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How Do You Read Webcomics? Poll Data!

28.03.2019 | 5:00

The Webcomic Reader Poll Data is here! Find out what your readers actually want to see from your webcomic! And which is better, webtoon or tapas?

Hi, H-P Lehkonen here. I’m currently teaching comics in the Liminka school of arts (I do this yearly and it’s honestly my favorite place to teach, after all I used to study there myself before!)

The classes I teach are all about webcomics, and especially the business side of them. The teachers at the school are very professional and know how to teach how to make the comics, but the marketing, social media, networking, pitching, publishing, you name it! Those are the area I know most about.

This year I wanted the students to hear what the readers think of the experience of reading webcomics! So I went and made a poll with the questions I hear every year. Well, other professionals on twitter said they also want to see the results. At first I was worried of publishing something personal, but now after reading the replies, they’re all very anonymous and you can’t tell who’s who when you read them! Awesome!

I first though of maybe editing this a bit, but I think seeing the replies as they are is very beneficial to the webcomic artists out there! So I’m just posting everything. (I did left out the last 3 questions because I was getting so tired of copying and pasting, apparently google forms doesn’t give you an option to copy stuff on one go, or to print a PDF, that would be easy to read! Everything I tried was way too inaccessible for someone with Dyslexia or ADHD for example.)

My own comments on this are: I am so happy to see how readers really thin about the artists so much! You can see it in the comments here! The readers understand that the authors are all doing their best and working hard and they appreciate that a lot! This poll really made me happy to see how wonderful the webcomics community is! Both readers and authors!!

So here you go, I compiled the answers in this one SUPER LONG blog post! Have fun!!

55,4% of the answers were from people who never make webcomics, meaning, that’s the valuable view! View of the reader!!

Where do you read webcomics from?

Line Webtoon

Webtoon usually

Tapas, Webtoons, comic’s own webpage

On my laptop

Line Webtoons, directly on artists’ websites

creator-owned websites (my favorite), tumblr, tapastic, webtoon

Tapas, webtoon, the comic’s own website

I mostly read from the tapas app for a while bc I posted there

Finding recommendations on Twitter or from friends.

Mobile, mostly webtoons because it fits mobile so well

My mobile/at home

artist’s/comic’s own sites; webtoons, tapastic, etc

webtoons, tapas, tumblr, and creators’ own websites

Mostly private-owned sites and hiveworks, sometimes sparkler monthly. I also frequently read comics on comicfury, though as far as I’m aware it’s a relatively little-known site.

Phone or computer

On my phone or computer

Tapas, Patreon, authors’ own websites

webtoons, smackjeeves, own websites, facebook where I just happen to see gag strips

Comics’ own sites or webtoon

Smackjeeves, or personal website

Webtoon, on webcomics own pages, tumblr, instagram

webtoons, instagram, twitter, patreon, deviantart and personal webpages I’ve either saved in my bookmarks or that people link to their social media. Twitter most often. sometimes but now more rarely smackjeeves. Instagram works only on short strips because I can’t see things in chronological order.

Tapas, Webtoons, Lezhin

Phone and computer

Tapas, smackjeeves, hiveworks, tumblr

Tapas, webtoons, hiveworks, sparkler monthly

the webcomic’s website (ie. the domain that only has that webcomic on it)

Webtoons or the comics’ own portal, a few on tapas

All over the place. Webtoon, creator’s own sites, Smackjeeves, Tapastic, Tumblr. In that order.

Depends whether I use mobile or laptop: Tapastic/webtoons/instagram for mobile, blog sites and unique sites for PC.

Main site by preference. Sometimes hive sites like Webtoons or Tapas. Some of them mainly in Patreon!

my phone or my computer

Webtoon

Webtoon

Webtoons or the webcomic’s site

Tapas, webtoons, or their own website

Lately mostly the line webtoons app. But I still keep up with some old favorites on their personal websites.

Webcomic centered websites like Tapas, or straight from the webcomic’s own blog. If it’s Chinese/Korean,

I’ll read it on scanlation websites.

webtoons and their sites

Webtoons (mainly), Tumblr, Tapas, Facebook, own websites

Tapas and Line Webtoon

Webtoon, tapas, individual sites

Tumblr, or their own sites

Webtoons, sometimes Tapas

Their own websites!

i follow a couple accounts who are doing strip comics on twitter so they occasionally pop on my timeline. nothing with long story arcs though

Webtoons, an app

My laptop

WEBTOON

Line webtoon, hiveworks, individual pages the artist has. Shorter ones on twitter

Everywhere. Desktop, smartphone, as long as it has a display and internet connection, and the webcomics I read gone from around the world.

