For the past two weeks, and this will make three, I've been submitting my weekly comic to reddit. Needless to say, the results were less than encouraging.
To be fair, it wasn't exactly a gut punch either. For the most part, the strip was basically ignored. A couple of upvotes, but no one said anything bad about it... but they didn't say anything good, either... but at least they didn't say anything bad.
For a while, I had been trying to avoid reddit. Forums like reddit have always been able to have an emotional impact on their users, but once certain groups realized the potential, they started to use it to push their agenda. I figured that out long before the whole Russian troll farm came to light, and as a result I deleted nearly all of my history several years ago.
But recently I've started logging back in because I would like to get my comic's name out there, and sadly, reddit is actually a pretty good vehicle for that task. In fact, it's the least reprehensible place on the internet that gives you easy access to a very large audience. Most social media requires you to build a following, and I really don't have the patience for that.
And yes, I'm /r/f2x on reddit. A genuine 3ch with eleven years. I actually remember reddit before the doxing, before the brigading, before the general IQ dropped to the level of your typical hair-triggered middle aged spinster on Facebook. Reddit just ain't what it used to be, but at least they have some really cute animals in /r/aww.
It started with a couple of stick figures who became known as Brandon and Dewey. A couple of characters held together more by circumstance than by friendship.
Fourteen years ago, I probably would have killed to have my art look like it does now. Thankfully it's changed a lot since then. Those stick figures were used as filler so that the page full of text didn't look dry and bland. Originally I was using funny pictures that people sent in their e-mails, but when I was cornered on copyright concerns, I thought it best to remove the pictures and just toss in my own doodles and stylizations.
Long gone are those stick figures from 14 years ago. Surprisingly, with nothing other than years of practice, I managed to make comic characters that look like they were done by someone who knew what they were doing. With no formal training or even compatriots to help me learn and grow, I kept at it and picked up tricks and techniques along the way. Is what I'm doing now something that has real artistic merit? I'm not sure, but when I step back and look at one of the comics I make today, I'm seeing something that makes me go, "Wow. That's pretty good."
It has to keep evolving though. It's still nowhere near what I want it to be.
This is another JOTD (Joke of the Day) website. New jokes are published every Monday through Friday (midnight EST). There is also a comic that occasionally gets posted on the weekend.
Most of the jokes are offensive. This site publishes offensive jokes because offensive jokes make the reader feel uncomfortable with the taboo subject and thus enhances the underlying humor that would simply not be as funny without it.
So what makes a joke funny? Well, it boils down to a sudden shift in perception. The story starts you thinking one way, then the punchline turns that thinking on its ear. The art of the joke is to craft a short story that isn't overly contrived, then deliver a punchline that suddenly shifts your perception about the story you were being told.