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Let's join hands and collaborate!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 31, 2020

A great way to get eyes on your work is to form collaborations with other creators. Collaborations are not only an effective way to promote your comic to new readers, but they also help build a sense of community amongst other comic creators. Here are some examples of collaborations to help get those creative juices flowing!

Create an anthology
An anthology is a collection of works that focus on a theme. One shots work perfectly for this type of collaboration, allowing creators to show off their creative chops to various audiences. The length of the one shots is up to the group to decide but an effective anthology should give creators an equal amount of space for their contribution.

Plan a group illustration
These are great for larger groups of creators but a group illustration can work no matter how many people there are. Again, having a theme ties together the elements of the work and it can push you to think of your characters in a different setting. Planning this type of collaboration around an event such as the Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day or Easter is a neat way of connecting with your audience as well.

Organise an event
The Drunk Duck Beauty Pageant is a fantastic example of a community run event here on the The Duck. The Duck also hosts the annual Drunk Duck Awards and Christmas Swap. These types of events are a great way to build the community spirit. Not only do I encourage you to participate in them but also think about what new ones we can add!

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Andreas_Helixfinger at 11:01PM, Jan. 31, 2020

@Gunwallace - Sounds interesting:) I wouldn't mind hearing all the details of it(Y)

ShaRose49 at 9:36PM, Jan. 31, 2020

I’ve never collaborated with someone online, but I might like to if it was with someone I know quite well, which narrows it down to only a few people.

Gunwallace at 5:24PM, Jan. 31, 2020

I did write another Radio Play, years ago now. The Time-Traveling Pair o' Ducks. It was not made into a broadcast, but it might still work as a collaborative comic if people are interested? I'm willing to act as coordinator.

Tantz_Aerine at 8:38AM, Jan. 31, 2020

I'd be all for a collaboration. I just dont have time to be the actual organizer.

usedbooks at 6:27AM, Jan. 31, 2020

I have enjoyed a few collaborations/group projects that are more widespread and looser. But the smaller the collab and/or tighter the project, the more likely it is to fail and fall apart. I've been asked to (and accepted) work in a partnership to produce a story, and each time it got as far as one page (if that) before the other person completely vanished. Same thing happens if each page has to wait on an artist/writer in turn. That said, I organized someone else's idea once "Character Swap" which wasn't heavily participated in but worked out okay because it wasn't something that could be broken by a "weak link" (which is why fan art swaps work out pretty well too; participants are self-contained, no one has a big workload, and it's easy for others to step in and pick up the slack).

damehelsing at 3:52AM, Jan. 31, 2020

Pretty much what Bravo said, you need someone to organize the collab and actually make it happen. Just talking won't do. I would love to participate in an anthology. It's a thing I've been wanting to do since discovering webcomics. I did participate in the DD Secret Santa which was amazingly fun. :) can't wait to participate this year!

bravo1102 at 2:50AM, Jan. 31, 2020

Collaborations don't happen unless someone organizes it. And once it is started people have to contribute. It's one thing to talk about it and quite another to make it happen. All too often someone organizes something and at first everyone is on board and then the rubber hits the road and no one produces. And it seems like half the project ends up the work of one or two people. I've done all the radio plays, most of the DD awards the past nearly ten years as well as some anthology comics and I love collaborations. But I get burnt out knowing that 5% of the participants will end up doing 85-90% of the work. Want collaborations? Come forward and participate. Do some heavy lifting.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 1:04AM, Jan. 31, 2020

Well, I did successfully participate in Secret Santa for 2019 here on DD, where we who participated were to draw and display artwork of each other's comics by original creator's choice and specification. It was a great boost of attention and creativity, as well as a whole lot of fun, seeing your own character/characters and/or motif/motifs depicted in a completely different art style by a completely different creator:)

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