Submitted by Shishio on December 7, 2006 - 16:42
I know they're great for cross-promotion, but is there any other benefit to being a member of one?
by MrColinP - 12/31/2006 - 03:23
These places are great for getting people to read your comic! You can also meet people and get feedback from actual peers... what more could you want?
I think it's really interesting actually, in that many more people make comic books then say, fifteen years ago. I bet the number has grown exponentially, because most people would not dedicate themselves to making a comic without an audience, and had no idea how to reach people. And what is the internet if not an instant audience?
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by TheDeeMan - 12/16/2006 - 18:51
That would be interesting. A sort of link exchnage thingie between similar comics (genre, style, etc) as opposed to a bunch of comics all sitting on one special website. The whole idea of uprooting yourself and joining yet another collective isn't very appealing. Dee G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures It's like The Goonies meets The Invaders from Mars. Updates on Mondays.
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by Shishio - 12/15/2006 - 11:56
Yeah, I remember. But as you must have surmised by now, I scrapped it, as interest was dismal, and most people didn't even understand what I was doing.
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by Shishio - 12/09/2006 - 22:23
Actually, I was already a reader of Lucid TV, and I invited them to join the collective I'm forming with some other creators.
by larsony - 12/11/2006 - 13:28
The web is a small world innit? I'm interested to see the collective you develop, since you might remember I was one of the folk interested in that web comic link exchange thing you were doing.
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by Sean C - 12/09/2006 - 18:15
Really, it is. I've made some solid friends through my collective, and the cross-promotion is almost like a happy bonus.
It can also get you to branch out. I've done guest strips for several other members of Bomb Shelter, and am currently working on some Christmas-theme ones, and messing with style and approach is a blast - it's something I wouldn't want to do on my own strip, but when you try to get the general style of someone else's work, it can be brutal/fun.
You can always make connections through your collective members, too. Socialization can be made easier through a collective.
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by larsony - 12/09/2006 - 17:00
That's a really good question.
From my experience there are folks like Eyeskream who pride themselves on having a community with likeminded comic artists helping each other, do guest comics, and develop a community.
They asked me to join but I opted out when it was explained that they are not a link exchange but a full community. So I started Empty Panels for myself and the folk who do Lucid TV (check it). I'm developing my own type of community and getting to know them better. We also do a podcast and I believe some of us are going to get a shared table at upcoming conventions.
In short: It can do quite a bit.
by oolong - 12/08/2006 - 01:44
by macnut - 12/08/2006 - 00:40
It largely depends on the collective, but many of them offer free hosting, and some, like Keenspot, offer a cut of ad revenues.
But the cross-promotional opportunities are usually the main reason for going to a collective, especially if said collective is made up of already-popular webcomics.
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