Nov. 1, 2011: Still EvolvingPosted 15:10
Tue 01 November
I have thought all month on what I was going to say here. I know there are countless examples of Webcomics who try to come back after some downtime, after an event, after something gets them behind or unable to update. I know there are clichés and tropes about comics that keep promising things and never delivering, or disappear with promises of new updates that never happen. I know that this has to be treated first and foremost as a business if we want it to be anything more than a hobby. To add to that, our writing has been sub-par, the art has been forced, and we have updated with more “art pieces” and filler than we have actual content.
I could list all the excuses, from money to jobs to health reasons to time, but at the end of the day we, as a company and an entity, have failed on every front we worked on. Further, while many of you have been very supportive about the entire thing, our continued problems and hurdle after hurdle has cost us even some of our most loyal readers. That is our fault, and we accept that.
The other side of that coin, of course, is the readers. You. And we would not be keeping you, as readers or fans, if we put our hand out every time we needed something. Sure, we love the donations we have received, the swag purchases, the commission requests. But we also feel asking for money defeats the purpose of making this product for you; we should be making something you WANT to support, not something you feel obligated to fund. I am not looking for the comic to fund a vacation or a new home or new vehicles for the family; just paying its own bills and giving us a little to pay our bills would have been enough. But we failed in that as well, because we did not strive to be the best we could be at this.
Overall, joke-a-day comics are not as successful or retain the readership that the story comics do. Complex Actions was a test, and it was one we failed at. We needed to improve our writing and our art, and while the art did improve my writing didn’t. I tried to read books and take notes at cons and listen to the advice from others, but the truth is I am just not very funny.
At the same time, I don’t want this to sound like a “poor me” post, either. I am working on my self-improvement and that really does not have all that much to do with the comic. What the comic is, and what it will become, is still the same as it was: a place for us to practice, work, joke, and share a relaxed community with our fans. If we make some money at it, great. If not, then we will close the doors. But for now, the site is still up and we are still supporting it, even slowly.
To that end, we are looking to make some changes we talked about earlier in the year, changes that have been a bit slower to implement than we would have liked.
1. We are bringing on another artist for some commissioned work. This work will be in a different style and storytelling method than we use in the joke strips, and will be a test of our ability to actually, you know… tell a story appropriately.
We could be wasting our time, again. Who knows? However, this is a project we still very much believe in, and desire to be a part of. We want to use this to springboard forward with other projects, and ultimately be able to say we did something awesome that people liked. We have stories we want to tell, and hope we can get them out there for all to enjoy. It is still going to take time, determination, hard work; and sad to say, money. We don’t have a foundation strong enough to Kickstarter, so we are still self-funded for now, plus whatever contributions we get from generous and angelic readers.
So, to sum up: We are still here, we are not leaving, the site will continue to get updated, we hope everyone comes back, we hope to improve, please bear with us. Right now, the only hurdle we see in our future (other than updating around full-time employment) is the possibility of surgery for Emily’s wrist. If that happens, we will have a plan in place to keep the site rolling.
Come back to Complex Actions. Bring your friends with you. We still have a lot in store, and we believe with all our hearts you will like what we have planned.
Thanks for all the support,
Michael “Talthos” W. and Emily “Silkspinner” K.