I'm starting up my first webcomic. I have the first 'issue' (really only a prologue-ical half-issue) sketched out; and I'm ready to begin lineart/coloring.
However, I find myself facing a dilemma. I am more comfortable using traditional media than digital due to more familiarity with traditional and time constraints I have on using the computer, but digital seems to be the 'it' thing these days. In fact, I'm worried that if I color my comics with markers instead of the GIMP I'll lack visual appeal and people won't read it. Another point for digital is the fact that it's so much more customizable; you have infinite options for coloring, line style, etc. And pretty effects. And the ever-essential undo button.
But, on the other hand- a lot of webcomics ARE digital. Therefore, if mine is not, it is *ahem* 'different' and 'unique', which can be eye-catching. (It can also be used as a polite synonym for 'sucks' but that's not how we're using it here.) And, since I feel more comfortable with the traditional medium, perhaps now is not the time to experiment?
Traditional comics would be a lot easier on me the artist, meaning I have a better chance of Updating On Time. (In case anyone's wondering, this
is what my traditional art looks like as opposed to my digital
art. Those are characters from the webcomic in question as well.)
Of course, there are compromises; I can do the comic in markers and then fix errors and maybe add a few effects on the computer. I could do traditional lineart and color it digitally, or I could do the lineart digitally, then print it out and color it traditionally. I could only do 'flat' colors with the markers and shade digitally, etc.
But my question to you is, does using traditional or digital art have a major effect on how many people read a comic? What do you, personally, prefer- if you have a preference?
I know there's really no 'right or wrong' way to do a comic; but I'm curious.
Also, forgive me if I just said something stupid and/or rehashed an old issue; I'm new. I scouted though, say, the first three or four pages of old topics in this section and couldn't find a topic like this so I figured if someone HAD brought it up before, it would be more annoying to ressurect an oldtopic than to make a new one.