Yesterday’s comic was kind of strange, since the comment thread was split between the two sites. In the future I’ll have to encourage people to comment over there, and not here. It will help me earn my keep, as well as making the whole thing easier to follow so I don’t have to answer the same questions twice.
I do want to point out that even though the debut comic has a bunch of stuff about adding a story to ping-pong, it has nothing to do with the current Paint the Line series over at Penny Arcade, which does exactly that. In fact, I sent that text to my editor on June 9th, ages before Paint the Line appeared. This wasn’t some clumsy attempt at a tie-in or intended as a dig against PA. It’s just… an odd coincidence.
To answer the other questions that have been appearing in comments there, here, and in email:
1) Yes, the comic is going to cover many videogames, not just UT3. It will appear Tuesdays and Fridays.
2) My foray into the world of MMO games is directly related to the comic. I felt that I needed to focus on games with greater familiarity for the broader audience. I also wanted to make sure I was covering new ground instead of just reheating old ideas and re-foisting them on everyone. And finally, I really did want to check out the last great bastion of PC gaming and this seemed like a good excuse to do so.
3) I know Yahtzee’s latest video makes fun of webcomics. I have no idea if his feature on webcomics was designed to coincide with the onset of my comic or not. I’d call it a conspiracy, but after the thing with Ping-Pong I’m prepared to believe anything.
4) On the subject of credits: Yes, this is a paid gig. Yes, the Escapist owns the comic. I’m just a hired gun, although note that in this case I’m armed with a gun that shoots the funny. (One hopes.) The logo was done by someone more artistically inclined than I am. I really dig it, but no – I didn’t design it. I did come up with the title, and the concept is obviously nothing new for me. Yes. I have an editor now. Yes, the people at The Escapist are nice and we get on just fine. No I can’t get you Yahtzee’s autograph. Shut up.
5) Please, in the spirit of internet sharing, spread the love around. By which I mean post links to the comic all over the damn place, saying you love it. Yes, the launch went well, but there is always the desire to do better.
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