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Anxiety and Comics

For the Month of March, we polled webcomic users on Deviantart, Twitter, and forums, posing the question:

:bulletgreen: What are the challenges that make you most anxious when beginning a new story or project?

We got a lot of excellent responses and more than a few webcomickers were willing to bare all their anxieties and frustrations!

:star: Any advice for conquering any of these infamous terrors? What worked for you? :star:

Tell us in the comments!

Top 5 Anxiety issues

:bulletorange: 1. Confidence/Self-doubt (22%)

:icontheblackwonderland: "i'm just afraid people might not like it and all the work would be for nothing"

:iconwhiskeyii: "To clarify, I think it's a combination of self-doubt and being overwhelmed. For whatever reason, I feel more comfortable when a setting in my head has been well fleshed-out, but it gets to the point where I start thinking about minor things and then wondering if it even matters (for example, what religion does a specific setting adhere to in a story where I might not address religion at all), but then I start thinking about how even small things shape people's lives and cultures (like that religion could tie back into a morality system, or not), and then I just...@_@"

:bulletorange: 2. Where to start (21%)

:iconhikapi: "Not knowing where to start. I'm not a good story teller and I tend to.. not have beginnings to my stories! XD"

:iconkomicfans: "definitely the story planning and making up my mind where to start. I remembered edited my story nearly 6 times and I'm still not satisfied :("

:bulletorange: 3. Time management (19%)

:iconpandasayori: 'A rather complicated mix of problems. Most of them revolving around university life and homework. Bleeh."

:iconkalafin99: "My weakness is in procrastination and time management... Also my family and school trouble me a lot, which deal with stamina, limited-time-on-computer allowance, and a naughty child."

:bulletorange: 4. Procrastination (14%)

:iconshiniro: "Guess you can almost call it chronic procrastination. I'm a student and right now I actually have quite a bit of free time due to certain circumstances, but even so I rarely get to take out my tablet and actually be productive even though I easily could be. Instead I play games or do nothing at all... guess it's also a bit because I get easily discouraged to actually find where to start."

:bulletorange: 5. Lack of stamina (13%)

:iconsachi-pon:  "it takes so long that i fear i will get exhausted and lose the will to finish. still, i want to try. i do like drawing, i do like making up stories. it exhausts me physically and mentally but that doesn't mean i dislike it. i still want to do it! but i feel like i will take forever and ever and ever..."

:iconkay-beast: "For me, it's a combination of time management, procrastination, and stamina. I'm in art school right now, and by the time I finish all my homework, I don't work on my own personal projects cause I'm all "but I already did art today!" T_T"

Other Problems

- Lack of feedback
- Health challenges
- Copyright concerns
- Need a community/support
- That tools do I need?
- Planning
- Update schedules
- Paneling

Need a Community:
:iconfanfreak200: "There is webcomic/writing community?!  O_o"


:iconluffynotomo: " i'm worried about art theft or copyrights and such -- making sure no one else steals the same idea or characters ><"

:iconiiwi: "-u- paneling man, that damned paneling and not knowing where to start."

:iconsky-morishita: "I think the main thing that makes me most nervous when I'm starting a new project is having the whole story objective clear in my mind so that I don't end up dropping the project later because I don't know where the story is going."

:iconzumoarino: "Hmm, I think the main problem I have is that... I will have the general story planned out in terms of the "major/important" scenes "

:iconogawaburukku: "I really wish I'd made a buffer when I started. I kept putting off the comic for years and when I finally decided to do it I jumped right into it because I was so nervous I needed to know if people hated it before I continued. Very dumb move DX"

:iconlibberachi: "Oh god, the health problems, make them go away so I can get some shiznit done. ;___;"

:iconequilonic: "I also have health problems that prevent me from drawing, but that would only be a problem if I'd have enough confidence in my ideas in the first place. "

Update Schedule
:iconjaybiejarrett: "what intimidates me the most is the idea of a rigid updating schedule.  I mean I know that's what people expect and I fear that I'll always be late and stuff.  I need to work on my organization.  I'll probably end up updating once a month."

:star: Did we miss any? What makes you anxious? :star:

:star: Any advice for conquering any of these infamous terrors? What worked for you?

Tell us in the comments!

NEXT POLL: This month, tell us what your favorite webcomics community is (and why)

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Kryru Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Planning forme too!
I always know thatprint companies and stuff have a set numebr of pages they'll print for prices but I just don'tknow the usual and stuff.

