When that subject line came across the Google News Alert wire, I thought it was simply another link to John Solomon’s Your Webcomic Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad blog, so I ignored it.
Then, while digging through the latest stories and blurbs for something to write about, I noticed that the excerpt from this archived ComixTalk link didn’t seem to have anything to do with the blog at all. Clicking through, I found one of the most open, personal, refreshing things I’ve read in webcomics.
In this article, David Wright, creator of Todd and Penguin offers a detailed analysis of why he feels his webcomic isn’t up to par. The write-up is more of a how-to on rolling, and working, with the various criticisms webcomics creators might receive on their work, but throughout the tips and tricks, Wright is surprisingly candid about what doesn’t work in his own comic.
As someone who did a guest strip for Wright back in November of 2006 (after this article was posted), I can say that his strip isn’t as bad as he makes it out to be. Just the same, however, his openness as to his shortcomings and readiness to change rather than flame represent a great step that all webcomickers should take towards a healthier, creative attitude.