Update Vol. 3 – Outlet Comics: A Business!

It has been a while since my last update. Almost a year! Good golly! I’m happy to let you know that I haven’t just been sitting around twiddling my thumbs and reading X-Men comics (although a lot of X-Men comics have been read, to be fair.) I’ve been busy creating a business plan and getting my personal life in order so that I could handle treating Outlet Comics like an actual business.

That’s right. A business!

For folks that have been following along for a while, mostly friends and family (Hi Liz!), you know that Outlet Comics has gone through many ideations before finding its current path. It took a while took sift though everything I wanted to do to figure out what Outlet wanted to be. A big part of that is shifting focus away from my own creations and more toward being a comprehensive resource for the comics community in general.

For those of you asking, “But where’s Depression Cloud?!” don’t worry. My comics will be finding a new home soon. And I’ll be back to making new ones soon as well.

So where does that leave Outlet Comics? My aim is for it to become a comprehensive resource for comic creators and fans no matter where they are on their journey. Let me tell you, this is a big goal. It ‘s going to take a LOT of work. And I couldn’t be more excited.

So what does “comprehensive resource” mean? Let’s start with the first part: comprehensive. I think being comprehensive about anything breaks down into two parts:

  1. You aim to be exhaustive in what you offer in a particular space. This is pretty close to the textbook definition, but for me it doesn’t work without the next piece.
  2. It needs to be accessible to everyone. To me this means accessible to folks who access the internet via screen readers or something similar (which is important to me and I am learning a lot about.) But it also means that I don’t think this site is at all successful if I am pricing people out of services or if I allow a bunch of bridge trolls to take up residence in the comments section.

Now let’s look at being a resource. I have a lot that I want to do and very little of that is aiming to be a competitive replacement for something that already exists. Much of the work I’m putting into being a resource revolves around creating a home-base for a lot of the information and services that the comics community already has available or providing services that don’t currently exist in a functional or scalable way.

Since I’m doing this on my own and working with limited time and financial resources I’ve broken the overall vision into 3 major phase and each phase into segments I can tackle on my own. I’ll have those phases written up into something sharable soon, but the first segment is already underway: Events! More on this in my next post. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. (Actually I can, it will be in my next post.)

Aside from streamlining the direction of the site, a big structural change was a move from Wix to WordPress. I was able to create a beautiful looking site on Wix, but when it comes to expanding the site’s functionality, WordPress has a much wider range of plug-ins. Of course this also comes with a steep learning curve, often resulting in about a million open tabs and me yelling at my cat to be quiet so I can read, but I am getting the hang of it.

Overall this has been an AMAZING change. I have never been more confident or excited about the direction Outlet Comics is going in. I cannot wait to share more with you soon!

Onward!

Eric Green

 

 

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