When I first started doing Between Failures it was common for people to start their own fan clubs, facebook groups, or what have you, and for the most part they were always very sad places, where the author tried desperately to engage the handful of bored readers who frequented the site. I didn’t start the comic’s Facebook group. That was Shelby. I didn’t start the DA fanclub. That was Jonathan. Neither place is particularly active, I’m the main contributor to my own art club in fact, but fans made them. They wanted them to exist bad enough to take the steps required to make it so. I think that’s better than trying to control places like that yourself.
Which brings me to the problem with popularity contests. Well, problem is perhaps too strong a word. Situation, perhaps. I will not personally lobby for inclusion of my comic in them. Because of this I’ve never been in one. XD They tend to be the same 10 or so comics that everyone knows, and the same ones you expect to win do. Which makes sense. They are the most popular comics, they should win popularity contests. Which brings me to Comicmix, a site that, before yesterday, I was unaware of. They are holding such a contest. I learned of it by way of another person’s tweets, and upon inspection saw that they had included the same 100 or so comics you would expect to be there and things were business as usual. I didn’t even bother to vote. Anyway, the person I learned about the contest from kept tweeting about it over and over, and eventually I saw that they had amended the list a second and third time. Surprisingly, Between Failures had been added, along with many other titles. This, of course, meant that someone other than myself had suggested them, and by my self imposed rules I was now allowed to take part in this contest in any way I chose. I chose the only way I like to take part in any contest, by which I mean by cheating. So I asked everybody I know that doesn’t read any comics to vote for me. Once those 7 votes were in I figured I was about done. There were at least a few of you who voted for me of your own accord, and for that I thank you. If any of the rest of you wish to do the same I will extend my thanks to you as well, for what it’s worth. I realize I will not win, and I am at peace with that, but I would like to bloody the noses of as many people as I can on my way to failure. If Between Failures truly is your favorite webcomic please give it a vote. I would appreciate it. This is also the link.
As a final note, presumably the two people who suggested Between failures for consideration read it. If you are reading this message, please contact me in whatever manner pleases you. I would like to send you a sketchcard as thanks for thinking of my work, and calling it worthy to stand against the work of others.
To the rest of you, please help me crush my peers under my iron heel so much so that when my name is spoken they tremble at the sound of it. >:| XD