Well, I thought that I’d talk quickly about filler comics today. This is mostly because, due to being busy with various things, this month’s webcomic mini series will very much fall into the category of “filler comics”.
In other words, like last August’s mini series, they will be single-panel monochrome comics. Here’s a preview of part of one of the upcoming filler comics:
Anyway, one way to improve any filler comics that you make is to turn them into a running joke and/or a semi-regular feature. Not only does this make coming up with ideas for filler comics considerably easier, but it also adds another “tradition” for long-term fans of your comics too.
For example, as I mentioned earlier, the mini series I’ll be posting here later this month uses a fairly similar minimalist art style to one that I posted last August. Not only are these comics quicker to plan and make, but the stylistic similarities with last August’s comics are very deliberate. By making the new mini series a “sequel” to the older filler comics, I’m able to provide a fun call-back for long-term fans of the series too. It’s also a way of poking fun at the concept of sequels too.
So, turning filler comics into a regular feature can be a way to add something extra to them. But, of course, you can be a lot more creative than this.
For example, a more creative way to come up with semi-regular filler comics would be to make short parody comics and/or parody illustrations of other things (eg: historical paintings, pop culture etc..) featuring the characters from your webcomic. Not only would these be quicker to plan and make make than larger multi-panel comics, they would also provide an extra source of humour for your audience whilst also making them wonder what you are going to parody next.
Although this isn’t something that I haven’t really done that much, it was something that I experimented with back in 2013, when I made a group of comics in the style of old syndicated newspaper comics (like “Garfield”, “Dilbert” etc..) which allowed me to parody this format of comics.
These old comics were also something of a precursor to the single-panel monochrome filler comics I’ve made in more recent years too. Here’s an example of one of the comics from 2013:
So, yes, if you want to make your filler comics more interesting, then don’t be afraid to turn them into a running joke or a semi-regular feature. Not only does this allow you to re-use ideas that you’ve already had (giving you more time to focus on art/writing), but it also adds a little bit of a “tradition” to your webcomic too.
Sorry for the short article, but I hope that it was useful 🙂