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Making Money
DoctorSharktopus at 8:39AM, Nov. 13, 2011
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How do you make money with a comic? I am a writer of an adult comic. I can only afford to pay for one page a week from my artist. I know that adult comics can make money faster than normal comics but I don't know how. I need to make more money from the comic so I can pay him more often. I do not want to set up a pay site though but I will if that's the best way.
El Cid at 5:12PM, Nov. 13, 2011
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For a non-Adult comic of course, there's Project Wonderful. But for adult comics, I can think of three income sources: Commissions, Reader donations, Sell your comic as a PDF, and (*gasp*) Pay site.
 
Doing commissions probably won't work for you, because you're already commissioning somebody else so… scratch that one.
 
If you're able to set up one of those Pay Pal donation buttons on your comic, that might bring some income in. I'm not sure if you're able to do that here or not; I know the site allows you to put little buttons with links on your page, which I'm sure you could make work for that.
 
Selling PDFs is a good option. I know a guy who does adult comics in PDF form. He only makes from a couple hundred to just under a thousand in sales per book per year on average, but he's got a bunch of books out now and keeps putting up a new one every couple of months or so. Kinda makes me wish I'd gone that route instead of wasting my time doing bizarro splatter porn for art's sake.
 
And of course, you can always seek out adult art sites that will pay your for contributing art. I'm sure there are lots of sites devoted to the type of stuff you're doing and they're usually hungry for new talent. Most, at least the ones I've been solicited for, pay a certain rate per page, but I've never been curious enough to ask how much.
 
Hope that helps!
El Cid at 5:13PM, Nov. 13, 2011
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Did I say “three?” Well, apparently creepy comic book weirdos aren't any good at math.
DoctorSharktopus at 7:30AM, Nov. 14, 2011
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Thank you! You have been very helpful. I will try the paypal thing for now  and also look for websites to try to work with. I am new to this. I wasn't sure fi the paypal thing would be okay because my artist said they have strict rules there about porn.
El Cid at 7:50AM, Nov. 14, 2011
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He may or may not be right about that, but I will say that I've seen PayPal buttons on adult comics before. My guess (without actually taking the time to look it up like a non-lazy person would) is that PayPal may very well have a policy saying “don't put a button on your porn site,” but they have no way of checking up on that, and for that matter wouldn't care if you did, so long as they don't receive any complaints, which they won't. The only issue I see is whether or not it's physically possible with this site's current interface. Before they updated the site, PayPal buttons were common enough on comics (I'm pretty sure I remember there being one on Mace's adult comic “Peppermint Saga”), but since the makeover, it's not as easy to do HTML stuff, so you'd probably have to figure out a way to make it work through the site's banner functionality.
ShadowsMyst at 3:20PM, Nov. 14, 2011
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I'd caution against the use of Paypal for adult comics, simply because they have a VERY strict no-adult-stuff policy. Mace got dinged, Extern got dinged for it, and a number of other people too. They can freeze your account and take any of the funds you might have in it, and there is NOTHING you can do about getting it back. I REALLY do not suggest going with paypal if you want to set up a payment gateway or donation button an adult site.
 
If you want to set up an adult payment site, you'll have to go with something like Alertpay, Veritol, or CCBill. And you'll probably need to set up your own site to really make use of things, as DD has disallowed most of the ability to set up stuff like that when they changed the templates. When picking a host, do your research and make sure you read their terms of service VERY carefully, as most hosts do not allow adult content. There is only a handful that do.
 
There are ad programs for adult comics, more often they seem to make their money through affiliate programs with other bigger adult sites. I did a few posts on my blog a while ago you might find useful about making money with webcomics.

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El Cid at 8:28PM, Nov. 14, 2011
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Wow! I didn't realize PayPal were such hardasses!
 
Great blog post btw. Lots of useful info there.
DoctorSharktopus at 8:35AM, Nov. 15, 2011
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THat has me worried a bit. I will not post a paypal button. I do think that I will try to find a larger site to submit my story too. I think that my artist is very good and I think there must be sites that will be happy to have him.
ShadowsMyst at 11:44AM, Nov. 15, 2011
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Thanks El Cid. :) Yeah, Paypal is really hardassed about the adult policy. Although it takes someone to report you for them to investigate, its a huge hassle when it happens.

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JillyFoo at 9:47AM, Jan. 23, 2012
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Check out or ask your favorite adult webcomic sites to see what pay systems they use. Perhaps you can adjust your content just enough that it doesn't have to be as restrictive.
ATBL at 12:59PM, May 5, 2012
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Making money from a webcomic can take a long time. It certainly requires patience. I've been doing mine for over a year and I still have a ways to go before I can say that I've made anything truly substantial (but I'm about to revamp the site and launch a big campaign in a couple of months that will hopefully change all that).
Personally, I get kind of irritated by the “donate” buttons. If I'm paying for something, I want something in return besides the free webcomic that everyone else already gets. I see a lot of webcomics that drone on and on reminding people to donate funds to them. It can get pretty annoying sometimes, which is why I don't put a donate button on my site. Sorry if that seems a bit self-righteous….
Advertising through Project Wonderful is…wonderful. Do it all the time.
Have you thought about making the comics available for print through a POD such as Comixpress or Kablam? Do you have enough content to do that yet? You can make a few extra bucks by doing so, and it'll cost you virtually nothing upfront to get it going. If you wanted to invest a little extra, you could even order a batch of copies for yourself and sign them and put those up for sale as well.
I don't know what your agreement is with your illustrator, but
you could possibly sell a few pages of their original art from time to time and split the revenue (if they have any). Or maybe make them a partner in the project in exchange for donating some original art. Asking your artist to do commissions could still work, but you should split the revenue on those 50/50 at the very least.
 



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