I’m typing this yesterday. Which makes sense since from your time perspective, I couldn’t be typing it currently. Its important to note that this is being typed yesterday because yesterday was kind of an important date. July 21st. Many of you don’t realize it, but July 21st 2009 is the day Voodoo Walrus made its triumphant re-entrance back into the party of the internet. Before then we had been on hiatus and before even then we had been limited to the webcomic ghettos** such as DrunkDuck and Comicgenesis. But Marron came down from on high and offered us server space to host the Walrus and her web know how to get a comicpress site going for us. She’s like a glorious sexy ginger Jesus*. And we adore her. Even if we have long since killed the server she gave us space on.
So what am I getting at? Good question. Its been a while since I rambled and it felt like our pseudo anniversary would be a good topic to blather on about. After all, we’ve done a lot in these past… has it really been just two years? Yes. Yes it has. We’ve done a lot in these past two years. We’ve overhauled the layout of the comics a couple times. We’ve learned a metric shit ton of what works and what doesn’t work. We’ve experimented and dabbled. We’ve even scared some of you off with our totalitarian and gestapo like behind the scenes actions. We’ve also produced something on the order of about 200 comic pages in that time. That’s roughly 8 or 9 issues of a mainstream comic book right there. And that’s not too shabby at all considering we’re only two people and a webmistress, none capable of devoting more than very casual part time attention to the Walrus despite deep rooted desire to do just that.***
A number of months ago I utilized The Formspring to ask Kris Straub, creator of the webcomic Starslip if he had any advice for a pair of up and coming webcomic makers just looking to expand their audience past what Project Wonderful and keeping a constant dedicated update schedule could provide. He gave the exact same answer I was expecting. It basically boiled down to there’s nothing to be done about it. You shouldn’t even expect significant growth until you enter your third year of being constantly active. Yet we have noticed significant growth since this time last year. We just haven’t noticed significant growth in the past few months. At the same time, we haven’t noticed any significant decline in viewing. So that counts for something. I choose to see it in such a way that we’re currently resting on a convenient plateau before continuing our upward journey up the sheer, difficult to climb up skyscraper of internet fabulousness.
*We have no interest in washing her feet or having her die for our sin though. Optimus Prime already died for our sins back in the 80′s and we’re pretty sure that it still counts.
**You might think this is rather insulting to the places where we started out. We think its rather insulting to have FTP upload servers randomly stop working or to have an entire community in which the only way to really get noticed is to have you comic be comprised of World of Warcraft screen shots or poorly drawn and thought out anime inspired schlock.
***That said, I’d like to take this footnote to remind everyone quite bluntly that if regular donations, print sales, or purchases of donation desktop wallpapers actually started up, we’d easily be able to start offering more than just two pages a week not to mention even more goodies beyond that. Simple math.
Now that you’ve read all that, why don’t you head on over to Geek–Like and check out CreepKnight’s first Crypt of CreepKnight article wherein he discusses the horror movie genre! Go go go go!