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Reasons for making a comic?
LostPriestess at 3:18AM, Aug. 4, 2006
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To tell a story, no more, no less.

I used to have asperatios of being famous, or being an internet celebrisy, but those have passed. I"m strictly an ammature artist, I'm not getting paid to draw anymore. I just want to have fun, make pretty pictures, put them into a story, and show it to people.

Well, that and I need some way to amuse my drunken mind at 4 am.
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Enef at 10:20AM, Aug. 5, 2006
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To improve myself artistically.
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subcultured at 12:59PM, Aug. 6, 2006
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cause im a slave to my imagination and reality gets boring. gotta escape or die trying… :D
J
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Geejay at 11:47PM, Aug. 7, 2006
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I've always liked drawing since I was kid. In 2001, I migrated to a different country, in a city that is not what you would call metropolitan. I got bored so it got me inspired to make a comic to pass the time and to improve my art skills.

But, at the time, I wasn't too confident with the art skills I had so I wanted to do a dummy comic first. Something that is easy to do and which I hadn't intended to draw for a long time. I decided on going for a comic about something I love: Dungeons and Dragons. I already had the characters and setting from my old notes when I used to be the Dungeon Master of my D&D group. I also thought I could target the fantasy gaming audience and get feedback from them. There weren't a lot of serious fantasy webcomics back then.

And now, a few years later, I'm still stuck drawing that same comic. I never got to do a different ongoing comic. But of course I keep hoping to do so some time in the future.

The short answer is: I was bored and I wanted to improve my art skills. :P
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Titch at 4:39PM, Aug. 8, 2006
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Because I can't stop, I won't stop, I don't even know how to stop…

And that's the truth.

I tried to put my comic behind me 6 months ago. The danm thing caught up with me again. Now I spend way too much time at home, fiddling with my computer, trying to work out how I'm going to create it without all the tools I had when I lived in england.
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Mimarin at 5:03PM, Aug. 8, 2006
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Because I am an Attention Whore.
Of course you will. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why.

Also, tell random people they are awsome! it helps!
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Ian Jay at 7:30PM, Aug. 8, 2006
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gotta escape or die trying… :D

Too true, my friend. Too true.

The main reason I got into webcomics was that I used to be an avid webcomics reader. I'd look at every webcomic I could find, searching frantically for “The Next Big Thing”.

And you know what? Most of the comics I found out there really sucked.

This wasn't always an overt fact, though. Sometimes an artist's failure was pretty obvious– some indecipherable violence-obsessed piece scrawled in MSPaint– but not always. Other times I'd read through three or four years of archives of a comic I initially thought was great, only to exclaim, "What? That was it?"

It wasn't long before I got the idea into my head of making a webcomic of my own, one that would pave the way for a glorious new generation of webcomics artists (as well as thumb a metaphorical nose at the webcomics artists of the past). I would make it fresh, hip, colorful, smart, and innovative, and I would deliver it fresh every week. No-one would be able to resist it!

A year and a half later, though… the crazy dreamer part of me is screaming, “Where is my shower of critical and popular acclaim?!?”, while the cynical part of me is saying, "I told you so. You're only fooling yourself if you think this whole ‘webcomics’ thing will be anything more than a teenage hobby. Hell, you aren't even good at drawing!" I read about how other webcomic artists waited three, four, even six years before they became famous, and I feel despondent. This is America! I want my wishes gratified now, dang it!

Still, even if I knew I would never see fame, I'd still keep cranking out TEO. You know why? Because I have to tell the story. I've turned on a faucet somewhere in my mind that keeps pouring out ideas for this bizarre tale about a rock band that travels across universes and gets into all this weird postmodernist crap, and I can't turn it off. I've just got to keep writing it until the story's done. And once it's done, who knows? Maybe I will be famous. Maybe I won't be famous, but I'll still keep making comics and chasing the dream. Maybe I'll put down comics altogether and become a “serious” writer. Whatever the outcome, I've decided to keep focus on the here and now– and right now, I've got to keep writing and drawing TEO. Besides, I do have a few fans to think about.

~IJ
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Anatak at 6:21AM, Aug. 12, 2006
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Because I enjoy thinking up stories/characters, telling stories, and love to draw. Seemed kinda obvious to work on a comic. :)
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Terminal at 6:36AM, Aug. 12, 2006
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Man, I was sitting here, thinking, I do comics for the money, the girls, the cars, and the power, but I remembered, there is no need to lie. I get plently of that already. :P

(no, not really. in fact, a robot thinks I'm gay.)

I do comics because I can draw, I have a scanner, and I have DrunkDuck.

Wouldn't you?

