Best of Webcomics.com — August 2018
Last month was an excellent example of the tremendous value offered by a subscription to Webcomics.com. My readers got early alerts on issues that would impact their businesses, helpful tutorials, insightful analysis, and meaningful feedback on their work. Here are some samples of what you may have missed…
eBooks and eSketchbooks as Patreon exclusives
Last week, I shared some on my strategies for achieving a Frequent/Consistent/Significant posting schedule for my Patreon backers. For me, this amounted to daily Patreon posts each month. As I implemented this approach, I found that I had actually generated even more opportunities for Patreon rewards than I had originally set out to create.
Here’s how that worked.
Ko-Fi suspends creators of adult content
The crowdfunding site, Ko-Fi, appeared on the radar of many creators during the Patreon payment gaffe of late 2017. Scores of angry creators announced they were closing their Patreon accounts and launching Ko-Fi campaigns.
This week, the site announced a new TOS that prohibits all adult content.
Here’s what that means for creators of NSFW comics…
Patreon’s “Notify Patron of Update” Feature
Patreon released a new feature recently, and it’s so simple, you might miss it. However, it has the potential to be a powerful tool in running your ongoing campaign.
Webcomics.com Poll — Revenue Sources
The Webcomics.com Poll asked webcartoonists about their primary source of income. Patreon was the runaway favorite, at 40%.
Original Art and Patreon — A Perfect Match
I’ve had a touch-and-go relationship with selling original art at conventions. People walk up, touch it, and then go. Offering it on my website was no different. Oddly enough, it took Patreon to establish the value of my originals. And I think I know why…
Hitch It / Ditch It Hot Seat: Casey at the Bat
The concept of a Hitch It / Ditch It critique is simple: I’ll take a look at your webcomic and identify one thing that you should consider improving. And then I’ll identify an area in which you’re excelling — not only as an encouragement, but as an example to others who would like to improve in that area as well.
Why you should never make a Public post on Patreon
As a general rule, I don’t make public posts on Patreon. And the reason why means understanding one, basic truth…
Why do we hate thought balloons?
Comics educator and author Scott McCloud calls them the “bulgy Edsels of comics iconography.” Indeed, cloud-like thought balloons are spurned by most comics artists.
Let’s talk about why that is… and whether it’s warranted or not.