on Feb 8, 2010
Last week I added a page describing my webcomic adventures, but I didn’t bother drawing attention to it. In that list I describe Chainmail Bikini:
This morning the last of the story notes went up, which brings the tale to a close. Er. Again. I must say I feel much better about it this time around. If you’ve never read it before, then now is the perfect time to start. You can probably plow through the whole thing pretty quickly: It is about a third of the size of DM of the Rings.
It’s less about jokes and more about a goofy story, and I see a lot of good in it. The people who enjoyed it the least were the ones who just wanted more DM of the Rings. The ones who got the most out of it were the ones that didn’t go in with those expectations. One of the big mistakes I made was leading or encouraging people into being the former. (You like DMotR? Then read Chainmail Bikini!) I connected characters from one series to another instead of letting the thing stand on its own. I guess I was afraid people wouldn’t read it? I was still learning how to handle a large audience. Today I try to distance my new work from my old stuff, instead of trying to graft the new stuff onto the old. (The hard lesson: No matter what you do or how funny you used to be, you’re only as good as your most recent work.)
Anyway. CB is different from everything else I’ve done, and it’s one of my very few collaborative efforts. Give it a look. You can see Shawn grow by leaps and bounds as an artist. (Compare early strips to later ones, and then compare that to his recent stuff.) And in the end I think the tale has a decent wrap-up.
(We’ve still got one more bonus strip planned, though!)