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Postby frunk on Fri May 12, 2000 4:32 am

I've got the funniest feeling, but...<P>yes, yes I do like Soup.
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Soap I mean.
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Soaped rope? This just isn't parsing, is it?
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Postby broberds on Fri May 12, 2000 4:38 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by frunk:
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Soaped rope? This just isn't parsing, is it?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Certainly not. I've never parsed in my life!<P>------------------
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Postby BoxJam on Fri May 12, 2000 9:38 am

I don't know if I've mentioned this
before, but:<P>I like 'Soap on a Rope.'
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Postby broberds on Fri May 12, 2000 9:42 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B>I don't know if I've mentioned this
before, but:<P>I like 'Soap on a Rope.'</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><AOL>
Me too!
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Postby gavin on Sat May 13, 2000 3:56 am

Bob,<P>Just wanted to pop in and say that I think SOAR is one of the best cartoons on the net. You do a great job.
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Postby frunk on Sat May 13, 2000 7:45 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by broberds:
<B> Certainly not. I've never parsed in my life!
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>you got the illegible documents to back that up pal?
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Postby broberds on Sat May 13, 2000 11:44 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by frunk:
<B> you got the illegible documents to back that up pal?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>You're darn gokfjhtyvlrkl fh laifh I do! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby BoxJam on Mon May 15, 2000 12:03 am

I really liked last Tuesday's...<P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Mon May 15, 2000 12:52 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B>I really liked last Tuesday's...<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Since I don't update on Tuesday <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"> , I choose to believe you mean last <B>Wednesday's</B> ("I love the smell of Imus in the morning").
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Postby BoxJam on Mon May 15, 2000 1:41 am

>>Since I don't update on Tuesday <P>Oh, that's right...I guess I mean it FELT
LIKE TUESDAY by the time you got MONDAY'S
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Postby broberds on Mon May 15, 2000 2:06 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B>>>Since I don't update on Tuesday <P>Oh, that's right...I guess I mean it FELT
LIKE TUESDAY by the time you got MONDAY'S
UP! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hey now! I update at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. What earthly business does anybody have being up before then anyway? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif"><P>
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Postby broberds on Mon May 15, 2000 2:26 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ThomasKDye:
<B>At one get-together I think we all started laughing non-stop at the time Annie dressed up in alumininum foil and went to a party as a Super Bowl trophy. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif">
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah, grossly-exaggerated cartoon characters have all the luck when it comes to Halloween costumes <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/cool.gif"> .<P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Mon May 15, 2000 8:11 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gavin:
<B>Bob,<P>Just wanted to pop in and say that I think SOAR is one of the best cartoons on the net. You do a great job. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thank! I do try. Tho sometimes it seems like there's only 3 or 4 people who read the damn thing <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif"> .<P><P>------------------
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Postby BoxJam on Mon May 15, 2000 9:23 am

>>Tho sometimes it seems like there's only 3 or 4 people who read the damn thing <P>3 or 4?<P>Showoff.
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Postby broberds on Mon May 15, 2000 10:17 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B>>>Tho sometimes it seems like there's only 3 or 4 people who read the damn thing <P>3 or 4?
Showoff.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>No no. I didn't mean 3 or 4 a day. I meant
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Postby ThomasKDye on Mon May 15, 2000 11:59 am

I officially count as seven people. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P>No, seriously, anyone I know who cruises the net I've turned on to your strip. At one get-together I think we all started laughing non-stop at the time Annie dressed up in alumininum foil and went to a party as a Super Bowl trophy. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"><P><P>------------------
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Postby BoxJam on Wed May 17, 2000 12:35 am

>>but I still sez you need a neato-logo just to catch the eye of the casual surfer.<P>The reason it's just text there right now
is because I'm trying to keep down loading
time. I get complaints occasionally about how slowly my page loads.<P>Given that I only have a handful of readers,
I don't want to tick off anyone.<P>I wonder if Ms. BoxJam would be averse to
scantily-cladness.<P>Maybe I don't get more readers because the
art is <em>too</em> good. Maybe I actually intimidate
folks with my images of love, loss, humanity,
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Postby Sasjhwa on Wed May 17, 2000 1:37 am

