Webcomic/Indie Comic Reader Habits Survey Results Part 1

For those who don’t know, I am the host of a weekly, webcomic book club known as Comic Tea Party.  At the end of June, through Comic Tea Party, I surveyed webcomic/indie comic readers and gathered data on their reading habits.  This included questions about reading frequency and how they interacted with the comics they read.  The survey received 188 responses, and today I would like to go through the data and share what we have learned with the survey.

Note: This survey had 10 required questions and 1 optional question.  This post will seek to only aggregate the data for the first 10.  Question 11, which was the optional fill-in, will be aggregated in Part 2.

 

Question 1: Which answer describes the main form for how you read webcomics/indie comics?

This question accepted a single, multiple choice answer.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 105 participants responded, “I read mostly in DIGITAL form, but read some in PRINT form.”
  • 69 participants responded, “I read only in DIGITAL form.”
  • 13 participants responded, “I read mostly in PRINT form, but read some in DIGITAL form.”
  • 1 participant responded, “I read only in PRINT form.”

Which answer describes the main form for how you read webcomics_indie comics_

 

Question 2: What days of the week do you usually read webcomics/indie comics?

This question asked participants to SELECT ALL that applied.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 83 participants responded MONDAY
  • 77 participants responded TUESDAY
  • 83 participants responded WEDNESDAY
  • 76 participants responded THURSDAY
  • 84 participants responded FRIDAY
  • 68 participants responded SATURDAY
  • 68 participants responded SUNDAY
  • 143 participants responded “Whenever/I read when I have free-time.”

What days of the week do you usually read webcomics_indie comics_

Of the 143 participants who answered, “Whenever,” 88 of those respondents selected ONLY that option.  55 participants who selected “Whenever” combined them with other days of the week.  Of those 55, 25 people specifically selected “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday” along with “Whenever.”

 

Question 3: On average, how often do you try reading a webcomic/indie comic you’ve never read before?

This question accepted a single, multiple choice answer.  One of the choices was an optional write-in.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 1 respondent answered “Once a day.”
  • 8 respondents answered “Several times a week.”
  • 21 respondents answered “Once a week.”
  • 52 respondents answered “Several times a month.”
  • 71 respondents answered “Once a month.”
  • 35 respondents answered “Other”.

Of those who answered “Other,” I’ve aggregated it to the following results:

  • 1 respondent answered “Once a day.” (Note: For the chart below I have added this write-in to the actual “Once a day” response tally).
  • 2 respondents answered “Whenever there is free-time.”
  • 6 respondents answered “Rarely.”
  • 13 respondents answered “Several times per year.”
  • 13 respondents answered “Whenever something looks interesting or is recommended.”

On average, how often do you try reading a webcomic_indie comic you've never read before_(2)

 

Question 4: What genres of webcomics/indie comics do you read the most?

This question asked respondents to select no more than two.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 39 respondents chose Science Fiction
  • 126 respondents chose Fantasy
  • 64 respondents chose Slice-of-life
  • 6 respondents chose Horror
  • 3 respondents chose Crime-Mystery
  • 11 respondents chose Drama
  • 43 respondents chose Comedy
  • 25 respondents chose Romance
  • 44 respondents chose Action/Adventure
  • 8 respondents chose Other

What genres of webcomics_indie comics do you read the most_

Of the 8 respondents who chose Other, they are classified as the following:

  • 1 respondent answered Post-apocalyptic
  • 1 respondent answered Magical Girl
  • 1 respondent answered School Life
  • 1 respondent answered LGBTQ
  • 2 respondents answered All genres
  • 2 respondents Declined to pick a genre

Since Fantasy was the most popular genre, I’ve also broken it down by what else Fantasy readers chose.  Of the 126 people who selected Fantasy as part of their genre choices, they also selected the follow:

  • 1 respondent chose ONLY Fantasy
  • 26 respondents chose Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • 34 respondents chose Slice-of-life and Fantasy
  • 3 respondents chose Horror and Fantasy
  • 2 respondents chose Crime/Mystery and Fantasy
  • 7 respondents chose Drama and Fantasy
  • 12 respondents chose Comedy and Fantasy
  • 13 respondents chose Romance and Fantasy
  • 26 respondents chose Action/Adventure and Fantasy
  • 2 respondents chose Other and Fantasy

Fantasy Genre Breakdown

 

For the next 3 questions, “actively keep track of” was defined as webcomics/indie comics you put in an effort to read on a consistent basis (whether weekly, monthly, or whatever).

 

Question 5: When reading a webcomic/indie comic online you actively keep track of, which statement describes you best?

This question accepted a single, multiple choice answer.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 132 respondents chose “I prefer to read each page update as it comes out.”
  • 55 respondents chose “I prefer to wait for the comic to have several updates and then read everything in bulk.”
  • 1 respondent chose “N/A; I only read PRINT”

When reading a webcomic_indie comic online you actively keep track of, which statement describes you best_

 

Question 6: How many webcomics/indie comics do you actively keep track of?

This question accepted a whole number answer.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

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I have also made an aggregated chart for those who’d rather view it that way.

