Summer’s End by Joel | Aug 22, 2011 | Comics | 8 comments This week is going to be another step-by-step comic post. Hope you folks don’t mind another little peak behind the scenes. Thanks for your patience! [update] Original rough layout and main characters. [update] Finished pencils. 8 Comments Jared on August 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm Looks good. I like the step-by-step process. It’s like getting two strips in one week. Joel on August 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm Thanks Jared. I hate being late, or missing a Monday. On one hand, it has only happened twice in two years, so I guess that’s a pretty good track record. On the other, I only post the comic once a week and should be able to handle that deadline even with other commitments. Things have just been squirrely lately. I also need to build a buffer! I had one, once upon a time, in days long since past. Jared on August 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm I know what you mean. My readership is slim at best but I still feel really bad missing a deadline. I too had a buffer once… it was nice while it lasted :) Joel on August 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm What is it about a buffer of comics? They seem to last about as long as it takes you to draw them! :P James Anderson on August 25, 2011 at 10:15 am I had this very conversation just yesterday. Joel on August 25, 2011 at 10:41 am That doesn’t surprise me. I feel like this chat has been around as long as webcomics have been talked about seriously as a viable way to share your comic with the world with the hopes of making something in return. Who did you have the conversation with? Another creator? I feel as thought sometimes I’ve hit a wall, where to gain more readers, I need to post more, but don’t have the time. More readers could result in more income from the comic, and thus allow me to devote more time to it. Vicious circle! James Anderson on August 29, 2011 at 10:19 am Heh, I was referring to the conversation in the comic, which I regularly have with a friend of mine. He throws down those lines anytime someone complains that it’s too hot outside. As for the “Not enough readers, not enough time” conversation, I’m right there with you. I fanatsized about maybe going one month straight of daily strips, all done ahead of time, tied in with some advertising. But right now it remains nothing but a fantasy. By the way, I like seeing the process too. Joel on August 29, 2011 at 10:33 am In an effort to draw more comics at once I am writing a longer story arc than I normally tackle in Starcrossed. It should start this week, unless I change my mind last minute. I am also planning a temporary stylistic change, both for fun, but catered to the type of story I want to tell and the way I want the strip to look. It’s nice to remind yourself every now and then that you’re drawing a WEBcomic and you don’t always have to emulate comic strips as they appear in papers.