Webcomics Wednesday: No Audience
Pretty much all of the webcomics you and I know are at least moderately successful. They might not be bringing in enough money for the creator to live off, but they bring in at least enough attention and positive recognition for the creator to continue working on it, even if is technically running a financial loss. But frequently, “success” is simply being able to create art and have people respond to it. Many people, after all, take up webcomics simply because they have a story that they feel the need to tell, and the internet is the best venue for sharing it.
Unless a creator has already built up a decent following somehow, it’s not unusual for traffic and feedback to the comic to be slow at the start. Obviously, without that existing group of fans, it takes time and effort to build a regular reader base. I think most new creators expect this at least at some level, even if the specific timeline they envision is unrealistic.
But what if, after years of toiling away on the comic, and doing everything “right”—regular updates, alerting everyone on all the social media channels, continued improvement on writing and illustration, etc.—there remains essentially no reaction? Not only are fans not always clamoring for the next installment, but haters and trolls don’t bother showing up either. People come to the comic, read perhaps a few pages, shrug, and move on. No comments, no likes, no shares, zip. From the creator’s perspective, they’re not reaching anyone in any capacity.
This can, of course, be frustrating. As I said, many creators create in order to somehow connect with other people. To make something that touches someone else in some way, whether that’s some deep philosophical revelation that can change a person’s life or just a poop joke they laugh at. READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT FREAKSUGAR.COM