Dear Readers,

I am in so much love love with…

 

YOU!!

 

It has been hard to post because so many awesome things have been happening with YOU!

I am so inspired by the awesome comic community and recently began branching out, talking to more and more people, and collaborating on awesome ideas.

I have been working on getting more stuff in my etsy, coming up/ following through with comic ideas, and going to/ planning going to conventions!!

I’m slowly inching towards a webcomic future! Not just a super-fan, but now a confident creator!! Some of my stuff is on my site now!!

I finished Sewer Cats and made it into a comic for Inktober! That was a great project and I super enjoyed it! Sewer Cats is an idea I held onto for too long! Glad to get it out there. Crazy cats trying to get a nice shiny can from an old, wise cat! Cute story and I had so much fun making it!

I recently went to NOCAZ fest in New Orleans and it was amazing. I had so many great conversations with artist. This younger artist even shared their portfolio with me and told me all about their ideas and we talked for so long. It was great. It was so different being behind the table. Let me tell you if you have always pined to be behind that table DO IT. You’re an artist and you’re real, so do it. I’m glad I waited and had merch I was proud of and had confidence to be there BUT I could have totally pushed myself sooner. But it is important to be proud of what you’re selling first too I guess.

ANYWAYS!

I am planning a couple new love letters and hope to get some added to the pile. Start off the new year right or something.

Get the shoebox from under the bed and feel free to read through some old love letter’s I’ve done! or at least check out my big comic list! Tons of awesome tiles.

If you LIKE updates like this, you can always comment and let me know. If you DON’T like it, do the same. Let me know if you’d be interested in an emailed newsletter!!

If you are curious what I do with most of my time:

@jessannartz

there you go!

Keep up the hard work and being creative!!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

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Dear Kate O’Neill (again),

I feel so warm and snuggly while reading…

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I really love tea and I think dragons are so wonderful! Therefor, your comic is something that is easy to fall for! I love your subtle use of magic and just the easy going mood of your comic. It’s so light and dreamy. I love the characters and I feel like they are fragile and precious. Yet, their personalities are strong, honest, and resilient. I think your story is so cute and beautifully told.

I love how the moment when Greta drank tea from Erik and Hesekiel’s dragons. I really like the idea of sharing memories through tea and sharing yourself. I love how tea dragons have such a connection to their owners! AH! It’s all so lovely. I would hope to see you explore this further. To see Greta grown up. I loved how in the story she prized keeping up tradition. It did not see burdensome to her, but an honor. I like the idea of keeping up simple, beautiful traditions like making tea.

Here is my personal favorite brand of tea: https://www.zhenas.com/

I am currently drinking: https://www.zhenas.com/holiday-stackable-tea-bags.html

What are you drinking? Is your relationship with tea what inspired your comic? What kind of tea dragon would you have? I’d love to hear about it! Anyway, great work!

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

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Webcomic: http://teadragonsociety.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/strangelykatie

All Images Copyright Kate O’neill

Dear Sarah Fowlie,

I have a lot of feelings about…

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And here’s why: your characters are fudged up. All of em’! They are such complex and messed up characters that sometimes I question if Fritz is really the craziest or just truly a victim of it all. When I say fudged up, I pretty much mean human, but your characters seem to personify conflicting virtues and pose the question “what is really right or wrong?” Specifically with Fritz.  Yet, I think your most recent updates have shed some light on that for sure, but knowing your writing I expect even more to be piled on. I know you’ll deliver.

I usually do not write so…deeply? Truly your comic may be “dark” but there are so many glittery, hope-filled moments! Fritz is such a wild, and colorful character!! And the situations that happen because of him and around him just are unreal and hilarious at times! My favorite character of all though is Nemmi! She is a bad-butt, knows what she wants, and is pretty chill to a point.

I’m excited to read more and more of your comics until it’s sad end!! Who knows if it will actually be sad..or happy?! Either way, I can not wait to learn more about Fritz’s story. I worry about his and Eddie’s relationship being healthy? Since Eddie is infatuated with Fritz and seems to want to “fix” him.

Honestly, to close out my letter, I feel for Fritz. I don’t want to go into details, but I’ve been in similar situations as Fritz and reading your comic brought that stuff up for me. I haven’t been through what Fritz went through exactly, yet I see the characters around him and can compare them to people in my life. “The abuser”, “the fixer”, and etc. I just hope everything turns out okay for Fritz. I’ve gotten myself help and am doing great! I hope Fritz’s story will turn out similar. And if not, it will still always be a dang good story.

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

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All Images Copyright Sarah Fowlie.

Dear Kevin Budnik,

I really appreciate you sharing your life through twitter and comics like…

Your auto-bio comics  have been really some great work! One of the first things I do when getting on twitter is look for your comic updates. The things you go through and stuff you write about is very personal and I really appreciate it. Thank you for sharing your life through comics. It gives me something to relate to on some level.

Your stylistic choices really set the tone of your series. Your colors are muted, and your characters sketchy. It really feels like you are pulling these stories right from you head. Which, whether intentional or not, is pretty cool.

