Every production in the visual narrative arts has its Bonus Features nowdays.
Webcomics could be no different.
In most webcomic sites, whether independent or hosted, users expect to see a range of extra features in the form of extra pages with material supporting the main event, which is of course the actual webcomic.
Of these, some are almost mandatory for a professional look, and others optional or up to originality.
Why have them though?
Strictly speaking, they aren't necessary. The webcomic itself is all that is necessary to well, tell your story and engage the audience. In fact, several of the super popular webcomics here on Drunk Duck don't have any extras at all!
However, the extra features and extra pages are often helpful in various ways. Especially for new readers, supplementary material might help them get engaged in the story easier and faster, and remain that way- all the more so if the webcomic has a sizeable archive.
Besides that, insights, behind-the-scenes material like WIPs and concept art, extra art and other things give readers more things within your webcomic to sink their teeth into. They can offer more immersion, or tide them over while they wait for the next page to drop. Extra pages can also offer more insights in elements that are supplementary to the webcomic's content, like historical information and other trivia.
But what are some of the basic extra pages that are good for a webcomic site to have?
1. An Archive page: An index of all your chapters and uploaded pages
2. An “About” page: A brief description like the blurb on the back cover of a book that says what your webcomic's plot is all about, as well as perhaps rating
3. A Cast page: A list of your webcomic's characters with names and some short description which will help your reader keep track of them or even learn more trivia about them
4. A Links page: A list of links to other webcomics as well as other resources and things you might want to urge your audience to go to
From there on, depending on your webcomic and needs for extra information, sky is the limit! Some feature extra worldbuilding pages, others have historical notes, others have links to merch and forums, links to their patreon and/or other funding options, and so on.
How about you? Do you have extra pages in your webcomic site? If you don't, do you intend to make any?
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Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 23, 2019
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