Archive for May, 2010

Rapid comic development

May 27th, 2010 by Reinder

A couple of weeks ago, Carson Fire of Elf Life started a new webcomic, Oopsie-Doodle, pretty much making it up as he went along and posting whatever he'd come up with that day on the website for people to look at. I didn't like it much, and just prior to the official launch, I posted a critique, telling him what I thought was wrong with the concept and the execution and predicting that it wouldn't have legs. That same day, he launched it formally and ever since, it's been building up a readership, which has been pretty good about donating money to Carson so he could make more (Carson has had severe financial troubles for years, as mentioned here before). It's not Penny Arcade and probably never will be but by any reasonable criteria, I was wrong and his new comic does have legs.

I still don't like it much, but that's neither here nor there. It's just not for me. What I do like is that rapid-development approach Carson has taken: make a few strips, post them, build simple website, receive feedback, make some more, refine the concept but leave the earlier, flawed batch up, collect more feedback, refine more, build out website. It's not how you're supposed to do it, but it's an approach that has some advantages. The immediate feedback means that flaws are corrected quickly and if the concept doesn't have legs, you can just scrap it after the first few updates, which will still have entertained at least part of the audience.

I have a number of non-ROCR ideas floating around in my head, and most of these would be easier for me to do than ROCR itself. ROCR, after nearly 20 years, is a comic with a lot of baggage and complexity - probably even more so for me than for a new reader who is faved with an archive of 1000+ comics. So the next few months, while I'm working on some pretty important changes in my life, would probably be a better time for trying out some of those concepts on that rapid-development model than for continuing doggedly with ROCR.

Another reminder: listing sites

May 7th, 2010 by Reinder

Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is listed on the following listing/voting sites:

The Belfry
The Belfry - the oldest, most complete and most reader-focused webcomics listing site. Supports classification, recommendations and submission of new comics by the readers (link goes to the listing for ROCR).

Top Web Comics - voting/top 100 site. We're not doing too well in that lately, so please click on the banner or link to vote for ROCR! Thanks. - another comprehensive listing site, with stronger controls so that only site owners can add a comic to the list. Looks better than The Belfry, but I personally don't like or use it as much (link goes to listing page for ROCR).

The Webcomic List
The Webcomics List - Listing, voting and webcomics promotion site. I hadn't actually been there in years prior to writing this post.

For a while we did not have links to these sites on any pages of the ROCR website, but I intend to bring them back. It's time for ROCR to start raising its profile a little again after a couple of years when promotion wasn't a big issue. For these sites to give to me, I will have to give to them first, sort of thing.