Shawn has a lengthy writeup on what it was like working on Chainmail Bikini and some of the frustrations we faced in our collaboration. Worth a read if you followed the comic.
Now that Shawn has indulged in a little navel-gazing I feel like I have leave to do the same.
He mentions collaborating long distance. Being a techno-hermit, I’ve done quite a bit of collaboration over the years. Since 1995 I’ve been working on projects with people hundreds of miles away. At my current job, I worked for my boss for two years before I even saw a picture of him, and it was two more years after that before we actually shook hands. Once in a while I’ll see a comment like Shawn’s that will remind me that my approach to things is not at all normal.
He also mentions the art demands of the comic. The ideal load on his end would have been about three or four panels, a sensible number embraced by a great number of webcomics out there. For whatever reason, I write jokes that require eight. (Although later today I actually have a four-panel comic, go figure.) We usually met somewhere in the middle, and neither of us was really completely satisfied with the compromise. He had to do a lot more work and I had to leave out some funny. There was never any rancor, but I recognize now that if I ever collaborate again I should find someone that can produce in bulk. Shawn probably needs someone with at least a rough familiarity with the concept of brevity.
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