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Hi everyone! First post here!
I'm ratcheting up to begin my first ever webcomic. Very exciting!
My main point of consternation at this beginning phase is...Gore or No Gore? Once that door is opened, it cannot be closed. Yet for me, with my art style, I feel that I can pull it off.
I constantly come back to this though, because it WILL be a turn off for some potential readers. However, it might retain more readers than not, especially in this day and age of the Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies mega-hits.
Regardless, I thought it best to bring this topic to an art forum and gauge reactions from professionals and aspiring professionals, some of whom may have already gone down one road or the other and be able to offer me valuable feedback that I otherwise would not be privy to.
Thank you for your time!
Depends, if it's a bloody zombie apocalypse survival drama or a fluffy rainbow cute unicorn birthday party.
The latter could use some gore.
As long as its relevant. At some point in time, and maybe still, it seemed like a lot of things were gory just to be gory, but there wasn't really a point. But that was usually associated with dark comedy or random cult followings-- I know that maybe can be compared to Creepy Pasta or something like that. I'm not personally a fan, but it exists, and people view it.
If you're actually trying to make something with some kind of substance with a plot and all that good stuff, then just keep it relevant. The reason that gore and horror are popular in the examples you used is because it has something to do with the storyline. So if that's the case, I don't see why it would be an issue.
I don't think anybody will get turned off by some gore, as long as you are not drawing dicks getting chopped off in half in the middle of a breakfast scene, it should be fine.