I was gathering up all of my materials today to take up to FallCon and it occured to me that I didn’t thank some of you for helping me choose which Theater Hopper comics would be included in a sample binder I was taking with me.
A lot of you responded and I apologize for not thanking you personally. But, as you can imagine, things are hectic.
It was really interesting to get your feedback and find out what strips struck a chord with which readers. I noticed a definate “old school” vs. “new school” vibe in the e-mails – if that’s even possible for a comic that’s been around a little over a year.
But, yeah. Some of you picked the older comics while some of you were picking the most recent material. A lot of you picked comics that followed a story line – which is making me think that I need to be doing more story-telling rather than hit and miss one-liners.
Either way, I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks!
I think FallCon is going to be a blast. I’m nervous as hell, but it’s going to be a great learning experience.
Be sure to check back here on Monday for the full recap. There’ll even be a new comic to boot! I plan on taking a lot of photos, so once I get those back, I’ll post them to the site.
Have a great weeekend, everyone!
I want to know what you think. Send me a e-mail and tell me if this is something you would buy.
Don’t underestimate the weight your voice carries in this matter. I am so on the fence when it comes to introducing new merchandise that one negative comment could keep me from doing it altogether.
But on the other hand, I feel the itch to start selling shirts again (including the spoiler shirt and professional movie goer shirt) and when they come back, I want to give you guys another option.
I took some advice on how to adjust the CSS that runs the site from the comments section of yesterday’s blog. I’m telling you, I’m in love with this new feature! The instant feedback is great and so helpful!
I believe these suggestions have cleared up the problems people were having with the horizontal scroll bar that shouldn’t be there. Some people were sending messages saying that about an inch of the left side of the site was being cut off completely.
Are things better now? Let me know in the comments!
Since Dave was good enough to introduce the fancy blog commenting system, I thought I would take this opportunity to utlize it for a little feedback.
You guys might remember a while back when I was trying to develop some new shirt designs for the store. As per usual, the design phase takes me for friggin’ ever because I’ll design, redesign, doubt myself and then hang it up. The reason for this is because you kind of have to have momentum in order to produce these things and it’s a bit of a tightrope walk to keep the right amount of inventory in stock. I feel like I kind of have a good thing going on with the handful of designs I’m currently offering. But at the same time, I’m kind of bored with it and it’s time to branch out.
This time I think I’ve got something on my hands. Something that you will like. It’s a refinement of the "Opening Weekend Junkie" concept I was floating around before. I have a few variations I would like you to inspect and, when you’re finished, leave your thoughts on the comments page! Easy!
Okay, onto the designs.
1. The first design is pretty literal. Not too far from the first few drafts with the exception of a TORN ticket instead of a ticket coming out of a dispenser;
2. For the second draft, I thought to myself, "If I were really a junkie, my fonts wouldn’t be so need and orderly." So I tried making things a little more askew;
3. Pushing the askew concept a little more. Throwing the fonts around at different sizes and angles;
4. At this point I started to really appreciate the simplicity of the torn ticket and thought about paring back the message a little bit. Showing a torn ticket and simply stating "junkie." pretty much gets across the same idea without throwing in the "Opening Weekend" prefix. Also, what if you’re schedule is too busy to afford you the luxury of seeing movies on their opening weekend? At least this way, you can say you’re a movie junkie in the general sense.
5. Simpifying further, I thought to myself "Maybe it doesn’t need any text at all! Yes… the design is THAT strong." Ah, hubris.
Those are pretty much the designs to choose from. For those of you who want to see the ticket stub in more detail, you can click here.
So, what do you think. Which of these designs would you wear if any?
Be gentle. Remember what I told you about the second-guessing?
Okay, I need some direct feedback on this. I’m a little self-conscious and I need to see if people will recognize the person I’ve drawn for a t-shirt I’m putting together.
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS MAN?
