I mean honestly, the best part about reading webcomics is seeing the artist's development. With more practice, the better you become at running, writing, drawing, coloring, and talking about your webcomic(s).
I've been running my webcomic Awkward Shelby for about 3 years now and every time I look at the first few strips I think, "Wow, this really sucks." I mean, the style and type of humor is totally different from what I do now and it's incredible to have some sort of catalogue that documents these changes, ya know? So I think if this is a longterm webcomic that will go on for years, then keep the shoddy beginning! People will recognize and appreciate your progress.
But also, redrawing is never a bad thing if you're willing to recommit to the whole project over again because you feel like it really deserves to have a rewrite/redraw. I mean, I've definitely taken that route as well and it's super stressful and I band my head against the wall yelling, "Why did I do this to myself?" But in the end, if the newer pages make you happy, then keep going.
I think maybe redraw one page and if you're satisfied, redraw all of them. And if not, just keep the original beginning. (And the thumbnailing you're doing will be such great help down the line, just get in the habit of doing that for like every project)
I haven't posted on these forums in a while, so I thought I'd throw my second webcomic out into the void of endless sea of threads where people talk about how great their comic is.
It's called Gallivant and I don't think it's super great, but maybe some of you will appreciate it.
The basis of the story is about Taylor, a recent high school graduate, who comes out to his mom as a trans guy and is basically forced to move out of his house. While trying to find somewhere to go, he finds a home on the road with a guy named Tex Red who is very knowledgable about not having permanent homes and supporting yourself after tragic events. They wreck a ton of havoc, steal some beers, meet crazy people, and learn what it means to truly feel free while still enduring hardships.
I post it here on [url=gallivant.thecomicseries.com]Comic Fury[/url] and on [url=gallivantcomic.tumblr.com]Tumblr[/url]. You can also support this project on Patreon if you're feeling generous enough to throw $1 at me a month.
Any sort of criticism, negative or positive, constructive or destructive, bland or blunt, is completely appreciated as well as any questions. Thanks y'all!
moizmad:I tape print-outs of my strip on the inside stall door of public washrooms, right at eye-level. Heck, you've got a captive audience with nothing better to do for a minute, maybe even longer. Excellent way to build a "regular" readership.
This is easily the most genius form of advertising that there is.
Tibbittz:Oh, and Pinterest. That didn't help much. Stumbleupon is better, but Tumblr trumps both put together, for me anyway.
I didn't think people got on Pinterest to look at anything other than DIY stuff, but it's worth a shot. Tumblr definitely has given my stuff an enormous boost. The tagging system on there is quite useful.
Other than posting about your comic on Tumblr, DeviantART, Facebook, Twitter, etc., what are some different ways that you get the word out about your comic?
I know that I'm constantly searching for new forms of getting the word out in ways that will interest people. Do you set up booths at conventions? Do you go around town shouting out your URL? What sort of different things do you do other than posting links online?
Of course I have online sites and post about my comic on my facebook constantly, but I also wear my own shirts (printed on skreened.com), which are always good conversation starters. I have my webcomic printed on my business cards and posted on my online portfolio, I make stickers and put them around my school's campus, I've set up a way for my school to publish my comics on their online magazine, I write my comic's URL and doodle on the back of napkins and receipts at places thanking them for my meal or whatever, and I mention my comic when I meet new people.
Those may be simple, but they seem to be getting the job done. Hopefully I'm not overdoing it and talking about it too much. *shrugs*
Mangaka 2170:It's easy enough to set up a group for your comic on the Book of Face, although they'll try to pressure you into giving them money for advertising. Don't do it unless you can spare ~$30 a day.
I've created my own 'like' page on Facebook and it has greatly affected my income of traffic considering it shows up on random people's newsfeeds when one of their friends likes the page, a comic, or status. I never promote any of my posts, considering I don't have the money to cough up for that right now. That and Tumblr have greatly benefited me.
I also make stickers and flyers and post them around campus since my comic is also in my school's magazine, but that's beside the point.
A few of my friends keep pressuring me to put my stuff on reddit and maybe I will since you were talking about it. It reminded me to. Now I just gotta log in and try to figure out that silly site.
