Originally posted by deadpool84
Let me get this straight your putting this up for $? PASS. There are plenty of online comics that are well received and generate fund from their
community fan base and they dont charge a single penny. Some examples are Penny-arcade, Cyanide and happiness, and there are many others. I dont think
this a great way for you to get exposure. Good Luck seems like you have a good concept.
I can relate to your frustration. I've stayed up late a few nights wondering how I could do this same project and release it for free.
Unfortunately, without charging for the comic - it won't last very long. Everyone on the team for this comic is being paid for their work (editor,
multiple writers, multiple artists, etc.). Even with charging for the comic, it would take over 5,000 sales to break even on just a single issue.
Penny Arcade is a great example, however they are also a bit more advertiser-friendly. With 3.5 million readers and all-ages material, it's pretty
reasonable that they have been able to sustain themselves on advertising alone. With the topics I'm trying to address, the amount of interested
sponsors is extremely limited. Even more limited than the niche audience.
I appreciate the feedback, and the good luck. I promise if there is ever a way to do this project for free, I'll pursue it. Just haven't found a
way yet, since I am not an illustrator (and unfortunately don't have any talented siblings to work for me either).
Originally posted by TheKeyMaster
I don't mean to sound overly critical but this is something that I think you need to put a lot of thought into.
I am someone who plans on doing something similar and I worry that what you are doing could damage the ability of my work to be taken seriously.
My view is that you should change the name of the comics to something that sounds more respected and serious and makes the subject matter sound more
serious not something that could be perceived as a joke.
Also, I think dealing with something like Barbara Bush and Disney being related to the occult and Nazis the way you did adds to the crazy stigma of
conspiracy theorists. I DO think there is a way you can do it without it looking like it is a joke which it does IMO. Your art is very good but I
don't think it fits the seriousness of the subject. This is what I am talking about with there being a huge responsibility in how you approach
... Don't the skeptics already have enough support? Do they really need any help? Do we really need to interest more skeptics? ...
I really do see your point, and can relate to it well. This project has indeed taken lots of thought and planning, and as for being more respected
and serious, that's valid feedback although in the context of comic books, humor and hyperbole seem appropriate for the medium. There are so many
reference materials and other serious approaches at the same content matter - but it always seems to cater to the same crowd (people like me, that
have the patience and interest in spending months reading into dates/names/etc.) My goal here is to reach a completely different audience - and to
lighten some of the very dark research with approachable art and satire.
Again, understand the concern and share many of them with you. Decided a few years ago that taking a more humor/entertainment based approach was a
better fit, as opposed to the fire-and-brimstone or end-of-times POVs. When dealing with serious issues like Franklin Scandal (underage prostitution)
or Nazis, it's very hard to not turn people away. Making it all a little less serious makes the research more approachable in my eyes, and that's
the reason I've taken this approach going forward. Not trying to defend it or convince anyone of anything - just explaining the reasoning behind the
As for interesting more skeptics - I don't think opening a dialog is ever a bad thing. If skeptics want to refute that highly decorated Nazi
officers were pardoned in Project Paperclip and ended up getting their own TV shows with Disney - then I look forward to any refutation they can come
up with. Likewise with the social connections between occultists like Alesiter Crowley and a number of influential people in politics, industry, and
media. At the same time, any skeptic arguing over whether or not Alexander Graham Bell created an army of "sheeple" to do his bidding, would
probably be told to lighten up, since we're talking about a comic after all! Those are the same types of "skeptics" that get all worked up over
comedy programs like the Daily Show or Colbert Report. For the record, I'm not against skepticism, I'm for it. However, just like "conspiracy
theorist" has gotten a negative connotation, so has "skeptic."