Recently, in various corners of the internet, I’ve seen a lot of posts that say something along the lines of, “I’ve been working at my comic for x amount of time, with absolutely no return on my investment in time, money etc.” The details always vary, but the gist of it usually boils down to a complete lack of eyeballs on the person’s comic. I’ve been there too, and I’ve learned a lot about what seems to work and what doesn’t.
You may be wondering what that weird elongated pink creature is within the last couple of pages. He’s an olm. Olms are cave-dwelling salamanders from Europe and are relatives of mudpuppies. They really do look pretty creepy. Head on over to this wikipedia page to see exactly what I mean. Some highlights:
- Olms take 4 months to grow to adult size but don’t reach sexual maturity for 14 years.
- Slovenians call them a name that translates to “human fish.”
- After heavy flooding, the dead olms people found were once believed to be baby cave dragons.
- There are claims that olms may be capable of giving live birth, but this is scientifically unconfirmed.
- Laboratory experiments suggest olms may be sensitive to electromagnetic fields and may be using these to orient themselves in total darkness.
- Olms from different cave systems have differing head shapes.