I’m sitting down here to write a post, at 1AM, because my mind is currently running circles around a handful of thoughts and I know for a fact that sleep will continue to elude me until I exercise some of these quandaries and feel as though I’ve made some sort of forward progress.
Lately (and by lately, I mean forever, but more so in the immediate lately) I’ve been struggling a bit with what I will admit is sort of a ridiculous first-world problem, and that is that I want to do more than (I am finding) I am reasonably capable of, from a time and energy standpoint. What I mean is, that I have more projects that I want to be working on than hours in the day permit. This has certainly become amplified in recent years since I became a father.
Ever since I started this comic strip fifteen years ago, I have always bounced back and forth between a few different passions. To express that in its simplest form, sometimes I wanted to do video game one-shots, sometimes I wanted to write stories. So I did both. It’s that concept, and that freedom that has kept me energized in this line of work for as long as it has. It’s what has kept me from burning out.
I love all the series I work on. Starcaster, Analog and D-Pad, The Campaign, The Console Wars, the Sillies, gaming one-shots where I can comment on news or what I’m playing… I want to do it all. I enjoy doing it all. It all scratches a particular or different creative itch.
However I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wonder if, in trying to do it all, I was doing an injustice to some of it.
And that’s not to say I’m worried that I don’t give it my all; when I’m working on Starcaster, I’m all in on Starcaster at that time and loving every second of it. However because there are so many other things that beg attention between issues of Starcaster, the time gap between issues ends up longer than I’d like. I’d love to be putting out an issue of Starcaster every month, an issue of Analog and D-Pad every month, and still cracking jokes about games and RPGs and more. But that’s unrealistic. I’m one person, and I can only do so much.
Bearing that in mind, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what’s working and not working regarding my approach to different series, and how I might streamline the way I tackle those series in a way that keeps me (and you) happy. And while I know what will keep me happy, I’m less clear on what makes you happiest.
Which brings us to the overall point of this post: I would like to know what your favorite aspect of my work is. When you come to this site, what is your favorite thing to see on the front page? Imagine that I decided to only pursue one series, one type of comic strip going forward; what would make you happiest for that to be?
Now, I know for a solid fact that each of the series I do is somebody’s favorite. There are people that wish I only did gaming comics and hate the story stuff I do, and there are people that would be over the moon if I said I was only going to do The Starcaster Chronicles day in, day out from now on. I know that no matter what I do, it is impossible to please everyone. Fifteen years on this job, that fact is engraved on the interior of my skull, I assure you.
And I’m not saying I’m going to drastically change the work I do. That’s not what this poll is about. The option with the least votes isn’t getting “cut” from the team. Rather, I’d just like to get some realistic feedback from you about where your interests lie as an audience, that I can take into consideration as I reassess my approach moving forward. If there’s something that my readers overwhelmingly want to see more of, I need to be aware of it.
The poll can be found here. I’d also love to hear from you in the comments section!