Web Comic!

6 years ago | M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

So, I've tossed myself into the waters based on the recommendations of my fans, who wanted to see my business column for artists rendered as a web comic:

http://threejaguarscomic.net/

Since so many of you were involved in web comics (or are still!), I thought I'd toss that out there. Out of curiosity, if you have a web comic, how do fans tend to follow it? RSS? Site visits? (Or if you follow web comics, how do you consume yours?)

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  1. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I follow web comics. I have a page on iGoogle with bookmark links to the various stuff I follow every day, and click on them to open a dozen tabs and read them before I start my day. I have an RSS feed for the comics that update slowly enough that checking in daily isn't worth the time (Chaos Life, for example).

  2. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Gave ya a plug on my site. :-)

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    As to how they follow it, it's majority direct visits but there's a significant minority (about a third of my direct audience) who follows my stuff via the RSS feeds. It wasn't until I started using Feedburner that I really got a handle on that, but it's nice to know.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  4. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Wow, that's some of the nicest stuff I've ever seen anyone say about me. o_o

    Thank you...! >.<

  5. Khronosabre (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Gah I love your style! And an interesting topic too haha. I tend to subscribe to comics through RSS. Just makes my life a little easier since I follow so many. I'll definitely be following this :)

  6. DaringNovelist (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I tend to follow most things via RSS -- usually kept in MyYahoo pages. (Which don't aggregate the whole content, just titles and summaries, and I click through to look a the page directly when I want to read.)

    I also book mark some sites. And sometimes I'll follow something in a non-standard but convenient way. For instance, I advertise on Project Wonderful (mainly to support sites I like) and I have followed some webcomics by clicking through on the link there when I check my stats. The problem with this is that, when I'm short of cash and stop advertising, I lose track of the comic.

    Camille

  7. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I'm planning a few Project Wonderful ads once I have more content on the site. I have... *checks* 37 pages already done, so I'm set for the next three months or so, with story lines about bad contracts, publicity, calculating your cost-of-business per hour, and some strictly humorous gags, so I figure about a month's worth of stuff should be enough to start advertising. :)

  8. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I write for antiheroescomic.com , and I don't have access to the traffic figures. I'll let you know with my new comic coming out this month, http://www.disrealitygears.com , as it progresses. will be following the webcomic version!

  9. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    the rss feed for threejaguars seems broken

    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

  10. SgL (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I think only certain age groups/internet user types follow RSS. MOst of the GenY crowd use social networks to announce their updates.

    Almost all comic artists tweet updates to their webcomics and also post a link/update on tumblr. Artists (who follow other artists) hang more around twitter and tumblr than other places.

    Also a large number of comcis that I follow are making sure they're registered in all the webcomic portals and then some. Among the ones that you shoud add to whatever shows up for "top webcomics," "webcomicz" and other matching directories would be inkoutbreak.com and comic-rocket.com

  11. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I do often see updates on twitter, but I like RSS because I can go in every few days and have a log of what I missed. plus, i can really quickly rss bookmark something that I dont have time to go therough the archives of, and be able to access it anywhere.

  12. DaringNovelist (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    SgL: the problem with social media is that it's hit or miss, especially if your readers are very active. I mean, yeah, I do "follow" some things via social media, but that means I'm not really following, I'm just hitting things now and then among the million things that pass by my eyeballs.

    If you want to actually follow something, especially if you have a lot of sites you want to follow without missing anything, you've got to use something like RSS. Or you have to just go there every day, and not rely on anything else.

    And that may be generational: that "the kids" don't really get into close following except when they are so enthusiastic they do it manually. They don't mind missing things. (The great thing about web comics and serials is that you can freely miss things. You can catch up any time.)

    One thing I've noticed, on my own and also talking with others who use multiple trackers to observe: that RSS is just about the most fruitful sources of regular readers. Those readers do not comment or interact as much, perhaps because some of them read via an RSS reader instead of directly on the blog.

    A surprising number of direct hits, though, actually come from RSS feeds. This can be hard to see because they're invisible to some stats trackers (it's seen as server traffic or something). Plus there are things like Kindle Feeder, which is not at all visible to the trackers as far as I can tell. It aggregates your RSS feeds and sends them to your Kindle. (Not good for webcomics, though, because there is a file size limit.)

    I still haven't found out how Paper.li works, but I presume that's another source for people to follow what you do.

  13. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Daring Novelist brings up an excellent point. Many of my RSS feeds are either a link back to the main website, or they just post the comic or update whole on the rss feed. A few post a small excerpt of text, or the first panel of the comic, with a link back, but some people have issue with that, as they prefer to get it all in their RSS. To combat the loss of eyes on ads and such, some comics have instituted ads IN the rss feed (Questionable content being a notable one. )

    I for one would like to see more blog posts under the comic or main posting, and I would love to see people put links to comments and such as well, to get people to move from the RSS feed to the website. I think something as simple as a link IN the Feed saying, click here to comment on this comic, might help raise and drive interaction from the RSS users.

  14. SgL (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Daring Novelist: I haven't yet found anything data-worthy to suggest which way the RSS trend is going. Only a few sites have dared to suggest its importance is declining relative to other channels and my stats are too small to make any conclusions. (These are kind of cool articles to ponder however -- http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/techcrunch-twitter-facebook-rss/ and http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/18/if-rss-is-dead-somebody-forgot-to-tell-mediafed/ are pretty interesting stories in themselves. )

    Yes it's true that social media is hit or miss but its still an accepted promotion tool for artists and better yet, for curators. Although only the most popular artists have a few hundred followers, the discovery/meme likelihood really seems improved for artists who spread themselves across Tumblr, Twitter, and the comic directories.

    Very rarely do I get much retweeting or promotion from the webfic comm when I post an update, but the comics folks (like comic rocket or inkoutbreak) often reshare messages about updates from members in their network. I'm extremely grateful to comic rocket for even retweeting my stuff. I've seen retweets/reblogs happen a lot more at least with art vs. fiction.

    And Alex: Yeah - I completely understand why comic feeds have gone to linking versus directly showing the page. One other recent development is that Google disabled Adsense in Feedburner so there's going to be a strong shift to moving people back to the website.

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