In my home on my smart phone.

Webtoons.com

Website their posted? / Mostly independently created ones; occasionally Hiveworks (tend to avoid, most of what I read was absorbed after I started), Slipshine, MSPA, Iron Circus

Usually their own site, or a network like Hiveworks. Occasionally I’ll read a comic on webtoons or tapas, but for some reason I find those harder to keep up with. (Possibly because the Notifications for comic updates gets out of hand/overwhelming for me very quickly, and my style of keeping up with comics leans towards ”I have a list of bookmarks organized by update schedule that I check periodically.”)

The dedicated site usually, like Questionable Content or Gunnerkrigg Court. sometimes Manga Rock

Usually WebToon

Tapas.io, own websites

Both Personal sites(gunnerkriegg court) and groupsites(like Hiveworks)

uhhh anything from twitter threads to hive comics official stuff. depends on the comic place, I guess

Desktop PC (Windows)

Twitter, Tumblr, websites created to host webcomics, whether they’re created by the comic creator, or a

place to amass many webcomics together!

Phone (Tapas) or in browser (chrome, artists websites and/or hive works et al)

Their home site/page

WEBTOONS and independent websites

PC

WEBTOON, Twitter, Tumblr

Webtoons and Chrome browser on artists websites

I have a few that I read from my phone (mostly dailies / from Line Webtoon) and a couple that I prefer to read while at gone on my computer

Webtoon and Tapastic

Browser

From my cellphone, my own laptop and at times my work laptops.

Specialized websites (Tapas mostly) and sites set up specially for the webco in question.

Some on Tapas, most on their own websites

Computer

Webtoons & tumblr

desktop and mobile phone

Tapas, WebToon

How do you find new webcomics?

 

Twitter

Searching the website

Tips from Twitter

Through word of mouth or on twitter

Recommendations on comics I already read

webcomics plataforms (tapastic, webtoon), social media (twitter, tumblr, etc), hiveworks

Twitter, word of mouth, Instagram, by browsing tapas

Friend recs, used to be old webcomic database lists

Recommendations or twitter

Trough twitter and friends

Via Twitter recommendations + Reddit + Kickstarter

word of mouth, comic portals

through social media, recommendations from friends as well as artists and writers whose work i enjoy

Through the blogs or websites of the artists themselves, clickthroughs on other webcomic sites, occasionally friend recommendations and promotional or update posts on twitter or tumblr.

Recommendations from twitter

On Twitter or Instagram

word of mouth/Twitter, anthologies

Friends recommend, I see a panel/page on twitter and it piques my interest, or I see cool fanart.

Webtoon emails or via twitter

By recommendations and Twitter threads about queer authors etc

Usually on my twitter timeline. Or friends recommend.

through businesscards I’ve taken in artist alleys, webtoons/smackjeeves recommended section, or recommendations from social media or friends irl

References/mentions from other creators

Either via word of mouth or through recommendations on either site.

Recommended on twitter, browsing through said pages.

through friends, twitter, other webcomics, etc.

When they’re promoted by the app/website, by people i know or artists. I discover quite some of them through twitter.

Recommendations from people I follow online, mostly comics people I think

Social media & conventions where the creators advertise!

Top webcomics recommendations. Guest comic pages on comics I already read. Via interactions on social media like twitter on in discord servers. Recommendations for authors whose work I already enjoy.

either through threads of queer webcomics that are a good read or from friends recommending some

Scrolling through the app

Searching through webtoon

Friends recommendations or by browsing

Mostly Twitter

I search by genre on webtoons, or just go through random lists online and check out a bunch of new things that have an appealing art style.

I have plenty on my plate already, so I try to avoid starting new ones. But if I see a great ad on a webcomic’s website (the ones I’m currently keeping up with), I might feel tempted. Or if it’s trending on tumblr and it catches my interest. But before that, I would go to webcomic centered websites and search till I found something good.

what artists I follow shre

From the suggestions on Webtoons, reblogs on Tumblr, tweets by people or specialised account

I try to look for artists who has my kind of art style/themes and hope they do webcomics. I avoid popular ones since I prefer to find stuff by creators I like and appreciate.

