Despite the perhaps misleading title, this post isn’t actually about Sam and Fuzzy…
Though, now that I think about it, I feel the need to mention that I really like where the current storyline went. I wasn’t feeling much attachment to the band cast, but the last few strips have really pulled things together nicely.
So I guess my first sentence was a lie.
Anyway, moving on.
What I really wanted to comment on – emphasize, even, if I may be so strong – is for artists to do their best to make comics viewable. The goal of a comic is to communicate with the reader. Regardless of how or why it goes about this, if the communication fails, the comic fails.
I’ve seen blurry, fuzzy images that have been poorly scanned or rendered. I’ve seen strips with confounding directories that make it impossible to actually go through the archives. The latest offender is a recent Deathworld strip, which decides to use a painful lack of contrast in a font choice.
(As a note, I actually like Deathworld quite a bit, and like, in that strip, the ghostly Allison, even if she does look uncannily like a startled castmember from the Botmaker.)
Choose your colors wisely. Choose your fonts wisely. And this isn’t just about art – lay out your webpage well. Avoid browsing systems and subscription directories that actively impede the ability to browse the comic.
Make it easy, in every way, for the reader to enjoy your comic.
Because if you make it so people have to work at it, have to spend significant effort to decipher your comic… they’ll take their time elsewhere.
And that’s all I’ve got to say for today.