That video was wonderful and his work has such a wide variety of textures and subject matter. It's wonderful to see such an old man so happy and involved in something as interesting as that. It definitely made me tear up in the end.
I try to update my comic at least once a week. It's not much of a process, but there still is something that gets done. The strips range in size. There isn't just one set layout I use. Sometimes they take a full page, sometimes only three or four panels, and sometimes it's just one little drawing that can barely count as one panel. It's just sort of a doodle.
Anyway, back to process.
Idea-wise, it's usually based on what happened during the day or week. Or something funny I heard someone say that I turn into a comic. The strips I draw aren't very big since I'm trying to conserve space and paper at the moment being a poor college art student.
I typically draw them using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil on bristol board or marker paper if I don't have any handy and the panels are about 2.5x 2.5" if any at all (just to give you an idea to how small they are).
After pencilling, I go in with a fine point sharpie because it dries fast and doesn't smear with eraser. That, or sometimes I use a 0.5 Micron.
After inking and erasing, I go in with color. I've always used cheap, simple supplies like Sharpie, pencil and highlighter. My strip only contains three colors other than black and white: grey (usually pencil but sometimes grey Sharpie or an ink wash), red (typically Sharpie and a Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball Gel pen), and yellow, which is always done in highlighter because when it scans, it's a light yellow and not too loud.
I then scan it in and crank up the saturation and contrast to make it look like I did it digitally with solid colors and bold outlines. If there are any smudges or anything needs to be changed, I go on Gimp or Photoshop and correct the mistakes.
Then I post it on Facebook and Tumblr before I do on Comicfury since I scan my comics at a very high resolution. Once I put it on Facebook, I save the file from there because it's a lot smaller and saves me time having to resize it myself. That way, when I put it on Comicfury, it will fit the webpage nicely and not be insanely large.
I slept in, took a shower for the first time in like a week, put a bunch of clothes in bags for a garage sale we're going to have pretty soon. Now, I'm just going to draw comics until seven because I have a birthday party to go to.
But what sets it apart is that this is advanced randomness.
Taking it to a whole new level!
What sets your web-comic apart from all the other comics?
It's a slice-of-life comic that can connect and relate to other people's lives apart from the comic world. I think that's quite hard to achieve considering everyone has such a different life.
What does your web-comic have that others don't?
It has a color scheme that I stick to fervently, except in a few cases where the use of other colors is needed to make sense.
Black, red, white, grey, and a light yellow that is achieved by scanning yellow highlighter.
And why did you choose doing that type of comic?
I wanted to draw a comic about myself, but I didn't want it to be a journal-type comic. I wanted to make a comic where I could make fun of my faults and search for humor on a daily basis, which has really improved my outlook and positivity.
My biggest fear is having to look like an ass because I pulled out a shirt at a store that was on a table and not folding it back up. Folding a shirt is just something I will never master and I will have to live with that.
I went and saw Monster University at 9:50 pm the day before it came out. It was fabulous. The story line was interesting and there wasn't a single movie where I got bored of it, which tends to happen a lot with me and movies. Before I saw it, I was wondering how in the world they would lead up to Monsters Inc. or if they even would, but they did a fantastic job on doing that. I just wished the never-ending conflict between Sulley/Mike and Randal could have been evaluated more. It was kind of dull on that end of the stick. Otherwise, I really loved it and had been waiting for this movie ever since I saw the first one as a kid. I definitely was not disappointed.
Also, just today I saw World War Z. I wasn't planning on going to see it, but my cousin really wanted to go so I gave in because I was promised food afterwards (can't ever refuse free food right?). Zombie movies aren't really my thing, but this one was pretty fantastic. It had a lot of good elements to it like humor, suspense, action, horror, adventure, and romance. I don't plan on seeing it again since those type of movies aren't my thing, but it was very good. And that's a lot coming from me! It was very realistic and exciting. It left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. Their twist on the usual zombie story was fabulous and the actors did an amazing job of appealing to normal human feelings and not just that fake Hollywood crap.