The first draft of this script was finished in 2010, but while everyone I’ve given previews to has been excited about the concept, no one was sold on the first try. I was originally going for something with a lot more narration and a lot less dialogue, no dialogue at all in fact. All the facts were straight but the character relationships didn’t have the same kind of power.
After Scooter and Ferret ended I wasn’t sure when I might end up doing another webcomic, but this time is a little different. For one thing, I’m doing the writing and the art, so if updates fail to occur I have no one to blame but myself. I’ve been published in print, having written four 16 page stories for Ape Comics (and I hope there will be more in the future). And this isn’t an ongoing humor strip, this story has a beginning, a middle and an ending that I’ve been plotting for eight years.
There is never enough free time to write something like this. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to start and that time never comes, so here I am, starting now.
Case 1: Girl A unsubscribes to this email by clicking the link that takes her to the MailChimp unsubscribe form. Even though it’s not required, she graciously gives a reason for leaving and submits her form. MailChimp takes her off my list immediately. I hate to lose anyone of course, but when someone your stats show never opens your emails tells you she’s sorry but she might as well unsubscribe because she never bothers to open up your strip and read it, it’s understandable and totally justified that we say our farewells. I appreciate getting a reason too, any reason, just for records.
Case 2: Girl B, who also never opens the emails, spontaneously does one day. She unsubscribes and flags us her provider as spam. Well, this is really irritating for a number of reasons. Nothing you sign up for counts as spam, and there’s no one on my list that didn’t sign up (whether or not they remember doing it). MailChimp collects abuse complaints and if you rack up enough of them it hurts your ability to email. Now we don’t get enough of these complaints by any means to get banned, or that many unsubscribes to begin with. But I promise, should anyone choose to leave, submitting the form takes you off the list immediately. Not to mention how crazy it is to call something spam that’s never even tried to sell you anything. But I love you the most if you stick it out with us in the first place.
I found another fun review that I had to translate to read, which we think is in Romanian and can be found at Metropotam by Comixfan. I apologize for getting such a huge kick out of messy translations. My favorite Google translator mishaps include: the strip has “answers to all young Internet users and fur”, it stars “the polecat easily irritated” and the “character Maridee humanity” brings a “fatality-world interaction” and a “dose of pink”. Actually that could be accurate, I think Maridee does bring a sugar pink coating to the atmosphere. Thank you Comixfan! I think my dialogue is delicious too.