hobby because my characters asked me to.
They're my children, the only ones I ever wanted.
I never wanted to draw stories that weren't mine, so making a career as cartoonist was not a possibility. I get easily bored with characters I don't like and I could never accept other people's interferences in my work.
_______________________
image
image
19th Sep 2019, 6:39 PM #20
SunnySideUpSmile
Boiling water
User avatar
Posts: 2477
Registration date: 8th Nov 2016
Location: Sleep
1. Why did you choose comics as a hobby? Think of the top reasons, and try to list them roughly in order of most to least important. These reasons will help you assess which parts of comic management will be most useful to you.


1. It gives me something to do that isn't too stress inducing.
2. I like drawing, and comics help me practice drawing
3. I like posting things
4. It gives me a reason to not convince a 3 year old who doesn't want to eat cooked carrots to eat cooked carrots
_______________________
image
From the pun thread, I got a new nickname. PunnySideUpSmile. Yay.
Vegetables? Puns -_-
Forum > Webcomic & Art discussion > 30 Days of Comic Management
Pages: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [18]