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Character Emotional Design

Ever get discouraged by low numbers of readers? Well, try not to be. If your webcomic doesn’t explode with readership, that’s normal. The best thing to do is keep at it for awhile and figures things out. Some webcomics hit it big because they start out great or were at the right place at the right time, or both. Some are a third or fourth try at comics before seeing a remarkable degree of success.

And here is where a few folks talking about this over at TWCL, just so you can see other artists’ thoughts on the matter.

Of course, you can add your comic to TWCL to help get the word out, along with a place I just found called webcomicsguide.com. I can’t speak as to the usefulness of the site but it claims to allow for the possibility of being discovered.

Newspapers are removing comics and comic syndication companies are closing down during these days, so self publishing is the most accessible way to get your comic out there. It won’t get out there by doing nothing, that’s for sure. It may possibly help to get a copy of Stay Tooned for tips and such for professional cartoonists. I’ll eventually get a subscription and let you know for sure.

You can watch a video of the making of the Abominable Charles Christopher, if you like the process of making comics. Sophia gave us a quick update to show that she is staying busy and so is Dani Jones.

And here’s a good link about creating your own fonts. It goes a little more in depth about what you actually have to do to clean it up and make it pretty

4 Comments

  1. delos

    You’ve been live about a year or so, right?

    I think there is a lot to say for persistence leading to success. It takes five years to start a (traditional) business, so I suspect it might take longer than two years to be sure, if you have the patience.

    Of course, a certain comic concept may not be suitable for a large audience. I’ve seen a number of artists succeed on their second or third comic concept.

    I think Stix and Bones stands a good chance of being successful. It has a lot of good elements in good combination.

  2. Xiao Mao

    I worry about the whole “stick with it for a few years” advice. This is because I don’t know if my webcomic will take 3+ years to complete. In fact, I see it being finished at ~300 pages in maybe 2 years, based on how it’s coming along now. Do you know anything about how completed web graphic novels do in terms of readers and respect in the community? Maybe a blog post about that?
    *bribes Delos with cookies*

  3. delos

    lol. Thanks for the cookies.

    I would have to do some research before I could say for sure, but my initial take is that readers enjoy having completed stories in hand. There’s a solid amount of respect any webcomic gets for completing the story/collection as opposed to abandoning it.

    There are a lot of variables, but my current thought is that if an artist continues to produce comics then the audience tends to stay. If the audience likes the comics you create now, they will tend to like (and buy) the comics you produced before.

    As you mentioned in an earlier comment on another post, promotion via other communities outside webcomics circles are key to gaining readers.

    I will try to get some published webcomic artists to share their insights on this. Perhaps there is a common thread to what those folks have done that will help others to be successful.

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