i think it depends on how much content is being released with each update. if we are talking like...1 page/5-ish panels at a time, i would expect updates once a week or once every 2 weeks at the longest. i think id want web comics to be like tv shows. come in seasons and update weekly.
The schedule should be consistent for the sake of keeping your audience's attention. Even if it has to be every two weeks or so, if the schedule is relatively consistent, the audience will continue to check the comic. You can sacrifice quality a little bit for a quicker schedule, as long as you go back and refine the artwork in a timely manner.
For example: sometimes Coelasquid (Creator of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things) will upload a page that is junk inks or just flats, but she quickly goes back and updates the artwork to completion, all while maintaining a consistent schedule.
Well in my experience, I prefer webcomics that are easily accessible and have a time schedule. Ava's Demon is a great Tumblr webcomic with excellent art but updates so infrequently, I would forget about it had I not been watching it on Tumblr.
To put things in perspective, I still check on Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name to see if Tessa's come back to it. Last update on there was February. Of 2011. Same goes for Daisy Owl.
Time to plug some nifty webcomics I've found recently!
Shortpacked! is really good. You have to read through like 8 years of archives, but it's worth it. It's always well-written, and well-drawn after the first few months or so. It's about people working in a toy store, and the comic alternates between gag-a-day strips and real story-arcs. The characters are original and interesting and do really interesting things.
Monster Pulse is pretty good too. The art isn't too consistent, but I like it the style anyway. It's kind of a sci-fi young-adult thing. These kids are targeted by these energy beings (created by a scientific research firm) that make the kids's body parts (eye, hair, heart, stomach) manifest into this companion-monster thing. The premise doesn't sound all that promising, but the direction it goes in is really interesting.
why not a balance between a the two? a comic that uploads somewhat frequently(1-2 weeks) so you don't forget things, and still has relativity clean for the artist making it(i herd comics make you improve like mad so if it starts out sloppy and rushed it wont be for long.)
I voted other, since I wanted to reply manually lol
Sorry if this response is a bit garbled... my thoughts are a bit "all over the place" on this subject since there are many different ways of looking at it!
I'm a bit weird with webcomics... and a major hypocrite in fact.. MY webcomic is terribly drawn (despite the fact that Im a competent, professional artist)! Also until recently it was updated VERY sporadically (literally, I posted only about 20 comic strips over 2 years or so!) If I were trying to attract myself as a target audience, I would have failed miserably! Despite this though TUV still managed to attract a small but perfectly formed fan-base of beautiful people who encouraged me to carry on and showed their support over the months (without ever nagging or pressuring) so after a while I decided I owed it to them to at least make the updates regular! and so the idea of TUVsday (I now update every tuesday) was born! - Now there's even a youtube cartoon in the works.
This is why I say Im a hypocrite: Generally, something has to LOOK nice before I'll even bother taking a look... something about it has to grab my attention.. although some of the best small press comics I've read haven't always been the most polished in terms of artwork! I guess with the web there's always so much stuff you're competing for attention against... it can be trough to get your stuff noticed amongst all the other posts/ads/messages etc we're bombarded with when we're online. ... Even then it doesn't really matter to me if it's updated regularly or not, since I'm more likely to sit down and read through a back-catalogue or LOTS of strips (Like freakangels, which is a complete story online which I read through it all recently... no waiting for updates.. no loosing track w/the story over artist hiatus' etc.. it's excellent btw- I can't recommend it enough!) By reading through a big bulk of strips like this I find I'm able to get into a story/comic better than trying to follow updates page-by-page as they're posted (if that makes sense?). To that end, using TUV as an example again: I'd have still failed to capture my attention since in 2 years I've barely built up a back-log.. but I think TUV is probably more like the "funnies" kinda strip you get in the news papers, than a serious proper webcomic like freak-angles or others (which I guess if compared to print medium would be more like a graphic novel!). TUV is meant to be fun, and I enjoy doing it.. if other people also enjoy it then that's a bonus. ... I guess the approach I've taken w/TUV is more like Silent Reaper's stupid fox.. which I DID eventually get into but it too a long time! - I kept seeing those comics springing up in people's favourites for months/years before I actually bothered taking a look at them... they're funny and I enjoy getting them in my inbox but they're not a serious in-depth story like freakangles .. they're more like 1-off strips like TUV/newspaper funnies.
