I don’t like talking about the same strip in a two-week period but Chugworth’s got me thinking again.
Today’s strip appears to be dig on the popular practice of making a special entry to mark a certain number strips. You’ve probably seen what I’m talking about. They vary from introducing new characters or storylines to big splash pages that just say, “thanks for reading!” Others bring in guests to help celebrate while others prefer to go for a little misdirection.
So this got me thinking, do webcomic creators make too big of a deal out anniversaries? Are strips like these really a gift to loyal readers or just a cockamamie pat on their own back? Well call me Mr. Doesn’t-want-to-piss-anyone-off, but I’m just gonna say “yes” and leave it at that.
I think it really does depend on the artist in question. I’m sure some do it with the purest of intentions. Others I’m sure just want us to think they’re great. Others still are probably just making a deal out of it because everyone else does. Because I don’t know what the creators are thinking I’ll leave it up to the masses to pass judgment (because I know you will).
On the whole, I like these special strips. They provide a nice break or a good change for the strip. Webcomic creators work hard and should be recognized for that from time to time.
I will say this though. The frequency of such “anniversaries” really should depend on both the update schedule and the age of the strip. For example a strip that only updates weekly has a lot more to celebrate come 100 than a daily does. The ones been plugging away for almost two years while the other is still relatively new. Also celebrating 100 is fine. Celebrating strip 1300 just because it’s devisable by 100 is a little much. That be like me and my wife celebrate our 66th month anniversary five years from now.
That’s just my take on it. What’s yours?