How Not To Run A Webcomic

How Not To Run a Webcomic is a funny webcomic about the worst of webcomics. Guest contributors post intentionally bad examples of certain attributes of webcomics (How Not To Start a Webcomic, How Not To Do Filler, etc) and a number of folks comment on why it represents some of the more egregious bad habits of webcomics. A clever idea and fairly informative for any aspiring webcomic creators.


Xaviar Xerexes

Wandering webcomic ronin. Created Comixpedia (2002-2005) and ComixTalk (2006-2012; 2016-?). Made a lot of unfinished comics and novels.


  1. It was definetly a very fun project to be part of. Something that started as a joke thread on the Keenspace forums and went on from there. It seems 98% of the comics online commit many of these fatal flaws, but then again, as the saying goes, 98% of everything is crap.

  2. It’s coolness to be mentioned, (Cheers, xerexes!) although I should point out that the HNTRAC actually stands for “How Not To Run A Comic”. But slight error, and really my fault for messing up the banner 😉

    You know, if someone had told me last year that a lecture doodle on the back of a “Stop The War” poster was going to spawn the An example of How Not To Start A Comic thead and subsequently How Not To Run A Comic (HNTRAC for short), I wouldn’t have believed them.

    How ironic it is that this comic started the same way as most of the comics we make fun of:

    “I’m bored… Let’s start a webcomic!”

  3. Well, this was unexpected.
    I’d better start checking HNTRAC’s email more often.

  4. I’m glad to see this project getting a little press. It’s fun to contribute to, and fun to read. Largely because we know we’re all guilty of a few of those mistakes from time to time.

  5. And in case my contribution didn’t stress it enough.


    Sheeesh! And if you do draw on lined notebook paper set your damned scanner to not scan the lines. They’re printed in non-photo blue you know.

    I swear one more fricken Keenspace comic in HB pencil on lined paper and I’m going to fricken lose it.

    I kid! I kid!

    No seriously, we’re talking blood and bullets, people. Blood and bullets!

  6. Heh, thanks for the plug.
    Cheers to all contributors.

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