.. I guess it goes to show that so long as characters are appealing enough, and your comic can make someone smile (or cry, or think, whatever your aim is!) it doesn't matter how well drawn they are or how regularly you update. Work for yourself first and foremost, DON'T put too much pressure on yourself! - and if you're happy with/enjoy it, chances are other people will to.
I'm always happy to be a sounding board babe, if U wanna chat about this kinda stuff more/need some support or feedback or what have you. x
Had to vote other. Generally I prefer to read comics in print, yet webcomics are certainly also fun to read when I can keep the attention span for it. So I wasn't really able to vote "webcomics aren't my thing" because they ARE and they aren't if that makes any sense at all d00d.
I just have a hard time staying focused and committed to reading a webcomic since the internet can be incredibly distracting. I also find it hard to keep checking for updates all the time, as well as I almost hate reading them off my screen. I like the feel of flipping through pages. But then there are some comics that I read online all the time (VOID battles etc) as well as finding that some comics are just better suited for a web format if they were made with the web in mind. So how often it updates doesn't even really factor in for me because I'll probably forget about it and then just randomly remember it later on.
Well if it's good, there are NEVER enough pages! Raaaar! But in all seriousness I'd prefer slower updates. Your art is LOVERLY and I'd hate for you to be shovelling out pages you're not happy with just to please the rest of us. But whatever you're comfortable with, it's up to you
Above all, story and consistency. I don't care about how frequent the posts are, but so long as you stick to whatever schedule you set, I'm gravy. Art quality also takes a backseat--particularly if I get to watch the artist's style develop and/or improve as the comic goes. Gunnerkrigg Court and Questionable Content are excellent examples.
While I prefer frequent uploads and don't mind if the art's a little sketchy, I do mind if that affects the story itself; I don't care if you can't erase you're guidelines because you're posting so quick, but you should have written out the script before you began drawing.
While I do like a well paced story that's easy to understand, I can also appreciate the complexity of one as well. For example, Nature of Nature's Art is pretty good. It's not something I understand right off the bat, but rereading parts of it allow the story to sink in a bit more, all the while I can take the time to appreciate the art itself.
a webcomic should be well written, but you should also be happy with your art. take as long as you need, and it'll look better than if you listen to the people who have short attention spans and want it done like THAT.
It depends on the number of panels per update I guess. For example, the webcomic, Mystery Babylon-Kick Girl, updates every Monday, but since it's in the style of a graphic novel, you only get a small portion of plot each week. However, the art for it is pretty darn good. The others I read update maybe twice a week or so, but are also smaller, newspaper funnies style strips. That means, even if they enter a story arc, each panel ends in a joke and you feel satisfied. I suppose if it were the former style, I'd like it more if multiple pages were uploaded all at once whenever the artist is satisfied with them. Maybe a whole chapter when it is ready. However, if it is the latter, the weekly style is always good and also has nice art (the ones I read anyways). You probably shouldn't try to rush anything though if it's graphic novel style. Your art will definitely slip.
It honestly depends on the comic. For an evolving storyline full of characters I know and love slowly developing over time, a slower pace is better. I can savour the pages in small bursts.
For more of a 'gag strip' or 'newspaper' comic I like em faster and more regular to enjoy more off in a short space of time. They don't need to be grand works of art on every page, because if you find a strip you don't like it's easy to hop quicky to the next one It's why I love Sinfest
It's kinda like caramel popcorn compared to a big christmas dinner Both are great depending on the circumstances
That... might sound... weird, but I'd like you to like the webcomic. Even if it's going to be a sketchy one, and if it takes you a month to draw one single page, you can always see when the author loves the work they do, and this 'love' makes a webcomic amazing. I'm reading few webcomics here. One of those is a drama about a weasel (!) who came back from war (!!) and it seems like he's starting a romance (!!!), it's a banal plot, the style is a bit sketchy, but the eager and love of the author makes this comics so special, I can't wait to see the next pages. There is... something about this Creator+Creation relationship. I don't think it takes a schedule, witty plot or exctra-cool art to make comics interesting. There's something more about it, and I'm not sure if it's aint the authors attitude.
