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Webcomic Updates

I am in the planning stages of starting my own webcomic and am thinking of updating a volume every two months do you think anyone would be willing to wait that long.

I'm going to go against the

Tim Broderick's picture

I'm going to go against the flow and recommend you update only as often as you can reliably meet the deadline. If that's every day, then great. If it's once a month, that's fine too.

The trick here is to figure out how you can sustain what you're doing - how to work this committment in with the rest of your life.
I would go once a week and see how that feels. If it's effortless, try updating more often, but slowly. If you're reliable, your audience - no matter how small - is going to stick with you.
But if you start out trying to pull this off seven days a week and it doesn't work out, you may start feeling like you failed, readers may feel you're not as reliable and so on. I've seen this sooo many times, and too often it ends up with the artist disappointed and questioning him or herself. And really, it has nothing to do with the quality of the work, but the ability of the artist to manage their time - not an easy thing for anyone.
So, I recommend you start slow and build up. And, keep it fun for yourself.

More is better...

If you update more you'll draw more readers. Update less and the reverse is true. When we (artist Monique MacNaughton and I) started GAAK at WCN we updated 3 times a week and drew a modest readership. But recenty we moved to twice a week (mondays and fridays) and our readership took a noticeable dip. So, I'd second the suggestion of building a large stockpile of comic pages first and updating more frequently (3 days a week) to build your audience, before settling into a more leisurely update schedule of at least once or twice a week. Otherwise you'll be hard pressed to hold an audiences attention. Dee - GAAK writer dude. "G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures": www.webcomicsnation.com/moniquem/gaak/series.php

G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures It's like The Goonies meets The Invaders from Mars. Updates on Mondays.

Yeah, I'm going to have to

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Yeah, I'm going to have to second what everyone else is saying, once a week at the least, and quite frankly even that is pushing it, I don't know what it is about seven days, but if you don't get something every week it just doesn't feel right, with the exception of comic books of course, but if it's going to be 27 pages every month, then I think people with accept that just fine. ;)

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once a week, but more if possible

Jonesy's picture

Hi, I also update once a week at www.grumps.ca, but I'd really like to do at least twice a week to see if I can get more readers, but this is very hard for me to do - I find my quality goes down, and I have no time to spend with the wife or on anything else.

Now, if I could only quit the day job I'd be all set!

 

I agree with the "at least

Otto_Germain's picture

I agree with the "at least once a week" idea, especially if you're just starting out. Finish a whole bunch of pages first so you have some backlog to work through, if you need to.

It's hard enough trying to build up an audience without the additional worry of people becoming impatient and wondering off on you.

I update about three times a week over at my site (Otto Germain's Comic Wasteland). I definately notice a difference in traffic for comics that update weekly compared to those that don't. But, hey, that's just my experience. Good luck to you, however you decide to handle it!

I'd advise against it, but there is exceptions..

jfreedan's picture

Some webcomics manage to get away with updating 2-5 pages every 2-3 months (Sparkling Generation Valkyrie is an example), to build pretty strong fan communities .

However, I've been running Deathfist Ninja GKaiser for a year and five months; most of the time the comic has been up, we updated on Monday and Fridays, but now have switched to just Fridays.

The entire time we've been online, we've barely gained 50-80 visitors per day, even on update days, and I've long had a suspicion most of our 'daily visitors' are just bots. Our message boards have been largely baren and rarely used.

If you can do it, I would suggest updating a webcomic every day; at the bare minimum, 1 page per week.

I've noticed the comics that get away with sporadic updates go after -really- niche markets and have little other competition (for example, SGV is a transgender magical girl story). It also helps that their artwork is really good.

If you ask me, you have to be really lucky to build a community of fans when you dont update content for them every week.

Either that, or I'm just insanely unlucky because we update every week and hardly anyone knows we exist, despite advertising as much as as I can.

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Henshin heroes, magical girls, giant robots bishonen vampires, and evil teletubbies-- Deathfist Ninja GKaiser will parody it all!

 

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If the work is good enough,

The William G's picture

If the work is good enough, yes.

But I wouldnt rely on the "goldbricking" crowd who wants their daily distraction. You have to find your own audiance and learn to be happy with it.