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:
- 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.
- 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!