I want to make at least 104 pages of comics for the next Introspective Comics collection. That means maintaining my current twice a week schedule. As usual, the webcomic will have priority over all of my other projects. If I don’t get anything else done this year, I would like to at least accomplish this.
Plunger-Man and the Super Plumbers
The second issue of Super Plumbers in nearly done. I still need to make a cover and half-tone the pages, which I will try to get done this month. I would also like to finish a third and fourth issue this year if possible. I have plans for a big story arc that I want to finish by the end of 2012, and having three issues come out this year is the best way to get there.
Not all the comics I make are suited for the web. Either they are too personal for me to make freely available (even though I wouldn’t mind my friends seeing them), or they are so sporadically updated that they’d never gain the traction that makes webcomics successful. Plus, I like the idea of having some of my comics be scarce, of not having everything available for free. That’s why I sell these comics as mini-comics.
I’ll be honest here, selling mini-comics online is kind of a pain. With all of the fees, postage, and time spent going to the post office, I sometimes wish there was a better way to get these mini-comics out there. I’ve been toying with the idea of selling pdf versions of my mini-comics, but I haven’t worked out a good process for doing that.
One thing I want to investigate for 2011 is publishing comics for various mobile platforms. With self-publishing tools like SmashWords, Digital Text Platform, and PubIt, it looks like I can now dip my toes into the waters without spending a ton of money on developing apps. I just need to work out a better way to format my comics for these devices.
Setting up a newsletter has been a personal pipe dream for a long time. Ideally, I’d like to use it to distribute exclusive comics not available on the web. Sometimes I have comic ideas that I wouldn’t want to put up on the web, but I wouldn’t mind sharing them with my fans. The newsletter would be perfect for that. I just have to figure out how to put it together. Managing a newsletter is a surprisingly tricky business.
I have ideas for other projects, but I don’t want to talk about them just yet. If I talk too much about them, I might not do them.
So those are my plans for 2011. It should be a fun and busy year!