Happy 4th, everyone!
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Happy 4th, everyone!
The first chapter of The Bell Tower is nearly complete, go catch up!
Another panel tease comparing Nomad Tofu’s webcomic iteration to the forthcoming, “final edit” book edition.
Lots of love. Lots… and lots of love…
There’s a new write-up about a new area in Nomad Tofu called Green Bow. We talk a bit about inspiration, design philosophy and what’s behind a name. Check it out.
A friend asked for advice about starting a potential webcomic. This is what I told him… :)
"The following is sort of a business approach to this. I don’t know how serious or not you are but here are the tips I’ll generally give to anyone that wants to do a webcomic.
1.) Start. A lot of people talk about their ideas with starry eyes and have a million reasons why they haven’t moved past the planning stage. There’s no magic moment or grand epic explosions going off when you work. And this IS work. You want to do it, do it. Simple as that.
2.) Produce those ten to twenty strips before posting anything to the internet. Make sure YOU like doing it before committing. And once those strips are done, do your best to look forward and not back. They are going to suck, and that’s okay. Keep going because it’s the only way you’ll improve.
3.) Most webcomics try to stick to some sort of schedule so people know to check out your update on that/those given days. Once you decide on a schedule do your best to keep it. And you’ll probably miss updates and that’s not the end of the world - though a buffer, like being ahead those ten to twenty pages before you start, will help. The end-goal here is to work your comic into someone’s daily or weekly routine. The more reliable you are the more you’ll likely retain a reader. This, for me, has been my biggest weakness.
You could also do ‘seasons’ - that’s a pretty recent thing people have been toying with. Plan out a decent sized story-arc (if that’s what you’re doing), update it the days you want to update and when it’s done take a break and work on the next one. The more up-front you can be with a potential reader the better, and I say potential because…
4.) No one will be reading at first. You won’t put up ten strips and have a following beyond your immediate friends and family. Embrace it and improve so if and when people take notice you’ll have something worthy of them TO notice.
5.) Don’t worry about the merch. Keep your entire focus on making the best possible comic you can. I’ve been working at this for… 5(ish?) years online now and have yet to open a store. Only in the past year or so have I even begun to think about it and that’s only because I’ve had inquiries. When people start asking how they can support you, that’s when you can start thinking about it.
And if all that hasn’t depressed or deflated your balloon - good! Make comics! They’re cOmICssss!”
and then kiss each other
Here, I’ll get everybody started.
~~ Webcomickers on Tumblr (some are NSFW) ~~
Can I join? I do Band Vs. Band.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Nomad Tofu finished its first major, OGN-length storyline this week!
A new blog post titled, “It’s Time To Wear Pants” also went up this morning, outlining the future of the comic, along with a new wallpaper and F.A.Q regarding submitting guest comics! Click Pub to go see!
For ‘Creator Owned Day’, here’s a sneak peek of next week’s Nomad Tofu! Ten points if you can name the location!
Such a nice gal, that Kate Beaton :)
And so with those immortal Bill and Ted words:
Today I was sad to see comics posted without credit somewhere for the millionth time, and aired my frustration on twitter. It gets me down sometimes, even though we all know what the internet is like! Credit the artists whose comics you post! They…