So, on Sunday night I got a email post from my webhost telling me that my server had been Shanghaied and was being used by parties unknown to run spam bots. They took my site down and I’ve been spending the last two days getting things set up again. WordPress in particular (the software I use to serve this comic) is not the easiest program to restore, so it may take a while to get everything back in place as I reupload each comic page. Luckily I still have all the old pages saved off line so no data is lost.
Anyhow, the server folks have been very helpful in helping me get back up again. The locks have all been changed, so hopefully this nasty business is not going to be repeated.
I just finished rereading Rice Boy, an amazing one-off web comic by Evan Dahm. I remember reading it back when he was first posting it in weekly updates back in 2007, and it still holds up all these years later. He’s moved on since then and is currently working on his Vattu series which is in many ways it’s spiritual successor. In any case, if you’re looking for a great web comic, I’d recommend it.
I got a new art tablet. This one is the new Intuos Art tablet (medium sized) and it is so much more responsive than my old Intuos 3. I’ve been playing around with it for the last few days and still getting used to it, but do like how much more control it gives you. It’ll also replace an Intuos Pen (small) that I bought last year which also had nice responsiveness but which was so small I found it hard to get the precision I needed. Anyhow, hopefully this will do good things to the way I draw the comic.
I started working on this comic five years ago! I never thought it would last this long back then. I think the story has matured a lot since the first chapter, and my drawing style has had big changes too.
Anyhow, I’ve often wondered – what do you guys think of it? Whether you’re a long time reader or just stumbled across it a few days ago, what do you like or dislike? Has this been as exciting an adventure for you as it has for me?
Thanks for reading, and I hope to bring many more pages filled with adventure!
So as chapter 4 is drawing to a close, I’ve been thinking about about how things have been going with Kitfox Comics and what I might be doing with it in the future.
I’ve been drawing the story for nearly five years now. Originally I had envisioned it as an RPG style video game, but lacked the skills I needed to do that. Above all, my drawing skills were terrible and I thought that presenting the first few chapters as a comic would be a great way to build skills.
Even the title is tentative – rather than giving it a proper name, ‘Kitfox Comics’ is a reference to the web domain it’s hosted on (I used to follow D C Simpson’s ‘Ozy and Millie’ during its original run and knew about the trouble Simpson ran into with a domain name poacher – so I wanted to avoid naming it unless I could secure a domain for it first).
Anyhow, five years later I have improved quite a bit at drawing and rendering, but still fall short of professional level art skills. I’m also having a lot more demands on my time which is making producing each page more difficult. Each page takes about six or seven hours to make. On top of that, I’m only getting about 40 hits per day – a rate which hasn’t changed in years. It’s hard to say what percentage of that are unique humans, but in any case the strip isn’t pulling in huge numbers.
Ive been thinking of changing up the format. Maybe going to black and white, maybe dropping the format down to a weekly newspaper size, maybe even rebooting the whole story and going with something gag-based with short story arcs rather than the novel-length and increasingly grim serial that I’m currently doing.
In any case, I need something more manageable. And I would really like to bring viewers something they really like too.