Randomly? Usually don’t look for new ones, I just stumble across them

mostly on tumblr

Sometimes I find them by already liking the artist, sometimes artists I like promote other webcomics, or sometimes comics can promote themselves through fandoms in a ”if you like this show/book/etc you’ll like this comic!” way.

Tumblr recommendations, ask creators

I hear about them on social media; usually if it’s just starting out or short, it’s much easier for me to read than one that lasts longer than my attention span

Randomly stumble upon them

Friend Recommendations, Top recommendation Lists

people retweeting them, also browsing some comic artists’ accounts since they usually share their colleagues’ stuff

From Webtoons or an ad

Twitter, other’s recommendations

Art shared on social media, mostly.

I don’t have time for more webcomics

Seeing an advert on twitter, seeing new ones on the page I frequently visit (like webtoon), friend’s recommendations

8 out of 10 times, weird if mouth. 2 out of ten by meeting the creator(s) at cons.

Via the Webtoons app’s advertisements on YouTube, recommendations by authors at the end of their comics, and the discovery area of the Webtoon app.

Tumblr, Twitter

Twitter or the ‘Other comics I read!’ tab lots of cartoonists list on their sites

Mostly through following the artists of webcomics I already read! Other ones I’ll find through word of mouth/recommendations from friends. If I’m actively looking for a new read, I usually go to compiled lists of genres (LGBT+, Fantasy, Romance, Etc.) and skim descriptions/blurbs until I find something that catches my eye.

Fan art by other readers or sorting by genere. Promo art by the author as well.

Recommendations from friends, Featured section on WebToon

Word of mouth, recommendations from friends and favourite artists, sometimes fanart>who made this

fanart>oh they have a webcomic

easily fanart and promos by other artists/comic creators. they mention or make art of a series they like? well, I like them, so I might like that new thing too

Generally I encounter them on social media (twitter, tumblr)

Twitter, Tumblr, word of mouth

Recommendation by friends

Twitter, word of mouth

By recommendations from friends

Word of mouth

Recommendations from people I follow on social media, mostly.

Webtoons suggestions and social media

Most of the time I find them on social media; I’ve also occasionally picked them up from advertisements.

Start browsing through new ones till one catches my attention. Or an author I like suggests another author
Webtoons

Twitter, sometimes FB

Some from links on other comics’ recommended lists, some from guest comics, some from social media shoutouts, some by chance.

Specialized website ( looking through people’s library with similar taste to mine) and word of mouth / interactions with webcomic authors.

Word of mouth, usually through Twitter retweets and friend recommendations

Social Media

If life sends them my way, so be it

Recommended ones, or my wife shows me ones I might like

Generally webtoons -recommendations from artitsts I like or suggestion from spouse

I check out the webcomics of artists I’m already following on Twitter and Instagram. I also look within the webcomic websites/apps to find comics in the genres I’m interested in.

If we dismiss the usual things like art style and story that interests you, what aspects make you want to start reading a new webcomic the most? (Example: Where it’s posted, how often it updates etc. Anything that could make you want to read it!)

How often it updates

I prefer shorter, finished comics

Not too frequent updates (once/week is enough for me), readable on phone, the archive isn’t impossibly huge.

How accesible it is (i.e is it behind a paywall, is it someone’s personal website that can be expensive to set up, is it in a magazine like The Nib or a webcomics sharing site), how welcoming it is to new readers
I’m more likely to read things on apps like Webtoon where I can keep my subscriptions together, rather than trying to remember individual sites

how many pages the webcomic has (the more the merrier)

An existing page count that’s somewhere between 10-50 makes it very easy for me to check out a new webcomic

Where it’s posted or if the creator makes it easy to be notified of updates (e.g. a twitter, a tumblr, a newsletter in my inbox can get me to a self hosted site easily)

Genre has a big part of it, and knowing that it has scheduled regularly updates.

