Just about every comic, here on the interweb, has a blog to accompany their strip. What for I wonder? Most strips could do without their blog. A lot of these have updated their strip alright, but the blog is about 6 months behind. Either that or the current post is 2 weeks old and it says “Wow I haven’t posted on here in so long”. Granted the existence of a web comic master’s mind is fraught with the perils of the evil invader “Real Life”, but the matters of taste and continuity are not totally eradicated. There are many strips whose constant blogging certainly gives us all joys of mirth and merriment. The foremost that displays this is Achewood. Chris Onstad has found a way to keep us all in touch with each of the characters during a story-arc that does not concern them. Kudos to Mr. Onstad and many a praise his way, but SHAME to the rest of the vast majority of you.
Now, I am not speaking to only the hobbyist or only the semi-pro; I am also speaking to the “bonafied” online professionals. Your strips are terrific (from hobbyist on up), but would it be far too much to ask that you insert more than an obligatory, “This game is coming out soon. I can’t wait. I’m selling a T-shirt. Read my strip again next week.”?!
For a cadre of artisans, who largely value their literary capabilities over their art quality, y’all sure do abandon your writing. Leaving it behind like a stray orphan who was depending on you as their one and only chance. I’m sure you don’t appreciate the image any more than I appreciate being left hanging in the department of your writing, so
let’s each forget it and give me what I want. Only then can you rid yourself of the image and me of my lack of free literary justice.
Now, there are those who attempt a blog at each update, and these particular updates are so frequent and trying that it’s nigh impossible to do. I understand, really I do, but for heaven’s sake take a look at yourself. If all your blogs consistently start with “I’m so tired. This is gonna be short…” (I mean YOU Jeph Jacques) Then perhaps you should do an evaluation of your blogging habits. I personally would prefer that you would take the time during the week to do your strip and sleep, and then give me a badass blogging later on. And since it is MY opinion that counts… the policy I suggest must be adhered to immediately.
Now, the rest of you who have all the same excuse that I mentioned earlier… Damn your “job”, your “life” and your “responsibilities”. None of that matters. What truly matters is my amusement, and though your strips give me a good amount of happiness each day, there is not enough to satisfy my insatiable hunger for free entertainment. Therefore you must create more.