HEY APATHY! Strange Comics Online Page 12
Free Weekly Webcomics! Follow the strange tale of a mad scientist, his twin assistants and a world full of weird and mysterious people! The city is a giant gear, but it is all the unusual characters which make it spin. In this week’s installment, the twins attempt to infiltrate the office of an executive banker with horrific results.
SOME THOUGHTS ON MAKING THE COMIC …
This page is part of a five page battle scene. Up to this point each page has featured a self contained narration, sort of like the Sunday funnies. The current sequence is first to extend to multiple pages. There are several reasons for this that I cannot reveal ( no spoilers!) but I thought it was interesting to see the shift in pace on a weekly basis. It got me thinking of all the possible ways someone might enter the comic as a result of its online presentation and in particular about the pacing of a weekly single page progression. The single pages work great as anyone reading, no matter their attention span or where they started in the book, gets a whole fable.
The extended sequences, on the other hand, might move too slowly for the reader. However if done properly, the cliffhanger pages can be used to tantalize, ignite suspense and incite addiction. The other point of interest in this ordeal is that after the story is completed, it will only be read from cover to cover, and likely in a single sitting, a factor which completely eradicates the entire process of presenting the pages on a weekly basis. It seems sort of simple but I’ve never dealt with a weekly serialization before having always written with the intention of publishing graphic novels.
So the end result of all this pondering is that the online comic book is actually written in two separate, yet complimentary forms. First it must hold interest in periodic intervals and secondly it must finalize seamlessly as a traditional publication. The fun part about it is, I figure, that if a book works well stretched out over a period of months, it will probably be strong when published as a graphic novel and if nothing else it got me thinking at stories and structure in a way that I hadn’t before. READ THE WEBCOMICS!