How easy it is to read on mobile and how easily i can notice if it’s been updated (for example, author telling every update at social media or app notifications)

The amount of fanart I see

easy-to-follow posting schedule, intuitive website/pages navigation & design

if it’s easily available, on an easily navigable clean-looking website; if it’s affordable or not behind a pay-wall at all (not that i think webcomic creators shouldn’t ask for money in return for access to their work, i absolutely think they can and should, but i probably wouldn’t pay a lot for a comic i knew nothing about without having been able to read either the first chapter or the creator’s other work first); if it updates regularly (doesn’t really matter how often (though if it’s more than twice a week i might fall behind and if less than once every 2 months i might forget), i just want to know when to check out the next page); if it comes well-recommended from people i know have similar tastes to mine.

Site design! I don’t care about update times, and, though having a steady update schedule is nice, a lack of one won’t discourage me from reading a webcomic. Site design and ease of reading is very important to me, though. I’m not sure how unpopular an opinion this is, but i absolutely /hate/ the site and comic design on tapas and webtoon- the ”streamlining” of the site, especially on mobile, is so extreme it makes the pages unpleasant to navigate for me. I prefer webcomics hosted on their own pages (like the setup on most comicfury comics) with clickthrough pages and normal chapter systems. The design of the site a comic is hosted on can really make or break the reading experience in my opinion, which is why I’m more likely to read comics with their own page, even if it’s done through a hosting service.

Themes likely, gender issues, if it’s a fantasy comic. But having a good first couple of pages will do it.

Recently updates every two weeks minimum.

There’s already a lot of it, or it’s going to update often. Updates at least two times a week (with 1-2 pages). Or, like, once a month but with a whole chapter. One page per week takes years to make and read and I forget the comic even exists because I get 3 panels a week and it’s boring. If I know the author personally/we are mutuals/I happen to follow them already I’m probably going to check out the comic. Seeing an author I follow say ”read this comic by this other person” is not going to make me click the link.

The comic is free to read. Sorry, I don’t have money to buy webcomics. At least I want to see more than 4 pages for free. Preferrably some concept art and stuff to make me interested on what I’m missing out on.

It already has 20-50 pages, has a record of updating regularly and has a patreon etc.. queer rep is a plus

I don’t think you can dismiss the ”usual”?? It usually the art style or the setting, whic kinda goes in to the story category.

Webpage layout wise: previous-home-next -buttons in a fixed spot above the page/chapter! Ofc below the page is important too, but I often forget where I was, so I’ll click every page through, and it’s irritating to have to scroll down every time or to move the cursor if the button jumps. reading from webtoons is easy, but they often lose the updated notification so if I miss that and it’s my only connection to a comic i might forget it. I like comics that are updated in batches like 5+ pages at once, then I don’t mind even if it updates less frequently. If I like a comic, I’ll gladly come back to it even years’s hiatus later. Social media that’s easy to follow for updates is very important! I rely on tumblr or twitter mostly to find out about comic updates, and I often end up unfollowing if the SoMe in question is full of unrelated things like random memes or long angry rant threads. Good SoMe: Clear info posts on when the comic updates with a link I can open in browser. Little personal posts like ”look this cute chicken I saw today!” add nice flavor, same themed art posts as well and occasional meme is fine, but preferatably max 5-10 posts per day. Unpleasant SoMe: Update info not consistent, or just ”heyy updated comic go to my profile for link” or linking to tumblr from other sites (when opening from cellphone tumblr links rarely work in browser). Constant lamenting on how the comic doesn’t get enough love is pretty off-putting as well. Whole bunch of other unrelated stuff like if I try to follow a cute feel-good comic and the artist posts porn etc in their social media, or a whooole lot of rambles/memes, or just a lot (10+ posts per day). Very specific dislike is tumblrs where there’s 20+ posts of anon asks in a row, not saying they’re bad as-is, but if my dash gets cluttered with stuff that doesn’t interest me, I easily unfollow and then don’t find the comic updates later.

The author

A captivating title page from there the story is the most important aspect, not necessarily art

Where it’s posted. I prefer websites that has a tracking device, or through twitter where people announce their updates.

I guess that it consistently updates? Basically that when I start reading and get to the last update I don’t find that it’s been a year since it updated :’D I tend to forget otherwise

having a consistent update schedule, especially if it’s weekly with a certain day! i love knowing that it’s my favorite comic’s update day

Not really like it makes me want to read it but more like if i can’t easily read it on my phone it’ll take a lot to make me read it (need to register/log in to read, can’t have a tab open for weeks in my navigator, crazy difficulty to navigate between pages…). Having some kind of bookmark is nice! Either a way to distinguish between read pages and unread ones or the fact that each page/chapter has a different url i can save, not end up at the newest page when i open the comic.

