I'm on keto diet and my mom hates everything about dieting, so from time to time she sends me cringy "motivational" videos from around the web about how people who were dieting and doing sports die early from horrible diseases and people eating all they want and doing no excercise at all live happily and stay healthy.
I just ignore this stuff because... what else can I do?
I sell adspaces on my websites directly now. Surprisingly, people buy them once in a while, which is cool. I just wish they did it more often :/
When no one buys my adspaces I show ComicRocket banners and affiliate ads (like Bluehost). On Russian version of my comic I have Yandex ads (it's a decent CPM ad network, and it pays for views, not clicks). Unfortunately, anything similar to it in English web is closed for me (I don't have as much unique visitors per month as they want).
Google ads are okay, I heard. Unfortunately, they pay by check and it's impossible to get any money with it in some countries. There are dozens of other ad networks (like Chitika, for example) that pay per click too and, unlike Google, use Paypal.
I tried Krita and found it infuriatingly uncomfortable almost in every way. It's also super slow on my computer.
Have you tried FireAlpaca? It's also free and has some cool features that can help you speed up your drawing process (comic panels, perspective, rulers, line smoothing, clever filling tool, etc.)
Well, sounds interesting. Count me in.
My webcomic is "Gifts of wandering ice". You can read it on ComicFury (fewer pages but more mobile friendly + you can make bookmarks and subscribe) or on my main website (latest updates are there).
One of the incentives I offer my Patrons (and anyone who buys me a Ko-fi too) is to be able to choose any black and white page of my comic to be colored. If this is an old page and I don't like it anymore I also redraw it.
Here's my latest redraw (you can see the old page here)
Thanks for all the feedback! I'm still confused about whether my comic is doomed or not, though, especially when I now know that too many pages is a scary thing by itself. But thanks anyway. It's nice to see many people would give comic a chance even if they suspect it being bad.
Joining Spiderforest collective helped me a lot with finding new readers, better than PW and TWC ever did. I'm looking for other options too, though. Google and Yandex ads seem to pricey, TWC doesn't send much visitors my way (I used to buy their 1$/day banners)... so I'm all ears if any of you knows something.
In our attention deficient age it is very important to remind people of everything often. Your readers may want to support you but either don't notice this big Patreon/Ko-fi button of yours (really: don't notice, our attention is that bad sometimes) or are constantly forgetting about it. It's not because they're bad people. They're not. It's just the reality of how our brain deals with everyday information overload: the ability to pay attention gets really bad.
So, it is useful to remind people from time to time about how they can support you. And there is no shame in that.
My books I worked so hard to self publish in paper were stolen and uploaded into dozens of pirate libraries. Lots of people then wrote to me gloating and being super proud of having read them for free. I stopped writing in Russian after this.
Some strange person began publishing my comic (Russian version) on joyreactor without even asking me. Fortunately, they weren't very smart and a very simple measure, a code forbidding right clicking on images stopped them.
And my drawings and photos from stock (Dreamstime) had been stolen multiple times and there was no way to stop it.
I began trying to draw at age 22. I had several novels written by then and wanted them to have beautiful covers. I was so broke, even worse than I am now. I realized I'll never be able to pay an artist and decided to make the covers myself.
Learning to draw wasn't fun at all. I'm hopelessly untalented here, so it took me a lot of effort and time. I still cannot draw without some "crutch" (mannequin or photo reference), cannot properly color, and find blank pages super scary.