When I first started Goblins as a webcomic, I asked a lot of people a lot of questions. I had no idea what I was doing and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was given advice on everything from site hosting to merchandising. However, there was one very important aspect of being a webcomic author that no one offered advice on, and that was fans.
I’m incredibly lucky to have fans and I’ve learned that they’re a powerful force indeed. Through ad revenue, book purchases and even donations, my fans have granted me the ability to make Goblins my profession. They’ve clothed my children and put food on my table. They’ve inflated my ego with a thousand compliments and kept me grounded and humble with ten thousand criticisms. My fans have forced me up the ladder of self improvement and led me down the path of encouragement. Through my webcam, my fans have kept me company all night while I’ve battled deadlines. They’ve been an unending field of ears to vent to or whine at.
I’ve felt for years now, that Goblins belongs not just to me, but to everyone who’s ever invested any emotion toward the comic. If you’ve felt sad about a character’s death or triumphant during a character’s victory, then you’ve helped in its creation. The more value that you as fans place in Goblins, the more value I feel toward it as well. And the more value I feel toward it, the more of myself I pour into it and the better it is. You are the dictators of the comic’s creation.
I’ve become shocked at how little advice there is for aspiring artists when it comes to fans. So here is my advice on what anyone who may gain a fanbase can expect. Your fans will be your unseen, yet very involved family. They’ll be your friends. They’ll be your employers. They’ll be your hecklers and your teachers. They’ll stress you out with demands and make you feel great with amazing compliments. Most of all, they’ll be the reason that you do what you do. Don’t ever take your fans for granted and always understand that you’re forever in their debt. And from time to time, thank them.
Thanks for honouring me with your fanship and supporting my work, folks. Now let’s see where the rest of the comic takes us.