.: Myxomatosis :.
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Neilak20 at 12:19PM, Aug. 12, 2006
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I've turned on a faucet somewhere in my mind that keeps pouring out ideas for this bizarre tale about a rock band that travels across universes and gets into all this weird postmodernist crap, and I can't turn it off. I've just got to keep writing it until the story's done. And once it's done, who knows? Maybe I will be famous. Maybe I won't be famous, but I'll still keep making comics and chasing the dream. Maybe I'll put down comics altogether and become a “serious” writer. Whatever the outcome, I've decided to keep focus on the here and now– and right now, I've got to keep writing and drawing TEO. Besides, I do have a few fans to think about.
~IJ

So true!
I started Soapbox Hill on a whim and with the intention of using it as “practice” for bigger things. Since then I've learned alot about comics includeing “I'm not willing to let this thing die”. I have two story arcs planned after I finally finish the one I'm on, and once I get finished with it I"m sure I'll have two more. It's like Ian's Mind Faucet, broke the nob on it and cant turn it off…maybe with some plyers… Every so often my water pressure goes low though, and I gotta kink the hose and let it build back up…figuratively.

Anywho, I started my comics to learn, improve, and blow off steam.
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Ian Jay at 9:40PM, Aug. 12, 2006
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It's like Ian's Mind Faucet, broke the nob on it and cant turn it off…maybe with some pliers… Every so often my water pressure goes low though, and I gotta kink the hose and let it build back up…figuratively.

Extension of the metaphor = way rad.

~IJ
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kyupol at 9:00AM, Aug. 13, 2006
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I started doin comics because I needed an outlet for all the built up anger I had.

Teenage years werent so nice for me… and the feeling that I've been cheated out of life… were prevalent and it made me one pissed off teenager. Yeah I needed an outlet that is constructive… instead of doing drugs or vandalism//arson//shooting up//suicide bombing of the school or getting into trouble with the law and all that shit.


Well… 5 years it has been… 2001-present… for me in the webcomics world. I've made friends as well as enemies. Some people liked my rantings and pent up anger that was sprawled all over my comics and on the webpage itself and the author's nots… and some people hated it and just told me to shut the fuck up and die… got called a fag… got called an emo… and every insult in the book.


And now… I'm not as angry as I used to be. I'm at the “acceptance” stage already. Ya know… things have a cycle… Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Acceptance…

I'm just doin it for fun now… and to continue my “legacy” and relationship with the fans I currently have… expecially those who've followed Brood Knight from the early years when they were done in MS paint and inked with a ballpoint pen.
NOW UPDATING!!!
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Titch at 12:43PM, Aug. 13, 2006
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I do comics because I can draw, I have a scanner, and I have DrunkDuck.

Wouldn't you?

I can't draw, don't own a scanner, and I don't have drunk duck at home. That doesn't stop ME.
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LowResAtari at 9:07AM, Aug. 14, 2006
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Hmm… biggest reason I make my comic is to occupy my time… it's kind of like a hobby, now… thinking up funny junk like I do.

Why a sprite comic?

Meh… when I started the comic, I was a horrible artist. I still kinda am… but not when I'm just… drawing something. I tried to draw a comic and it looked terrible >_< But some of my artwork is pretty cool lookin' :D

That gave me an idea… I need to upload the other stuff I drew… I'd need a scanner first, though o.o

(I sure do ramble on a lot >>)
99% of people would've finished this sente
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Mazoo at 11:26AM, Aug. 14, 2006
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I've always been making comics. Ever since I was about 4, I believe (albeit those comics were stick figures of a guy walking through a desert, but still) I enjoy sequencial art. I suppose that's really the only reason I'm making comics.

I like drawing and this is how I do it.
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Master Loki at 12:00PM, Aug. 14, 2006
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Because I love my story and it isn't really one that can be easily written, one that is more easily explained through pictures. Also, comics usually get more activity and page views than a normal story would, and hey, I want the best for my comic. ^^''
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BigFishComic at 10:41PM, Aug. 14, 2006
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The three F's.

Fame: ‘I want to be famous and be respected.“
Fun: ”I enjoy doing this, it’s a hobby.“
Following: ”That's looks cool, I'd like to try and see if I can do stuff like that."

That…that pretty much sums it up. Psh, we don't need a thread for this-it's all in the quote.
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Eunice P at 3:30AM, Aug. 15, 2006
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I like to bring smiles on other people's face when they appreciate reading my comics. Not for fame, fortune, or whatever.
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Eirikr at 4:18PM, Aug. 16, 2006
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Call me a sucker for comics.

I first read Garfield when I was 7, and having been reading other good ones since then(Calvin and Hobbes, The far side, etc.). I've always had this idea of being a syndicated cartoonist in my mind, so I started my comic to get better with my writing.
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Comicmasta at 4:20PM, Aug. 16, 2006
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To express myself, for instance i only draw the leech comic when im angry


China bot when hyper


And Psycho Projects when im drunk
i have been brought back….The Boanitia..grrrrr…..Must find Super Jesus!!!!!
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br4nzilla at 7:38PM, Aug. 16, 2006
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I started a comic because my artwork needed some help. o_o I've improved so much! Now I can draw the same char over and over and they ( sort of accidentally if you squint real hard ) look the same.

Also, I wanted to meet some people in the art community who were really into story and character design and stuff. I got my computery art start on neopets.com and gaiaonline.com, so I was accustomed to scammers and thieves and bitchy artists. I so didn't fit in.

.. And then again, maybe it's to get these freaky scenes out of my head and onto paper so everyone can see them. Now I know I'm not crazy because other people can see them too! X3
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