So, as many of you have noticed, I recently acquired a stylus for my iPad. While I had already shifted to using the iPad to do my (mostly unread) gag panel comic Irresponsible Irreverence, this made me consider switching UnCONventional off of paper and pen to stylus and screen.
So last week I did it.
Besides the character portraits that littered my blog last week, I also did both of last week's UnCONventionals digitally. It was a strange experience, as it means I didn't touch my scanner at all last week, but I think it's the future of the comic. Frankly, my old fashioned paper, pencil and pen approach is a dying style in the world of web comics. Digital art is the future, and I may as well embrace it.
Frankly, it will likely save some trees in the process.
Now, some have asked if I'd be willing to do color in the strip in the future, but honestly I don't have the time to do so. Before I do anything like adding color, I'd rather try to find the time to do a third comic a week. I honestly think one of the things holding back UnCONventional from finding a larger audience is that it only updates twice a week. So before I spend the time to add color, I think it would be better if I could find the time to add a third strip. I don't know how I'm going to fit that into the Tuesday/Thursday update schedule, but it's a plan. Honestly it probably won't happen for a while, but it's on the books as something I'd like to do.
Color also proves one more problem: print editions. I do print editions for UnCONventional using print on demand services, and while black and white print on demand is fairly inexpensive, color print on demand is an entirely different story. This means the printed copies of the strip would be of lesser quality than the website... or way more costly than I want the collections to be.
So that's where things stand right now.
Personally I've always found that I place a higher value on consistency of updates versus number of updates. I say this to most comics (and not directed at you), if you can only do one update a week then only do one a week. Don't say you can do three and pull a "Sorry got busy, no update this week" move. That's a surefire way to get me to take your comic off my reading list.