Webcomics – Change You Can Believe In

by Steve Napierski to Articles

No, I’m not talking about how much webcomic artists make off of their endeavors. I’ve already discussed that before. No I’m discussing the ever changing world of webcomics. You see in the past week alone there’s been three major changes to the webcomic microcosm: a partner swap, a reduction and an ending.

Now I’ve been working regularly on webcomics for the past six years beginning with Bored and Evil in ’04. And in that time I’ve seen a lot of webcomics start, stop and change. But when all of these events transpired at the same time it caused me to step back and reflect.

In case you aren’t aware of what events I am talking about, allow me to explain…

First off, this week Hello with Cheese, done by Darren Gendron and Bryan Prindiville, announced that as of Friday June, 4 that Bryan Prindiville will be stepping down from his illustrative duties and that a new super secret artist would be stepping in to take his place.

Next, Theater Hopper done by Tom Brazelton announced that he would be scaling back his webcomic of eight years from three days a week down one day a week effective immediately.

And lastly, but far from leastly, fellow Gamers Pair of Dice brethren 2PSTART!, done by Tim Harding & Ray Hargreaves, released their final comic strip last Thursday. Thus ending their three year tenure, seems like longer, in the webcomic community. Best of luck, guys!

I compare this situation to a frog in a pot of water. If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water,
it will jump right out. But, if you gradually increase the heat, the frog will boil himself. Right now I’m noticing a lot of changes because they all happened at once. But if they were to be more staggered I probably would have never reacted more than that’s the nature of the webcomic industry.

When I started working on Bored and Evil, I saw no end to my tenure on the project. A year and a half and 200 strips later I parted ways with the comic.

When I started working on the outer circle my plan was 2,000 comics would be it’s run. After a child and already existing responsibilities with Dueling Analogs. The comics run was cut down to 1,000 comics and has been in perpetual hiatus for almost a year now. Still 49 comics shy of it’s final goal.

Now it makes me wonder what will happen next? I’ve been working on Dueling Analogs for four and a half years now. I’m not doing it for a living, like some other webcomics, but I’m not doing too bad financially off of the project as well. It’s a like a well paying part-time job for me. And one that I do enjoy doing, but that I haven’t always had time to do over the past year or so.

I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon. So don’t infer that. No, it’s more of an eye-opening rant as to never knowing what the future of anything really holds. That’s about it. Thanks for listening reading.

And best of luck to my a fore mentioned webcomic brethren on their current and future projects to come. Godspeed!

Discussion (7)¬

  1. BigLord
    BigLord says:
    May 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    I love your webcomics, and your blog posts. I hope you don’t stop doing this.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Dan
    Dan says:
    May 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    The “boiling frog” thing is a myth.

    The rest of your post, however, was informative and insightful. Cheers.

  3. Darren J. Gendron
    Darren J. Gendron says:
    May 28, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Just so you know, you’ve actually met the super-secret artist, and your face will melt when I announce it (could it be you?).

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      May 28, 2010 at 12:40 am #

      If it is me I really wish you would have given me a little more time to prepare. But I messaged you my guess of who it possibly is via Twitter.

  4. bs angel
    bs angel says:
    May 28, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    I love your comics, and I also understand the pull we sometimes feel between other priorities, responsibilities, and the balance of it all. Best of luck as you figure out the continuation of your path. :)

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      May 28, 2010 at 12:39 am #

      Thanks, I really appreciate it. But don’t worry, I don’t plan on going anywhere. It’s just more of an idea of not knowing what the future holds.

  5. tudza
    tudza says:
    May 28, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    What’s interesting is that, not only is the frog thing just a fable, but also some guy measured the rate of frog heat frantic for multiple species

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/frogboil.asp

    For something on topic, didn’t Foxtrot move from daily to just Sunday’s a year or more ago? Not a web comic I know, but I only read it on-line.