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"What gets your click on comics?", 26th Jun 2018, 7:01 PM #1
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Do you ever click on the recently updated comics? What gets you to click them? Is it the art or the title? The subscriber to page ratio? I think we could all benefit greatly from hearing your input.

If I see a recently updated comic that has intriguing art on the icon, I will will check it out. My biggest pull is the art. Once I'm there, I continue looking around at the pages to see if it's something I'd be interested in. It is unfortunate but I have a very short attention span. I am lost quickly.

What gets you? Share your icon if you want as well!
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26th Jun 2018, 7:15 PM #2
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Yeah I'll always check out a good-looking comic avatar on the Recently Updated page.

If the comic art looks nothing like the avatar and I've been Rickrolled, I'll probably back right out again. But it's not hard to hold my attention once I'm there.

Mini versions of my current comic avatars are in my signature graphic, they usually change every update.
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26th Jun 2018, 7:20 PM #3
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I'll click there too. It's a combo of art and title. I don't worry or care about the page or subscriber #s. Even things that have TONS of 'em started with none, so... That said, though, I more than likely next go the the Profile. From there I can see if it's something of interest to me. If intriguing, I'll go to the first page of the comic and see if I stick around after reading some pages.
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26th Jun 2018, 7:32 PM #4
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For me, it's a combination of a fun idea, a unique story and a compelling plot.
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26th Jun 2018, 7:40 PM #5
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I usually take a look at the comic profile and read it's description if the avatar/title is interesting.

If the plot has a clear, well-written concept outline for it's plot, I'll take a good look. If the concept is overly contrived or complicated, I'll give it a pass.

Edit: as an aside, it would be dishonest of me if I didn't say the sub/page ratio also plays a part in this.
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26th Jun 2018, 7:43 PM #6
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Usually, I'll take a look at a comic if I like the look of the art, or if the topic is something that interests me.
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27th Jun 2018, 6:13 PM #7
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The art, obviously, and the title. I'm a dog for catchy, good looking titles. It's like with music records. A large chunk of the fun for me is just staring at the badass looking tracklist. Weird, huh?
I'm torn on the sub/pages ratio. I'd like to say it doesn't matter, but if a comic book has LOTS of pages and STILL zero recognition, it may give an unfortunate hint...
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27th Jun 2018, 6:40 PM #8
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I'm way more likely to click on a picture of a person rather than an object.

I really go for art that hits the balance between too simple to draw me and too liney to parse clearly. I really like things that have a personal style, whether soft or creepy. Like a lot of people, I'll often click on something that has characters I think are good looking (especially cute butch girls or creepy monster people). If the previous has porn faces or Boobs(tm), I usually won't click

Just a solid character design really. Something that looks like something I haven't seen before. I don't tend to go for "gritty" styles or more chibi styles, but I'm a total sucker for some horror.

Rate of updates also catches my attention. If I see something too much, especially if the art is CG/Sprite or on the rough end, I tend to assume there isn't much work going into the writing. If I see it 1-3 times a week, however, I'll tend to check it out from curiosity and hope of reliable updates, but if it's always in the recent updates, I pass. (To be clear, I don't assume CG or Sprite art is easy, and I know doing it well can take a lot of work, but people will churn out sprites, 3d, or simple, messy art fast)

Also I probably won't click if it's under 10 pages. It just isn't long enough to get a vibe for me, and if they keep updating, I assume I'll see it again.
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27th Jun 2018, 7:19 PM #9
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I like to refresh the recently updated page! I look at disparities; comics with low subscriber count and comics with high subscriber count. I like stylistic faces in avatar art. I peek at comics that update often or consistently, and those with lots of flags out of curiosity, haha.

But unfortunately it's hard for me to read a comic that has a lot of pages. I keep those that interest me in my tabs and slowly read time to time, usually it's the art that keeps me. I put priority to comics from people who have subscribed to me.
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27th Jun 2018, 9:25 PM #10
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My WHAT? Oh. It says click.

I am very much a "book by the cover" sort and I have to already know it's good. Art and volume have nothing to do with it, I need a full pitch.
28th Jun 2018, 7:20 AM #11
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MOSTLY the art. Doesn't necessarily need to be fantastic, but if the personality in the style appeals to your tastes, then chances are higher you'll like the comic, too, eh? (Like, "aww, the way they draw people is cute")

Second is plain dumb curiosity. "What's this title mean?" "Did they draw their entire comic like that or is that just the avatar?" etc...

I also just realized that I keep clicking on comics with flowery or woodsey images or textures... Apparently I'm into that aesthetic? o_O EDIT: That or if it has a cat on it. Sigh. Such a simple person
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28th Jun 2018, 7:34 AM #12
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If the avatar is good I'll usually look, but sometimes I'll wait and if I see the same good looking avatar a few times I'll look then.
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28th Jun 2018, 10:14 AM #13
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In order: Avatar art, a compelling title/profile description, avoidance of certain things that deeply don't interest me, signs of regular updates.
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28th Jun 2018, 10:27 AM #14
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If it has a cute anime girl winking or some ish as a profile pic/avatar.Im in. I know im being blatantly manipulated but I dont care lmao. Also if the art just seems like it would lead to a story thats surreal/horror/psychological/weird i find myself curious...basically something Kojima would make!
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2nd Jul 2018, 2:43 AM #15
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A nice art style, an intriguing story, and/or lovable characters.
2nd Jul 2018, 4:19 AM #16
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the title
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2nd Jul 2018, 8:03 AM #17
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For the most part: the art, the synopsis. If it's sci-fi and has robots, it's even better.
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2nd Jul 2018, 8:24 AM #18
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An insightful (or weird) comment on the forum. I don't read webcomics, but I have read webcomics.
Usually, I see the creator saying something interesting and I think "Wow, what does this kind of person choose to make?" and I go check their work.
For the most part, it tends to match up.

I never thought THAT PERSON makes THAT?!!!
My usual thought is 'figures' or 'That explains it'.

It also rings pretty true (my preconceptions) for the posters who DON'T have books.

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Oh shoot - and another thing that drives me to read/click is reading reviews.
I have no idea why I like reading reviews for comics I've never read.
BUT! Every so often I get curious as to how accurate the review is.
Good ones and bad ones alike.
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2nd Jul 2018, 8:29 AM #19
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Yeah... #1 The look of the art - no avatar, no lookee -and if a great little pic takes me to crap art, I'm gone, as I feel cheated...
Then I need to be drawn in by the story...
Subs to pages ratio means nothing - often the most 'popular' just leave me cold...
Plus mine is super-low in that dept., so I prefer to think it's meaningless B-)
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2nd Jul 2018, 7:01 PM #20
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It takes a little more for me to check out new stuff these days, as I have too much to read already, but that said, I will click on links in peoples signatures when I see them around the forums.
When I am looking for something new, I tend to lean towards things that interest me. Action. Humor. Mysteries. The art is a factor, As is the title. really the only things you can judge at first glance.
I feel like we all have genres and tropes we enjoy in comics, and we tend to seek those out. I don't click on a lot of pictures of two Manga style people staring lovingly at each other. It's not my jam. "Webcomics" is a very large umbrella over some very disparate things.
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