Sequential Underground #14 – Audience

Sequential Underground

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators talks audience!

Shawn and Nick share their experiences with trying to build online audiences for their comics. They discuss the following networks and directories (loosely) in this order:

Shawn is looking for any audience that wants to have fun, and in particular he tries to make his stories click with new comics readers. Ideally, Nick wants a massive audience, but he really wants the fans of twisted humor to keep coming back again and again.

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8 Responses to “Sequential Underground #14 – Audience”

  1. 1 Brian John Mitchell

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Comicspace, which was pretty awesome two years ago & is useless now.

    I think Google AdWords has a thing where they are offering some money to start.

    I think the forums & blogs posting is a good way to generate some traffic. If I have anything worth saying I always make sure to post a comment in a blog.

    I would say that one of the things that I have a problem with is I don’t use an RSS feed on my comic site & I really should. Then again it’s only the past month that I decided to make all my work available for free on the internet instead of just having physical stuff. But I think it is a good idea to have an email list with monthly (or less!) updates to major things going on & I actually haven’t done too much about that yet.

    Also I have had huge luck with having my mini-comics for sale on the merch table as a touring musician.

  2. 2 ross

    Tumblr is like Twitter in blog form, i think that’s the most accurate way to describe it. there’s a follower feed, you can “like” posts, you can retweet/reblog posts, etc. i don’t think there’s much Facebook correlation because Tumblr is very profile-lite and it’s often anonymous, there’s pretty much zero profile and social emphasis like what Facebook is.

    i don’t really know how well my accounts on various websites work to further my audience, i really can’t say. i think my biggest hub is still deviantart, on which i’ve seen a huge plummet in views/visits over the past few years which might be because deviantart is a very different place than it was when i first showed up, or because people are bored/sick of my artwork, or both. but yeah when i first showed up on deviantart back in 2003 or whenever i EXPLODED on the scene and it’s still probably the best thing i’ve ever done in terms of audience/exposure/whatever.

    i’ve also had a livejournal for a really long time but the readership has gone down a lot on that, which might be because of the same reasons as deviantart, that LJ’s usage has gone way down over the years and people have left, or because people got bored of my stuff and haven’t been commenting or anything.

    i can’t think of any other venues, hmm. you guys covered all the main ones, at least the ones i use.

  3. 3 nick marino

    @Brian: I wanna get into email newsletters! For Super Haters, for sure. As for blogs, I find them really easy to interact with because I enjoy reading them regardless of the self-promo angle. But forums aren’t always that way for me. And RSS is something we didn’t really get into… I feel like RSS gets used primarily by people who consume blog content in a work environment. I could be wrong about that, but that’s the impressions I get. And hahaha ohhhh poor Comicspace. Gone too soon.

    @Ross: I think LJ and DA each have their own things that they do well. I mean, to the best of my knowledge, LJ was the first place with both blog and newsfeed capability, and I think other networks have adopted that concept and done a better job with it. But the users who remain are still there because they like the community and the format. Same with DA, though I think in some ways DA has greatly improved since its inception. Or maybe I just have a different type of interaction with it nowadays.

  4. AudioShocker Shoutouts!

    The Illiterate Badger webcomics

  5. 4 ross

    what’s the deal with Comicspace? what happened to it??

  6. 5 nick marino

    the userbase dropped pretty hard in 2009, and they revamped the site in 2010 (i think), and now it’s a social media graveyard with a confusing design.

  7. 6 Brian John Mitchell

    Comicspace back when I joined it was pretty awesome. You had a little user profile kinda like MySpace & you had the ability to upload individual comics a page at a time in little folders & it was really easy to upload your stuff & read other people’s stuff. But what made it really cool is it had a page that just listed the most recent uploads. Then at some point (maybe 2009?) the site got a bit taken over as far as having a lot of “here’s the first five pages of the new Green Lantern/Wolverine” instead of being so heavy on underground content. Then this past year they re-did the site in such a way that everyone lost the majority of content they uploaded & it’s navigation is clunky & non-sensical while having more ads. I understand that you can only run a site at a loss for so long, but it seems like it was better left alone.

  8. AudioShocker Shoutouts!

    Dead Mondays webcomics

  9. 7 Brian John Mitchell

    I listed my comics on Belfry yesterday & today Belfry says 33 readers? Don’t know if that refers to people clicking to read or just those who’ve read the article, but it seems good for 24 hours either way.

  10. 8 nick marino

    re:Comicspace – i never knew the mechanics of the site very well… and i was never fond of it as a place for hosting my comics because i always thought the interface was a little awkward. but i do think it was awesome for networking with other creators (though, back then, i didn’t leverage that aspect particularly well).

    re:Belfry – they have a “recent added” section on the homepage and your listing will appear there for the next two weeks. you’ll get a lot of clicks that way. and i’m guessing that 33 readers means 33 people have clicked on your link and been taken to your site. by the end of Super Haters’s stint in recently added, i had close to 300 readers, which was awesome but then things dropped off really quick after that. now i think i have a few readers a week. like single digits. it’s primarily a site for furry webcomics. that’s what they link to the most and that’s the main thread of the community there.

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