Why Not Have A Special Guest Drop By?

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One thing I’ve learned recently from watching my friends talk about their Tomodachi Life characters on social media is that people love to see themselves in different mediums. So why not apply that to web comics? Look at the above example here. Marty make a comic page featuring me and my life on his Basto Entertainment web comic, and here I am advertising it! See how well narcissism can help to promote your comic? Let’s discuss further on this weeks Friday Artist Talk.

Back to my Tomodachi Life example, I’m sure you’ve even seen those customizable comics on Facebook that your friends squee over. Tomodachi has been just the same in the fact that friends of friends love seeing their Mii counterparts interacting in the games digital world. Now being added into your comic can be a big bonus because your friends will promote their appearance, odds are anyway. Especially if you have a comedy strip like comic similar to Basto Entertainment’s format, you’ve got an easy way to include almost anyone.

Naturally you may want to ask your friends first if they’d like to be included. The last thing you want is to offend anyone, or if it gets really serious, have any icky legal issues. It’s a way to shine a spotlight on a guest appearance in your comic, and then have readers who are brought in by it consider if they should check out more of your comic.

Have you ever added guest stars to your comic? How did it go? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


5 Comments

  1. Stu-Jojo June 21, 2014 12:39 pm 

    I’ve once added me and my friends in Housepets 1X once, using old representations of ourselves we used to draw at school. It was nice, i’ve even heard someone saying they were good characters and it’d be good to have them back someday. Even if i’m not planning it.

    For The Highest Bet i have guests planned, some of them even relevant for the story as part of the comic universe, like my friend Karishad, and the main characters from the webcomic Dragon-Snails. It’ll took sometimes to see them in action… but the characters’ creators seem enthusiast of the sketches and preliminary stuff i showed them. We’ll see!

    Having guests is fun, and challenging. I always try to have some if possible!

  2. DemonDan June 21, 2014 8:28 pm 

    Since so many characters die in my comic, I’m not sure if it would be a good idea for me to include friends or people I know IRL in it ;)

    Our artist did draw Nick and I as poor NPCs getting mowed down in the background on a recent page :D

    • Les Major June 23, 2014 1:53 pm 

      I can relate. That’s the thing with most of my work. I had a friend come up to me at a convention and ask if she could play a character in my animation. I’d informed her that the only roles I had were shrunken people that would be killed off. She seemed disappointed by that lol.

    • Coyote July 4, 2014 12:56 pm 

      Borrow a page from George R.R. Martin and specifically offer people a chance for a guest role that will end in a truly glorious demise.

      • DemonDan July 7, 2014 10:07 pm 

        Hehe, that’s pretty good :) I can always ax a couple of redshirt characters named after Patrons or something ;)

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