This month I had the privilege to read apocalypse romance story No End by Erli and Kromi. Though the comic has a few hiccups with characters, it possesses an engaging story that will keep you hooked.
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!
It’s no real secret that I spend a lot of my time writing. I write for this blog every week, I write webcomic reviews for StArt Faire every month, I do a lot of social media managing which involves a lot of tweet writing, etc. While I wouldn’t say I’m the best writer, I have definitely seen worse; you only need to be an English major in a low level college class to see the huge difference sometimes in skill level. While I don’t often have time for fiction, I do occasionally write that as well. I’m arguably more passionate about fiction and stories, but I also do enjoy the sorts of non-fiction analysis that I do here on this blog. Either way, I have lots of experience in writing, in part because I make efforts to practice it when I can.
Thus, as someone who identifies as a writer, nothing grinds my gears more than seeing others treat writing as anything less than a skill.
“Don’t put all your eggs into one basket.”
This is a common saying that gets passed around, but I think too few people actually stop to think about what this concept means. Particularly for indie creators, whether they’re creating games, comics, or otherwise, there seems to be a general trust that goes towards third party businesses as far as making your content available. Unfortunately, the risk for betrayal is somewhat high and may catch the more naïve off-guard. Today, I would like to analyze this statement a bit, particularly as it pertains to comics. Why comics? Well, I will tell you why.
Over this past week while working on administrative tasks for StArt Faire, it became necessary for me to analyze the best use for two different platforms. However, I was overtaken by a feeling of the stark difference between the company practices. Namely, where the companies focus device wise and how that affects me as a user, not only in my enjoyment but in my desire to even use the platform. Thus, my goal today is to write down my thoughts about these stark differences. Please keep in mind that the platforms I’m about to compare are from widely different industries. Nonetheless, they are the best representatives for what I’m about to talk about. Let us continue on this journey as I compare Tapastic and Discord.