Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast #5 – Start to Finish

Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast

On this week’s Destruct-O-Cast: making a Super Haters comic strip from start to finish. Join Nick Marino as he details his creation process, revealing lots of little Super Haters secrets along the way!

It all starts with the plot, building it up through brainstorming and conversation. Then, after plenty of tweaks, the process moves onto the scripting phase.

Once the initial script is complete, it’s time to put the characters in place. After the panels are composed, they’re copied into another file and lettered.

The time-consuming lettering stage is also an opportunity to rewrite the dialogue and tighten up the jokes. Once that’s finished, the webcomic is exported, uploaded, and posted to the Super Haters blog.

Above is the final product, Super Haters #339, which is then shared across multiple social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+. AND THAT’S A WRAP!

3 Responses to “Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast #5 – Start to Finish”

  1. 1 shawn

    Good show! Learned some stuff which I’m sure you’ve told me a gillion times,but yeah good show. :)

  2. 2 Brian John Mitchell

    I re-script the minis all the time based on not liking how the lines break because of word length.

    It’s interesting to me that you actually seem to work on things one day at a time instead of posting the content with dated entries & then using an RSS feed to autopost things. Also that you post the same day you finish a strip rather than running a day or two ahead….

  3. 3 nick marino

    @Shawn: THX!!!

    @Brian: I don’t work on things one day at a time. Maybe I made it sound like I produced each strip individually on the show just because I was talking about the journey of one individual strip from start to finish. But that’s not the case. I tend to work on them in groups of five nowadays. However, I don’t get all five done at once. The process is spread out over a few days. I’ll write most of them at the same time, but then letter them whenever I’m in the mood. In fact, I do a lot of my lettering when I record podcasts.

    Ideally, I like to be a week or two ahead with the comics. This time last year, I was about three weeks ahead. But nowadays, I work a bit closer to deadline for many different reasons that I won’t get into right now because the reasons just aren’t that interesting.

    As for the posting of the strips, that I prefer to do daily. If I’m on a trip or I’ve got something going on in the late morning, then I’ll schedule them ahead of time. But I think the daily, personal touch makes a big difference, especially if I’m writing content underneath the comic strip and linking to new podcasts or other content I’ve just released. Also, I use Blogger, which has a pretty bad system for scheduling blog posts. WordPress treats a scheduled blog post just like any other, only other people can’t see it. Blogger treats a scheduled post like a bastard half-post, with unclickable links and other truncated functionality. In that regard, I sorta screwed myself by using Blogger for the Super Haters blog :(

    And as for posting to social media, I used to let things autopost through RSS services like Twitterfeed… but I stopped doing that a couple of months ago. Frankly, I get sick of most autoposted content that I see. It smacks of insincerity and it doesn’t stand out. I still let stuff autopost to the AudioShocker Twitter feed but that’s not an especially active Twitter account. However, for Super Haters, I like to post it personally and I work hard to make the daily shares fun for people to read. It gives me more control and it’s significantly increased both my activity on social media sites AND my clickthru rate.

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