Problem 2: The gender of the #2 character is seen differently by different players.My assertion: This is part of the depth of the comic. It's something you have to "get" before you are hooked.
Problem 3: The Russians speak with accents.My assertion: The accents are mild compared to, say, many of the accents in Viz. People will adjust. The ones we lose won't get the jokes anyway.
Problem 4: We color with Photoshop, but avoid fancy tools like gradients. We're sacrificing the beauty of hand coloring for the convenience of technology without using the finer points of the technology.
Problem 5: It's a big cast -- eight main players and a zillion supporters.
My assertion: That puts it somewhere in between Peanuts and The Simpsons. We''ll be adding a cheat sheet for the main characters.
Problem 6: Supporting cast are main characters in some stories. This could confuse new readers.
My assertion: Yes, it could. But if they are strong characters, they'll keep reading.
Problem 7: The humor is often subtle and sophisticated. There are no gags.
Problem 8: A Jewish character seems to be a contemporary of Henny Youngman.
Problem 9: We have not posted "origin" stories.
Problem 10: We use a muted pallet against the advice of many.
Problem 11: There are too many good, well-established web comics already.
Talking to my friends, I'm hearing that the biggest barrier to entry is managing the large cast. We'll see if the cheat sheet helps.
I believe there is always an audience for wit, strong writing, and yummy art. Whether our comic delivers is for you to decide.
Take a look at our comic. What do you think holds it back?
No illustration today. I'm giving you a whole comic to look at.