You are absolutely right, Amelius, and I had a comment on the subject ready, but then I just wimped out. I was afraid the readers, or even Roy himself (in his villain role) would just tear me to pieces. Also, I didn't feel "qualified" to speak about someone else's creative process to their face, not having a comic of my own. So I decided to see if I could find some kindred spirits in the open arena of opinion that is the forums, or if I was the only one bothered by that, because so far all I had read was praise. I was expecting, based on past experience, that only a couple of people would comment, since my older topics have not gotten much of a response.
Never feel unqualified to offer your advice just because you don't have a comic, your opinion is just as valid as anyone else's. after all, comics are written for their readers, not for other artists! I admit that sometimes I'm afraid of how to voice my opinion, but since I have such a wide variety of tastes in comics sometimes I can be a little hard to disappoint! That is, I can be a tad bit picky at times but I judge things case by case rather than holding say a strip comic to the same standards of a graphic novel, which some of the self-appointed critics in the review forums tend to do. But not having a comic of your own doesn't mean you don't know what you're talking about too, so if anyone tells you otherwise there's some select words you can tell them! :)
Never in my wildest dreams I thought I would cause a commotion, and certainly it wasn't my intent to offend anyone. But I needed to address the issue, and it was very difficult to do that without it looking like a direct attack. I kinda realize now that it came out looking like a sneak attack, and I'm sorry.
Aw, that's okay, I wasn't really "offended" per se, just a little...well, shocked is all, haha! I have posted more in this thread than like any other thread, you certainly got me out of lurk mode and that's quite the accomplishment! (Often times when I say things in this forum, people misunderstand me and start yelling at me :( and no attempts to explain myself works! Waaah!)
However, I do believe this topic started a very healthy discussion. Just how far you can go with filler stuff without turning people off? Where is the line beyond which you just lose your direction? When do you start considering doing an "extras" comic? I do believe they are valid issues, and I just happened to use some actual examples.
I agree, 'tis a good topic and now that we've moved past my initial gripes (hehe) I hope that people will chime in! I think more than 2 pages in a row of filler on a slow updating comic is kinda frustrating, especially since the effort someone puts into filler could likely have been spent actually producing a page. I can forgive it when it's entertaining filler, but too much is when it's half-hearted or some text that says the place is being held or whatever. I'd rather someone post old art or something than update just to tell me they aren't updating! It's such a tease!
I saw that Charby was killed today, ending the whole event. It did feel a little abrupt, but at this point I'm not surprised about it, I just thought Roy had gotten in a hurry to make room for something else that caught his fancy. I think he devised a very effective marketing gimmick that surely got him a lot of readers, I just feel it got out of hand.
Yeah, it ended up being 4 pages rather than 5, but I can't complain!
He had to go back to his day job so he can't update as much anymore too. To be fair, he is aware that the Batman storyline sank his ratings too, I heard them discuss it on his podcast. He's often trying out different things though and I say more power to it! ^_^ I can't help but be supportive of anything that doesn't encourage trolling to get page hits, mostly because I was a victim of such only like a year ago. And that really, really sucked!