Feedback on a Comic Idea

Hello all you lovely readers and writers, I’ve got an idea for a semi-regular comic strip and I’d really like some feedback.  I like doing draft covers and showing them here but my artistic history has always been in comic style and I’m wondering if I can combine writing humor with some art.

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I’ve got some fun ideas for some future strips but I’d like to know if this is something that interests people before I put in too much time and effort.  Let me know what you think!

**Update: it was suggested that the format might be confusing so I changed it up to a more traditional panel layout.  I mangled it a bit but it should be good enough to get the idea across.  You can click on it to make it bigger.  Better or worse?

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7 thoughts on “Feedback on a Comic Idea”

  1. If you’re serious about the strip, you probably need to invest the time to post a half a dozen strips to see if readers respond. One strip really doesn’t offer us an opportunity to judge. It will also give you an idea of the time and effort you will have to put into doing the strip. I don’t think the format (2×2 or 1×4) matters.

    1. That’s very true, I was just hoping for some basic feedback before I got too involved. For example, just switching up the 2×2 and 1×4 formats was a lot harder than I anticipated, so knowing which reads easier saves me a lot of time as I work up a larger selection.

      I didn’t get as much feedback as I was hoping for, so thank you for taking the time. 🙂

  2. Drawing comics is hard, and the art is a lot deeper than just formatting. Although your sample is better drawn than, say, Marmaduke, it could be a lot better. Take 100 hours of drawing classes. Spend 100 hours reading graphic novels at the library. Then another 100 hours of instruction on drawing comics. (Maybe some storyboarding, too, if you want to work in movies.)

    A strip isn’t just four cartoons; it includes characterization, story-telling, balancing graphics and dialogue, white space and dark, having something to say, and being able to do humor. Learn to do all that, then draw a week’s worth of strips and post them for comments, as Phillip suggests.

    1. No offense, I appreciate the feedback, but the art style of the comic was intentional. I’ve been doing various art projects for a long, long time, including other styles of comics. If you don’t like that style, that’s fine, but it was drawn like that on purpose. That’s one of the reasons I was asking for feedback, I like the way it looks but if everyone hates it than I can change it up. I didn’t get many responses, but I have been doing more to put up later.

  3. I wouldn’t normally feel qualified to comment, but I feel the need to in this case, even though I’m late to this party… While I prefer the left-to-right panel format of the strip, rather than the grid (only after seeing them both together), I don’t understand the negative comments. Your strip here is as good as anything I’ve seen in this sphere, and it’s a great idea to combine your obvious drawing skills with literary humour. It’s hugely shareable on social media, should get you good exposure, and is obviously something you love and are good at. Please do more, and ignore the naysayers!

      1. I really do think you should. It’s exactly the sort of thing I would share, along with many people I know. Stick with it, don’t place too much weight on feedback or lack of, and it’ll build with time. Good luck and I’m looking forward to seeing them.

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