LuluPanda wrote:Coca cola stayed original for a reason
New Coke, Coke Zero, Vanilla Coke, Cherry Coke, Lime Coke, Diet Coke. Need I say more except some are still around?
I like original comics overall, if they are well made.
However, often the comic is lacking in different areas. These include characters, plot, background rules for the world and more. Fan comics have them for anyone who has seen the series they are based on.
I have come across fancomics that have well made art, characters and plot (as far as I can tell), but since I have not seen the original series, I have no idea what is going on, in most cases, since they tend to rely on your prior knowledge of the series.
When I have come across one based on a series I have seen, I can enjoy it much more.
One exception is And Shine Heaven Now
which is now over. I had never seen the anime of Hellsing when I first came across it, put the background was worked into the story wonderfully. It also drew in characters from many other anime, some of which I have not be able to identify yet, but it was seamless to me as no background was needed. Heck, they even worked Calvin and Hobbs in, as well as Madeline!
Sieryn wrote:I tend to like original stories much more. Sometimes fan comics have such a detailed au and plot I'm left rather confused why it wasn't original in the first place. :< I still enjoy them though, I just feel like it could've been even better
I believe this part will help answer that for you
Making fancomics can actually be easier to make, as the background, characters and basic plot are already made. I recommend it for beginners as having that acts as a good basis to work on. Something like "what is this character do in this situation?" only requires thinking about what a character would do. Same with the "What if?" question. Some people stop at this stage and stick here.
In something like Pokemon, you look create some other characters, with the same motivations, goals and so forth and run them on the same basic plot. Others stop here. Others manage a new plot entirely. A few create new characters entirely for the main cast. However, they have not created a new world, and thus do not have to deal with the hassle that can cause.
The next step is to come up with a new world. That requires a fair bit of thinking, and does not have the sure readership fancomics almost always get. It also requires working the background of the world into the story. In a fancomic, you normally don't have to, since your target audience already knows it.
Basically, fancomics can be a useful learning tool which get heavily abused by people without many original ideas in their heads but who want to make a comic anyway, a work of joy where the creator shows their love (or hate and mocking) for a comic (talent may vary creator to creator), or something people do out of boredom.
Some fancomics are wonderful. Others are the comic counterparts of excrement that has been vomited up after a human toilet.
Original comics can be good or bad as well. It is just that not as many people are willing to look at a terrible original comic as they would at a comics just as bad that features Ash from Pokemon trying to capture a werewolf Edward in a Pokeball. (For the love of all that is considered halfway decent, no-one make this! In fact, I am claiming this idea right now, just so no-one can make it! I sure as hell know I won't be using it.)