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So here's the thing-- I've got a comic that's still in development but I've been slow with getting it out becAUse I'm still not sure where I want it to be hosted.

The only ones that come to mind for me are smack jeeves and tumblr if you've got the theme for it. So if you know of any others I should look into or pros and cons of some that would be rad m/
i think having your own site is preferable, but tumblr is good. and to be honest, theme doesn't matter as much. i've recently been extremely successful on tumblr. smackjeeves has too much competition floating around. like someone might go to read your comic and be distracted by a better comic and ignore you completely
butt goddess
i think having your own site is preferable, but tumblr is good. and to be honest, theme doesn't matter as much. i've recently been extremely successful on tumblr. smackjeeves has too much competition floating around. like someone might go to read your comic and be distracted by a better comic and ignore you completely


thanks for your input, man ✌. yeah i wasn't too fond of smack jeeves myself but idk i get it a lot when i ask people. as for my own website wow i wouldn't even know where to start with that.
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butt goddess
i think having your own site is preferable, but tumblr is good. and to be honest, theme doesn't matter as much. i've recently been extremely successful on tumblr. smackjeeves has too much competition floating around. like someone might go to read your comic and be distracted by a better comic and ignore you completely


thanks for your input, man ✌. yeah i wasn't too fond of smack jeeves myself but idk i get it a lot when i ask people. as for my own website wow i wouldn't even know where to start with that.


most people use wordpress and their comic publishing theme comicpress. its pretty simple. i generally use tumblr to generate traffic over to my website but my site is under construction so i've been just using tumblr. its definitely a good place to get a fanbase started.
Ashenflame's avatar

Conservative Explorer

Comic Dish - No ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout.

Smack Jeeves - Ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout.

Drunk Duck - Lots of ads, known for major crashes, limited site design control.

Comic Fury - No ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout. Forum has about the same maturity as Gaia.

Toons Up - No ads, easy to use, limited site theme control.


WordPress/ComicPress users usually end up regretting it because all the plugins leave them vulnerable to hackers if they don't double-check every last nook and cranny.
You may want to look into hosting it on websites meant for comic stuff, like the SJ and DD mentioned above, and then promoting it on Tumblr, Twitter, etc.: "Blah blah just updated! <link, teaser pic>" alternatively, for more exposure.
desdeum's avatar

Dangerous Lunatic

Comic fury is a safe bet. It's easy to use, easy to get decent views if you make yourself known on the forums, and it's highly customizable.

Many use smackjeeves but I feel it's difficult to stand out at all there if you don't have a very specific type of comic or art.

As pointed out before tumblr is probably a better marketing and advertising tool than a comic host.
Rockabuddy
You may want to look into hosting it on websites meant for comic stuff, like the SJ and DD mentioned above, and then promoting it on Tumblr, Twitter, etc.: "Blah blah just updated! &link, teaser pic&" alternatively, for more exposure.


ah that's smart, i'd not thought of that. thanks for your advice (' v ')
Ashenflame
Comic Dish - No ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout.

Smack Jeeves - Ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout.

Drunk Duck - Lots of ads, known for major crashes, limited site design control.

Comic Fury - No ads, easy to use, nearly fully customizable site layout. Forum has about the same maturity as Gaia.

Toons Up - No ads, easy to use, limited site theme control.


WordPress/ComicPress users usually end up regretting it because all the plugins leave them vulnerable to hackers if they don't double-check every last nook and cranny.


thanks so much for the comparisons. i don't think i've heard of some of these, i'll be sure to look them up c: have a nice day
desdeum
Comic fury is a safe bet. It's easy to use, easy to get decent views if you make yourself known on the forums, and it's highly customizable.

Many use smackjeeves but I feel it's difficult to stand out at all there if you don't have a very specific type of comic or art.

As pointed out before tumblr is probably a better marketing and advertising tool than a comic host.


thanks for the advice !
Yeah, what you do is you have a website MEANT for comic displaying to keep your readers there because it's set up for the easiest reading...even if it's SmackJeeves. I liked SmackJeeves's interface a few years ago. But when I last knew it, to be successful on SmackJeeves without promoting yourself you have to A.) draw in an anime/manga style B.) write male-on-male softcore porn C.) be lucky. If you happen to qualify for A and B, you're in the running.

Because it doesn't really matter where you put it if it's a place meant for displaying comics. What matters is how you promote it.

1.) Upload just enough pages at first to establish "This is the main character, this is the setting, and this is an interesting situation that the main character has to deal with." "Coming Soon" teasers don't really work for comics. Hell, they don't work for movies. Think about how many movie trailers you've seen and thought, 'Holy s**t, I want to see that!' and then think about how many movies you've actually seen.

2.) Create a buffer of subsequent pages. Seriously, create a buffer. Don't start your comic and upload it as you go. So, if something comes up, you can hit your "Update Every Wednesday" quota and nobody will be the wiser. How much of a buffer? The bigger, the better, to be completely honest. Hell, I've seen people finish entire works before actually distributing them online. Try taying a month or two ahead, at least.

3.) Upload comic-related art to [insert social media platform here]. Very fetching splash pages, teaser panels, all of them linking to the comic. Do this consistently, whether it's every update, every other update... But be predictable. Most content management systems let you queue up your work so you can upload 10 pages at once and then say, "Release one every week," so you load it all up, then let it autopilot.

4.) At first, people won't be interested in you. So, tell people you're interested in THEM. Run around on [social media platform] and directly interact with people. Sit down and go, "Today, I will talk to 10 new people." If it's Tumblr, go drop notes in peoples' Ask Me Anything, and don't do it anonymously. They can be random questions. They can be relevant questions. The point is to deliberately show 10 people that you exist.

5.) Get yourself free advertising by piggybacking off of the success of others. Pay attention to what is popular (adventure time, my little pony, pokemon...), and upload fanart. MAKE SURE that you have your Tumblr/Twitter/wtfever link on there so that when it gets redistributed, people who see it will see where to find more like it (don't rely on the comment box, people don't read that). Does it make you a sellout? Yeah, to the people who are jealous of you.

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