Being that I am something of an ‘expert’ on Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio 5) I get asked a LOT about how to put together a comic page. There are, of course, many ways to go about putting together a page, but for those of you who are struggling, here is my method! First the […]
The question always comes up – “How to I get more readers for my comic strip?” And cartoonists have all sorts of answers – Tumblr, Tapastic, Facebook, and I think they are all great. I think social media has helped so many creative people. It’s a fast, easy way to get your work seen. While I feel that comic creators should have their own websites, I don’t believe they are as great as social media for getting viewers. When you publish on a website, there is that single comic there, the question is, how are you going to get people, lots of people, to click on your one site daily or even every few days, to read your comic. I do believe there is strength in numbers and comic sites with more than one comic are great, but I truly believe that social media is best. It’s unobtrusive and your feature pops up in people’s timelines without any fuss. It is just part of their daily life.
I took a break from my comic panel Tomversation; I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I’ve decided to start publishing daily again and this time on Facebook. My goal was always to be published in newspapers daily, and I’ve had a few bites from rather large newspapers, but the timing is always off. And almost 20 years ago, when I had my chance for daily publication, I decided to go in another direction. I’m still kicking myself in the head for that
For a long time I did a comic daily on Instagram and it had thousands of readers a day. It just came up on their feeds and they read it that way. Unobtrusively, because social media is unobtrusive. I recommend that cartoonists publish as part of any social media platform, whichever works best for you.
I’ve noticed that people prefer to read the comic at the platform, rather than click over to your website to read the comic. So if possible, post it fully at Facebook or Twitter or wherever.
When Berkeley Breathed brought back Bloom County, he used Facebook and he publishes there daily, he has about 670,000 fans on there and New Yorker Cartoons has over 913,000 fans and amazingly, Matthew Inman who does The Oatmeal, has almost 4 million fans on Facebook, he links to his website from there. The Facebook posts are “liked” and shared all day long!
When someone “likes” a comic, their friends see that they liked it, nothing is private anymore. So to that end, starting January 1, 2017, Tomversation will appear daily on Facebook. The goal is to build up a fan base during the year.
I invite you to like my page at Facebook.com/Tomversation. There are many items there now and you’ll receive the updated comic when it starts on January 1. And you can always read my thoughts and see what I’m up to at my Tomversation blog at Tomversation.com where I will post a batch of comics at once, so you can binge read them, sort of like Netflix for comics. In the meantime the blog covers arts and culture and some personal stuff sometimes.
If you’re active on social media lately, you may have seen the fun fad of #3fictionalcharacters, wherein you choose 3 characters you feel represent aspects of your personality best. We at the Alliance decided this would be a fun topic for an article, wherein we share our favorite and most fitting COMIC and WEBCOMIC […]
Have you started mapping out your convention schedule yet for this year? I’ve been frantically booking tables, Air BnB rentals, texting/emailing friends about new shows until… they aren’t my friends anymore, and over-analyzing which shows I should skip and which I should attend. Over the past 7 years of doing these shows, I can only […]
So my first article for the Webcomic Alliance is a Pick of the Month! No pressure, right? I just have to pick something that is going to be featured for the ENTIRE month of October. No pressure at all. Thank goodness I know of a great comic that hasn’t been featured on the site […]
*checks calendar* Really? 2014 is over? How did that happen so quickly? I had a year PACKED full of conventions and shows, and next year I’ll step back a bit from the con-circuit and focus more on creating content. Hoping you had a year full of artistic/creative growth, made some mistakes and learned from them, […]
The month of June we’ve gone bananas for Chris Simonite’s “Gorilla in the Midst”, but let’s take some time and meet the creator himself. We here at the Alliance like to throw our 10 Questions for the Pick of the Month at our artists just like Gus likes to throw his poo, and see what […]
We’ve had a lot of fun in May spotlighting the latest comic creation by Minna Sundberg. Minna definitely shows her talents and creativity in the wonderful comics she has created, but let’s take some time and get to know Minna a bit better as she takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the […]
I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist. We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction. We are hardened snow removers. Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]
We’ve had a lot of fun this month putting the spotlight on the blue hero of Squaresville, but let’s shift gears and focus now on the creator that brought Yeti to us, Jeff Crowther. So sit back and take some time with us as we submit our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month” […]
Long ago, in the beginning, once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall. It depicted an event: a great hunt. Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes. The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]
by Steve Ogden and Tom Dell’Aringa In a previous article, Dawn already talked about the broken webcomic “business model” , but there might be something in all this that’s even worse than a simple broken model. The web is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a direct route to a potential multi-billion-person […]
Go team RSS go! Some of you know what we’re cheering about – others are sitting there scratching their heads wondering what RSS is all about. Well, I’m going to show you how easy and beneficial RSS is to your comic, and in another post I’ll show you how to effectively set up some tracking […]
Is social media worth it? I tackle what it means to me and what it can do for you. Sorry for the long post, but there’s some background that I had to work into it. Although I haven’t posted any new content while I finish illustrating a children’s book I’m working on, (in case you […]
Hey everyone! I did a video look at how I use layers and some of the effects that I employ when I use them. This is a good next step from Dawn Griffin’s Adobe Illustrator 101 videos (part 1 and part 2) Illustrator Tips, Tricks and Techniques: Working With Layers Hello there! My name is […]
I’m revisiting a post I did earlier in the year about the name ‘Webcomic’ and I stated that I would stop using the word and start using Comic Strip. I stopped short from calling for ‘Webcomic’s’ death. Until now. Kill it. Let it die. In my original article I made some really good points, some […]
As a doctor, it’s important to get things right. That means never getting things wrong. Which is to say that you always do the right things and never the wrong things. Are we clear? Good because I’d hate to mess that up. In the past we’ve broken down banners and I’ve tried to offer ways […]
Patient name: LeyLines Age: Less than one year old. Patient Origins: LeyLines is about “a brother and sister questing for truth. An ex-slave consumed by revenge and a guard captain with a terrible secret. A shadow monk who pays for his powers with his memories and a banished seer who sees visions of war. Secrets […]
In part one of this article, we covered the first five tips for building bad@ss banners. Hopefully that gave you a taste of the potential power by building a banner to get the most for your buck(s). Not to mention, this article is free but clearly is a $100 value – and is not available […]
Starting that Project Oh-So-Wonderful campaign? Advertising on a friend’s site by swapping banners? Making an ad for a cool t-shirt design? Excellent! Just to make sure you’ve crossed your eyes and dotted your tees or something of the sort – let’s run down ten tips on making that banner make clickety-clicks for you. They are […]