Update: Be sure to read through the comments for more teaser details as well!
Marty Basto, the new owner of Top Web Comics, decided to give me some time off today so he could share some insight with all of you. What he has to say teases quite a bit, so be sure to read between the lines. There is quite a bit on the go behind the scenes here at TWC and soon you’ll have even more ways to promote your art! So here is the innovator behind it all to give you an idea about what is happening now at TWC, and a glimpse at the future. Welcome to… A Moment with Marty.
This Article has been long over due. I’ve been meaning to write to you all for a long time now, but since Les is doing such a good job with the reporting, it almost felt mute to do so. However, I’m hoping to give Les a little break by writing this article in hopes to shed a bit of light on what’s happening behind the scene here at Topwebcomics.
For those of you who have not been around since the beginning, you must be wondering, who the hell is this guy? Well it’s a question I ask myself every day until my head starts spinning. What I can say for certain is that I am Marty Basto. Who’s that you say? Well I’m the guy behind the scene who keeps poking everyone with a very pointy stick to ensure we keep on improving everything that we do until we reach perfection….which is impossible but a nice goal nonetheless.
Some time ago, we announced that TWC merged with Basto Media in order to combine our efforts with a single goal of creating the best webcomic based community on the web. To do that, we still have Richard as our technical guru and mastermind behind TWC. With him on our side, there is nothing we cannot accomplish with our community. But that’s not enough really… To form a community, we need someone social, who talks a lot and who is able to entertain people by the masses. So we grabbed the cheapest guy we could find and made him the Editor.
I kid of course; Les is an extraordinary individual with a talent of making everyone feel welcome. His dedication to his fans is a lesson to be learned by many. I feel privileged of having had the chance to work with Les for over a decade now. Les brings a fresh new set of eyes to our community with insightful articles that are informational as well as promotional for all. Because of Les’ articles, I can say personally that I have discovered many new webcomics that are paving their way to greatness.
Webcomics is a form of art. Therefore, it is only natural that we have an artist assigned to our group in order to help out with some of our designs. Les is doing a lot of it himself which we are all grateful, but Les is not alone. Drawing along side Les is Felle Jones, Basto Media’s Artistic Supervisor. Felle’s art is very diversified and always a blast to work with. His dedication to schedule and quality has made him a legend in our office.
Personally, I could not think of a better group of people to share this endeavor…
But then there is me. The full embodiment of annoyance combined in a single fat body.
I’m really more detrimental to the team than helpful but my poking stick ensures that we keep on pushing onwards!
Our ultimate goal with Topwebcomics is to help promote webcomics around the world. We want to show that the Webcomic Industry is no laughing matter and that there are a LOT of talented artists and story tellers out there with a passion for creating. We want to help share these creations with the world. Together, we can do it! Really…What’s stopping us?
The Art Contest that we have been having this month was designed to promote webcomics, a chance to show your own characters in a different situation and to promote your art to the masses. Many viewers are attracted to a preferred art style that changes per individuals. Given the nature of our business, it is only natural that we want to promote our art in hopes of attracting new readers. However, given the randomness of the competition, we were all pleasantly surprised at how much could be told in a simple image with the characters that are there.
We have a lot more activities up our sleeves that we hope will be fun for all. We are always up for suggestions as well since everything we do, we do it for YOU! Yes..yes…a lame quote but true nonetheless.
I mentioned before that our goal is to create a community. It is clear in my mind that we cannot accomplish such a goal without the support of the readers and the fans of webcomics. We want to give MORE to people who comes in and vote for their favorite webcomics. We want to give MORE to the fans that come here at the Watercooler and converse with us all. We all need to show our love to our fans for their support and continuous presence. By all means, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to email Les at firstname.lastname@example.org We want to make this place attractive for ALL to enjoy.
HAHAHAHA….see, I don’t do much around here, just the master delegator!!!
However, I hope to continue with my presence here from time to time. I hope to bring more industry related topics from a different point of view and to initiate debates amongst ourselves. I personally love a good respectful debate and I think that due to the diversity of the Webcomic Industry, we can definitely have some good ones.
Well everyone, I thank you all for reading and for your continued support. I promise you all, that we are only just beginning and time permitting, we will achieve our goals together where no one is left behind because at the end of the day, every idea is a story waiting to be hatched.
Together, we will make every fantasies come true, one dream at a time!
Ok…I’m done with the lame slogans….