John Allison's advice to indie comickers. That's what I get for going to work.
In case you haven't already seen it, Allison wrote a handy list of bullet points nudging comics creators in a more professional direction. It's hard to dispute what Allison has to say ("Make comics for people who don't make comics," "Forget what you learned at art school and read some business books").
By the way, have you been reading Giant Days? Such a fantastic stand-alone story, and you don't even have to be a Scary Go Round devotee to enjoy it.
Anyways, a few words of Allison's advice: Diary comics: stop it. Now, I love a good diary comic. Hell, I love a mediocre diary comic. But Allison's right. He's not saying no one should ever do diary comics. Personally, I think diary comics are good practice for fledgling creators, and there's value to putting them online while you're working on your more polished creations, but man cannot live on diary comics alone. Not everyone can be an Erika Moen or a James Kochalka, and even those folks don't rest on their diary comic laurels.
Of course, that's just Allison's advice if you want to be one of those money-making cartoonists. If you're happy being poor, keep sending those diary comics my way.
A scene that celebrates itself has nothing to celebrate [A hundred dance moves per second]