So You Want to Create a Webcomic?
Submitted by bobweiner on March 17, 2006 - 10:13
I rarely get emails about the 'toon, (I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not, but I've learned to deal with it) but when I do, it's usually from someone asking me for advice on how to create a comic. While I don't think I'm the best person to give advice, here's what I've personally learned from drawing a webcomic for nearly 8 years.
- You are your own biggest asset / obstacle in creating comics. Whether or not you choose to succeed is all up to you. Stay focused.
- Persistence will eventually pay off, but there will be many times along the way where your devotion to your craft will be tested.
- Your website will make or break you. A difficult-to-navigate, slow-loading, or overly FLASHy website will kill your audience before they even read your work. Make it easy for readers to find your comic.
- Know your audience. I mean, REALLY know your audience. What are their interests? Where do they visit your site from? What is your reader demographic?
- This ties in with #4. Advertising on other webcomic sites can be a good thing, but advertising on non-webcomic sites can be even better - providing you know your audience. On a webcomic aggregate site, your comic may get lost in the din of thousands of other webcomics. Or not. But, depending on your subject matter, you may find a better return if you branch outside of the webcomic audience. In my case, I'm targeting a tech audience of all ages, so I try to advertise on sites that cater to that demographic.