Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Robot Comic!

One of the things I’m hoping to do in 2012 is create and post more journal comics and webcomics. With that in mind, here is a little robot comic that I made late last night:

I’m also thinking more about the format of these little webcomics. The vertical/stacked layout seems to work well for posting on a blog, but it requires scrolling. This robot comic was drawn as a traditional horizontal comic strip. (click here to see the original format). And I’m curious... about how many of my readers are webcomic aficionados and, if so, what are your favorites?

Interested in purchasing the original art from this comic? Click here.

6 comments:

Tim said...

Very nice! I kind of like the scrolling because of the reveal (I'm notorius for scanning ahead) but most of the panel comics I read are not stacked.

Ben Hatke said...

That's what I was hoping for. I remember reading somewhere, though, that people didn't like having to scroll to read comics. I think side scrolling was more of an issue than up and down scrolling though.

The Diatribest said...

My goodness. Where you spying on me this morning? Because that was an exact representation of me.

The Manor said...

For your blog, the vertical format works! I read a fair amount of webcomics (any where from 10-15 full page to standard strip), plus my own and most can not pull off the vertical style. One that you might look at is Gronk ( www.gronkcomic.com ) for another idea when it comes to format. But the nice thing about webcomics are that you can do them how ever you would like.
Keep it up Ben!

Ben Hatke said...

Ooh, thanks for the link, Andy. And for the vote of confidence for vertical. It's weird because the vertical seems to work best for this blog, but I'm always intending to collect them into (horizontal) books at the end of a year. Ah well.

Jill said...

I like scrolling and looking at one panel at a time. It works esp. well for a comic without words, because without something to read I would tend to look at the whole horizontal panel at once, which kind of ruins the story, "the reveal" as someone else said.

In a book format, though, I think I would prefer the horizontal format...I guess I just read differently on a screen...