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We're discussing spin-offs in this one.
Why do them? There are many very different reasons for doing a spin-off as opposed to a sequel, prequel or a totally new story:
- Spin-offs make promotion and marketing of the work easier because it has an existing audience who are invested in its world.
- It gives you as a creator more freedom because you're not as strongly constrained by the existing cannon of the parent stories, unlike sequels etc. and you don't have to do any new world building!
- For big commercial comic publishers it makes it easier to keep their universes fresh and their audiences connected by spinning side characters off into their own stories .
Indeed, because of their long-running nature, the investment involved and the shifting structures of their creative teams there's a VERY strong commercial imperative to keep birthing new stories through spin-offs rather than create totally new ones.
Webcomics have very different pressures so spin-offs are a lot more rare, but they Do happen. Do you know of any webcomic spin-offs?
This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to The Great Khan: Happy, fun, jollity! This one bounces through your door with glee and excitement, happy to see you and wanting no more than a snack and a belly rub! A happy little dance number.
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Android Blues - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/jul/08/featured-comic-android-blues/
The Great Khan - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Great_Khan/, by Gr8k4an , rated E.
Tantz Aerine's fantasy novel spin-off from her Art of Veiling series:
Becoming a Healer - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D0UJ8SM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
Spin of story in Pinky TA - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Pinky_TA/5044382/
Epic of Blitzov, spin-off from Putrid Meat - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Epic_of_Blitzov/
Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
QUACKCAST 435 - Spinoffs!Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 16, 2019
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Ozoneocean at 9:54AM, July 18, 2019
Hahaha, I think it's like 80% of the time XD
Kou the Mad at 9:24PM, July 17, 2019
Sometime the Spinoff is better. Sometimes being key word.
Ozoneocean at 9:06AM, July 17, 2019
Deadfingers! That's cool :D
usedbooks at 6:15AM, July 17, 2019
My comic basically spins into itself. If I have peripheral characters or angles I want to give spotlight to, I just give them their own arc and weave it in. -- I love spin-offs in series/movies, though. They enrich the world and have nods to source material while being stand-alone. I lost interest in Harry Potter, for example, and didn't watch anything after the third movie. I love Fantastic Beasts (so far).
usedbooks at 6:11AM, July 17, 2019
I'm pretty sure Peipei is publishing the spin-off of the spin-off of her original DD story. (Cosmo's Song spun from Deadfingers spun from The Faction.)
Ozoneocean at 8:23AM, July 16, 2019
I love the way you can see connections in the shows and things :)
bravo1102 at 7:47AM, July 16, 2019
I was a fan of All in the Family and Happy Days. I liked how they spun off characters even something as different as Laverne and Shirley versus Mork & Mindy. So introduce a character in this story then they grow on you. And I'd get another story idea have to create a new cast. Wait a minute, why not use these folks from the previous work.
Ozoneocean at 6:55AM, July 16, 2019
Oh yeah! Bravo: Tell us out all your spin-offs and why you use that technique?
bravo1102 at 4:38AM, July 16, 2019
Ask that bravo1102 guy. He seems to specialize in them.