I've been thinking about some stuff related to my project, but it's hard to make decisions without other people's help. So please help me out a little :-D Any comments on these? Thanks in advance!Merchandise?
Someday I want to draw a glorious promo illustration with lots of characters and cool poses! If there's a demand, I'll print posters of it. The Cypress logo might also make for a neat badge or keychain, perhaps? What about chibi characters? Uuuhh... I'm not sure I could handle those.
Merchandise could be fun, but I might also feel stupid selling Phantomland stuff as if this were a franchise or something. Because it isn't. Especially when there's only like 1½ issues out so far. :-D I respect Bill Watterson in that sense, since Calvin & Hobbes never existed outside the comic strip. That was a really ballsy stance to have. (Although I really would've loved an official Hobbes plushie at least...)Mailing list?
Since my work pace isn't as fast as my readers deserve, people end up waiting for months to get the next issue. I guess some of them would forget about the comic altogether. Maybe I should contact those people? I wonder if anyone would be interested in joining a mailing list or somesuch? No spam, only the relevant stuff, obviously.Extras?
The only extras in issue 1 were a pair of gag strips. Those will come back next time, but I'll probably want to have other stuff also (depending on the pages I have left). Any wishes?
I've been writing short descriptions about the world etc, which I could put there with sketches. Character profiles are also an option, but I find them a bit problematic since I want the story to be read without knowing the plot or characters beforehand. Maybe I could write about the design process instead... Guest art?
The inside of the back cover is a color page. I left it blank last time, but I thought it might be cool to put an illustration there in issue 2. Even better if it's drawn by someone else! Maybe I could blackmail some fellow Finnish artist to draw one for me, huhuhu. But then again, I don't know if it would be so "useful" after all (besides stroking my ego and promoting the artist maybe)... I doubt many people would cut the page off or anything, since it would ruin the book. Hmmm. Well, I guess it depends on whether anyone's interested in the job.