Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,
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Comic strips

I was discussing web comics with a friend, and he mentioned that he had a subconcious bias for strips that were in color. It wasn't that he consciously looked at black and white strips and said "ew!" -- but he found that most of the strips he wound up reading were in color.

I haven't noticed this bias in myself. In fact, one of the comics I read daily -- GPF -- went to color and I didn't even notice. (Happened sometime in 2002 or 2003, I guess). Out of the 21 strips I regularly follow, nine are in color. But most of those were in b&w when I started reading them, so color didn't have an impact on my decision.

Perhaps more interestingly: I only read a handful of strips where I know the creator's sole income is from the strip. Those would be: Megatokyo, PVP, Sluggy Freelance, and User Friendly. None of those run daily color strips (though the last three do Sunday color).

But this has been on my mind, so I thought I'd do a little poll on it and a couple of questions. For variety, I'll fill out my own poll this time. :)


Poll #245608 Online Comics

Do you think you're more likely to read a color strip than one in black and white, or greyscale?

Definitely
1(6.7%)
Probably
2(13.3%)
No, I don't care one way or the other
11(73.3%)
Actually, I prefer b&w, but not by much
0(0.0%)
I much prefer b&w to color
1(6.7%)

About how many webcomics do you follow?

None
1(6.7%)
1-5
5(33.3%)
6-10
1(6.7%)
11-20
3(20.0%)
Too many to count for a silly LJ poll
5(33.3%)

About what portion of the comics you read are in color? (Please count strips that are usually in b&w, but have color on Sundays or other rare occassions, as "not in color")

None
3(20.0%)
25%
5(33.3%)
50%
6(40.0%)
75%
1(6.7%)
All
0(0.0%)

Is art or writing more important in a comic strip?

Writing! Who cares what the pictures look like?
0(0.0%)
Writing, but the artwork better not look like a bad Gary Larson sketch
9(60.0%)
Writing, but the art has to be good, too
3(20.0%)
They're equally important
3(20.0%)
Artwork, but the writing has to be half-way decent
0(0.0%)
Artwork, but the writing has to be good, too
0(0.0%)
Artwork! You can read comics?
0(0.0%)

How frequently does a webcomic have to update to get you to follow it?

Yes; at least daily
0(0.0%)
Yes; at least five times a week
0(0.0%)
Yes; at least three times a week
3(21.4%)
Yes, at least weekly
3(21.4%)
Yes, but it doesn't matter how often as long as it's regular
7(50.0%)
Nope
1(7.1%)

Continuity

Comics should be static and unchanging, like Peanuts
0(0.0%)
It's OK to add to the cast or have occassional story arcs with temporary changes, but most things should stay the same
2(15.4%)
I want to see progress, change, and growth in the characters and the strip
11(84.6%)
Shake things up! I want to be lost if I miss even one day.
0(0.0%)

What annoys you most in a web comic?

What do you most want to see in a web comic?

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