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Smeets
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Comic Books and Webcomics talk

Postby Smeets » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:50 pm

are any of you guys comic book artists? i'm working on a graphic novel and starting a webcomic called spider bytes. i'd like to network with some of you.

so far i've learned that you can make some money at webcomics. however, it is hard work :) you are constantly working. if not on the art or story, it's on the networking and getting the word out.

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some links for you guys...

Hosting
http://www.comicfury.com/
http://www.smackjeeves.com/
http://www.comicdish.com/

Top Web Comics
http://comicblogelite.com/
http://topwebcomics.com/

Cool Sites
http://www.comicbookdaily.com/
http://www.webcomicalliance.com/

Comic book sites
http://graphicly.com/publishers
http://www.digitalwebbing.com/

Tools
http://webcomic.nu/

(i'll be adding to the list so come back often)
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Re: Comic Books and Webcomics talk

Postby CartoonGuy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:53 am

You can also get free webcomic hosting with no ads at http://comicdish.com/ and they also do a regular podcast about comics.

My favorite podcasts are done by http://www.webcomicalliance.com/ and they also do a lot of articles about everything you need to know when designing, publishing, promoting, and even selling your comic. That's definitely the most useful comic related site I've come across.

Personally I prefer self-hosted solutions now. I use WordPress with the Webcomic plugin by Michael Sisk. I used to use ComicPress but switched to Webcomic because it has more features that appeal to me, and a great support community. I have multiple productions, and Webcomic lets me have custom permalinks and custom themes for each. So when you look at one of my animated series and then go to my webcomic, everything feels really tailored to the specific medium, but it's all done through the same plugin. It's really powerful.

But of course if you self-host you need to spend money every month for hosting, so you'll really want to focus on networking and getting your name out there so you get enough traffic to pay for the site. My hosting is self-sustaining as long as I publish new content regularly. If I take a break, though, I lose all my traffic. So it's very important to have a nice buffer of completed work scheduled for automatic publishing. I've been working on my comic for a full year now, and I haven't started publishing it yet. I doubt most people will need to wait that long, but I also have severe seasonal depression which makes it almost impossible for me to do anything during winter. :( So that is why I try to have over a year of buffer before I start.
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Re: Comic Books and Webcomics talk

Postby Smeets » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:07 pm

Yeah, both ways work. either you host your self or have someone like comicdish host it. it's just what suits you best.

i was born in the winter and i lived in canada lol, so i'm used to the cold weather. I actually like it too :) There's nothing like putting on snow pants, a coat, a hat, and playing in the snow.

my main thing is trying to get a following. more people means more success, cash, exposure. How is that approached? there is probably a number of ways going about it. It's a lot of work and a lot of talking to people, networking, and exchanging links.

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