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When does the comic stop being rated E for Everyone?
Jobo at 12:02PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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My current comic Rizmo has been intended for all readers with no real age restrictions.
However, Im about to take another plunge into the storyline which will actually reveal the very morbid, disturbing side to this comic.
The language will stay the same and sex is out of the question seeing how the main characters are children..
but topics of psychological disorders, murder, cruelty and gore will begin showing up as other characters are introduced.

Personally, I find these topics ones that all age groups encounter in this decade.
But my questions are

1. when does a comic stop being for Everyone?

2. would changing my rating on Rizmo drastically change the amount of viewers I have?

**Sorry for my ignorance, I still feel very new to the webcomic world. :c
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:10PM
Genejoke at 1:09PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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I don't feel right trying to give a comprehensive answer but a lot will be down to how it is portrayed. The language used and how graphic it is. Still I'm sure a mod or someone can give you a better answer.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:33PM
demontales at 1:39PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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I don't know for sure, but here are my guesses:

1. Swears, blood from violence, nudity, things like that

2.If you move to T, I don't think you'll lose many readers. If you move to M, you may have some really young potential readers that won't read it but I don't think you'll lose many of your basic audience if you don't change everything abruptly.

I think ratings are a bit of mystery for everyone here, you're not beeing ignorant
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El Cid at 4:29PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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Drunk Duck's official ratings guidelines:

EVERYBODY. Open to everybody. Non-offensive material in text or imagery. Appropriate for children to adults.

TEENS PLUS. Content suitable for teens or older. Mild violence, slightly mature themes. No obscenities, graphic violence, sex, or nudity.

MATURE. Content contains mature themes not suitable for children. May contain occasional obscenities, limited graphic violence, implied sex, mild nudity. No pornography, no graphic sexual acts, no Hentai, no unrelenting violence, or non-stop obscenities.

From what you're describing, it sounds like you're definitely moving away from your E rating; the question is whether the darker themes are going to be disturbing enough that they could be problematic for a teenager, and how graphically you plan on depicting the violent aspects. You *could* get away with a T rating, if you use enough discretion. I don't know how well the ratings are actually enforced here though; I've seen a few T-rated comics that had nudity in them, for instance. My guess is it doesn't become an issue until somebody complains.

But if you really want to be sure, you should probably PQ a mod/admin after you've done a few pages and have them decide.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:20PM
Jobo at 7:55PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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Thanks everyone. :)
I think I may move it to the T rating later on just to be safe.

lol, and if this is anything like putting “explicit content” warnings on CD's, the who knows? Maybe I'll even get more viewers. hahah
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:10PM
skoolmunkee at 11:24PM, Dec. 30, 2010
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It sounds like it would probably be T, yeah, as long as nothing gets particularly graphic.

E is like a my little pony cartoon, T is more like normal TV, M is the stuff they can show after 9pm and A is the pretty naughty stuff. :]

The ratings aren't truly enforced, only if we come across a comic we think has the wrong rating. We ususally PQ the author, asking them to change it and explaining why, rather than changing it ourselves unless it's a pretty drastic case like an A comic being marked E.

The ratings do limit some access, but it only affects the M and A comics (and the M restriction can easily be worked around just by logging out).
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:44PM
Hunchdebunch at 10:53AM, Jan. 11, 2011
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Thanks for this thread, I've found it really helpful! I mean right now my comics are teen rated, but some ideas I have in the works sound as if they'll fit into the mature rating, and I wouldn't have known if it wasn't for this thread! :)
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:51PM
skoolmunkee at 12:55PM, Jan. 11, 2011
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We generally go “easier” on conceptual type content when it comes to T and M. Discussing adult topics in a mature way can generally stay teen. Stuff mostly gets ‘dinged’ up to M if there's nudity, lots of swearing, things like rape subplots, revealing but not explicit love scenes, etc.

Consider it as “would you be willing to let your teenage relative read it?” with the assumption that your teenage relative is of average teenage maturity. Note that the “M” rating, despite there already being a T+ rating, only locks out logged-in members who are 13 or under. So if someone's 14, it's okay for them to read an M comic. It's Adult which is for 18+
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:44PM

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