Ifeel Ineed toknowmy pagenumbers before Ican start planning my paneling.
GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Writer
I'm an aspiring fan artist trying to improve her skills and not a webcomicker, so I'm not sure if I can really comment here. That being said, the lack of feedback is KILLING ME. I have no idea what to work on or how long I need to work on it to get better. I've uploaded some stuff on here and submitted it to groups, but no one really critiques or responds...Big Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] 
MagmaDP Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For those with a lack of stamina and also have issues trying coming up with storyline: What I found works for me is to tell myself, "First thing in the morning, right after breakfast, I *WILL* write my story." right before I fall asleep. Because I haven't come up with a plot to continue the story, I will end up dreaming about it and write it down right after I wake up. It helps a lot, but it doesn't help all the time!
Procrastinators: If you're just worried about it not coming out well, don't panic! Think of it as a fun little project-You can put it on the backburner, but sometimes you still gotta check up and make sure it hasn't burnt out. Listen to some music to give you some great ideas, and don't be afraid to ask someone following your comic for some sagely advice! You'd be surprised what kinds of things you'll find out!
(Hi I'm new here blah)
Equilonic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My biggest problem is of course self-confidence.... which leads into the rest of the Top 5 =_=.
I was featured! /*A*/.
Some advice:
For those who don't know where to start: Start with a plan. Write down all things you need to do for your story in bullet points (eg. design characters, write major plot events, design a world, buy more comic paper etc.). Then take each bullet point and write what you need to do for each of them in bullet points  (eg. things you need to do for character design: research the particular area for authentic clothes, assign each character a particular garment, decide on character personalities, accesoirise their garments according to their personalities etc.). Rinse and repeat until you have a lot of tiny tasks instead of one really big one. Then choose a small task you'd like to do at this very moment and do it ;) (Wink). [copied from the poll]
Don't stress about getting your stuff together: Schools, children and jobs are important. Most of us have to take care of them before we take care of anything else. Don't feel guilty for that because you're already doing lots.
xXxMiragexXx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
My main concern is copyrights I'm ready to start posting my work but I'm to nervous about having someone take my work.
mightypie9001 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
Lack of audience would be one :P
Equilonic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, right! :highfive: <- imagine it's not happy, but gloomy high five =_=
mightypie9001 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
:P I know, it would just suck to make something you put in hours of effort in....and no one would see it.
Amanduur Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another aspect (at least for me) is making the comic but being unable to convey the story and the characters' traits properly. Like, you get started, you put in so much effort, and in the end you're only accomplishing 70 or 80 percent of what you were hoping to... but I guess that belongs to the confidence/self-doubt category.
Pyschotic-Act Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Top 5 describes me personally,I do have the idea but when you draw it out,nothing seems to work out.
KichiMiangra Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh god the lack of confidence is a big one for me D:
I gotta be honest, going to art college makes you better but the price I payed was all self confidence in my work!
I think that goes hand in hand with the lack of feedback part, because I think the self confidence problem people have could be resolved with feedback and critique from others.
10yssirhc13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Money limations, you'll need some back-up career.
Martafav Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist
I have a webcomic, and the two things I'm most afraid of are the time (I don't always have time to finish the scheduled page) and the feedback/followers. Obviusly, I'd like my webcomic to be MUNDIAL KNOWN, but that's quite impossible, but at least I'd like a few people who follow and comment the updates , helping me improve ;-)
Diggerman Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's hard to do two jobs at the same time when you're a solo comicker. When you have to do both the writing and drawing on your own, your anxiety only doubles and you have no one get feedback from about either aspect.
Pandasayori Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly wasn't expecting my comment to make it up there, but thank you! :iconblushplz:
SmartGem Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
pfft dat top five, mannnnn
NatsumeHirai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Top five are all in my cases. I suppose frustration as well. ^^;
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of the above for me! :(
LavenderMintRose Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
On feedback - I'd always like to get a critique of my story before I start drawing it as a comic... but I don't know any other writers to ask, so I just end up writing stories halfway and then sort of putting them away...
SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The top five are definitely me. |D I've lost a lot of confidence in the hopes of doing very long comics and so I've shortened my goals to one-shots. OTL But I always have a hard time writing long stories, which is why I shortened my goal. If I do end up getting to do an actual graphic novel, it would be made up of short stories that build into one big plot, I think...
ZatchZ Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm more worried that if I wanted to get my manga published, then that would mean that I wouldn't be able to post online.
Oxdarock Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god, the top five are all hitting me! :XD:
xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SAME!!! <3
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You're not alone! :glomp:
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