This whole comic strip thing has blossomed into something that I’m not sure what to do with.
Every so often, see, I take up a new project and poke away at it until I lose interest. Usually the lack of interest (mine) stems from a complex equation that I’m unable to balance, an equation whose variables include EFFORT, INTEREST (OTHER PEOPLE), and the LIFESPAN of the idea itself.
This is Pi Day started as little more than yet another quick scribble of comic effort I figured would amount to little or nothing, a few hours of effort about ten months ago… but right now the variables of it’s success are are sitting somewhere like this:
EFFORT = modest but manageable
INTEREST (OTHER PEOPLE) = moderate and growing each day
LIFESPAN = dad stories are a deep, deep well
How that calculates out for me means that I’m starting to look at this as something that might span multiple years and (while not explode into an overwhelming success) be tougher than many things I do to just let dwindle to nothing and die. So I’m not. But…
In other words, I’ve nurtured this thing to an unfamiliar state. I’ve never really been here with an idea before. I’ve never done something creative that had a regular audience and people who kinda expect it to keep going… and going… and going.
A few months along I jokingly printed some business cards. At that point I handed a few out, and we all had a good chuckle at this funny little web comic Brad was drawing. But then suddenly people were asking if I had a link… so I gave them a card… and people were not laughing as much as they were nodding respectfully. I now keep a small stack of cards in my wallet.
Now I’m sitting here pondering: the summer is approaching and there are a few comic expos in town. I missed registration, but maybe next year I’m still doing this and I need to be more prepared… like maybe I print out some swag and go show off my comics. Maybe I buy a pass this year and go see how this community actually works. How serious am I about this whole process?
Swag is an interesting thing. I ordered some samples from one of those places that will print your logo on pens and ceramic mugs and fidget spinners. It was mostly junk that was simultaneously cheap and too expensive for someone with zero budget.
But then I remember, I’m a visual medium artist. In a visual medium, a medium that for me exists almost exclusively online, I find myself pondering what I can make that would be simultaneously interesting, fun and cheap. It’s all about the shameless self-promotion, right? As a result, I started working on “collector cards“… and that’s about how far I’ve taken the idea.
The calculation gets bigger and bolder.