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Your best bet is to install Comic Easel. There’s a ton on resources on the site for Comic Easel. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the developer, Philip Hofer on Twitter or through his site.
- This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Brad Guigar.
This post is a much more detailed answer to your question — https://webcomics.com/articles/social-media/where-to-host-for-the-very-first-time/
It doesn’t appeal to me, but you need to make the choice that’s best for you.
I think a website is a necessity — and WordPress is still your best option.
If you feel as if that’s not do-able for you, I would recommend you think of you social media as your primary publishing tool. As you move forward — and as the comic gains traction — that website is going to be a necessity, however
As for Webtoons, I recommend mirroring, but I caution against using it as a primary publishing tool. I deleted my Tapastic account in 2017 (and suffered no noticeable decline). Smack Jeeves recently restructured, and many of its users are unhappy with the new set-up. And many of the others seem to suffer from reputation issues, in my opinion. Several of them have become synonymous with amateurish webcomics, and I’d be concerned about that reputation being applied to my webcomic if I hosted there.
- This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Brad Guigar.
I think your best option is to host your comic yourself using a WordPress install and — for now — Comic Easel. Hosting is inexpensive. I’m a big fan of DreamHost*, and there are several others.
WordPress is flexible, safe, and constantly updated. When you find yourself in need of functionality for your site, you can bet that someone has already designed a plug-in for you to install. In my opinion, it’s unbeatable.
Like I said… Comic Easel is — for now — your best CMS (Content Management System) option. The problem is that it simply doesn’t offer an easily implemented responsive option for panel-by-panel viewing on smaller screens (smartphones). There *is* a way… but the implementation is long and complicated. And it’s an all-or-nothing proposition. In other words, you can either present the comic as a single image — which works best for desktop users — or as a panel-by-panel vertical scroll optimized for small screens. But a better system would offer either, depending on the end-user’s device. That isn’t happening. And that makes Comic Easel a poor choice moving forward.
I am currently working with a developer to build a CMS that does exactly that. It should be available later this year. I will keep you posted on the developments.
To those of you who still listen to these old shows: I’d love to use clips of old Webcomics Weekly episodes as jumping-off points for ComicLab discussions. For example, moments in which we express an opinion on something that may have changed over the years… or topics that could lead to further conversation based on outside variables that have changed. Just drop me a line (or hit the comments) with the episode and minute-mark of the section you think would make a good discussion point!
It’s different enough. Get to work.
Here’s the thing. First of all, you’re right. We all grapple with these issues, and we all want to make sure that we’re not unintentionally walking all over someone else’s creative territory. And that’s noble. But you’re right. There are no “new” ideas. So, how do you avoid it?
Pour yourself into the work
To make this comic good — to make it really great — you’re going to write, and re-write, and re-write before you start drawing. And in that process you’re going to identify concepts and push them. Dive deeper. Intensify the things that make the story progress.
In doing this, you’re going to have to reach deeper and deeper into your own psyche as a writer. And that means that this work is going to be more and more uniquely YOU as you craft this storyline. Sure, if you just progress through these story beats without examining them and re-writing them, you might end up doing something that’s somewhat derivative.
But if you’re putting plenty of YOU into the worldbuilding/plot/arcs, you’re going to end up with a unique work that will stand on its own.
In short: Are you worried your story sounds derivative? Write another draft that takes those individual story beats and makes them more intense.
Be aware, but don’t obsess
It’s good to have an awareness of the existing works that share creative space with your own. And, by all means, use that knowledge to avoid sharing too many similarities with those works. But once you’ve done your due diligence (creatively speaking), it’s time to focus on your story — and your story alone. If you keep looking around at other people’s work — even with these noble intentions — you’re not spending enough time paying attention to your own work.
Bottom line: Clear out a little creative space by making sure your work doesn’t share too many aspects with this existing property. And after that, focus on your work. Again, if you’re really hyper-focused on your own creative work, it would be almost impossible to make a significantly identical work to someone else’s comic.
I would say this [liking Instagram content] is the main way in which you gain followers. More so than the Hashtags. more than twitter and more than Facebook This is why you see a larger uptick in the number of followers you receive.
How does this work? What I’m hearing is that the simple act of liking Instagram posts will make the number of followers on my own Instagram skyrocket. That seems… overly simplistic.
Sometimes, I use Hootsuite to schedule posts across several platforms, but I’ve gotten an indication from a few sources that social-media algorithms tend to discriminate against third-party posts. So I tend to post directly more often than not. However, I limit my posts to the “Big Three” — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
UPDATE: I’ve made a post on the topic, complete with my analysis. I’d like to hear more thoughts on this, so please head over to the post to continue the discussion. And a super-massive hat-tip to Mark for being way out front on this!
I am unable to replicate this. I signed out of Patreon, and then visited several Patreon pages. Each time, I get the public-facing page, with the intro copy and recent posts. This was true for both desktop and mobile visits.
We use it on ComicLab, and people actually use it — and seem to appreciate it. There have been a handful of beneficial, engaging discussions.
I use it for my own, personal Patreon, and there is absolutely zero engagement.
I’ll second the endorsement for Dreamhost.
I’d also add this — if you really consider yourself a hobbyist, then my advice would be to use a free service like Webtoons (or even Tumblr). If you progress to the point at which you want to turn this into a business, I would recommend having your own site. But otherwise, open a Webtoons account, post you stuff there, and call it a day! 🙂