[EDIT: Sorry that this article is about an hour late, I messed up the scheduling time when I originally uploaded it here. For some reason, both today’s article and art post were scheduled to appear later this evening.]
As I’ve mentioned before, I wrote these articles about making webcomics whilst making a short webcomic mini series (which is a follow up to this one). Anyway, I ran into a problem that all webcomic creators run into every now and then. I made an update that didn’t really go that well.
The art was a bit “meh” in some panels and it was terrible in others. One of the panels barely makes sense in the context of the comic (and that was only after editing the dialogue).
Although I was able to cover up some of the problems with lots of digital editing, it certainly wasn’t the best webcomic update I’ve ever made. See for yourself:
And yet I still posted it online. Why? Because a finished webcomic update, regardless of quality, is a hundred times better than an unfinished one.
I’m sure that I’ve talking about this before but, if you read a lot of long-running webcomics, then it can be very easy to assume that literally every webcomic update has to be perfect before it’s posted online. It’s easy to assume that there are webcomic creators out there who never make mistakes and who never make the occasional crappy update. This is nonsense!
The thing to remember here is that the only reason why long-running webcomics tend to have more good updates than bad ones is because they’re long-running.
In other words, the people making them have had a lot of practice and made a lot of crappy updates in the past. They’ve learnt how to make reasonably good webcomic updates through literal years of daily trial and error (with emphasis on the “error” part).
But, more importantly than that, these webcomics are long-running because their creators understand that regularity is slightly more important than quality is.
Yes, you should obviously try to make each update as good as possible – but, if you make the occasional crappy update, then your audience is much more likely to be forgiving if they know that they won’t have to wait too long for the next update. After all, these comics are free to read.
In other words, sticking to a regular update schedule (whether it’s daily, every three days, weekly etc…) can lessen the problems cause by occasional dips in quality. And, yes, these will happen if you make a webcomic regularly. The important thing is just to keep going and to stick to your update schedule as much as you can.
Remember – a finished webcomic update, regardless of quality, is a hundred times better than an unfinished one.
So, posting the occasional mediocre, repetitive or downright terrible update is still better than posting no updates at all.
Sorry for another short article, but I hope it was useful 🙂