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Mata
post Sep 9 2009, 12:50 PM
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After the enormous amount of effort it took to make last year's Halloween special animation, I've come to the conclusion that it's just not going to be practical for me to do that again this year. I'm going to be working a lot of overtime and I've got other out-of-work commitments that I need to attend to.

So, my solution is that I've written short horror story and I'm going to record it and distribute it as a free audio book. I'm going to record it myself to see how my voice comes across, if it's not up to standard then I'll get a friend with a very good reading voice to record it for me. Hopefully it should be a reasonably slick production, and it means that people will be able to enjoy something from my site when they're not in front of the screen.

This signals a new direction for my output. I'm hoping in future to release small compendiums of short stories in audio book format, charging a few pounds for them. The Halloween story will always be free for the foreseeable future - I wouldn't mess with that, but I do want to become self-employed again at some point and this seems like a good potential way to achieve that.

I get 30k visitors to this site every month, and my comic has 3k regular readers per month. These are good numbers, but I sell very little merchandise, the Amazon links income probably doesn't even cover the hosting for the year... In other words, I've got a lot of people coming here and being entertained, but I don't get any profit from this. It's lovely to help make people happy, but smiles don't pay the rent. To put it another way, if one twelfth of the people who visited this site gave me 1 then I would make considerably more money than my day job.

Like I say, this story will be free, but in future I will be charging a small amount for the stories.

My plan is set for the moment, but I'm interested to hear what you think.


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post Sep 10 2009, 12:39 PM
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I miss the days when I had enough time to animate regularly, but it's not a practical way of story telling. As I get older, my ambitions get greater for what I want to do, and I can't afford a month or two of work for a three minute story. I'm a reasonable animator, and a reasonable cartoonist, but I'm not among the best at either of those things. I also suspect that I think too much about jokes for 99% of people to actually find them funny, so spending that long working on an idea isn't a great plan if I don't know what the result will be.

The times have changed on the internet - animators have generally either got a solid reputation for lo-fi nonsense (such as Joel Vietch) or have gone professional and really polished up their style by making steps into advertising and hiring animators (such as Jonti Picking). I don't really have the time to compete. What I can do though is write, because the technical challenges of the written word are a lot lower than creating an animation. It's a level playing field.

A story is never likely to be as popular as an animation, but I hope that it will stay with people for longer.

I suspect part of this is that I want to move into making things that are a little bit less disposable. There's a bigger market for disposability, and a lot of talented competition among writers, but I've got a good platform here to start from and I think it's worth a shot.

Don't worry Cath - my stories aren't likley to be more 'horror' than my previous Halloween animations were. There are many different types of horror. I tend to fall into the 'bizarro' bracket, I think, not the 'teen slasher' kind of thing. Though it might be interesting to try the latter at some point! Do people write teen slasher novels, or are they purely a film-based genre?

Anyway, thanks for your views and understanding. I'm a little sad to have to make this decision, but life has pushed me in this direction and I think it could lead to some good things. I don't think my animating times are completely behind me, but it will be a rare time when I've got enough free hours to do it again.


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