Buster (bustermaximus) wrote in 2dollarmatinee,
Buster
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Well, damnit.

The problem with taking a hiatus is that it gives a person time to re-think his decisions, and make new ones. Over the course of this two-month break from the webcomic, I've been doing work for a print comic to be displayed at the Emerald City Comic Con with the old crew, I'd come to THREE different decisions.

One, I'm a print guy. I'm biased against webcomics. I think it's too easy, too free, and you don't get to hold a finished product in your hand. I like the tactile quality of reading comics. I don't like to strain my eyes by staring at a computer screen for hours on end in order to read comics. Paper has always been an important materian in my life, and there's no changing that. I will always be a proponent of print. I don't think that paperless publishing is the 'wave of the future'. I don't think that printed publishing is going to go the way of the dinosaur anytime soon. SO, I'm going to spend the majority of my time focusing my attention on print work.

Two, Big World takes too damned long per page to try to post, even on a weekly schedule, while it's still a work in progress. Since the last update in mid-November, I've only been able to get ONE ten-panel page of that particular story done, and that GD page kicked my ass and took away any resolution to finish the remaining pages anytime soon. In the meantime, I've pretty much been cranking out all sorts of one-shot strips, and even two-page strips over the past month. This leads me to think that if this web comic thing is going to work for me, I'm going to have to do the single page strip thing. Doing a page a week certainly isn't a problem, but it doesn't look like I'll have the endurance to do a page a week of the same story arc for at least twenty-week stretches. Also, I think that's a bit cheap for me to pull on any readers I have. Taking half a year or more to do one story arc doesn't sound like an efficient use of time to me.

Three, well, it's more of an amalgamation of two and one. I'm still going to be running this online project, and I'm still going to be doing it weekly. I'm just going to be changing it around a bit. Given that my focus will be on print comics for some time yet, and given that my print work will be more story based stuff, I'm going to be posting only single-paged and few-paged comics online. I really like doing short attention span comics, so it's not as if I'll feel like I'm cheating anyone in this deal. They're refreshing and fun, and they'll still harbor any type of quality I feel I have. Plus, I won't feel drudged down or chained to one specific storyline over the course of many weeks, and instead of possibly drawing in potential readers, only to alienate them by changing stories after several weeks, readers will come to my site expecting to get new and different material every week. This is the concept I started out with for Two Dallar Matinee, and at some point it just got skewed. I'm now correcting myself, and going back to the original recipe.

At any rate, as of this coming Sunday, I'll be posting again on the weekly schedule. I'll be taking down the meager three Big World pages that have been posted, and I'll move on from there. I doubt I'll be pissing anyone off with this announcement, really, given that I've been away from the site for a couple of months, and it was too new a site to have any real readers to begin with. Anyway, thanks for your time.
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