My thoughts as I sit here in my undies, about to take a shower and get my day started. I’m debating whether to take my car into the city for it’s scheduled oil change or to one of the shops here in town. I like the professionalism of the shop I go to in the Big City-it’s clean, it’s computerized, there’s free coffee- but it’s a 30 minute drive, I have to sit there and wait, and I’m always tempted to visit the McDonald’s next door for breakfast, which is no good when you’re dieting (down 15 lbs, thank you). On the other hand, there are a couple shops here in town and I’m always harping about “supporting” local business-people. The problem is it’s a small town and there’s this small town mentality of “we’ll open when we’re good and ready, or not at all if’n we decide to go huntin’ instead.”
Anyway, I’m in the midst of rebuilding my site, blondemarvel.com. I’ve already ranted about how difficult it is to market adults-only comics. Boo hoo and woe-is-me, lol. Well it’s also difficult to advertise adult comics. At Project Wonderful, it’s increasingly difficult to find webcomic sites on which to promote Blonde Marvel. Naturally, I always look for like-minded webcomics to advertise on. There are quite a number of sexy comics on the web. Unfortunately (and frustratingly) many of those very same sexy comics won’t accept advertising from my-or any-“adult” comic.
Examples. There’s the one comic where the heroine is a secret agent who runs around scantily clad, naughty bits tastefully hidden, having sex with folks just out of sight of the camera (but not completely). And so I thought, great, a near-perfect spot to place an ad for Blonde Marvel. But when I went to bid on ad space, I found that they don’t allow ads for adult websites. If I had hair, I’d have pulled it out. And there’s this other comic where the premise is the heroine is sexy and has big boobs, and is huge, and she fights sexy big boobed adversaries, who are huge. All very titillating and booberific. But, when I went to check out the ad prospects, same thing. No adult ads allowed. And that’s just two examples out of many.
The reality is that even though the Internet offers artists like myself the freedom to post nearly anything we want within legal bounds, advertisers, companies and individuals also have the freedom to filter and reject whatever they don’t feel comfortable with.
So, with this fact/observation in mind, as well as the sad truth that selling adult comics online is fraught with obstacles, I’ve been trying to figure out my next move. For about a year now I’ve been contemplating a switch from X-rated to to R or even PG-13. I’d hate to censor myself but if it means I can reach more people and increase revenue, it’s worth a try. If things work out the way I plan, I wouldn’t have to lay awake at nights in fear of PayPal seizing my account. I could publish print-on-demand books at Ka-Blam. I could advertise on more websites.
And I suppose I could offer “uncensored” versions somewhere off site.
So, it is with some reluctance that I’ve begun making changes to my website. I’m in the process of turning it from X-rated (explicit sex) to rated R (profanity, nudity, violence) or, as Project Wonderful might say, from adult to NSFW. The current story I’m working on, “Mervin the Monster”, is very, very, very adult and promises to get even adult-ier. I do want to finish that project without censoring myself, therefore my website will remain x-rated-slash-adults only for the time being, at least until I’m done with that particular story.
So just to be clear, I’m not trying to make the site kid friendly or anything. It will still be off limits to anyone under 18. I hope I don’t lose too many readers over the change. But hell, I didn’t have that many to begin with.
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