LNH/META: To Reboot or Not to Reboot....

Lalo Martins lalo.martins at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 02:10:27 PDT 2011

On Thursday, 27 October 2011 18:59:21 UTC+2, EDMLite  wrote:
> On Oct 26, 5:02 pm, Arthur Spitzer <arsp... at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > I don't think that's entirely true (well, the part about no one knowing
> > about it is true)... the LNH kind of started out as a chaotic mess that
> > wasn't the greatest prose and it developed a huge backstory in a very
> > short time.  I think the real reason it was popular in the 90s and not
> > as popular now is simply there was less competing with the typical
> > person's attention span back then.  The LNH was cool back in the 90s
> > because there was not much else to do on the internet.
> >
> > Now days it has to compete with all kinds of things like youtube,
> > webcomics, bit torrent stuff, and a bunch of other stuff.  Now it's
> > possible that if it had its own messageboard maybe it would do a little
> > better than being on Usenet... although you'd still have to lead
> > everyone who doesn't know about it to it.
> I think this is an excellent point.  When I think about the people I
> know that I would recruit as LNH writers (if I could) -- well,
> one of them is already writing graphic novels, one has her own
> webcomic, another is writing a blog, and a fourth is working on
> scripts for animated features.  Getting them to work on another
> writing project, just for the fun of it, might be a tough sell.
> I think the LNH has two things going for it that make it unique.
> The first is that (most of the time), it's a friendly, supportive
> place in which to write.  The second is that it is a comedy
> universe.  There are a lot of great super-hero stories being
> written these days in a variety of media, but very few of them
> (in my opinion) are funny.

For me the big pull is being a shared universe. Which, if I'm honest, is also more or less the reason I stopped; I was pulled back to writing by ILC where a bunch of people posted, but then it went back to being each person doing their own thing, and not too many of us, so my interest gradually shrunk.

-- Lalo “just want to belong, man” Martins

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