I don't really talk much about my webcomic on my author network over here, because it's not "professional" quality work and I just do it for fun, but I'm still very attached to the story and very dedicated to updating it on time every week. I have never missed an update. It's practically unbelievable, but yes, I have updated it EVERY single Friday for EVERY week throughout the last eight years, and it has never been late or failed to update.
So I guess I'm allowed to be proud of that!
But even though some authors would be able to shrug and call them learning novels, I found the characters and their experiences so compelling and so precious that I didn't just want to trunk them. I also didn't want to try to squeeze them into the publishing industry's mold, because I didn't think that would be possible without compromises I didn't want to make.
So my webcomic was born. Where I can be indulgent and take my time telling the story however I want, and not have to answer to anyone. Where I can focus on characters with their interminable mental monologues and let their emotional lives take center stage. Where I don't have to feel pressured to manufacture a plot. I'm not charging anyone money to read it, so I can devote eight issues to potty-training a toddler if I want.
I don't get a lot of mail about the comic, and almost no one comments. It's not a well-known, popular comic, and I think that's partly because I'm no artist and I don't go out of my way to tailor it to mainstream tastes. It's drawn in pencil. It's by an amateur artist who's not really trying to improve her drawing. It's extremely text-heavy and the plot moves glacially. But I think the types of people who would read a comic like this are usually a bit shy and prefer to consume very quietly. I see the stats jump every Friday--on update day--so I know people are waiting for it and reading it. I do get occasional encouragement from people who love what I'm doing:
This is the most amazing story and comic I've read in years! --Alvin
I've been reading this comic for a while, and I just have to say, it's incredible. The writing, the artistry, and the characterization are all wonderful. . . . --Lyn
I love how well you capture your characters' thoughts. You go a level beyond normal understanding and really provoke thought. --Ethel
I really like your way of story telling, I am fascinated by your story, and I love every single one of your characters. --Icke
It's hard to pick a real stand-out character from everyone in this comic, because each character is so vastly 'themselves' that none stand out beyond what relates to the reader the most! --catc10
I feel I get to know the characters better because of the inner dialogue and stuff, and can relate to them a lot, which is something I sometimes miss with the standard online comics. --Eolill
I've enjoyed "practicing" on these characters in a low-pressure situation, but even though that's the practical upshot of what this story has been "for," their stories are far more to me than practice novels. There's no end planned and I have no intention of shutting the comic down, though I of course recognize that one day I may need to for some reason or another. But for now, I'm happy to be celebrating eight years, and I hope I'm making a "Webcomic Negative One turns nine" blog post on May 20th next year.