The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

Life of Alexis Book?

April 29th, 2016, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, April 29th, 2016, 9:46 am

So, Ren and I have been thinking of making a book for the comic, since we're now about halfway through Chapter 5. We're currently looking into different options as to where to publish it and things like that. We figured we'd ask you all if you knew of a good means to go about publishing it, and what you'd like to see in the book version. At 5 chapters, we're thinking of publishing a book after every 5th chapter, as that's roughly about 100 or so pages, plus extra content. What do you think of that?

I was thinking of adding a special chapter to the comic that is comic only, but isn't necessary for reading the story. In that aspect, to help lower the amount of work Ren has to do in making the book, I was considering writing the extra chapter instead of having it drawn out. What would be your thoughts on that?

Also, what would you like to see shown in the extra chapter in the book? And how many of you would actually be interested in buying the book? The latter question is probably the most important, as we will likely have to take pre-orders for it in order to finance getting it made. In turn, if we didn't have enough interest, we probably wouldn't be able to make the book.

So, drop us your thoughts on what I mentioned, and anything else in particular you can tell us, and we'll see what we can do about publishing the first book of the Life of Alexis Perkins.

Also, what do you think of the new website layout?

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Drakanor Dream, April 30th, 2016, 5:55 am

Love the new design :D Also would love to have a book or set from here too.

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mittfh, May 1st, 2016, 4:07 pm

Ooh - a makeover! It's certainly a lot brighter and more fitting with the tone of the tale than the default SJ black and grey (which works better for the often dark content of Wildflowers) - is it possible to skin the "Post Your Comment" page (postcomment.php) as well?

As for a potential spin-off book, given I already have the dead tree editions of Spinnerette, Eerie Cuties / Magick Chicks, Dangerously Chloe, Fragile, Skin Horse and Not a Villain on my bookshelf, I'm certainly not averse to the concept :)

(Since I'm listing the webcomics I read, I might as well continue with the rest: Validation, Flipside, Too Much Information, Sandra and Woo plus Gaia; while Head Trip and Mystic Revolution are sitting at Page 1 waiting for me to start reading and catching up one day...)

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EmilyAnnCoons, May 1st, 2016, 4:52 pm

@mittfh: Sadly, no, it is not possible to change the skin of the comment posting page. At least not that I am aware of.

I wasn't looking at doing a spin-off book. I was more thinking of releasing the comic as a book. Like maybe the first 5 chapters plus some kind of extra bonus chapter.

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mittfh, May 1st, 2016, 5:48 pm

@EmilyAnnCoons: The 'spin-off' books I mentioned are dead tree editions of the webcomics, with a bit of extra content added at the back (usually things such as sketches, character drawings, guest strips etc. - most of which were also shown online between chapters of the main story) rather than completely separate stories. Until recently, they'd fund production via pre-orders, but now the usual approach is crowdfunding (which usually has the caveat that the main comic reduces its update frequency or even temporarily pauses while the artists draw the sketches and suchlike used as perks for the higher tiers, then when the print run's done, taking the pallets of books and shipping out orders).

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Hasegawa, May 16th, 2016, 10:25 pm

Books a cool idea

But do you have enough chapters yet? 5 chapters is still a lot of work, publishing a book can sometimes take years. I'd like a book, but I'd only buy a complete story..

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EmilyAnnCoons, May 17th, 2016, 5:31 am

@Hasegawa: 100+ pages is about average for most webcomic books, actually, and by the end of the chapter, we'll have 110 pages (after bonus content as well). So that's actually a pretty decent amount. Yeah, it's not a "complete story", but no webcomic book ever is. It's like a manga, you'll never get one volume that is the complete story. Actually, most manga seem to have 4-5 chapters in them (though they also usually run 30+ pages per chapter for nearly 250+ pages of content, but still).

Actually, we're considering the split because the end of this chapter is the end of the "light hearted" beginning. The next chapters start to get dark, and chapter 9 is the darkest one I've written yet. So we thought ending the first book/volume at the end of the light hearted stuff might be good. It's true not many webcomics publish their first book this early on after starting, but we've also been running this comic for about a year and a half, and if we're going to continue it, we're going to need to start making some money off of it in order to afford to make it a job instead of a thing we do for fun. If you look, we had a few times throughout the comic where we had to stop updating or slowly update because of that. If we could make the comic a source of income, then we could probably avoid such problems in the future. So that's why we're looking into the idea of book publishing.

Still, all of this is dependant entirely on getting enough interest in it. Chances are, once I get a final number on the price of publishing, I'll probably make a Kickstarter. If that falls through, then we'll have to drop the idea for a while and come back to it later. We're hoping it won't, though, as we'd really like to keep the comic going, but again, we need the comic to produce income in some way in order to do so.

The last thing we want to do is make people have to pay to read the comic, and I don't even know how I'd set it up for that anyway. Still, the fact of the matter is, I'm very lucky to be working with Renske. The comic artists I've talked to before Ren were going to charge me $30-50 per page. Ren works for free. I would absolutely need to have income from the comic in order to pay any other artist. Ren works for free, but it also means that she has to choose between the comic and an actual source of income. Thus, sometimes she is slowed because of the job she has to do outside of comic making that actually earns her money.

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Dragonrider, May 21st, 2016, 2:29 pm

Sounds like an ambitious project, however it might help so Trans teens come out and understand their orientation. New layout is fine.

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EmilyAnnCoons, May 22nd, 2016, 2:04 am

@Dragonrider: Well, it'd be no different than any other webcomic that published a book, so not that heavily ambitious. It is a bit difficult as this is the first time I've done anything of this sort, though. Still, I'm sure I'll figure out how to get everything put together ^^ Probably going to put chapters 1-5 into the book.

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Dragonrider, May 22nd, 2016, 10:02 am

@EmilyAnnCoons: Another suggestion check out PRISM Comics they make grants to LGBT comic authors to help with publishing and production costs.