So. A webcomic blog. What’s that about?
It’s not a bad question, so I’ll try and answer it. First off, I read a lot of webcomics. The actual number itself doesn’t really matter – the most important thing to understand is that I read many more webcomics than my friends do. What does this mean? Back when I began, it meant that I found myself wanting to discuss plot developments, new strips, changes in style, and all manner of sundry things, and had no one I could discuss it with.
Enter the internet.
Bam! I could broadcast my views to the world at large. And, frankly, I wanted some impetus to keep writing day after day, and this seemed a good opportunity. So it began.
I’ve been at this for over a year, and I’ve reevaluated the reason why I’m doing this, and what the purpose of this blog is.
For now, I’m focusing on discussing damn good comics – the webcomics that blow me out of my shoes and rock my socks off. My reviews will be primarily positive. It’s been that way from the beginning, and I don’t have any plans to change it now.
For one thing, I don’t think negative reviews can accomplish quite as much. With critics in a lot of other fields – movie critics, restaurant critics, etc – one of their primary goals is to warn the consumer when they’ll be getting a bad deal. Give them an honest opinion, so they don’t waste their money on a bad experience.
Note the key word in their – money. Webcomics are free, and it generally only takes a minute for readers to figure out if any given strip isn’t worth their time.
The other main purpose of criticism, of course, is to produce improvement – find a strip with potential, try and tell them what they’re doing wrong, and hope this will let them overcome that weakness and go on to producing a better strip. That’s a philosophy I can get behind, and any criticisms I bust out will fall in that category.
If a strip just flat out fails to work for me on every level?
I’m not even going to read it, let alone waste time talking about it.
So, you may occasionally see a critique of the above variety, though they will likely be few and far between. More often, I’ll be reviewing webcomics – either awesome new strips I’ve discovered and want to steer others to, or strips I’m currently reading that have suddenly done something to get my thoughts churning.
And, now and again, there may be posts entirely unrelated from comics. I make no promises – it’s my blog, after all. But by and large, the focus will be webcomics.
Updates will come three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday generally once a week, these days. Ocassionally more often, should something momentous grab me by the throat and demand commentary.
And that’s that.