I don’t want to provide any clues as to who it is or why I’m drawing him. I just want to know if people looking at it will immediately recognize him and say “Oh, that’s so-and-so!” Otherwise, the joke in the shirt I’m designing won’t work at all.
So, who do you think this is? Leave your comments below!
I’ve been getting some great feedback from people about this latest arc. Thanks for taking the time out to shoot me an e-mail, guys!
If you could link today’s comic through whichever social bookmarking site you prefer, that would be great way to help bring a little attention to this arc and a high note to head into the weekend on!
I appreciate it!
I’m trying something a little different for the new year and am testing out in-test ads on the site. You’ll notice them as double-underlined green links in the blog posts.
I’m trying to keep them very relative to the theme of the site. So you’ll see words like “film,” “movies” and whatnot highlighted.
I’m kind of on the fence about in-text ads in terms of how intrusive they are. Part of me doesn’t like that it randomly places emphasis on my words and I have concerns that it is deceptive in a way that traditional banner advertisements are not.
But, at the same time, I reduced the number of ads appearing on the site in the redesign in an effort to maximize space for content – and I need to make up the difference somewhere.
I’m not saying the in-text ads are the solution. They’re just something I’m trying. If you have thoughts you’d like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments.
So I just got a new web cam after going a few years without. For the most part, it’ll be handing when I want to take a quick snapshot to update my Facebook profile with.
But I also got the cam with the idea to start streaming video of me working on the comic three nights a week through Ustream. Not just because all the popular web comic artists are doing it, but because I think it’ll be a good way to keep me honest, focused and working on the comic instead of staying up until 2 in the morning screwing around on Facebook (see the vicious cycle?)
Anyway, I just found out that in order to stream what’s on my desktop, I need to buy a program called WebCamMax and I kind of bristle at the idea of having to shell out more money without totally knowing what I’m getting into.
Who among you follow the streams of other web comic artists? What do you like about it? If Theater Hopper were to have it’s own stream where you can watch me work on the comic and maybe fire off a question or two in chat field, would you check it out?
Just trying to measure interest a little bit.
Yesterday afternoon it was cold and crummy outside and everyone in the house was asleep taking an afternoon nap.
I, on the other hand, am incapable of sleep. So I decided to whip up a quick t-shirt design and wanted to get your thoughts on it. You probably recognize the logo.
It’s the logo that appears on Eve’s chest when she acquires the plant in Wall-E.
I made it for a couple of reasons. One, because I just like the design. It’s simple and effective. Two, because I looked everywhere online for a similar shirt and couldn’t find one. So I thought, “I should make one for myself. If there’s enough interest, I’ll sell them on the site.”
So what do you think? Do I have any kindred spirits out there? Do you like the larger design that puts the logo in the center of the chest or the smaller design that is off-center and placed on the chest similar to where it was on Eve? What about shirt color?
White like Eve or black (because I know that black is the best-selling t-shirt color on the planet)?
Leave your me your feedback! I’m curious to find out what you think!
It’s been kind of interesting to read the reaction to today’s strip. People have been leaving comments here and over at my Twitter account about what mythical or pop culture combatants they’d like to see in the free-for-all.
Vikings, pirates, astronauts, zombies, cavemen, vampires, Chuck Norris, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man… I’ve heard ’em all!
The idea was floated around that I draw it and sell a print. I think it sounds like a good idea, but I keep thinking I’ve seen something like that before. In fact, after rummaging through the ol’ memory banks, I remember Young American Comics produced an anthology a few years ago called The Big Ol’ Book of BIZMAR – 75 stories combining Bunnies, Insects, Zombies, Monkeys, Aliens and Robots. I remember because a few of my friends contributed to it.
Certainly no one owns the rights to these kind of mash-ups. But I don’t want to pour a lot of effort into something that’s already been done.
What do you think? Would you like to see an original art piece from me featuring all of your favorite pop culture heroes and villains duking it out?
Leave your comments and suggestions for additional fighters below!