You’ve got questions? We (hopefully) have got answers!
What is a “web-comic”?
Why publish a web-comic?
How to read a web-comic?
Why do you have advertising on your page?
Why do I have to enter my name and e-mail every time I want to comment?
Okay, then what can I do to avoid having to enter my name and e-mail address?
What happened to the original Glossolalia blog, and why did you merge it with the main Asplenia Studios page?
Why do you show sketches in your gallery? Aren’t artists only supposed to show their best work?
What is this Macross you keep referring to?
Wait… didn’t you used to be TWDC Studios?
So what the heck does ‘Asplenia’ mean, anyway?
I don’t care about that other stuff. You mentioned something about free prizes, yes?
A web-comic is just like any other comic, be it a strip like you find in a newspaper, or a comic book. The only difference is that it is published on the internet. Sometimes web-comics will also be published in print or, as is more often the case, the author will publish a certain amount online, and then collect them and put them into print as well.
Web-comics are a great way to publish your work when you are starting out. They help to gain exposure while also providing your audience with a product free-of-charge (well, minus the cost of their internet service). For many artists, publishing a web-comic is a great way to gain a fan-base and prove to a publisher that your work is popular.
Reading a web-comic is a bit different than reading a real comic book. Follow THIS LINK to a quick tutorial on how to maximize your web-comic experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FIRST-TIMERS!
Good question! At this point in time, I work a “real” job, and a lot of that income goes to supporting myself and my family. Advertising serves to supplement the costs of the website and other expenses relating to Asplenia Studios. Trust me, if/when there comes a time where I am self-sufficient through Asplenia Studios, the advertising will go away. Until that time, don’t hesitate to click on an ad every once in a while if it interests you!
Spammers. Spammers will try their hardest to fill the comments section with spam and garbage, wasting my time and yours. Requiring that a commenter leave their name and e-mail address in order to comment helps to spoof automated spambots.
There are two options. The first, which is really easy, is to simply be logged into your Facebook account. The Asplenia Studios website should recognize this and will use your Facebook credentials as validation. As a bonus, being logged into Facebook also allows you to quickly Like a blog post or web-comic, and even to Share it to your profile on Facebook. The other option is to create a free WordPress user account (located in the Meta box in the column to the right), and remain logged in.
Both of these options relieve you of the need to enter your name and e-mail address every time you want to comment.
The original Glossolalia is still there, resting in all of its glory. But there are two reasons I folded it into the Asplenia Studios site:
The first is that I was tired of going back and forth between two websites. I love to streamline processes and bringing it into the fold made things much more streamlined for me.
The second is greed. More specifically, greed for exposure. Having my personal blog as part of the main site increases my viewership, thereby increasing my statistics which, in turn, increase my ad revenue. Remember, this site doesn’t even pay for itself, yet. So I have to maximize the monetization until I can become more self-dependent and forego advertising altogether.
This is a load of BS. An artist that only shows their best work is only in it for one thing: money. I enjoy the creative process and think that others might, as well. There are times when I am as proud of a quick sketch on notebook paper as I am on a drawing I have been working on for days.
Super Dimension Fortress Macross is a Japanese anime series from 1982. Americans will better recognize it as the edited and altered The Macross Saga part of Robotech. The series has spawned sequel movies, series, video games, manga, etc. It is one of my favorite science fiction franchises of all-time.
In short, yes. It turns out that there is another globe-spanning company that also uses the TWDC acronym (although barely anyone knows about it): The Walt Disney Company. In order to avoid any future legal entanglements, I bit the bullet and did a preemptive name change for the company. Going forth, we are now Asplenia Studios.
Asplenia refers to the physical state of not having a spleen. You see, I lost mine (actually it was removed by a doctor, not lost) in a sledding accident when I was 16. Strange name to choose, I know. But many other choices which had personal significance to me were also already taken.
It’s true! Asplenia Studios has fan pages on both Facebook and Google+. For every 100 fans between the two sites (up to 1000), Asplenia Studios will pick a random winner to receive a free Asplenia Studios t-shirt. It is that simple! And, yes… this DOES mean you can double-dip by becoming a fan on both sites!