An important announcement regarding the Webcomic Overlook

Starting around the end of February, I received quite a few e-mails that made me think. They were, to be frank, of a highly critical nature toward this site. In the past, this sort of thing wouldn’t bother me, but these e-mails in particular really made me re-evaluate the future of this site.  They weren’t kind… but they were right. I’d dismiss them if they were vulgar, but that only applied to one or two e-mails. The rest were thought out discussions on the harmful nature of criticism. I had a long exchange with one reader, and, well, he or she was ultimately right. So last week, while I was laid up sick and home,  I thought long and hard about this website, and I’ve decided that the course of this site has to fundamentally changed.

The Webcomic Overlook will cease doing webcomic reviews altogether.

Putting out more than 140 total reviews (both major and minor) is a fairly good run, I think. But everything must evolve and change over time.  To be honmest with you, writing reviews is exhausting work.  You have to first read an entire webcomic run and then to spend time writing and editing a review. To be frank, real life is busy enough with its day-to-day hassles to have to worry myself sick about a hobby I started on a blind whim. I’m actually surprised to find out that I’ve been doing this for almost three years now, and I think it’s time I hang up my boots.

I’d like to think I introduced new webcomics to a lot of people, but I doubt any of that has really happened.  Besides, it’s just not fun anymore, and I promised myself that when I stopped having fun, I’d shelve this site.

I plan on doing only four more reviews, to put the Webcomic Overlook tally at a nice, round 120. For those playing along, the webcomics being reviewed are the following:

Now, don’t get me wrong.  This site isn’t going to die.  I hope to keep it running in some capacity.

I’m playing around with the idea of turning this into a news-only site, similar to Gary Tyrrell’s Fleen.  Mainly, I’ll be reporting press releases, milestones, comic conventions, and comic related news.  In addition, the site will also be dropping its narrow focus on strictly “webcomics.” Rather, with the boundaries between webcomics and print comics falling by the minute, the site will now treat digital and print comics equally.

However, since I don’t have the resources that Gary has, I’m switching to a more bi-weekly schedule.

Please click below for more information on planned site changes.



About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on April 1, 2010, in webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. “Honmest” indeed.

  2. I would like to hear more about this “Zombies are the new Werewolves” comic. 🙂

  3. Oh, gosh golly gee. Then you won’t get to review Perfect Agent’s replacement.

    Excellent collection of pics, btw.

  4. * u*

  5. Well done I totally fell for it,
    in another note I really liked the little snarks you did a while back
    about several webcomics

  6. this broke my heart (and on april 2nd, by the way)! but now i’m more determined then ever to launch my dream comic “community theater”…

  7. Dorian Cornelius Jasper

    It’s April 2nd here, going on April 3rd, and that’s why my guard was down.

    *thumbs up!*


  8. Nice one! I was just about to plead for you to reconsider when I scrolled just a wee bit further…

    *whew!* What a relief.

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