Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! Robin’s chatting with Liz about how to overhaul a Patreon to work for you instead of working you to exhaustion, Liz’s patent pending shovel workout routine, and if you RT this within 5 minutes the money sloth will grant you great prosperity. It’s true! Just listen to the […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The long-form ladies HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PODCAST! It seems like when people say, “webcomics” they often mean, “the funny strips,” ignoring all the amazing creators making sequential stories. While there’s a lot of cross-over between these two types of comics, there are also some key differences. […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Dawn is feeling creatively drained lately by new activities and responsibilities, coupled with news she finds exhausting and uninspiring. People say you should channel stress into art, but what if you’re not that kind of person? Does that make you a bad artist? Together Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com […]
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.
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 […]
It’s February which means a NEW Pick of the Month! As we ease into 2015, a new year full of new opportunities and resolutions, I wanted to select someone who is already on a roll, and colors outside the lines (figuratively, in this case) to help inspire us. This person is Carolyn Belefski, of Curls […]
Greetings all! I’ve been asked on several occasions to share how I draw and color Lorraine’s hair. So today is your lucky day as I am back in the saddle drawing “1977 the Comic” again and here’s a step-by-step of my process of inking and coloring Lorraine’s hair! As a note, I use Manga Studio […]
I’ll preface this article by stating this is merely an opinion piece – it’s not a socio-economic essay of any kind, since there are no concrete facts and figures. This article was inspired from discussions I’ve had with numerous comic creators over the last year. Feel free to argue in the comments below. Just don’t […]
Authors note: I wrote this post a few years back for my site bobthesquirrel.com. I’ve chosen to re-imagine it from a comics pespective because I think the parallels are pretty similar. Plus, I fixed a lot of the grammar. 🙂 Enjoy! Those of you that were born in the mid-seventies like me, who were on […]
You toil over your comic. You’ve followed the advice. You’ve written it well or drawn and coloured it beautifully. You’ve updated with consistency and you’ve promoted it online with intensity and genuine excitement. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Not necessarily. If we’re not in the rarified air of webcomics authors who have been […]
Webcomics and comics in general is a staggeringly hard field in which to find success. Even a casual fan knows this. Which probably means your spouses, parents, siblings, and friends know it too. In a world of “STEP 1: go to school and get a degree in __blank__, STEP 2: get a job in said […]
Before I go any further, for those that may not be familiar with this film, I offer up the trailer: Let’s face it, as soon as you see the title you realize that director Joel Allen Schroeder is essentially going to be giving you a love letter. That’s fine. It doesn’t bill itself as a […]
I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only. People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that. No creamer? No cinnamon? No […]
As webcomics became a viable way to build an audience and earn a living, things like SEO, social media and a great website were a great way to set yourself apart from other comics. In fact, SEO was really good to invest in when comics were unique to the web space. Unfortunately, webcomics are not […]
Will “Freemium” Work for Webcomics? There’s certainly lost of talk about the business of webcomics, and how to encourage the people who are used to getting our content for free, to PAY… even just a little… to help support us. Maybe the Wall Street Journal has something to suggest, if we compare comics to gaming […]
They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update […]
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 […]
To Reboot or not to Reboot? So, everyone was all flustered (and often just seething with hatred out of jealousy, angst, disgust, or whatever the reason) about Tim Buckley’s decision to reboot his uber-popular comic CTRL+ALT+DELETE. He wanted a better way to tell the gaming stories and jokes, so he killed off his characters and […]
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been at this for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years. Getting people to comment on your comic/artwork/writing is something we ALL struggle with. It’s not rocket science, but it can appear that way sometimes. We’ve all tried different strategies to incite engagement, but people just don’t seem to hang […]