I poured my brain over his blog, so all the information in his blog dissolved into my brain, then I re-froze my brain and put it back in my head.
Do you even science?
Huh, I thought I was following it. Guess I’m not.
And wow, I should be. This is fantastic. I don’t even have anything to add.
I’m going to be pouring over this tumblr tonight, if it contains writing advice.
Re: Creating usable archives for webcomics. The website Oh No Robot offers a handy free service where you can get a bit of code that will put a link and search box on every archive page for your strip, which lead to a searchable transcript-archive. You can do the transcribing yourself or get help from your readers. I use it myself on my own webcomic, and it’s very useful for both readers and me, allowing me to check dialogue and such when trying to maintain continuity.
Seeing as FCA isn’t getting released until November, do you have anymore teaser art to share with us in the meantime?
Have some quality art from page 2 (this is better than I can draw ;_;).
Have you considered taking an Awkward Zombie strip and comparing it to another video game webcomic, say, ooh, Ctrl-Alt-Del or something and showing what works In Awkward Zombie and not in the other?
I’m all about comparing a bad webcomic to a similar webcomic, like Sinfest to Homestuck or Questionable Content to Lucky Penny (before the latter suddenly became Scott Pilgrim), but Awkward Zombie to CAD isn’t really that comparable, not least of which being that CAD is apparently not a gaming comic anymore (I don’t read it, I just skimmed the last few comics). Plotless gag-a-day comics are also kind of not my area of expertise (said Essay Mod, implying he had an area of expertise or any relevant skill/knowledge at all). Still…
I notice a lot of gaming comics (Penny Arcade does this a lot, too) have a panel like that first CAD one there, explaining the joke. There’s a lot of comics that follow this formula:
Panel 1: Wow, [game] sure has [nonsensical element]!
Panel 2: [Illustration of nonsensical element]
In this format, the first panel is required for even fans of the game to know what the fuck you’re talking about, but spoils the punchline.
Awkward Zombie, by contrast, tends to have the joke in the form of a scene, where Katie encounters the silly element and reacts to it. If Penny Arcade made a comic about the haircuts in Animal Crossing, it would’ve been Gabe and Tycho talking about how silly this was. They would tell. Awkward Zombie shows.