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26th Sep '14 6:55:46 AM slvstrChung
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To prevent this, assiduous webcomic artists will try to draw several days or even weeks worth of strips ahead of time, posting them according to the schedule, while continuing to draw the later ones apace. As any computer science student that has already studied the producer-customer problem should know, this provides a buffer against delays, allowing the artist to catch up on late work without the posting schedule being disrupted.

Maintaining a buffer is a lot of work, and some authors find the wait between drawing the comic and the readers' responses to be unbearable. However, such work will usually pay off, as most fans are much happier when the series posts regularly. It also allows the artist to take vacations or attend conventions by using the buffer rather than forcing the artist to take time off from their trip to update the site. All in all, a buffer is generally agreed to save more trouble than it causes.

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To prevent this, assiduous webcomic artists will try to draw several days or even weeks worth of strips ahead of time, posting them according to the schedule, while continuing to draw the later ones apace. As any computer science student that has already studied the producer-customer problem should know, this provides a buffer against delays, allowing the artist to catch up on late work without the posting schedule being disrupted.

disrupted.

Maintaining a buffer is a lot of work, and some authors find the wait between drawing the comic and the readers' responses to be unbearable. However, such work will usually pay off, as most fans are much happier when the series posts regularly. It also allows the artist to take vacations or attend conventions by using the buffer rather than forcing the artist to take time off from their trip to update the site. All in all, a buffer is generally agreed to save more trouble than it causes.
causes. The syndicates that run NewspaperComics have typically made them mandatory for that reason.
26th Oct '13 2:41:52 AM Whitecroc
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To prevent this, assiduous webcomic artists will try to draw several days or even weeks worth of strips ahead of time, posting them according to the schedule, while continuing to draw the later ones apace. As any computer science student that has already studied the producer-customer problem should know, this provides a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-12-29 buffer]] against delays, allowing the artist to catch up on late work without the posting schedule being disrupted.

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To prevent this, assiduous webcomic artists will try to draw several days or even weeks worth of strips ahead of time, posting them according to the schedule, while continuing to draw the later ones apace. As any computer science student that has already studied the producer-customer problem should know, this provides a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-12-29 buffer]] buffer against delays, allowing the artist to catch up on late work without the posting schedule being disrupted.


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See also ScheduleSlip, which is likely to occur if no buffer is maintained.
26th Oct '13 2:40:13 AM Whitecroc
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Howard Tayler, the creator of the webcomic ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', says that he keeps a buffer of at least a month[[note]]occasionally varies due to his convention attendance schedule, but it's never slipped below 3 weeks of material[[/note]] so that he never runs out of comics. He must be doing something right, his comic has been running 7 days a week without missing a single issue since 2001, or ''[[{{Over9000}} over 4,000 consecutive issues]]''.



Pity so few comic artists manage it, though.

Ironically, ''IrregularWebcomic'' faces different problems. The author tries to maintain such a large StripBuffer, that he often fails to plan for holiday or other event related comics. Other comics may have similar issues with topicality; the creators of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' have said that they don't use a buffer out of a desire to be able to respond to current events in video games.

However, even the special event problem is surmountable (at least for comics that don't try to be topical). For several years ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' managed to do something special for Halloween each year, and even spent "Schlocktober" leading up to it.
24th Oct '13 5:26:04 PM Nohbody
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Howard Tayler, the creator of the webcomic ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', says that he keeps a buffer of at least a month so that he never runs out of comics. He must be doing something right, his comic has been running 7 days a week without missing a single issue since 2001, or ''[[{{Over9000}} over 4,000 consecutive issues]]''.

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Howard Tayler, the creator of the webcomic ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', says that he keeps a buffer of at least a month month[[note]]occasionally varies due to his convention attendance schedule, but it's never slipped below 3 weeks of material[[/note]] so that he never runs out of comics. He must be doing something right, his comic has been running 7 days a week without missing a single issue since 2001, or ''[[{{Over9000}} over 4,000 consecutive issues]]''.
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