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Postby moxcord » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:59 pm

when do we get new ones!!!??
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Postby Chrono Crow » Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:45 pm

As soon as Stevenf is resurrected. :o
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Postby Zöltuger » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:49 pm

maybe his isp installed a spam filter, so he no longer gets any unsolicited emails...
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Postby Chrono Crow » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:11 pm

Or the sex is really good.
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Postby smrq » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:13 pm

Hell, even mediocre.

(Not that I'm saying it is, Stevenf.)
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Postby nowhereman » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:35 pm

*tear* one month today
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Postby mulpis » Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:02 am

For real. My hubby and I LOVE this crap! He is in the army; we haven't seen each other since October, and he has no internet access. I always print out the new ones and mail them to him, then he sends them back to me with cute little comments scribbled on them about how funny they are. (There, stevenf, I hope I have sufficiently guilted you into drawing up some more comics for us!)

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Postby stevenf » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:47 pm

Oh man, you are all breaking my heart... Seriously.

Basically, I am having a massive creative block as far as Spamusement is concerned. There are a number of factors:

1. I made a conscious decision in January that I really wanted to focus as much energy on my business as possible, and Spamusement is not my business. :?

2. Spamusement is kind of a one-trick pony, and the joke is wearing a little thin for me. After doing hundreds of these suckers, it no longer seems novel or amusing to me in many cases, unless I can nail a humorous facial expression or something.

3. I'm too picky. I spent literally like 3 or 4 hours last night trying to come up with a new comic to post today, and rejected all my ideas. I won't post a comic if I think it's "not funny enough", or if I think it's going to cross the good-taste boundary for too many people.

4. My subject lines just haven't been that interesting lately. I keep getting variations of the same thing over and over again. And since all spam is inherently so thematically similar (mortgages, pills, sex...) I'm running out of unique ways to frame what is basically the same gag.

So, uh, I guess those are my excuses?

A truly good Spamusement requires just the right combination of subject line, me being in just the right mood, and being able to draw what I had in mind. Otherwise it's a clunker, and if I posted the clunkers, you wouldn't enjoy it, believe me. :)

I don't really feel like I'm "done" with Spamusement, but I also don't know what it's going to take to get me back in the groove, or how long that's going to take.

I'm also still debating this idea of starting another strip that's not spam related -- either just random gags, or maybe recurring characters or storylines like a "regular" comic. It would be nice to be free of the constraints of having to work only with spam lines. But it's not like that's going to solve the free-time problem.

So, uh, there you have it. It's kind of "on hold", but it's not really "dead". I feel quite guilty about creating this thing that everyone loves and then disappearing. I'm open to suggestions!
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Postby giantsfan97 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:56 pm

I can totally understand Steven F's position, personally I enjoy the guest comics (and the people who read them) as much as I liked his comics.
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Postby James » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:10 pm

There's no point in Stevenf tainting the good record. May the break continue until something worthy emerges.
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Postby Chrono Crow » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:43 pm

I agree with James. The comics are great, but I prefer quality over quantity. And I'm satisfied with the guest strips, for now.:)
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Postby chrismachine » Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:39 pm

well speaking of guest strips, and if Stevenf is open to suggestions, may I make a suggestion that a weekly favorite guest strip be either posted or re-done for the main site, and regular spamusements come as they may?
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Postby Lambs_Cows_Lambs » Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:37 pm

Agreed. And possibly MR.F (sorry Arrested Development reference), if you're having a lot of trouble finding the right subject line, look at the subject line submissions.. I mean there ARE some really great ones in there.
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Postby themcnasty » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:58 pm

Idea

Put a new spin on 'Spamusement' and create all your strips while intoxicated. Dreadfully intoxicated. That would be great.
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Postby chrismachine » Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:57 am

Lambs_Cows_Lambs wrote:Agreed. And possibly MR.F (sorry Arrested Development reference), if you're having a lot of trouble finding the right subject line, look at the subject line submissions.. I mean there ARE some really great ones in there.
I agree with Mr Wendel here. (sorry, a different arrested development reference, and if you know what I mean, I bet you struggle as to whether or not to be insulted!)

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Postby nowhereman » Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:13 am

Well I as a reader am quite satisfied with your explanation;

It has given me hours of entertainment, and all the the generosity of this guy who appeared to me to have nothing better to do than sign up for mail lists and sort through his spam.

Thank you.
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Postby mulpis » Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:07 am

See, now you are making me feel guilty for trying to make you feel guilty. I think we need therapy.

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Postby wildcard9 » Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:26 am

Taking a break because you are burned out is fine. That is actually a good idea. Thanks for letting us know this was not just a wedding plans or honeymoon extended break.
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Postby traubster » Sat Feb 25, 2006 11:31 am

chrismachine wrote:well speaking of guest strips, and if Stevenf is open to suggestions, may I make a suggestion that a weekly favorite guest strip be either posted or re-done for the main site, and regular spamusements come as they may?


This is a great idea. There are plenty of quality guest strips on this board that the non-board-visiting fans of Spamusement! are missing out on. You've done guest strips before, so why not do fan-based guest strips? We could have a contest to decide which ones are worthy of going up or you could just peruse a bit and find ones you think are main site material.
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Postby stevenf » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:16 pm

I am totally on-board with the idea of posting a select few guest strips from the forum to the main page. They have to be really really good, funny ones though.

I haven't been following the guest strips forum religiously, so please feel free to email or PM me with links to your favorites.
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Oh, how's about we start a thread! Oh, I will!

Postby traubster » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:38 pm

Ok, I'll make thread!
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Postby giantsfan97 » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:43 pm

stevenf wrote:I am totally on-board with the idea of posting a select few guest strips from the forum to the main page. They have to be really really good, funny ones though.

I haven't been following the guest strips forum religiously, so please feel free to email or PM me with links to your favorites.


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Postby smrq » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:53 pm

Basically, that sums it up. Dween also.
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Postby traubster » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:54 pm

Yo, look at the thread I just made. This should be fun.
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Postby Chris » Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:58 pm

I have lots of spam. Currently I have 406. I'm aiming for 1000....
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