Good morning everyone,
Today we’re looking at the latest from BotComic’s “PMD: War,” issue #5. Issue #4 was released on June 2nd, 2021, and #5 was released on November 10th, 2021. (NOTE: Click the following links for the review of #4, review of #3, and review of #1 and #2.) This is a continuation of the first “PMD,” a comic detailing the violent conflict, with soldiers using a newly developed growth agent called “PMD Gel,” between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, a.k.a. North Korea) and the combined militaries of the Republic of Korea (ROK, a.k.a. South Korea) and the United States of America (USA). (SIDE NOTE: Thanks to AJ for commenting in November that PMD: War had been continued.)
PMD: War showcases agents of the former North Korea who restart the conflict by attacking Seoul, South Korea, and New York City, USA. In the most current installment several enemy agents appear to have defeated the sole American giantess who opposed their rampage in New York City. After the Big Apple is demolished the invaders “… went on to destroy city… after city …” Although those cities weren’t named, presumably those evil giantesses stomped all the major population centers along the eastern seaboard.
Readers will have to wait for part six to learn if South Korea and America will be able to counter the resurgent threat. Part five has female with female sex, female with male sex, masturbation, and tons of feminine growth. Thus, this was fun and PMD: War still warrants my recommendation.
However, it suffers from the all-too common problem of no public production schedule. Customers have no idea if or when the next issue will be released. Maybe this series will follow the example set by BotComic’s “Ascension” and nine years will pass before another issue is released. <Shrug> Who knows?
That said, I don’t want to be a “Negative Nelly.” The purpose of these reviews is to offer constructive criticism and thereby be of some use both to creators and customers. With that in mind, let’s examine how another comic book publisher, Dark Horse, handles this issue.
Dark Horse has a search form to find the publication dates for upcoming comics. To make the following screenshot, taken on February 2nd, 2022 (Japan Standard Time (JST)), I searched for everything set to release in 2022. Of note, the furthest out it went was mid-June 2022:
It would be awesome if Bot Comics could offer a similar service. One of their concerns could be “What if we make a mistake or something unforeseen occurs and we miss a scheduled publication date?” The solution is simple, just notify your customers as soon as you become aware of a potential delay. Dark Horse did just that with this tweet:
No one could reasonably expect BotComics or Interweb Comics, or any other publisher, to be perfect. Anyone can make a mistake and make a prediction which fails to come true. However, there would be clear benefits for the customers if there was more visibility.
Maybe a customer is a huge fan of PMD: War and doesn’t want to subscribe unless they know for sure that more PMD: War content is coming. Perhaps another customer really loves MILF Club, or Office Hours, or whatever. As it is now, all that those customers can expect is that some sort of expansion-themed content will be produced, maybe that will be continuations of beloved narratives or maybe it will be brand-new stories. That noted, to be clear, with BotComics those customers could forego regular membership and just buy new issues one by one if and when they appear.
The approach taken by BotComics, and to a lesser extent Interweb Comics, is like if DC and Marvel Comics refused to announce their intentions for specific super hero comics, but merely promised that about once a month or so they would release at least one comic about a super hero. Maybe Captain America fans would get an issue with their favorite hero, maybe they won’t. It’s possible that Superman devotees will get another installment detailing the adventures of that last son of Krypton, but it’s equally possible that they won’t. That doesn’t sound like a good way to run a publishing company.
Now, to be fair, Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel have higher budgets and larger staffs than BotComics and Interweb Comics. It’s understood that larger companies have more financial resources and manpower to create production timetables.
Nonetheless, it still seems reasonable that smaller ones could make similar agreements with their creative teams. For example, a small publisher could set a schedule for artists and writers to produce eight issues (or whatever would be required to tell a complete story) over the course of a set period, like one year. Sure there would undoubtedly be unforeseen complications, but it does not follow that those difficulties would make the effort completely impossible.
Personally, I’d love it if I knew that round about the middle of every month I could expect another issue of PMD: War. That would build anticipation and give me something to look forward to. “Oh, it’s almost the 15th! Can’t wait to see what the American Government will come up with next to thwart the diabolical threats which destroyed Manhattan. Plus, that giantess mom was smoking hot!” Instead, I don’t actually know when or if I’ll ever see that. So, instead of staying actively engaged I merely check in once every few months or longer to see what’s new.
Bottom line, PMD: War is good and worth the purchase. However, its publisher BotComics has been using the same publishing model, sans predictability, for well over a decade now, and it’s time for a change. (SIDE NOTE: Interweb Comics is better in this regard as they list the next two to six comics. The number depending on which of their sites it is: Shrink Fan, Giantess Fan, etc. Still, they too often lack transparency regarding whether or not certain series, like Cedar Valley and Darlsborough University, have been totally abandoned or merely delayed.)
Anyway, there’s no need to belabor this point any further. The intent was to not just mention the problem, but also provide an example of how another comic book publisher, in this case Dark Horse, successfully resolved it.
That’s it for today. Next week will begin with another requested review, but one which was made by a user on the Process Forum. Until then, keep growing!
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