Well, guys, this is a Monday Comics Interlude.
There’s no comic this week because I decided to stop for a second and take stock of the whole situation.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I planned to mix up these stories and try to keep them down to a month at a time. That way in case there was a comic that wasn’t particularly well received, in a few weeks I’d move on to something else.
So after I wrapped up another week of The Ever Zone last time, I decided I was going to move on and do another episode of my sci-fi comic The Commander Series.
But as I got started on it I thought “Are people interested in seeing this one again?”
I ran a poll once at the end of one of my comics, but I don’t think people really noticed it, so instead of continuing on with something that’s not popular, I thought I’d take this time to recap and check to see what people really like.
To begin, I went to check my stats and see what was getting the most views. The answers may surprise you!
1. JG’s VACATION
JG’s Vacation part 1 took the top honor.
This one was a humorous tale of me losing love while on vacation. I guess people really had fun reading about my trials and tribulations :)
Although, maybe not. This first episode was actually number 11 on my entire site for pageviews, but the second episode didn’t appear in the list until way down at number 72! Apparently people didn’t like it enough to continue reading the story, so it’s not clear if I should continue in this direction.
2. The Life Taker
The Life-Taker was the previous number one until JG’s Vacation hit. I was surprised, but pleased. It’s at spot #39 in total page views.
The Life Taker is a fantasy comic about a fairly unlikeable warrior.
I enjoyed doing this one a lot because I made it up in 3D, so it was interesting collecting and making the props and such. I’m leaning heavily towards doing another one and seeing what the response is on it.
Technically, the Monday Comics Slideshow is in the number two at spot #35, but I’m looking for individual comics here.
3. Kid Hype!
Kid Hype part 2 appeared at #48 in the countdown.
Kid Hype is a super-hero story about a powerful teenager who didn’t grow up on Earth. Now he’s back and trying to come to grips with the challenges being thrown his way.
This comic started out the whole Monday Comics series, so maybe it got lost in the shuffle before people knew what was going on? This is another one where a second round might show definitively if it’s worthwhile to produce here on the site.
4. The Ever Zone
The Ever Zone part 2 weighed in at #59. This one just got finished running. It’s a fantasy and sci-fi melded comic about wandering duos -one good and one evil. I draw it in pencil, then color in Photoshop without inking it.
It seemed to be fairly popular, but then again it was almost the only thing that ran for a month on the site, so it was on the front page constantly.
I’ll take a break from it but people do seem to like it, so it could pop back up in the rotation soon.
5. The Commander Series
The Commander Series part 3 doesn’t show up until way down at #78. As I mentioned above, this was the one I was going to do next but maybe it’s not a good idea, since it doesn’t get too many views.
This is a 3D sci-fi comic I create in Blender and Daz Studio. It’s about a completely amoral and heartless crew of pirates who have an unstoppable starship.
I have a ton of fun writing and making it, but maybe my time is better spent elsewhere if people don’t enjoy it. Many creators have faced this same situation -their favorite comic/book/movie/song or whatever may not be one that was received well by the fans.
So with all that said, I’d like your input on what you think is the best comic so far, and what you’d like to see in the future. If you could, please vote in the poll and also let me know in the comments.
If you’re not up to speed, you can always start from the beginning at the Monday Comics Slideshow page. Thanks for reading and thanks for your input!
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