First of all, thanks for reading.
About Me -
My name is Delos and I’m a regular guy with a beautiful family. I have a little bit of college under my belt, held a number of different jobs and I am constantly challenging myself to improve in some way or another. You can email me here or find me on Twitter or Facebook.
About the Site –
This site was originally created to force me to be creative in some way every week. I have uploaded sketches and drawings, paintings and more. I took on a business pursuit which has crimped into the time I would use on actually making comics. More news as events warrant.
About the Reviews -
I love comics and I’m always looking at how I can improve my own work by examining other creators’ works. Every comic has strong points we can learn from. The good results can only come by actually making comics – it takes dedication, immeasurable effort and never ending practice. What I hope we can avoid is having to learn everything by pure trial and error. Not everyone has the same skills, let alone the skill levels necessary to create great work.
That’s why I have a little compassion when writing reviews and I overlook minor flaws in order to focus on the positive things that stand out to me. That doesn’t mean you’ll never see a criticism – sometimes a flaw is worth mentioning and instructive. Broken links or other minor things don’t get mentioned publicly because they only serve to distract the reader from the comic itself. Other reviews might (rightly) feel the need to discuss all the pros and cons of a comic but I am centered on discovering what makes good comics tick. The way I see it, the reviews I write can’t rightly be called reviews, critiques or even commentary. I’ve been looking for a better word for awhile now.
What review policies do I have?
♦ I tried to schedule requested reviews as soon as possible but that didn’t work out so well for a variety of reasons. My adjusted policy is that I need to write about what I am enthused about then and not try to force it. You’ll get a fairer, more thoughtful review that way.
♦ Likewise, sometimes comics are suggested to me that I just can’t get into. That doesn’t mean they are not good, just that I don’t have much to say. I will set those comics up in Strip News posts so that readers get a chance to look at them. If you took the time to contact me, the least I can do is give readers a chance to see your comic.
♦ I may review any comic which fits my Looney Tunes rule. Those Bugs Bunny cartoons often had some adult topics but they were handled in a way that was not vulgar or focused. Therefore, any comics I feature on ArtPatient will be kid friendly in that same way and do not have to be targeted at the kid demographic. Most comics fall into this category, so it’s usually not an issue. I usually will suggest some other reviewers or webcomic news sites that may be able to help.
♦ I do not like horror. At all. If your comic has a lot of zombies, vampires, slashers, demons, werewolves…then I will probably decline to review it or link it. I like to joke that I have enough horror in my life just paying taxes. I’m only half joking, though.
♦ Sex sells but I may also decline a review if a comic has a lot of sexual situations or has a sexual focus.
♦However, I generally do not require a certain archive minimum. If you only have some very small number, (say) six comics, you might want to build up a little archive to give me and your readers something to look at. Instead, I may decide to feature your comic in the Strip News feature with links back to your site.
About Grab Bag
This is a feature whose purpose is to share geek joys, sculpture, Twitter follow suggestions, comic related endeavors and occasional articles that deserve more space than a bullet point can offer in the strip news feature. Also, I can share a handful of fun things each week that I didn’t have space to offer in the Strip News posts.
About Strip News
Like everyone else, I want to know all the fun things that everyone else is doing in the field. I try to share what I’ve come across or been clued into whether it’s comic business or pure awesome. There are lots of other comic news sites worth reading, so I do my best not to repeat the big stories that are already well covered.
♦ I don’t do paid reviews – I may bookmark comics that advertise on ArtPatient for later review but that’s about as close to compensation as it gets.
♦ Since I usually cover online comics, there is no need for creators to send print product. If they do, I’ll mention it in the review.
♦ I don’t collect or do anything with your personal information – which is mainly what you decide to enter in the comments boxes. There are also particular bits that Google Analytics and the host pick up as part of normal internet information exchange but I’ll never spam you or divulge what little information you may have left here.
♦ Comments are approved on your first comment and then auto-approved thereafter. You are free to agree with me, disagree or suggest alternate points of view. You can even tell me I’m wrong, if that’s what you think. Any comments that are rude, crude, profane, spammy or outright name calling may be edited or deleted at my whim. I will then either email you about it or comment about it on the site; whichever I think is going to solve the problem.
♦ All links here are set to do-follow, including those in your comments. I don’t care what the current SEO advice might be – if you comment here I want it to help your page and efforts too.
♦ You are free to repost the RSS feed that this site produces, as long as no content is altered AND the return link back here is kept. Though I don’t see any need right now, I reserve the right to ask particular sites or persons to stop reposting the RSS feed.
♦ Images of reviewed works or featured products are always included with a link to their site of origin and their use is not a dispute of ownership. They are entirely promotional in nature and will be removed upon request (and replaced by someone else’s work.)
♦ Naturally, I usually self-edit my own posts . For the strip news, especially, it’s often on Thursday nights and I can be tired and miss something that needs correcting. Feel free to correct my spelling, grammar or a bad link.
♦ I’ll update this with anything else that seems important.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. And thanks again for reading.