Way to go, man. I’m glad you decided to just go with it! Just keep kicking ass and your audience will find you!
I hear ya about the feedback thing, I’ve found myself craving comments on a drawing or comic where there are none. Which is why I sometimes attempt to force myself to write a comment, just to let the author know how much their work is appreciated 🙂
Myself I’m a big fan of comics over single pieces, sequential art is like a sweet sweet candy 😀
I also realized relatively recently that I sucked at drawing comics until I started drawing comics. I still kinda suck, but I definately suck a lot less after comitting to it rather than not drawing because I sucked. Hopefully one day I shall be able to comic when it’s not past midnight and I’m fretting over a self-imposed “before bed” deadline 😛
Meh. That’s all in the past; what is important, as always, is what you do with that hard-won knowledge NOW.
Your talent as a cartoonist is your gift; that, and an outrageously perverted sense of irony. You, sir, have a truly flamboyant pun center in your brain; and the twisted sense of humor to be able to bring that to life as a comic. I envy that gift; my artistic talent would make stick figures weep in misery.
Alas, my gift is with words, so here they are: Keep on using your gift as you do here; I’ll keep coming back. And I know a lot of other who will too.
Why are you reading this?
Much like myself and the novel I keep deleting chapters of, it’s a constant struggle to achieve what you want to do. The world may be a creepy place sometimes, but there’s nothing that prevents you from achieving any goal. We have to realize the steps we can take now (small as they may be) before we can take that giant leap.
So damn glad you kept at it man. I’ve been tracking the Dojo for a while now, and some of the art you break out frankly blows me away, and the story is hella good fun.
Totally dug the history, and I’m actually kinda envious that you’ve had such passion for them for so long, there’s not really anything in my life that I can claim that length of dedication to.
I look forwards to the quality as it flows freely. And if it’s not flowing, don’t force it, unless it feels like constipation, then force it, squeeze until you sweat and go red in the face, and the plug bursts free and all that creativity flows forth drowing more people than you can count.
I had a similar journey before I got back to comics, but I was about 10 years older through the whole thing, so you’re ahead of the game from my point of view!
And the world’s a better place now that Rodney and Dornail get to come out and play again.
As for anyone who feels they’re not good enough at art or writing, I gotta say that I’m a big fan of the “get the crappy art out of your system now so the good stuff can find it’s way into the world later on” school of thought. hahaha
It’s kind of a shame the old stories were lost – but as long as you still remember them, you can always bring up loose ends from them in future works and use that as an excuse to tell some of the old stories in flashbacks.
Glad you’re sticking with it – it’s a good thing to be able to do what you want.
GodMode might have felt wrong for you when you worked on it, but it felt even wronger for me after you left it. Adis was making Maru wear the same hat every day! Oh, the horror…
First rule about Godmode is you don’t talk about Adrian Ramos’ run.
What’s the second rule?
The second rule about Godmode is that you don’t talk about Godmode being on hiatus for-frickin’-ever.
I’ve been reading your comics since you were doing Godmode, i saw your art in an add from another comic, and i liked it. After you left godmode, so did i…
I would leave a comment on every comic page i read, but over the years, my desktop has become cluttered by 27 (holy crap i read a lot of webcomics!) different stories, many of which update multiple times per week, and i don’t got time to write a meaningful comment for all of them…
But i really feel for you man, and i appreciate all the effort you put into the comic, and love that you have been drawing these guys since you were a kid, it shows that you’ve got a lot of love for them.
When you mentioned Godmode, something has struck me. I used to read that and now I remember when you took over it. It was swinging from ‘meh’ to hilarious. Explains why I felt I knew the artstyle of the Dojo when I saw it for the first time.
Also: I was revisiting Menage a 3 recently to catch up with three or more weeks of not reaading it. You have commited a wonderful guest strip!
You made it feelable. Webcomics have a different kind of connection from artist to readers. Thank you for making the new-age feelable. The Utopia is a bit more in reach, now. Thanks.
Thanks for sharing all of this. You really are an honest type of dude.
Actually, Part 5 was pretty uncomfortable to read. Because I was following the site back before the redesign, when you were doing the illustrations week after week instead of Dojokes and Bacon Strips – and I really did pay more attention to those than the comic! I just figured, you know, “oh, it’s a progressing thing, a work of installments. I’ll comment on the whole thing when there’s more to say”. Never considered that maybe every single one of those installments took as much as or more work than the cool, flashy one-shot art.
. . . So, sorry. Partly responsible for that. A good fan should care about the projects the author clearly invests him/herself in most, even if their personal favorites are elsewhere. =P But Rodney and Dornail are the best after all.
Still, some of those old illustrations were awesome, lol.
You rock, Raven!
A shining example for all the frustrated comic artists out there!!
I really am thankful for everyone who enjoyed these. I will reply a bit more in depth when time permits (gotta get so much in place now that I’m in the new place and reconnected to the world!!!). I do want to say I’m glad folks liked this stuff. I really come off as a single minded guy if you talk to me (all I really want to do is make comics!), but despite the fact that the key to my happiness was there all along (practically from the very beginning!) I always let one thing or another get in the way. Hopefully it’ll serve as kind of a precautionary tale. ha ha. Maybe save you some time. Listen to your self!! You know what you want! Anyway I’m thankful every day that I snapped out of it and just went for it. It’s been hard work with long hours and while it hasn’t been a financial boon, the satisfaction I’ve felt personally giving these characters the attention they’ve long deserved has been extremely rewarding.
ANYWAY more on this later!! Got a million things yet to do!
There is no comic quite like Raven’s Dojo. People are appreciative, even if they can’t always put it into words. Don’t stop making this comic.
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