I greatly appreciate your input, thank you. <3 With how much people tend to demand from artists, it's nice to know that there are still a few out there who enjoy the work if an artist enjoys making it.
as much as i wish we could have fast-updating webcomics that are LAOS high in quality with good pacing, thats too hard on the artists. I follow a number of webcomics that update infrequently but have fabulous storytelling and art, and thats how i like 'em. Just as long as updates don't get SO far in between that people forget you draw a comic at all and stop coming back.... like mine lol
Personally I think consistency is the most important trait. If you set a scedule fans sorta expect you to keep it and tend to show up less frequently if the comic isn't likely to update on time. As for frequency and art quality, that all depends on how much of each your planning to use. If its a daily or five days scedule your considering then quality can usually be buggered. Some artists try using color to hide the mistakes but with those you generally see a fast and steady increase in artistic ability over the period of a year or two. On the other hand if you mean once or twice a week, then its better to concern yourself more with quality since you will be updating less often and thus want to make something that can keep the readers in.
Quality is definitely a huge issue with -my- comic. I'm aiming for once a week to start with, if I can meet that easily I'll try for twice a week. Anything more would really be pushing it, especially considering the poor condition my wrists are in.
PaiseFeatured By OwnerNov 1, 2012Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like reading comics that issue a page once a week. That way, it's kinda like watching a TV show. You can look forward to it all week and you know that it'll be coming out on that certain date.
I think a week is also an acceptable amount of time to make a page, maybe even two, depending on the schedule.
I guess for me, even though I haven't read that many, I respect their work ethic and their stick-to-it-iveness. I don't think I'd have the patience or the imagination to do so hahah!
I've read the whole range of webcomics. There are some that have updated pretty much daily (which is super fuckin' impressive on its own), one that updates tri-weekly, some that update once a week, and a couple that update "whenever the hell the art's drawn." It all depends on whether I'm interested in the story and, to a lesser extent, if I like the art. Update frequency is probably at the bottom of my priority list.
i clicked " I won't read any webcomic that doesn't update frequently AND has nice artwork." but then I still read Ctrl-Alt-Dlt so that's not strictly true. But it's the reason I won't even look at Questionable Content.
I don't mind waiting a little for great artwork and story pacing. Though I don't read many webcomics, I probably wouldn't read one that took months for every single update. I could probably forgive a couple of weeks pretty easily, but it'd just be too painful to see an exciting page and then have to wait like two months to see what happens next umu
Of course, these are just my views. It's up to you as the webcomic artist to decide what's best for the comic and what your fans will enjoy!
Somewhere between good art and good story. A lot of the webcomics I read started out with only passable artwork, but a good enough story to overlook the visual failings. I generally won't go with a bad story and good art, though - I've stopped reading a few webcomics because even with the evolution of the art, I felt the story had gone downhill and wasn't worth reading anymore.
Frequent updates are good, but as long as there are REGULAR updates I'm happy. One of the comics I read only updates once a month.
It's kinda hard for me to answer. I think it's rude to rush people with their art and comics but at the same time, if I'm made to wait a little too long I will lose interest guaranteed. Buuuut also if the art is phenomenal, I'll most likely be interested again in the future xD I think as long as the artist is proud of their work, that's what matters
I never read webcomics consistently. I always do it spurts, so if a comic is updated regularly or not, I barely ever know.
That being said, it's far more important in this day and age to work on producing something with more quality to it. I would rather a great page a week instead of 3 of them at the cost of quality, especially nowadays when these pieces of work are likely to become a book to sell.