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what do you think about video trailers for webcomics?
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smbhax.com
No! Don't post it there!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As someone who started their webcomic as an animated-only affair, I would say don't bother unless you're really going to have a mind-blowing video that will go viral and all that on its own merits. Otherwise it will just be a lot of effort for very little payoff, because it's surprisingly hard to get people to watch most video presentations--unless maybe it *is* attached to something like a Kickstarter campaign, I guess.

(As far webcomic Kickstarter videos, I almost universally loath them, although I'll admit I do take a perverse delight in seeing how the authors spin their "for some reason we need you to give us money" proposal.)
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a time ago I did some animation videos that actually inspired me to my later comic. Here is one of them. I made the music myself.
http://zodiakoverun.de/Pics/01Medutanz01.mpg
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not really into them, personally. I think that they look like fun to make and I might do one in the future just for my own enjoyment, but beyond that I rarely can get through them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had difficulties uploading larger files with sounds on u-tube, so I haven't tried again yet. I could upload silent movies without problem, but with sound (which is essentiel to that file), the playlentgh doubled and the movie was repeated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

afterthedream wrote:
Uncle Greedy wrote:
Quite a time ago I did some animation videos that actually inspired me to my later comic. Here is one of them. I made the music myself.
http://zodiakoverun.de/Pics/01Medutanz01.mpg


Is it available on YouTube?


Now I have uploaded an resized version in Youtube. The quality of the pictures lacks a little, and the sound probably too, but it is more watchable now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIilLo67z4E&feature=youtu.be
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

afterthedream wrote:
The illustrated pages were too small for me to take in the detail, and way too small for me to read the text. Consider displaying just one panel at a time rather than the whole page. Also, if you want people to read that final page of text, it needs to be there for several seconds longer, because I could only read the first few lines and I'm a pretty fast reader.


I tried putting it into full screen mode, and I could make out the text, barely, but didn't have time to read it..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

afterthedream wrote:
Uncle Greedy wrote:
Now I have uploaded an resized version in Youtube. The quality of the pictures lacks a little, and the sound probably too, but it is more watchable now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIilLo67z4E&feature=youtu.be


I don't get a steampunk vibe at all, but it was definitely an entertaining psychedelic journey.


I agree it is more psychedelic then steampunk, but it is one of several fragments of a project, this one is about the lavish life on an airship. (A theme later picked up in a comic).
There is although a complete animation movie, but it is to long to be uploaded.
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Lo (Aquapunk)



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never watched a single one, nor am I interested in doing so for any comic. It's almost defeatist in a way, as though the author knows that the comic medium isn't considered a legitimate art form in its own right, and the way to fix that is to prove that is has the potential to be translated into animation, which is legit.

It's just part of this general feeling I get that no story is truly "successful"unless it's been made into a movie or TV show, as though they're the epitome of storytelling.

Meh, not interested.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aquapunk wrote:
I've never watched a single one, nor am I interested in doing so for any comic. It's almost defeatist in a way, as though the author knows that the comic medium isn't considered a legitimate art form in its own right, and the way to fix that is to prove that is has the potential to be translated into animation, which is legit.


I have watched some because they were linked to here, and hey, if I offer feedback, people will hate me, but at least I did a good deed... um... maybe? I don't think I've ever watched one because I was curious about a comic and wanted to know more. If I was curious, I would just go read the comic.

I'm very, very dubious about the advertising potential of a comic trailer. But I'm just as dubious about the claim that people make them because they are trying to 'legitimatize' their stories. I suspect most of them do it because it looks like a fun challenge.

I might end up making one myself, someday, for that precise reason. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, I actually made trailers for my individual episodes back in the day. Since people are sharing I might as well throw in my trailer for the last episode I animated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwYNHQP3oc
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