I don’t know if I like where this reboot is going…
A new review of my comic strip is online. It’s on a site called Coyote Trax that reviews webcomics. You can find it here.
I’m really blown away from all the positive feedback I’ve received in the past month. I just want to say thank you to all you guys out there. It really means a lot to me.
‘Course, the problem with all this is that I’m not done with the website design quite yet and new people keep showing up.Â I’ve compared the situation I’m in to having a dinner party. Imagine that your house is a disaster and suddenly tons of people start showing up early for the party. Right now I’m scrambling, trying to “pretty-up” my site for the new guests.
I’ve decided, in the interest of speed, to just pay someone to design my site for me. I’ve already drawn up the blueprint but lemme know if there’s something specific you guys would like (or not like) to see.
I have to admit, I never watched The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. I’ve always liked Conan but I’m just not interested in watching talk shows anymore – anyone’s talk show. But I did watch Conan’s last show on Friday and it made me think of a couple of things.
First: Conan, for all his goofy shenanigans, is a gentleman. Even though he had carte blanche to say whatever he wanted and even though it seems that most of America hates Jay Leno right now, he never once took a shot at Jay. Now, I wasn’t expecting him to – it wouldn’t help his cause, it would be out of character and it would’ve made him look bitter. But I found it interesting because I don’t know if many other folks would be so gracious after getting such a screw-job. It was nice to watch someone take the high road and play it cool.
Second: Conan said something near the end of his show that really spoke to me. He said:
“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
I’ve been trying to get a comic strip into the newspapers for over ten years and I’ve only recently given up this life-long goal. I never thought I’d do a webcomic, let alone start a webcomic with the intention of making it my bread and butter. But here I am, in webcomic land. I know there’s no guarantee that I’ll make a nickel out of this thing but it was comforting to hear someone else say: “Hey, I didn’t get what I wanted either but that’s no reason to give up.”
I wish you luck, Conan in whatever you do next.
I’ve decided that January will be my month to finally make the website look the way I want it to.
But change is rarely a painless thing and things are going to look a little wonky until I, and to a greater extent my roommate, figure out how to make the necessary changes. So please bear with us as we muck around with the site layout.
I’d also like to hear from you guys. Lemme know what you think of the changes. Keep in mind that we’re not through, not by a long shot and more changes are on the way.
Currently we’re working on getting the date, comic title and comic navigation buttons directly underneath the comic. What do you guys think?
When I started this webcomic, I assumed I’d be drawing it in a void for the first year or two. I figured the only people who would know of it’s existence would be my family and friends. To be honest, I liked the idea. You only get one chance to make a first impression and I didn’t want to reveal my strip to the world until I felt it was ready. Of course, the problem with that logic is that, knowing my perfectionism, I’d never feel the comic was ready and would keep it in a deep, dark well, never to see the light of day – much like Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs.
Well, that time has passed. “Bug” has taken off and found an audience all on it’s own. I blame Twitter. Part of me is nervous. I’m still figuring out how to do fairly basic things on website design and sometimes I feel like I entered a gross, newborn baby, still covered in afterbirth in a beauty contest. “She’ll get cuter! Give her time! Lemme wipe some of this goo off.” I shout. But I can’t deny how wonderful it feels to watch the amount of visitors I get steadily rise.
This feeling of euphoria peaked a couple of days ago when I received an email from the host of a podcast called “The Dish”. It’s a podcast that focuses on webcomics and comics as a whole, hosted by two guys and a girl (sans pizza place). The host informed me that “Bug” was going to be reviewed on their latest episode. You can check it out here. My review comes in at around 28 minutes in. It’s a fun podcast to listen to – and I’m not just saying that. I’m planning on listening to their next one.