Hiatus and the new comic.
Submitted by Erg on February 9, 2007 - 20:58
Alot of talk, especially by small time and new comics creators, in the webcomics community is about ways to help new and unknown comics get noticed. Organizations, collectives, awards, links, and diatribes against the narrow minded fandom are popular. This reader thought he would bring up another reason young and small comics have trouble. There is no built up trust between the reader and the creator. And trust is important. There is nothing worse than reading a comic, really starting to groove on it and then suddenly BAM! indeterminate hiatus or ending. Even respected pillars can just stop updating. This risk causes readers to think twice about reading a comic before it is has a record of reliability and a sense of financial security.
What can a new creator do to combat this? First update regularly. This is good advice anyway because it creates a sense of habit in reading your comic. Additionally, though, it shows you are dependable and that helps breach the trust gap. Second, talk to your readers. Let them know where you are going, if possible. Talk about when you want to wrap the strip up. When you miss updates, give a reasons. The readers will appreciate it. Finally, let them knwo where the comic stands financially. This little steps would go a long way to reassuring one reader at least, and might help you get more of us.