-in Skype call-
Me: Woah, we don’t have each other on facebook yet?
Girl: Yeah. Don’t add me. My boyfriend will get mad.
Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t know a friend request meant hopping on the Polar Express straight to your vagina.
I made the first Domic on August 22, 2010. I made the tumblr account a month earlier, but didn’t really use it at first.
A friend actually forced me to make a tumblr, but I was too lazy to blog about my life. And then I thought of something. Why not draw out my life? I realized how many humorous things I encounter on a daily basis and thought it’d be entertaining to illustrate it out. Little did I know how easily people would relate to some of them. You’ll notice that many of my comics were probably initialized with the thoughts, “I hate it when…”
Each comic varies in time actually. Some will take me less than 30 minutes, some might take me 2 hours. Some might even take days because I didn’t think it was funny enough at first, but revisited it at a later time and realized its true potential.
NOPE, I make no profit at all. I did have ads at some point and made a few bucks, but then something happened with my coding and everything got deleted and I was too lazy to put everything back. I might put ads back, actually. University kid gotta get some money for the honeys.
As of now, I’m really just relying on the recognition from my readers, namely the regulars who keep up to date, to spread my work. Tumblr’s reblog function really helps because you don’t necessarily have to follow me to come across one of my drawings. I really make no effort to spread it myself. I didn’t even tell my friends about it at first and they eventually found out on their own, with full support too. But I do admit the content theft has been getting really annoying. People have been pressuring me to start stamping my work with those ugly ass watermarks smack dab in the middle of the drawing.
The software I use are Adobe Flash (cs3) to actually draw the comic, Photoshop to clean anything up, and Easy Gif Animator Pro to make the gif comics. I also use a Genius Pen Tablet to draw. The (very) early Domics, however, were drawn with a mouse. My setup really isn’t anything special. I’ll sit cross-legged on my chair in my 3m x 3m bedroom while listening to an arbitrary song on my ipod until I’m done drawing or until I rage quit from producing something I’m not satisfied with.
I try not to be judgemental on other webcomic artists. If they believe their work is a webcomic, then it’s a webcomic. I try to appreciate and respect everyone’s sense of humour even if I don’t find it too funny. It’s because I know what it’s like to have your work criticized full disclosure. Architecture calls for that. I do want to give my respect to Ryan Hudson, author of channelate comics, who inspired me to start Domics. I’m quite sure he doesn’t know of my appreciation. Maybe because I haven’t exactly thanked him officially yet. I should really get on that.
Yeah I think a hell lot of teens spend their time on the web and come across web comics on a daily basis. There are numerous cartoonists out there, and I’m very grateful to have some people make mine a part of their day.
Ever since I started Domics, I never really had a publishing schedule. I really just drew whenever I felt like it. You’ll notice that the publishing intervals vary a lot. It really just depends on my mood. Also being a university student, I’m trying to balance the activities in my life. I just feel like if I start following a schedule, I’ll end up drawing for the sake of pleasing an audience, instead of drawing what I think is funny. But I do admit, your feedback affects me! :]
Thank you for the questions!