I have mentioned in the forums that I am trying to do seven daily comic strips. Immediately, I planned to (sort-of) cheat by including daily updates of ME2 as one of the seven comics. I have done a goodly amount of scripting for 5 of the seven, and have set myself the goal of having an entire month’s worth of comics for all seven comics completed before I post day one of any of them. I intend to have a distinct art style for each of them, but due to the sheer volume, I do not expect to actually draw and re-draw the characters and settings in every panel of every comic; there will be a lot of cut and paste, but hopefully not as bad as ME2, for most of them.
I have already completed three weeks worth of new ME2s totally done, and I have scripts for a couple of weeks worth of three or four of the other comics already completed. I’ve developed art for one of those, and have begun creating comics for it. It is turning out to be much slower-going than I had hoped. I believe that there are other factors at play, but I am certainly not creating 7 comics a day right now. I definitely believe that after I have a sufficient number of comics done, the sense of completion will boost my production efforts; as it is, I feel so bad about not being further ahead that I work extra-slow.
As I said in the forums, I am hoping to launch on 1.1.3.-1, which is only ten days away. There is a three day weekend involved, which may or may not help, and then plenty of weekday evenings before that deadline. Weekday evenings will be vital to my continued production of seven daily comics, of course, so I need to learn how to balance TV watching with comics producing. Actually, at the very least, if these comics ever see the light of day, you’ll be treated to no less than one month’s worth of new comics, with five new storylines (one of the comics (one of the two I haven’t started scripting yet) is a single panel which should not have a storyline) to enjoy. Plus, I’m going to try to release the last three I Like Blue Skies in the first three weeks that I’ll be posting the others. This brings the total minimum number of comics posted to 213. Seems like a lot, huh?
I agree. It is only when I look at it that way that it seems daunting. When I consider that a similar number of comics will be produced for any one M-W-F comic (such as Penny Arcade or Goats) in a year and a half, or any M-F comic in ten months, I think that there must be no way of completing such a task. If there were, my favorite strips (such as Penny Arcade and Goats) would be daily strips. Then I realize that some of my favorites (such as Superosity and PVP) are daily. So, it can’t be impossible, right? Iain recently estimated that it would take him as much as 84 hours/day to do seven daily comics. I recommended that he not attempt it.
As I have also mentioned in the forums, the biggest problem standing between me and this project is that I don’t have internet access at home, and could not possibly post comics every day of the week, let alone update at night. I am looking into possibly getting a script to automatically update the site for me seven days a week, but barring that, the comics would have to be updated only M-F, and when I arrive at work, not the night before. I personally don’t like that idea, but the earliest projected time for internet access at my home is October, when Cox claims I’ll be able to get Cox@Home. (insert crude, homosexual comment about not having any trouble getting cocks at home here) If worse comes to worse, and I can’t produce comics as quickly as I expect to, and I can’t arrange to get them updated daily, I may just wait to premier them until I have internet access at home.
As always, your feedback is welcome. I know you haven’t seen the comics yet, but you probably already have an opinion of them. Just let me know what that opinion is, and since I haven’t even done character studies for several of them yet, I’ll see what I can do to alienate you with them. Heck, if I can just make a few people suffer and cry, that would be good enough for me.