Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Changes Coming

 In March I'll have been posting for six years and it's been amazing - thanks for all your great comments and kind words. I wanted to take a moment to mention some changes that are coming.

This is kind of a long post so here's the tl;dr (too long; didn't read) summary: I'm going to put ads on the blog this year, and also in 2012 I am going to start posting my graphic novel online for free.

Here's the long explanation:

Originally I had a different plan. I've been working on a graphic novel for over a year and a half and my plan was to always post that in installments on a different website online and put ads on that website because I've always wanted to keep this site ad free. But the more I looked at online comics the more I realized that having ads on a comics site really distracts from the experience - it's hard to get involved in them and get wrapped up in the story when there are ads flashing all over the page. So gradually I realized that I didn't want to put ads along with my graphic novel....I just wanted to post my story so people would read it.

So eventually I'll be posting my graphic novel for free. It's turned into a massive undertaking and I can't quite start posting it yet. I need to get farther into it before I can start sharing it. And my work schedule is always changing so I don't know when exactly I'll have enough done to start posting. Sometime in 2012 for sure.

I would leave both sites ad free if I could. However, my children are getting older and, of all the things that keep me awake at night, one of them is that I'd like to set more aside for their college funds. So it seems appropriate to take any money I might make off this site and apply it towards their education. I appreciate your understanding on this and I hope the ads won't negatively effect the experience of visiting the site.

Working on my graphic novel has definitely cut into my blogging time over the last year and a half or so, but I am excited to get to a point where I can post it and I hope you will all check it out when I do.

Best wishes for a happy 2012!


Seb said...

that's real cool news. Also, i'll close adblocker specifically for your site. have a nice year!

Tom Dell'Aringa said...

Looking forward to your GN!

Rich K. said...

Ditto what the other commenters said, but on another note, 4 short paragraphs hardly merit a "tl;dr", I think. Maybe it's just me.

Anyway, happy new years!

steviem said...

It's hard to believe it's been 6 years already!

I've some discovered some great comics thanks to you (e.g. Barks' Ducktales and Bernet's Torpedo) so looking forward to see if they have an influence on your work. And the ads won't be a pain at all with such a great blog as this.

Le Tang said...

Looking forward to the graphic novel!

Clifton said...

Sounds reasonable. Afterall, your site is a great resource for the art community!

Thanks for writing these articles. I wish you luck with the ads. Hopefully, it'll help a lot for your kids' college funds.

craig wilson said...

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to the GN.

Rodney Baker said...

Feel free to post as many teasers about your graphic novel as you want! (hint hint)

Looking foward to it... so... make it good!

Søren Bendt said...

Makes total sense.

Been reading you blog for a while and really appreciate the knowlegde and insigts you share!

Will gladly click on ads (if only to close them again) on your future blog.

Will there be a donation option on the website for the comic? So if people want, they can donate a small amount on say paypal?

I find a lot of times if I really enjoyed something I got for free online, I look for a way to give something back to the artist, but often times its really difficult!

Looking forward to seeing your graphic novel!

the doodler said...

I have adblocker. :P
No, seriously, I'm looking forward to it. My own piddly comic has really gotten less bad from reading this blog, so I'm excited to see yours.

Steve said...

Looking forward to the New Year!

chaz said...

i applaud your choice. you should be rewarded for providing indispensable information as well as your future web comic. don't be ashamed. be glad you have an audience willing to support you. good luck!

Andy J. Latham said...

Ads won't stop me coming, and who can complain when they are getting a free graphic novel? :)

Adam Weisblatt said...

I learn more from your blog than most of the classes I took in Art School. Put in as many ads as you want!

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Levi Gilbert said...

I can't wait to see your graphic novel! 6 years is very impressive; I'm still working through your older posts trying to learn from all the goodies.

Eryk Donovan said...

Nothing wrong with a few adds! I don't think there's anything wrong with them!

Sam Nielson said...

You deserve to be making money off of this blog. I know it's not your purpose in writing it, but the information you give is so valuable to people like me that I would gladly pay in one form or another to get it. If that means seeing ad links and occasionally following them, it's worth it.

mark kennedy said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments! Really, everyone is being way too kind. Thanks for all the support.

Seb - that's quite a sacrifice:) thanks! Happy New Year!

Tom - nice of you to say...I'll post some if it as soon as I can!

Rich - maybe....anyway, happy new year to you too!

steviem - nice of you to say, thanks for the comment!

Le Tang - wow, thanks!

Clifton - I hope so. Thanks for the comment!

craig - thanks, happy new year to you too!

Rodney - a peek coming soon....thanks for the comment

Soren - thanks...hadn't really thought about a donation button. I'm not sure but I may post the graphic novel in limited color and then later color it fully and publish it. That way people can buy the printed version if they like it enough. We'll see...

doodler - thanks! Hope you like it!

chaz - very nice of you to say. Thanks so much!

Andy - thanks!

Adam - nicest compliment ever...thanks! Glad the blog is helpful.

Chitragupta - thanks you phony robot troll!

Levi - glad you're checking out the old stuff....hope it helps.

Eryk - thanks! Nice of you to say.

Sam - thanks, that's so nice of you. Thanks for the comment!

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