Long-time visitor, no-time poster! Used to be a member back at GamingW.net and was/am a great old enthusiast of the create-your-own-games-cadre, and from back in those days Penny Arcade was basicly the go-to-site for input. I diligently lurk the Awesome Topics, and the comic edits (especially by SabreMau and Stale) always were a favourite of mine. And the outreach you guys do is seriously one of the best online - from Secret Santa to helping each other out in hard times, I'm constantly struck by the power of your collective consciousness. These days I'm lurking around the games department trying to summon up the gusto to actually activate my Playstation between medical school studies and more medical school studies - all those delicious screenshots of SWtOR-characters makes me wish for more hours, specificly.
So, with the love-letter our of the way, I'm here to talk about one of the few things that keep me sane during days of seriousness: A project that's being handled by a good artist friend and myself, What If Comics
. Queue logo and quote from meta-tags:
A weekly comic strip that takes your fondest culture memories and asks the simple question "What If?". Updates Thursdays.
What we're doing is exactly that: We're taking movies (for the moment, only movies) that we like and ask ourselves what would've happened if something else had happened, at a certain point. This is maybe the most common thing to do amongst friends when watching movies, playing games or generally just goofing around, and growing up in a small town with nothing else to do but challenge our creativity, we've made a lot of these things during the years - this webcomic is only the latest of them.
The art is done by Anna Nilsson
, who's gone to all the right places to develop her artistry. She's, for example, made a chessboard consisiting of characters from her favourite films:
And some X-Men
, if they, y'know, "regular" folks:
I think that serves as enough examples (tho she makes clay and portraits and even Modesty Blaise art), but you can find Anna's art over at DeviantArt
, her webpage
or her blog
(the blog design needs to be slightly adjusted, I'm guilty as charged, tried too many things at once).
Most of the writing is honestly made by Anna, or as she refers to herself "Art Fag Anna", as she's sitting and putting one and one together, but we're developing these things together - cramming out ideas, putting some rough sketches and showing it to peeps to see if it's funny or if we think it's funny. Sometimes there's a difference, and we're still learning to time our punches. Otherwise, my part in this whole thing is putting it all together in Photoshop, editing the language of it all, developing the ComicPress/Wordpress-website, and generally taking care of the tech stuff - aka, Tech Guy Timmy.
If you're aching for some actual examples of the actual comics, here they are (the first is our first, and thus not as fancy):
And then there's Twilight, Pretty Woman, Shaolin Soccers, Jurassic Park, Cinderella, True Grit, Shaun of the Dead... you name it.
Anyway, to sum things up: We're trying to reach out there and spread our work. We're on facebook
, twitter, digg, stumblupon, reddit, dayviews, deviantart... you name it. But it doesn't seem to gain any ground. We're pretty constantly seeing 200-250 visitors per comic day, and then there's the background noise of 30-50 visitors each normal day. I'm not sure what I should be doing to rustle things up.
Naming the site after the popular Marvel "What If"-scenarios is purely co-incidence and keeps us slogged underneath them in google searches. But to be honest, we were so excited when we started this and found that the domain was free that I forgot to google it - silly mistake, but we're gonna stick by it for a while.
What I need to do, that I know, is:
- Fix up the metadata, so that posts are tagged correctly for OpenGraphics.
- Wip together a more unique design - more movie poster of the 30s/40s.
- Make it more interactive. But how?
- Edit in a web-adress in all of the strips, so that when spread, people can find our site.
- Make a written, attached transcript of all the comics, for search engine optimization of the "what if"-scenarios instead of just tagging their posts.
So, guys and girls: What are we missing? Are we even any good? Sometimes, we're not sure. But we like to do this, and we're gonna keep on going if only for the hell of it.
Thanks if you've read this far, you're a proper pal!
edit: Bad BBCode.