Comic tomorrow. But for now I just had some news I wanted to share. I recently heard a pod-cast that talked about gg-guys specifically. First of all I'm blown away that our comic was even mentioned let alone reviewed by three other people. Some positive comments - some not-so positive comments - all very valid.
"Some of the comics try to make you laugh with the randomness". Well, yes, that was the idea. I try to write my ideas with a bunch of friends and I think I wrote some of the more "random" ones with horse-blinds on. "Oh man that's so funny! Oh shit have the planet explode! Okay okay okay let me type that in DAMN this is gonna be so FUNNY!" Then it's made and it's like - huh. Maaaaybe not. So, long story short, I agree some of the earlier/random comics are just my lack of ability to understand something funny to a couple people might not translate to a wide audience. I take full responsibility for that and have been putting my writing under a microscope to try and get a worth while joke.
"It scared me that one of the characters looked like a fanboys character". Alright let me just squash this one right here. All the characters (except Amber) are based off of real people. The character Psy, actually looks like me. I really wear that hat. (not every day but you get the idea). Dave really looks like Dave. Shannon really looks like Shannon. Johnny really looks like Johnny. I wanted to do a gamer comic that wasn't just a bunch of "Well what do I think a gamer audience would want". I wanted to give funny gamer jokes, since I happen to be a gamer, in a real format that was honest - and not just force-fed BS of two guys sitting on a couch TALKING about games...
Which leads me to my next point, "I think it's self serving they insert their characters INTO the game instead of just using the game characters themselves". Well, I can understand why one would think it's self serving. I am trying to build a relationship with the reader to put recognizable characters in each comic. Like, who's Dave gonna be this week? Who's Psy gonna be? Instead of, again, just two guys on the couch - I was heavily inspired by VgCats' take where Leo and Aris are actually IN the game. Where their personalties were still intact even though they looked like Mario, Link, Peach, whatever. I'm not putting myself in a game because my ego needs to be stroked. I'm putting myself in a game because it's from my viewpoint. Or Dave's. Or Shannon's.
I understand 100% Dave's art made this comic attract the attention it has now. I'm incredibly grateful he wanted to work with me. I understand the gamer-comic field is a very hard field to break into - but I also know what I want from gamer-comics. And, really, I only like a handful. And, even the bigger named comics don't seem to understand that their audience comes back every day, even after a long break, hoping to see a comic because they like "your" stuff. I'm not trying to say we're better than those or the other "big names" are doing anything wrong. I'm just saying I understand what it's like to go to a comic webpage every day because I love their style, their art, their writing, just to look for something more to get a laugh for the day. I'm incredibly honored you look to us for that entertainment weekly. And, I will do everything I can to make sure we meet your expectations for what you want from us.
I know we're nothing without the fans - and I appreciate every single one of you that gets a laugh out of the site - big or small.