The Death and Rebirth of The Points Between

Submitted by C B Wright on

Once upon a time I was happily writing a serial called The Points Between. It was a story I was incredibly passionate about telling -- a story that was viscerally important to me, even though it was way out of my comfort zone and far, far above my level of expertise -- and I'd actually finished an entire arc, and had started on the second arc, when a bunch of inconvenient things happened. The result of these inconvenient things was that the story has remained dormant for years: not dead, because it's never a story I've given up on, but dormant. I needed to make some decisions, and I didn't know what decisions I wanted to make.

I've made those decisions, and am in the process of moving forward. This is the story of that interminable process, and what came out of it.

The Points Between is, in my head, a story with three arcs. The first arc, where Matthew discovered he was a magician, was finished. The second arc, where he had to discover what that meant, was getting started. The third arc, where he had to choose how to use what he knew, was being set up. I was generally pleased with most of what I'd written, but there were a few things I'd done that had bothered me:

Cell Phones are Ridiculously Expensive

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As chronicled elsewhere on this site, my Alaskan Husky Cheyenne destroyed my beloved Palm Treo 680 smartphone to the point where it is no longer usable as a phone, period. I've been doing without since then and I have an impressive amount of rollover minutes to show for it.

But now we've decided it will be more economical for us if we drop our land-line and use cellphones exclusively, so God help me, I need to buy a cell phone. And it looks like it's going to hurt my wallet something fierce.


Submitted by C B Wright on

Today I published my 1500th Help Desk comic. This mighty achievement is mitigated by the simple fact that there are many webcomics out there that have been publishing for shorter amounts of time yet have amassed much larger archives (General Protection Fault, It's Walky!/Roomies, Schlock Mercenary -- to name only three) but still, I take my victories where I can.

So... wooo! 1500 strips! Let the hoopla begin!

Podcasting About Making Webcomics

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I don't particularlly think of myself as a "proper" webcartoonist. I come from the Punk Rock School of Doing Anything: experience is less important than enthusiasm, and finesse is unnecessary when brute force and loud noise will do just as well. That said, even though I don't seek artistic perfection in myself I do admire it in others and I'm interested when people talk about they things they do to get better.

Scott Kurtz (PvP), Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis), Brad Guigar (Evil Inc) and Dave Kellett (Sheldon) are all cartoonists who are serious about cartooning. They've started a podcast called Webcomics Weekly where they talk about problems and give cartooning tips to aspiring webcartoonists. After listening to their first episode I learned that there is no way any of these guys are regular readers here -- I am guilty of every single one of the "webcomic pet peeves" they discuss during the program. :) I compound my transgressions in Episode 2, and dig myself even deeper in Ep3.

That's beside the point, though... the four of them have some really interesting things to say about what people can do to make webcomics work. Some of it is general (i.e., don't worry about how to set up your internet store when you only have three episodes in your archives) and some of it is very specific (i.e., suggestions on how to handle the flow of dialog in a panel, or perspective changes from one panel to the next, or the advantages of hand-lettering vs. computer fonts.

The recording is pretty clear (except for Dave Kellet's line, which seems perennially cursed by connection problems) and it's engaging listening. All four are good cartoonists with useful and interesting things to say.

Not that it'll do me a lick of good. Drawing. Pfah.

Sometimes People Talk

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It is very, very rare that I stumble across someone talking about Help Desk, and it's even rarer that the conversation goes into any great detail. So I was tickled to find this review sitting out there.

Apparently Mr. Roney started this blog in July and updates pretty regularly -- he posts a new review every two or three days on average.