Serious writers block. I just couldn’t come up with a comic this week. Every idea I bounced off Sarah was either rejected because it was offensive to everyone, was more “cute” than funny, or just wasn’t funny. Finally I came up with the above idea while lamenting what I had become: A veritable Bill Keene.
I apologize again if you love family circus, but I think it is the bottom of the comic barrel. Then again, it’s supported two generations of cartoonists and their families and is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world so, what do I know? At the very least I should say that it is not what I want to do with this comic strip. I want to be my own commodity, and in many ways I think I am; but lately all the cute things my kids have been doing have been occupying my mind and I see less hilarity and only cuteness. It’s a fine place to exist in reality, but when you are trying to draw comics you need something more. …unless you’re Bill Keene.
When I came up with the idea for this strip and told it to Sarah I think she knew where it was headed because she started laughing half way through. the fact that she found it as amusing as me was a good sign.
I’ve been watching and reading a lot about other web comics and how they became successful, and it appears that a vital step in that process is determining what your brand is and being true to that. I’m not actually sure what my brand is. I guess parenting? But I also talk a bit about working at the church? I’m not sure who my bigger audience is either, parents or church people, or some cross section of both. And how do I market those brands? If you know please tell me, lol.
anyway, I need to go wake up my kids from their nap or they will be all out of whack for the rest of the day. Happy Victoria day if you are Canadian, and happy Monday if you’re not!