This week I had the honor of checking out Postmortem Of a Puppet by Pancaek, a rather avant garde comic. While much of the comic, especially the art, is fantastic, it definitely won’t be for everyone.
This month I had the privilege to check out The Sisters by Peter Violini and Brian L. Richmond. Though the story has a lot of interesting facets and creativity, there are a few areas where some improvements could be made.
Are you a fan of slice-of-life stories with some character drama sprinkled on top? If you answered yes, you will adore Radio Silence by Vanessa Stefaniuk. The comic not only has a fantastic set of characters, but a unique and energetic story to tell as well.
As I explained on Wednesday, at the end of June I conducted a survey through Comic Tea Party to assess reader habits for webcomics/indie comics. I went over the results for the first ten questions in that post, so if you missed out, check in on it.
In this post, I would like to do two things. First off, I’m going to discuss the optional question 11 which many participants did fill in and that I have aggregated to the best of my ability. Second, I am going to discuss my own thoughts on the results of the survey as well as some areas where there is room for error. Of course, if you don’t care about my thoughts, you are highly welcome to skip them and draw your own conclusions.
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.
Check out my guest post on lettering for comics that I wrote for Nattosoup! It’s a fantastic blog with so much info on creating for comics, whether you want to talk about art, writing, or marketing aspects. It also has a lot of great topics on watercolors for you traditional artists as well. Please make sure to give everything a look through if webcomics and/or art are one of your interests!
“What am I doing wrong? Why doesn’t my creation have more of an audience?”
These are questions that are often frequent in any industry’s indie sector. No matter what you create, whether it be comics, stories, videos, games, or anything else, there are special challenges that come with being a solo or small-team creator. Oftentimes, indie creators feel that no matter how much work they put into their product, they don’t have enough people consuming their content. This is when those questions start plaguing their minds, and it can lead to some depressing attitudes about future success.
I’m here to tell you that you can succeed when you’ve hit the point where you’re asking these questions. However, in order to be able to succeed, you have to take a very tough and harsh look at your content and how you handle it. Since this can be a scary and intimidating matter, though, today I’m going to walk you through the questions you need to ask yourself. Some of these questions are going to be hard to tackle, and know I mean no particular offense with them. Yet, by working through them you will be better positioned to figure out what you need to do to grow your audience.