Edit: just published this and realized there is a lot of overlap with this blog post, whoops
Oh the life of a female muscle growth producer.
In talking with an artist for a while we came across something I did in the very beginning ‘Growth Gun Cheaters‘ which can be seen here, perhaps the first comic we made that was completed.
The comic was mostly growth/sex/repeat ad naseum with an occasional filler page in between. It became something like a Jason Staham action movie of FMG. For those who havent seen a Jason Statham action movie, you can see a clip here and just imagine that its like that, pretty much the whole movie. In fact, normal action might get kind of boring and every goon that Statham wipes away becomes nearly meaningless like the last goon just minutes ago. It can still be a fun flick to watch, of course.
Perhaps it goes the same when you make a FMG comic that way, with so much growth without any stakes, buildup or investment in the character/story, neither from the author who wrote it, transferred to the reader who is taking it in.
In this case, and at some point in the conversation we called the growth “the payoff”. For this reason it became apparent that having a good enough character and plot was vital to making a good comic.
If the reader is unintersted in both (story and character), they might just skip to “the payoff” but not have as much appreciation or enjoyment with it, since they didnt feel it was worth their investment of time to consume the story along the way. However it is that level of interest in the story that will carry the comic to be able to continue to another issue, not likely the payoff itself.
Therefore we have a hard dillema when creating comics – creating pages without any growth, feats of strength or otherwise as an investment in building up the character and the story, so the reader can truly enjoy it more.