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Rebuilding Buffers
Posted Dec 7, 2011 - 13:04:52

Drawing ComicsWhen I decided to actually sit down and write UnCONventional a few years back, I actually did a whole three months of comics before I ever put it live on the internet. The reason for this was simple, I wanted a long buffer to prevent anything in my personal life from disrupting the comic update schedule. Of course, a mere six months later, I was back to doing strips the day before it needed to be posted, and I actually had to run some filler while I was moving.

Things stayed like that for a while too - in fact, most of it's run, I've been producing comics down to the last minute before it came time to put them online.

When I launched The Chronicles of Crosarth I knew I'd have a challenge ahead of me, as I wanted to launch it before November -- and I was already doing a pretty heavy November schedule with UnCONventional that month. So I did a month and a half of comics prior to launch, and let those post while I was busting my ass on "I Hate November."

I Hate November though was a hard push, and I managed to build myself a week buffer while doing it -- which is kind of a miracle when you think about it -- and right now I've been managing to maintain it. Likewise, Chronicles of Crosarth has maintained a week buffer as well.

My goal right now though is to increase that buffer -- to get a couple weeks lead on the strip. That way, when I come home from a con, I never have to worry about rushing something for the site. It's also given me a chance to make revisions and change things that I put together before they go live. For instance, there's a page in Chronicles of Crosarth that goes up next week where I completely rearranged the art as I didn't like the first draft that I'd put online.

I don't know, maybe this is a little too much of a sausage making post, and maybe no one cares about this particular bit of the process... but that's what I'm thinking about today.
- Traegorn

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I wish you well on your attempt, many, many webcomics have met their fate and sunk of the rocky shores of buffer island.
It hasn't been that big a deal with UnCONventional, but since Crosarth pages take significantly longer to produce, it's become a necessity.
I enjoy these posts, Trae.  For someone who has batted around the idea of regular blogs (and even started and stopped a few) and other time-sensitive projects, it's interesting to see the kind of effort and planning that has gone into one that has kept that steady output for some time.

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