Well, count one more person on your daily hit-o-meter. I just discovered SOAR yesterday and love it. I'm making my way slowly through the archives so I'll see you in a couple days when I come up for air. :-)<P>Sasjhwa<P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Wed May 17, 2000 1:56 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gavinchafin:
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For instance, I think that SOAR and 'You Damned Kid' are two excellent cartoons, but when you look at the logs, it's kind of shocking to see how low the hits counts are (relative to many other cartoons on the Internet). Unfortunately, I'm at a loss to explain it.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Boy, you really have a point about You Damn Kid. I mean, while I like to think my strip is funny, I will admit that I can't draw my way out of a wet paper bag. But with You Damn Kid, it's both funny as hell <B>and</B> the artwork is great. I don't understand why it's not getting millions o' hits.
Oh well, at least it did get a huge boost from the Naked Lady Jesus in the Newsbox. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"> <P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Wed May 17, 2000 2:15 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B><P>Maybe I don't get more readers because the
art is <em>too</em> good. Maybe I actually intimidate folks with my images of love, loss, humanity, and people who have mallets for heads instead of regular heads.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It's your photorealistic art that can be off-putting. You should try a more abstract style. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif">
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Postby broberds on Wed May 17, 2000 2:20 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Sasjhwa:
<B>Well, count one more person on your daily hit-o-meter. I just discovered SOAR yesterday and love it. I'm making my way slowly through the archives so I'll see you in a couple days when I come up for air. :-)<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks! And here's a little-known fact: The archives are a lot funnier if you <B>click on every single ad</B>. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/cool.gif"><P>
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Postby BoxJam on Wed May 17, 2000 6:47 am

I think gaming strips get a lot of hits
no matter what.<P>Also strips that appeal to high school/
college age, since that's the predominant
demographic reading web comics.<P>Strips like Bob's, about dealing with the
world after its weight has crushed your
spirit, have to come by an audience more
slowly.<P>Does anybody know why my strip doesn't get
thousands of hits a day? I'm absolutely
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Postby broberds on Wed May 17, 2000 10:25 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
<B>I think gaming strips get a lot of hits
no matter what.<P>Also strips that appeal to high school/
college age, since that's the predominant
demographic reading web comics.<P>Strips like Bob's, about dealing with the
world after its weight has crushed your
spirit, have to come by an audience more
slowly.<P>Does anybody know why my strip doesn't get
thousands of hits a day? I'm absolutely
dumbfounded.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yep, there are some things that are sure
to draw in more readers than you'd get without them. They won't make a bad strip very popular but they will make a good one more popular than it would otherwise be.
These are:<P>1) Furriness
2) Anime
3) Furry anime (jackpot!)
4) Video games
5) Geekness in general
6) Pro-Linux, Microsoft-bashing geekness in particular (another jackpot!)
7) College-age stuff
8) Hot, scantily-clad women (duh)<P>[P]Get me not wrong; I like all the above things, especially the scantily-clad women.
(And scantily-clad women in scuba gear -well, alls I can say is OOH LA LA!)
But when you don't have any of these, you're eight strikes down from the giddyup. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif">
[P] Anyhoo, there are still some things I could do to get more traffic, like color and going daily or at least M-F. But my current ODFJ absotively, posilutely precludes that. It's a struggle to get any quality writing time in as is, and with my slow drawing (it takes 3 hours <B>minimum</B> for me to do a strip and often twice that), it's a semi-miracle that I get out three a week. I suppose I could pump up the frequency, Kenneth, to maybe 5 a week but the writing would suffer proportionately.
[P] As for getting more hits for the Doodle, well, you gotta keep on keeping on. Moving the current strip to the front page has GOT to help, so more kudos on that. The whole page design should help, in fact, but I still sez you need a neato-logo just to catch the eye of the casual surfer.
[P] And we could ALL use more links; that's the main problem us small-timers have IMHO. The big boys are linked to from PVP, Sluggy et al. and that's bringing in big numbers no bout adoubt it, whilst the rest of us are on the outside looking in. Alas, there's no way to bust into someone's links without hacking into their html...Say, that gives me an idea... <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby gavinchafin on Wed May 17, 2000 11:14 am

Bob,<P>Concerning your hits, I was bit surprised to look through your logs. It's odd, but the quality of a cartoon on the net is often not too closely related to the hits received. For instance, I think that SOAR and 'You Damned Kid' are two excellent cartoons, but when you look at the logs, it's kind of shocking to see how low the hits counts are (relative to many other cartoons on the Internet). Unfortunately, I'm at a loss to explain it.<P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Thu May 18, 2000 2:50 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by superjrtypedude:
<B>I've heard that BoxJam's Doodle is very popular in France.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>They consider Mallethead a genius. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif"><P><P>------------------
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