Friday, March 15, 2013

Probing the Unknown

There's this book called, "How to Make Webcomics" that I've been tearing through lately and so far it's taught me a lot about my limitations. Maybe I'm just odd, or a glutton for punishment, but when I read about things that make no sense, it spurs me onward to do something about it and succeed.

Something in particular about the online world that intrigues me and allows me to continue. The internet is a playground of possibility. Think about it. There's 6 billion people on this planet and you have to think, "there's gotta be at least 500,000 out there ready to support you," right? In the book I finally got to the bandwidth section and domain names and it's pretty interesting. Beginning sites start out with something like 50-100GB of data for bandwidth, and then 5TB of data for $6 a month. With a growing database, the amount of data you'll need for web hosting site content I now have to consider the dedicated vs. shared server question. The answer is easy (shared), considering I'm not rich, but It makes me want to ask people like Jerry and Mike from Penny Arcade how they did it.

As I might have mentioned me and my friend Phil Kiner plan on making a webcomic. It'll be more along the lines of a graphic novel, but the more I think about it, the more worried I become. Writing prose fiction has gotten progressively easier over the last two years, easy enough to the point where I no longer worry about the mundane things like plotting characters or events. It's just kind of coming out naturally. Comics are different though. That narrative is there, but a lot of the burden lies with the artist to bring your vision alive. Sometimes there's that moment of realization too that your artist can't do that, but how many artists are going to work with you pro-bono? This is all about hoping that the idea I conceived in my depression of post-college-self-finding will go viral and bring us both out of obscurity. It's easy for him. Being an artist attending the Arts Center in Pasadena it's his job to get noticed. Most of the people that graduate from there go on to work in the film or video gaming industries as "big deals."

Chances are I would have to die to become famous.

It's funny how that works right? When you look at most of the successful authors of the 20th century, many of them weren't even renown when they were alive. I'm sure they had a publisher, and they wrote a few books here or there, but it's not like they had a 50 room palatial mansion like the J.K. Rowlings or the Stephenie Meyers that pedal goofy shit that's awful to read. I'll give the Harry Potter series was at least not written with a crayon, but it's kind of demoralizing when the art of story crafting seems otherwise forgotten in a world focused on maximizing demographics. Haters gotta hate, I guess. 

Sometime soon I plan on debuting concepts for the webcomic. (Soon is a relative term.) You'll see it eventually, but I promise the wait will be worth your while!


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