If Lewis Carroll and Edward Gorey were to team up and make a webcomic, it might look like this.
Also, a round of applause to Ryan Estrada for pulling the whole thing together (this satisfies my monthly link-to-Mr.-Estrada’s-website requirement for July).
Many years ago, I actually used to be pretty happy with instant coffee. Mainly because it was the only form of coffee I knew back then.
Perhaps I should join Alliteration Addicts Anonymous. Although, I guess they wouldn’t call it that.
Here’s the comic!
Haven’t found any interesting new webcomics today, so here’s a doodle:
So, I read this article that says that Yahoo! has acquired Konfabulator, and I think, “Neat! Konfabulator’s a nifty program.” Then I read on to see that they’ll be releasing it for free, and I think “Double neat!” And then I go the Konfabulator website… just to, you know, see if they have anything to say about this development. And what do I find?
A statement. In webcomic form.
One of the things that readers new to the comic have made fairly clear is that they’d appreciate a way to skip the whole “To Catch A Rabbit” storyline. So, I’ve dusted off my PHP skills and added a “Skip ‘To Catch A Rabbit’” link to the bottom of said comics. To all those who’ve braved the archives without benefit of such a link, I’m so very sorry.
While I’m at it, I suppose I should offer up my own feelings on the whole “To Catch A Rabbit” storyline. I never really expected it to go on for as long as it did, but a fella’s gotta go wherever the muse takes him… even if it means chasing after rabbits for months on end. That said, I almost didn’t do it. I considered skipping the whole story outright, and maybe have Milton and Co. give some commentary on the episode but never show any of the actual cartoon to the reader. Since that felt like chickening out to me, I said, “To hell with it,” and started writing rabbit noir.
About halfway through and with no end in sight, some readers suggested (very politely) that it might be best if I cut-and-run, as it were. It was good, sound advice that a more seasoned and, indeed, saner cartoonist might have followed. But, you need to understand that “To Catch A Rabbit” is the very first story (in comic form, at least) that I’ve ever told to completion; it has a beginning, a middle, and, eventually, an end. It was important to me to finish it, just so that I could say that I did and be at peace with myself; if I’d skipped out in the middle, I’m certain I would’ve regretted it.
As for the end result, it’s neither terribly good nor entirely bad. Some people liked it (I’ll put them in the “Lily” camp), many others did not (the “Jack” camp). If nothing else, those who couldn’t wait for it to end now know where Jack’s antipathy is coming from. He really was a trooper for sticking around through the whole cartoon, wouldn’t you say?
And me? I learned a lot about drawing and a little about storytelling. I got something out of my system that I needed to and came to the conclusion that, in the future, I probably shouldn’t put one story on hold in order to tell another, as it isn’t really fair to the reader. Overall, however, I’m happy with the story I told and the decisions I made.
Now go chase some rabbits of your own.
The newly-launched Webcomics Nation service already has a pretty good list of member webcomics going, a fair portion of which don’t have much more than a “Coming Soon” page up. Still, you’ll find a few gems if you look hard enough. I liked this one just for its cheeky concept.
(On a side note, I was surprised to see how large the “Religious/Spirituality” section was. Then I noticed that all the comics there were made by the same person.)
As far as the service itself, folks seem to have a favorable opinion of it. Me, I think ten bucks a month for unmetered bandwidth, free advertising, and a wide array of helpful doodads is a pretty sweet deal. The only downside is that you seem to be somewhat limited in how much you can tinker with your website (you’re supposed to use the custom Webcomics Nation engine for everything) and I’m the sort of person that enjoys a good tinkering. Still, the service is new and bound to grow and evolve, so perhaps Mr. Manley will decide to make it more tinker-friendly in time. And if you could care less about such things and just want to post some comics on the internet, I’d certainly recommend giving WCN a look.
On an unrelated note, if you’re the observant sort, you may have noticed a new link below. A kindly reader has set up a LiveJournal feed for Tweep, and I’ve been meaning to link to it for awhile. I’m not entirely sure who to thank, but as there are only two subscribers to the feed at the moment, I will just thank them both.