Putting your life out there, working on comics, and showing the sad times… it makes me feel a “this can only get better” type of feeling. If you get it down, if you draw it out, if you share it, then maybe it won’t be trapped inside and feel that bad anymore. Like, you are the protagonist and you’re going to find a “happy” end or at least find peace with everything. I hope you have found solace in at least knowing that your comics are awesome and they are worth making! If not for readers, at least for you!!

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

All Images Copyrighted Kevin Budnik.

 

Dear Webcomic Artists,

Reading your work has been something that has always excited me. “New Update?! AWESOME” Yet, it took me doing this blog and really looking into what made webcomics happen to truly appreciate/ understand them and their creators. I have followed a lot of careers throughout my reading years and I really admire all the hard work that goes into creating a story that is 100% yours.

You put in hours creating content that people can share and enjoy from anywhere. You don’t know who it may impact and how much it means to people but you put it out there anyway because it means something to you. And that’s what matters, how much it means to you. Because as a reader, I can tell. I can tell if you’ve poured your heart and personality into something. I can also tell when you haven’t and are just trudging along. Either way, you are trying and growing and killing it!

Some of you want to quit and I see it a lot on twitter or when a webcomic page stops updating. It’s really sad, but makes sense. You all have skills that deserve to be recognized and compensated for. Your time is worth something and it’s good to realize that. Whatever your reason to quit or keep going, know that it’s all up to you and your happiness.

I hope that you will keep going. I hope that you continue to find value and joy from creating and sharing. I want you to be fulfilled and to make things you are proud of. And you should be proud! Because you put out content that is amazing and special and unique. Things that publishers or studios may not want to put out there, but you do because you believe in it and you know others may too. And I believe in it!

If you are reading this and are a creator, keep it up! If you are reading this and are a webcomic reader, show your support! Write your own letter, tweet at creators and let them know you love them! They want to hear from you!! Know that they don’t owe you anything! You owe them! And they owe everything to themselves for making great work!!

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

All Images Copyright JessAnnArtz.

Dear Amy Stoddard,

It’s really nice to read…

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Your comic really just makes me feel at peace while reading it. It’s like all my worries are being filtered through Georgia and her friends. All I am left with is a smile as I read. It is really nice to watch Georgia work through her depression. I have depression, anxiety, and a bit of a mood disorder. Not to have you read my laundry list of mental illness (I’ve got it in check! no worries!) , but I just say it to stress that I can really empathize with Georgia. As I’m sure many people can. 

Although Georgia and I differ from how depression effects us and its causes, it is nice to have a character I can look to and say “me too.”  I feel like I’ve gotten off track with my dreams, made excuses, felt lazy, and felt helpless. To see Georgia’s friends reach out to her and support her reminds me of those who support me. To see her push her toxic aunt out of her life reminds me that it’s good not to give in to toxic people in my life as well. To see Georgia celebrating her little successes really makes me smile. Reminds me I need to celebrate mine too.

So, thank you. For your wonderful story and writing. For portraying depression as subtle, complex, and something that takes time to heal. It validates my experiences in a way. Especially as an artist! Just like Georgia I have felt discouraged to follow my comic art dreams! NO MORE! I’ve been working for a bit on comics actually, but someday maybe I can go full time. ANYWAYS, speaking of art, yours is amazing!!! I love the expressiveness of your characters. The faces are great and so funny at times! The backgrounds and little details you draw are  just lovely. Your comic is super visually appealing and makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. AND THE COLORS! I love your use of color on the chapter covers. So MUCH!

Reading back over this letter, I realize it is a little more about me than your comic…sorry for that. I guess it is just because your comic is a story about me, about someone with depression or anyone who experiences sadness. It’s a story for/about mental illness. It really resonated with me. Thank you so much for that! I can not wait to read more.

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

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All Images Copyright Amy Stoddard.

Found on: Twitter suggested by Aaron Sullivan.

 

Dear Constanza Yovaniniz,

I felt all warm and bubbly inside while reading…

MY COMPOSER! Your comic is so cute and adorable and fantastic and wonderful! Wow wow wow! My most favorite thing about your comic is the character Rho. Mostly because he is just such a hyper fun guy and I think I would also like Dog & Fries. I also really love love Aleph!! I want to be their friend. Your whole cast is lovely and such a great friend family!

I think you did a wonderful job writing Sigma as a character who is blind. I learned a lot about blind accommodations and braille while reading. I also really enjoy seeing his relationship with Xi develop. It is so sweet and romantic to see a couple get more serious and move in together! AHHH! I’m dying it is so cute and they are so cute together. RHO GIVE BACK THE KEYS!!!

Your art and colors are super crisp as well! You have done a great job designing and writing adorable characters readers can relate to. Your whole cast is so lovable and complex! I can not wait to read more and more until your comic eventually ends! Then, I can not wait to read your new project! There is so much more I could write. You are truly a fantastic story teller and artist!

Keep up the hard work and being creative!

Love,

The Webcomic Whisperer

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All Images Copyright Constanza Yovaniniz.

Found on: I can not remember but twitter?