Originally published at Now Is A Long Time Too. You can comment here or there.
I’m not promising that I’ll continue House of Worms indefinitely. Most webcomics are indefinite, like old-style gaming campaigns, and I’d like to experiment with a definite storyline (most of it is already in mind). The screencap-posterise technique is easy enough that I might want to reuse it for other stories, though. I have a few more things I’d like to do, too - I’m not well up on current web comic where-it’s-at-ness, so these may be done already.
First and foremost, no sad girls in snow. Megatokyo, back when I read it, was a reasonably good comic, except that the consistently apologetic artist/writer, Piro, would occasionally have a dead brain day, and be able to produce nothing but a pretty manga chick in a late Victorian frock, looking up at the point of view with a sad expression. No background, hence snow. This is probably my impression, rather than what actually happened, but I am resolved: if I can’t post a comic, I won’t be posting a filler.
Second: No regular schedule. In these days of feeds, the comics will come to the people, the people don’t have to go look for the comics.
Third: No breaking the fourth wall. I had to have this idiom explained to me a few years ago, and I do consider it something to avoid if at all possible. The characters in HoW will not address you, advertise real-world stuff, or comment on the writer. Nor will they comment on the oddities of their reality (except when plausible, as with the Forsaken commenting on how odd it is being dead).
Fourth: No thought bubbles. They have their place, but I don’t like them - I dislike showing a character’s thoughts even in prose, unless it’s first person. Probably my background in gamesmastering coming through.
Fifth: No commentary. No “Later…” or “In Orgrimmar…” in a little box at the top left. Those things drive me spare; if you can’t show it in the art or the speech, don’t tell me, it’s clearly not important.
I think that’s it…