Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

To Everyone Who Asks "How Can I Make A Popular Comic?"
iMimi at 1:49PM, Nov. 24, 2009
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Honestly, seriously, there is no formula to making your comic popular. A good start is to have a quality comic…you know, good art, good writing…but that alone won't do it. There is a lot to be said for having the right idea at the right time, to be catchy or trendy instead of quality, but that's a lightning strike no one should count on.

Promoting your work effectively is a great way to spread the word, but what constitutes “effectively” is open to varied debate. It can be agreed, though, that an attractive ad or banner is a big part of it, something sleek and simple is usually best. It's a standard marketing principle, less is usually more. Another commonly agreed way to promote yourself well is to promote yourself in specific places, places where your target audience is likely to find it. Advertising a comic on a porn site, for example, would be ineffective. Advertising a comic on another comic's site, especially one like your own, would be very effective.

Finally, and I can't stress this enough, dedication to your project will overcome a lot of barriers. Producing comics consistently and posting pages often is almost absolutely necessary in becoming popular. Very few webcomics achieve notoriety without frequent updates to keep people's interest and to spark new readership. As well, being patient while your audience has a chance to grow is a virtue, helping you get through the long initial period of obscurity. Both of these are marks of dedication, commitment to seeing your project through. If you don't have this, you're already beaten.

C: <333
-Mimi

TO ANYONE WHO'S THINKING IT LOL.
skoolmunkee
Not to rain on your parade or anything, but it is a little strange giving advice about how to make a popular comic when your own aren't that big. :]
LOL YEAH I'M AWARE ;u;
But I just wanted to make something to look back on so I can better myself and others; I'm trying my best so yeahhhh.
I hope I didn't come off sounding hypocritical or anything? xD
Well-behaved women rarely make history.
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kyupol at 3:42PM, Nov. 24, 2009
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Another thing: If your target is to have your comic popular with everyone, forget it as that is almost next to impossible.

Whatever comic you may have, will always have this certain group of people who would like it. As well as those who'd hate it. Based on experience, the comments on my comics range from people finding it addictive that it keeps them up till 3 am to people giving it up after a couple of pages.

To get a good idea of your target demographic, read the comics of those who like your comics… and vice versa.

What a person writes is ALWAYS a reflection of how their mind functions.

NOW UPDATING!!!
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iMimi at 6:24PM, Nov. 24, 2009
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Thank you! C:
If anyone wants to add on to this, feel free. <333
Well-behaved women rarely make history.
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skoolmunkee at 2:07AM, Nov. 25, 2009
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See also the 9-page stickied thread in this forum, How do you make people read your comics?

Not to rain on your parade or anything, but it is a little strange giving advice about how to make a popular comic when your own aren't that big. :]
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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lothar at 7:50AM, Nov. 25, 2009
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LOL @ Skools commint

yea i should start a thread on “ how can i make an unpopular comic ”

i think i have some experience in that area


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mamaya94 at 7:51AM, Nov. 25, 2009
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Yeah…
I'm a translator and comic I've translated was all popular in Korea but it's not that popular here…
Maybe is because my translation is not good…
Main Comic


Finished one
Hanged Doll:Where does your memory begin???
http://www.drunkduck.com/hanged_doll/

Resting one
30 years:30 years of pain and suffering…Time for payback
http://www.drunkduck.com/30_Years/
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kyupol at 4:11PM, Nov. 25, 2009
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more addition…

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Do not have delusions of grandeur

Nothing happens in an instant.

You cannot get 100,000 hits and 20-30 comments on every page with fewer than 20 pages. (Unless you've got a very good marketing campaign behind you or something)

And not only that. Even with 5 years under your belt, its never a guarantee that you'll be popular.

Ironically, I'm somebody who doesn't want to be popular. And yet in my webcomic “career” I've achieved:
- a few finalist awards in the DD awards
- was featured comic in July 2008
- at one point was number 3 overall on this site (that was like my 15 minutes of fame lol)

I don't wanna be popular. That isn't my goal in doing webcomics. I do webcomics because its a way to express my freedom of speech while I still can. The “popularity” is just a side-effect.
NOW UPDATING!!!
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kyupol at 3:15PM, Nov. 29, 2009
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another addition…

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Establish communication with your readers

Communicate with your readers. Reply to every comment they post (or if there's too many, write a paragraph to address their comment). You may also want to PM them sometimes.

People like having this feeling of connectedness to the author of their favorite comic.
NOW UPDATING!!!
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skoolmunkee at 12:07AM, Nov. 30, 2009
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These are good contributions, but honestly, they're not anything that hasn't already been mentioned in the ‘how do I get people to look at my comic’ megathread linked above. Sorry, nothing pesonal. :]
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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