I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about what BMP should be and how it could be better. I think this latest story, Salamanders From Hell, has been one of the most artistically gratifying things I've done, but it's also been a continuous uphill battle to get eyeballs to look at it. Since Project Wonderful stats are freely available, you can see for yourself what I'm talking about. After 2+ years of doing these comics I think the problem is that in the domain of webcomics, narrative, long form comics are not where the numbers are. There are absolutely exceptions, I know, but it's clear to me that in terms of share-ability and gaining an audience, telling stories is not how you become successful. This isn't to say I'm unappreciative of the following I have managed to gain. You guys are awesome. I love you guys.
So let's cut to the chase. I want BMP to be successful. I know that this isn't something that happens over night. I also don't wish to alienate the people who already like what I'm doing, nor to abandon my principles. I want to tell stories, despite this being the unpopular route. However, I refuse to believe that webcomics are a binary medium, where they have to be one or the other. Narrative vs. Gag-a-day strips to me seems like a false dichotomy. So I have an idea. I'm going to do both.
Right now I'm still working the details out, but what my goal is, is to create a lot of gag-style strips quickly. 3 or 4 panel strips are fairly easy to put together. I may re-use some art assets here and there. They will be crafted with the idea of quantity, but will also open up the opportunity to introduce some new characters I haven't been able to fit into the larger arcs, as well as bring back some existing ones. This should also generate a large buffer, and hopefully provide some new readership. These will run continuously, in place of narrative comics.
The story comics will be worked on during the buffered times when the gag strips run. Stories will drop all at once now, instead of 3 pages a week. So there will be a wait, (during which you'll get gag strips), and then get to read the whole story in its entirety, as it was intended. This is meant to answer the numerous people who have said they only check in on the site very occasionally and then binge read what they've missed.
Also, if you're a Patreon supporter, I will still be posting everything as I draw it, so no changes there.
So what do you think? Does this sound feasible? I'm trying to do something that'll please everybody, which I know may be a bit foolish, but I'll be honest and say at the very least it'll provide me with a bit of a break from long form, and you guys will get more frequent updates plus whole "issues," all at once. I'd love to hear any and all thoughts. Thanks!