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06 June 2005, 05:55 AM
I am in a bit of a pickle here. I am attempting to publish online a comic i have been writing for some time. I want to control what is viewed by having the visitor purchasing seperate comics, or editions of one online. Kinda how you do in a comic shop, but purchasing an edition allows you access to read what is online. I would prefer not to have a monthly subscription so this system sounds closer to what i need.

Aside from a few friends telling to email a few porn site webmasters, i dont have many leads.

I don't know if anyone here has done this, or knows anyone else who has, or at least knows of a few links which would help me, but any help in the right direction you can give me is greatly appreciated. All i was able to find so far are monthly subcription applets.. :hmm:

Oh and any info you can share on the legal stuff with protecting everything i put online with copyrights to prevent getting ripped off, would also be helpful. Thanks!

06 June 2005, 01:57 PM
In the past two weeks it seems like the answer to every question is Scott McCloud ( He wrote a book called Reinventing Comics that (I haven't read, but) discusses how comics can keep adapting to stay relevant in today's world. Anyway, Scott posts several of his comics to his site and charges per page to read them. His site and his work are definitely worth a look.

06 June 2005, 04:15 PM
ohh awesome! Thanks for the link! :)

06 June 2005, 04:32 PM
There's a few forums that cater to comics and online publishing. Here's a couple where you could ask for more info:


06 June 2005, 12:27 AM
Hey Lord Blue

I was going to suggest looking at bitpass as a "micro" payment solution. And after visiting Scott's site I see that is what he uses.

I have been looking at that myself, but can't speak for the system since I have no experience with it.

Do you have any previews of your onlne comics? I for one, would be interested in seeing some.


07 July 2005, 08:55 PM
I've been hearing a lot of good things about Reinventing Comics. I'll have to check it out later myself.

07 July 2005, 06:19 AM
You know how MOST online comics make their money?

Donations, selling merchandise and advertisement.

But that requires building up a stable readership over a long time (usually five years of regular updating at least), so it's always hard, hard work. Your comic needs to be big enough to generate a certain incomee.

But that's what works best in the moment.

It the world of onlinecomics, there has been a constant discussion micropayment vs. donations in the webcomic world, and there currently the result is that McCloud has a nice idea, but currently it's very unpractical. Everyone *I* know who generates decent income, does so over their donations: Kevin&Kell, Penny Arcade, Something Positive... The "keep it free and ask the reader to tip" model seems to work best in the moment.

But If your comic is good enough, you might want to look into getting it published in graphic smash, girlmania or one of the other online comics syndicates. There the reader pays a monthly fee to view the archive of yours and alot of other comics, that seems to be a good model too.

07 July 2005, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the input all. A few friends have been fighting tooth and nail for me to just go free. Over all i am just afraid of being ripped off, and would like to help make a buck or two of all this work (3 years worth at the moment)

My comic idea is less conventional, so i dont know how to serve it to the public. Its a cross between an art book, fantasy novel and comic book. Over all a weird blend, but it consists of many, many short tales, so it works (one story may be in comic form, another in text with art along side). The combination cuts me off from most publishers because most specialize in one form of printing. So i need a special deal to print.. but before i need a solid following, which i dont have at the moment. :) Online can broaden my fan base fast with less trouble. Its just seems to be very difficult to protect my creation online. (the only art i have online are my additions to the daily sketch forum really, hehe)

Seems i am a unique case, so more research is needed! :D

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