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Lame endings for web comics [Jan. 8th, 2009|09:51 am]
Hi all,

This is a topic that I E-mailed to my self, intending to save it for the weekend. However we've had a heatwave in New South Wales (poor Batty must be cooked out there in the west) and I'm trying to cheer myself up. The weather has finally cooled down today, and I just need to boost my spirits in order to survive the next few hours in the office.

2008 has been a year in which several long-running web comics have ended, or have been announced as ending. On the one hand I can see an author (DC Simpson) who spent much time working to achieve an ending worthy of the reputation that the comic has earned over the years, while elsewhere I can think of at least THREE where the endings were IMHO rather lame; insubstantial and lacking a proper sense of closure, or just cut short. Not naming any names, but one of these three web comics was linked to the Cross Time Café (the origin of a certain character).

(FYI - for my own web comic, I'd like the story to continue even after I die… or become too infirm or senile to continue writing. I can only hope I'll find people with the talent and devotion to continue my work).

Now being an especially story-driven reader and writer, I'm keen to hear opinions on the matter of how important everyone regards endings to web comics. One humble request: if you provide examples please only mention the name(s) of either the web comic or author for the positive comments. For negative comments just hint at which web comic is concerned.

Q1: How much do you appreciate when a web comic author properly ties up all the loose ends in a comic? (Personally I regard killing off characters as a very lazy means to this end).

Q2: Do you prefer comics where the author gives a clear impression that there would be an "off camera" continuity for the comic? (A good example is Calvin & Hobbes).

Q3: How much do you enjoy grand and awe-inspiring endings to a web comic?

Q4: If an author gave an abrupt or dissatisfying ending to a web comic in order to commence a whole new comic, would this make you less likely to begin reading the replacement comic?

Q5: Does receiving a non-ending to a web comic make you feel that the author has been disloyal or disrespectful to their audience? (Unplanned ending, deliberately ambiguous, non-canon ending, recursive, plagiarised etc).

[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-09 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh! :)

Well that cheered me up quick! I didn't expect to be rewarded with the links to comic archives. :)

I'll be giving Good Cheese a look - I had no idea that the author of Roza and the Horse Prince had previously produced an anthromorphic web comic. I've viewed the first 8 episodes. A little slow moving, but the illustrations are amazing, and that final episode is very grand indeed. Marvelous drawing (though it hardly stands out because all the other drawings appear to be just as good).

I wouldn't get any hopes up on HB. From what I could gather Eric had well and truly given up on it. If the CTC artists want to encourage him they might try keeping Ky more in line with the character Eric originally created, but then again I'm under the impression he was annoyed at how popular Kyota was in comparrison with his other characters...
...and too bad! I like Kyota best myself :D
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2009-01-10 04:34 am (UTC)
Yeah well the vocal fans are usually interested int he obvious - promiscuous personality in a character with big knockers and not much clothes. Pretty standard formula.

Those of us that enjoy the story, characters and character interaction are usually less vocal so it would give the impression that only the promiscuous type character was the popular one.
HB was great, I loved the humour and the banter and the story.

To end the strip on the premise that only one character is popular is a misconception. A real shame for such an awesome comic.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-10 11:48 am (UTC)
Did you join in the eyeskream forum (where the HB forum was situated) ?
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2009-01-10 12:25 pm (UTC)
no, I never did. I was on so many forums already...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-10 12:37 pm (UTC)
There were continual exchanges between Eric and the Kyota fans. I recall one such conversation:
Kyota Fan: "Too.. much... Baxter... must have Kyota."
Eric: "It's talk like that that makes me want to write Kyota out altogether."

That kind of thing was going on all the time.
Personally I didn't find ANY of the other HB characters at all interesting. By a phenomenal co-incidence, it was my work colleague Groveffex who drew my attention to HB, when the April Fools episode appeared, as he (like myself) adored the illustration of (what would later become) Ky. All of this taking place long before the connection developed to the CTC.

Now get some sleep! I can see Pony has been a bad influence on a lot of us (including me - [yawns and stretches]!)
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2009-01-11 10:46 am (UTC)
Yeah the CTC kinda ran wild with Kyota. The halloween comic was a beauty but it was a shame to see every future reference of her in that way. Really ripped up the HB cannon.

I really enjoyed all the characters, each was a foil for someone else in the group.

I can't even remember why I was up so late lol
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