Nwain is an animated webcomic made with code that won’t work on tumblr–you’ll have to click the links above to get to the animations! (sorry I don’t make the rules) Animations are played with a click, so you can read at your own pace.
Hello fans of Nwain, and hello people who haven’t heard of this webcomic.
I’m making an animated webcomic, Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream. I’m committed to bringing a comic that puts the humanity of its lady knight protagonist at the forefront, with a cast that reflects the racial, LGBTQA+, class, and ability diversity I see everyday. I want to produce quality animation for a quality story, while also refining this animated comic format I’ve developed. I’ve been working on my comic for nearly two years, and I want to keep making it until the story is complete!
As it will take me years to get it done, and I have to work full-time to produce it at a reasonable pace, I’m looking at a gaping hole in my financial future (and present woops). But it doesn’t have to stay that way forever! I’ll have to do a crapton of work, and I’ll need some help, but together we can fill that hole. One day, I can make my comic and eat off it too! In the meantime, let’s take it slow and steady.
Here’s a print of my webcomic’s dreamy knight, Nwain Nightbeam. It’s 8.5″ x 11″ on 100# uncoated paper stock. $20 + $3 shipping. Pre-order it, and I can ship it to you on Dec 7. If you’re so inclined, this puppy could be in your hands by the holidays.
I ordered 25. There are currently 25 out of 25 left.
Nwain is an animated webcomic made with code that doesn’t function on tumblr–you’ll have to click the links above to get to the animations! (sorry I don’t make the rules) On the comic’s website, the animations are played with a click, so you can read at your own pace.
You can start your comic even if you don’t feel like you’re the best you’ll ever be. You’ll improve as you go, and that’s fine. Instead of being angered or confused by inconsistency, readers usually enjoy seeing an artist improve over time. It inspires them to improve at their own endeavors.
This is my animated webcomic, Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream. It launched today!
The story follows Nwain, a knight who wanders dreamland in search of wisdom. She fights monsters, joins tournaments, solves disputes, and helps others face their nightmares, until she must face her own.
Over the December break, I’ve been thinking about how to market my comic Nwain, and it’s lead me through some interesting places.
I have no training in marketing, perhaps even the opposite. In theory, art school taught me how to sell an image of myself so people would hire me. In practice, I was conditioned to underestimate my work before critique began, to be humble and self-effacing during critique, and later to focus on what needed to be fixed rather than understanding what worked. I’ve been trained to evade, to duck, and to anti-sell. Are you interested in my work? Well, I’ll tell you how it sucks. Can I tell you what I’m proud of? No, teacher, I have no pride anymore, please put the red pen away, I have plenty to fix already, let’s summarize how it sucks again.
I know enough about marketing to figure that’s not the best strategy to sell a comic–even a free one. Hey, I made this thing! But it sucks, so why am I even telling you about it? Maybe I like the thing despite its many, numerous flaws, which I still have a list of would you like to read it? I’m sure you’re more interested in the fix list than in my comic–OH you’re not my teacher!? You’re a potential audience? What even is that.
I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve done a little research into marketing, new marketing, social marketing, and whatever. I’ve been reading discussions posted from within the comics and cartoon industries, about marketing, and how often it sails right past potential fans. I got the impression that much of the marketing world has no idea what it’s doing either. At least I’m not alone!
The Internet is forcing everyone to change, fast. It gives creators and fans, previously two unheard voices, a place they can commiserate. A place they can recognize each other as human. And that undermines the demographic model, which is based on tricking stereotypes into doing things.
I don’t want to trick people into following a url. I want a story that’s worth reading to the individuals who find it worthwhile. Do I know who those people will be? No. I don’t.
I’ll just make my thing, and if other people like it, I’ll try very, very hard to not show them the fix list. Unless they want that.