In creating the current Clockworks page, I ended up deleting what would have been the next Clockworks page. I think (clearly) that this was the right idea and figured (perhaps erroneously) some of you might be interested in reading me ramble about it.
Here’s the original 4 page sequence from 0180 on. (Click to embiggen)
Here’s the pages that are up now, without the deleted page:
I don’t think, aside from the information that our heroes aren’t in a hurry, there’s anything we really miss from the deleted page. Some of the dialog is fun, but it basically tells us stuff the readers already know. I don’t think anyone read Page 0182 on the site and went “Wait, why is he cutting the red wire? Why didn’t that work? What’s happening now!?” It’s 2015, and I don’t think anyone reading the comic needs to be explained how stopping a bomb works in fiction. It was better I think to move the story along and keep things fast paced (for a glacially updated webcomic).
But, it was also worth it to write all of that out, if only for my own benefit of keeping Oliver’s voice fresh in my head, for the next time he does talk.
The new sequence also does one of the things I really like about comics, where the time between panels is entirely elastic. Some time has obviously passed between panels 1 and 2 of page 0182, but how much is kind of in the imagination of the reader. Did our heroes discuss Plan B? Did Oliver look over the bomb and say all of that stuff from the deleted page off panel? We don’t really know, and like a lot of comic storytelling it all happens between the panels. I like that.
So yeah. Edit your stuff. Cut out pages or sequences or entire chapters that don’t need to be there. It’s good for you. This can be tricky in a serial webcomic format, as once it’s up it’s generally up, so you need to do things a bit out of order compared to making a graphic novel or regular novel or what have you.