anyone who thinks "I should get better at X before I let people see/hear/etc it publicly" should go look at the beginning of Jeph Jacques' Questionable Content
@balrogboogie omg, right??
@MmeLibertine I'd seen a few comics (when he was at, idk, 1000 or something) before I went "I should start from the beginning". I thought I was looking at a whole different comic when I saw #1 tbh
@balrogboogie God yeah, it's jarring. He's improved so dang much, it's wild!
@balrogboogie QC and Gunnerkrig Court are my two examples of Just Put It Out There. Like, they've both come SO FAR since they started.
@makyo oh wow I didnt even know about Gunnerkrig Court but yea, I see what you mean
@balrogboogie Early Jon Rosenberg Goats or early Schlock Mercenary.
geeking out over old webcomics
@balrogboogie being able to see that progression is one of my favorite things about webcomics! I've noticed this from most webcomic creators who have been at it a while. Jeph Jacques is certainly a spectacular example! there are some other artists that come to my mind, who each started webcomics around 20 years ago and dove right in… all of these, like QC, are comics I enjoyed even while their creators were figuring out their art styles.
Tailsteak's progress I think is most similarly dramatic—compare http://oneoverzero.comicgenesis.com/d/20000910.html to either http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=1000 or http://forwardcomic.com/archive.php?num=112
but I also think of Faith Erin Hicks, going from https://web.archive.org/web/20020224122716/http://faith.rydia.net/episode1/page1.JPG to book deals like https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781626721562
it didn't hurt any of them to show off their early work!
I'm guessing though that you can look at anyone who started posting comics online in the early 2000s with no real expectation that anyone would find their work, and if they're still doing comics today, they're a lot better at it 😁
@balrogboogie extremely wise words
@balrogboogie Have you heard the early stuff by Beatles? The ones that was released in the early 2000's?
@balrogboogie an equally good reminder is that One Punch Man was created by a person who decidedly could not draw, but that never stopped them
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