GPrime85 on December 6th, 2018 at 13:34 UTC »
My name is George Alexopoulos. I've been drawing comics for almost 15 years, and posting here for 5+. My stupid comic yesterday was one of my highest-rated ever, and I hate/love you all for it.
CurseSpectre on December 6th, 2018 at 13:56 UTC »
LOL. Now I have to go back and upvote the "thing" comic, though. Did you really go through that thought process before making it?
MeltedTwix on December 6th, 2018 at 15:04 UTC »
I looked through some of the older comics.
These last two are:
You can read those comics without opening the thread -- just the thumbnail gets the point across. Your older ones are grey, full of distracting detail, several sentences worth of content, and that content is presented with subtlety instead of hitting you in the face with a hammer.
To quote Joe Dirt: "It's not about you, it's about the consumer"
Reddit wants easily digestible stuff that makes them go "heh" and move on.
There are very few "smart" comics out there that can have more in-depth / longer comics -- xkcd and smbc as good examples -- but those comics are all known to have that quality and it took them a while to get there. They gained an audience with a clear visual style and had consistent quality improvements and still, in general, have comics that are fast to read but still feel "smart".
It doesn't mean your older comics are worse -- they could be better in every way except for marketability, but that's the name of the game when you're giving out a product for free and competing with hundreds of others doing the same thing.