Touhou Nekokayou #50: A Maid's Work
So, the big five-oh. I guess this is the point at which I mention that I wasn't honestly expecting I'd make this many comics. But now, I can at least imagine creating the 200th comic. This will probably take ... well, about two or three years, maybe. With that many, the sidebar would be longer than the comic itself! Will I still be interested by then? What will the comic's popularity be like? Will I have brought Perfect Square and A Different Story of an Eastern Wonderland anywhere near a satisfactory conclusion? How about Ends and Beginnings? Who knows! We've got a while to find out!
Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) once passed on this bit of sage advice: if everyone merely likes a particular story/product/whatever, it will probably fail. If you invent (say) an entirely new kind of mousetrap, if everyone only likes it, they'll say "Oh, that's interesting" at best, might not actually buy/commit to it, and then get whatever's the most convenient for them when they actually need one, and it probably won't be what you created. You know you're onto something if you get someone who loves it, and is willing to buy a dozen of your new mousetraps for his whole family and another dozen for himself, and give each of them names.
Or, for another example, if someone is willing to stay up until 3 AM trawling through the archives of your webcomic. Someone recently told me he'd done that with Scarlet Weather Archive. He said he loved it, that he'd gone almost all the way through them at that point, that he thought it was really funny; I thought of the above concepts and thought "Hmmm ... Oh wow." Of course, in his next message, he told me that what he was really a fan of was Touhou, and that he was always looking for new doujins and fanfics and comics like that. This was ... a bit of a disappointment, I guess.1
But y'know what? I don't care all that much. I'm mostly making this just for my own amusement, and that of my relatively small circle of friends who also like Touhou. I-It's not like I'm doing it for YOU! I'd like if it were even one-eighth as successful as e.g. Walfas, but I know I shouldn't realistically expect it to. Nor do I seriously want to deal with, er, all the problems associated with that kind of popularity, either. I can only imagine how ZUN himself must feel, although at least he doesn't have to create and managing the CMS of the website through which he presents his own ... ah ... unlimited (shrine) maid(en) works ...
1The real sign of my success will be when I start seeing fanart of Mika, Midori, and Satsuki. Or if people other than myself start linking to it from TVTropes ...
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