One of the things I’ve wanted to do as the president of the National Cartoonists Society was to improve the organizations’ web presence in the form of an active blog with news, features and other posts of interest to anyone who has an interest in cartooning. For that, I need NCS members who are willing to give their time and efforts to creating that content. This isn’t necessarily very easy to come by. When webcomics creator and publisher¬¨‚Ä†John Lotshaw¬¨‚Ä† approached me at a recent Reuben weekend to volunteer to do just that, I wasn’t going to let him off the hook.
I’m pleased to announce a new series of articles on the NCS website by John that will chronicle the development and launch of a new comic on the web. The posts will cover the full creative process, from conception to launch, and follow the comic through promotion and monetization efforts. It’s intended to give the readers of comics an look behind the scenes, as well as give the veterans the chance to add their two cents as the process goes along.
John’s first entry has been posted on reuben.org, which gives a lot of backstory about John, how he got into cartooning and what he’s done in the industry thus far. He explains what his feature will be about and where he hopes to take it from there. His plan is to post at least weekly. He’ll be diving into the deep end and talking about development of the premise and characters with the second post, and then he’ll start doing character development from there.
I think this is going to be a fun series and readers are going get a lot out of seeing the creative process in “real time”. I guess it’s kind of like a reality show for cartoonists… John says he hopes he won’t become “the Honey Boo Boo of the NCS… :)”.
If you are interested, go read it.
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