 

Number of Respondents vs. Number of Comics

 

Question 7: Of the webcomics/indie comics you actively keep track of, how many do you comment on?

This question accepted a whole number answer.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

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Out of interest, I decided to examine if there was a correlation at all between answers for Question 6 and 7.  Below you will find a Scatter Chart comparing the responses

Comics kept track of vs. comics commented on

 

Question 8: For webcomics/indie comics you’ve read, which of the following activities have you done to show your appreciation for the comic?

This question asked participants to SELECT ALL that applied.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 93 respondents answered, “I’ve left comments in designated comment areas.”
  • 81 respondents answered, “I’ve created fanart.”
  • 8 respondents answered, “I’ve created other fanmade things (buttons, stickers, videos, games, etc.).”
  • 119 respondents answered, “I’ve boosted a creator’s update notice on social media.”
  • 162 respondents answered, “I’ve recommended the comic to others.”
  • 118 respondents answered, “I’ve read other things involving the creator and comic (a review, interview, etc.).”
  • 17 respondents answered, “I’ve participated in a creator’s Q&A.”
  • 17 respondents answered, “I’ve participated in some other organized event for the comic.”
  • 35 respondents answered, “Other.”

As for the “Other” write-in, I’ve aggregated the results below.  Please note the count will be higher than 35, as some people put multiple answers into the Other section.

  • 8 respondents answered, “I’ve engaged creator socially (whether on social media, Discord, or similar).”
  • 12 respondents answered, “I’ve supported the creator on Patreon, Kickstarter, or similarly.”
  • 6 respondents answered, “I’ve bought merchandise from the creator.”
  • 5 respondents answered, “I’ve written about the comic in some way (fanfiction, reviews, etc.).”
  • 3 respondents answered, “I’ve shared the creator’s work in some other way (link exchanges, likes, reblogs of other things).”
  • 4 respondents answered, “I have done no activity to support the comic that I know of.”

For webcomics_indie comics you've read, which of the following activities have you done to show your appreciation for the comic_

 

Question 9: When it comes to commenting on webcomics/indie comics, what reasons stop you from commenting on a particular comic?

This question asked participants to SELECT ALL that applied.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 38 respondents answered, “I don’t have time to comment.”
  • 93 respondents answered, “I’m too shy to comment.”
  • 137 respondents answered, “I have nothing worthwhile to say.”
  • 15 respondents answered, “The creator doesn’t reply to comments.”
  • 1 respondents answered, “The creator replies too much to comments.”
  • 14 respondents answered, “The readers of the comic don’t engage each other in the comment section.”
  • 5 respondents answered, “The comment section feels too strictly controlled by the creator.”
  • 41 respondents answered, “Other.”

As for the “Other write-in, I’ve aggregated the results below.  Please note the count will be higher than 35, as some people put multiple answers into the other section.

  • 10 respondents answered, “The comic’s comment section is too toxic.”
  • 16 respondents answered, “The comic has no comment area/I can’t use the comment area without difficulty.”
  • 5 respondents answered, “The comic has too many comments/what I wanted to say has been said.”
  • 2 respondents answered, “The comic’s comment section is dead.”
  • 1 respondent answered, “The comic’s creator gives off the impression they don’t want comments.”
  • 2 respondents answered, “I read too many comics/I binge read and don’t want to comment on every page.”
  • 4 respondents answered, “I don’t comment/I don’t like to share my thoughts.”
  • 4 respondents answered, “For personal reasons.”

When it comes to commenting on webcomics_indie comics, what reasons stop you from commenting on a particular comic_

 

Question 10: Of the webcomics/indie comics you personally like, how many do you feel have an active fandom that encourages you to engage with the content, fans, and creator?

This question accepted a single, multiple choice answer.  Of the 188 responses, the results were as follows:

  • 107 respondents chose “SOME of the webcomics/indie comics I like feel like that have an active fandom.”
  • 57 respondents chose “MOST of the webcomics/indie comics I like feel like that have an active fandom.”
  • 12 respondents chose “ALL of the webcomics/indie comics I like feel like that have an active fandom.”
  • 12 respondents chose “NONE of the webcomics/indie comics I like feel like that have an active fandom.”

Of the webcomics_indie comics you personally like, how many do you feel have an active fandom that encourages you to engage with the content, fans, and creator_

 

On Friday, I will be posting the aggregated results for Question 11 and posting my own thoughts.  If you have any questions or comments about the survey results, please feel free to share in the comments below!  Until Friday, have a great week!

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14 thoughts on “Webcomic/Indie Comic Reader Habits Survey Results Part 1

  1. Very cool and useful, thanks so much for sharing these insights. Answered many questions and confirmed some suspicions I had. Such as that reader believe they have nothing worthwhile to say. I find comments so useful and I really appreciate when people make them. We work in isolation and it’s hard to know basic things like: Did the page make sense? Or simply how it was understood. This is invaluable in order to improve!

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    • Thank you for taking a look and replying~! I definitely get the essential-ness of comments and was quite disappointed to see how many people responded they don’t comment at all. :< I hope now that there is concrete data of where the obstacles are (like shyness and feeling there isn't anything to say) everyone can work together to make the situation better~!

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