Hmm, I like services like Webtoon that make it easy to follow multiple comics and see each update when they come. Alternatively I think it would be useful if creator’s had like comic specific accounts in twitter or something that only post updates and info about the comic. I have limited energy to follow tons of people and scroll through a lot of social media, so it would be helpful!

If it’s on a platform I already use, that’s good. Comics that already have some length to them or are already completed are best. Easy and convinient user interface for reading help too.

Believable engaging characters. Smaller accessible pages (I’d sooner have a weekly 4 panel update than a monthly 16 panel one so I forget less betwen pages). A good cast page so I can remind myself about who’s who. A good comments system is nice especially if there is author engagement.

if it’s Gay, as a gay, i will read it

Where its posted and how many pages it currently has as I like to binge

Pretty often updates and a good social media presence

For me right now, it’s easiest to just use line webtoon, so I start reading new ones there most often since I’m so busy.

I always check the last time it was updated before I start reading something new. If it’s more than a month ago, I don’t feel inclined to start it at all. And how often it updates is very important as well. I think twice a month is a good minimum.

Updates semi regularly (once or twice a month) , positive author interactions

Well the ”usual things” are 95% what makes me follow webcomics, I’m more likely to follow them on Webtoons because otherwise I tend to forget, but if I really like it, I’ll make the effort by following the official FB page or Twitter account.

I prefer reading full chapters and I want the comic to be available on a platform I use, preferably Tapas. As long as the platform of the comic is clean and easy to use and I get notified when a new page/chapter is available, it doesn’t matter that much where it is published.

Representation, how often it updates (not The Most Important)

if it’s gay, or horror-themed

Where it’s posted, diverse characters, the site it’s hosted on being user-friendly

Usually I read them on webtoons, but also recommendations from readers. Also things that prioritize diversity and inclusion (eg queer, different racial identities, etc)

I like to know the artist is a person I can trust,

Cultural stuff

Whether or not any of my friends are reading and recommend it.

i don’t bother to read comics with long story arcs anymore, maybe bc rss readers are so clumsy nowadays and all the other options are bad too, so i’m only following twitter accounts posting comics anymore.

Where it’s posted because I stick to one site.

Easy to read, site scales well on mobile, don’t have to zoom all the time

The only thing I can think of is having a fair amount of pages (generally enough for a chapter or so). I tend not to like the site Tapas for its interface, but otherwise I don’t think that these outside factors have much influence for me.

Easy to read on my phone

Once a week posting or often, but once a week is good! Even if it’s only a one page, I’m patient. As long as

it’s easy to get to read (not behind passwords)

Is it gay? Is it diverse? Who recommended it? Based on what? Does the author seem like a decent person? I think about all of these things when the information is available.

Usually if it is posted in the Webtoon app and I see a recommendation for it, I look at it. Also seeing that it updates frequently; whether it be featured on the app for weekly updates, weekly updates just because the author wants to, or at least seeing that they updates at least once or twice a month.

I try to only binge read all my comics ever couple of months, (mostly for my own sake) but I appreciate slower updates. Content creators who engage with their audience in any level (curiouscats/Q&A, reader—>character questions, etc) is always a plus, shows they care. Also GOOD/EASILY ACCESSIBLE WEBSITE DESIGN.

A big factor is often the creator or fans’ enthusiasm for it. If I see the creator talking about their comic with clear affection for the story and/or its characters, or a fan talking about a part/character that made them feel something, that gives me a second-hand investment in the story or characters, which makes me want to check out the comic and see where that affection or attachment comes from. For me, if someone is saying, ”this story makes me feel something,” that’s a story worth checking out. Most media I’m drawn towards, even outside of comics, are ones that I hear about through fans talking about the media’s impact on them, from personal connections to the media to just ”I’m really invested in this character’s arc.” Caring about stuff is fun, so if a comic can make someone care about it, it’s already drawn me in.

Interesting characters, regular updates or at least an artist that is active on social media. I also like a big backlog to catch up on.

Honestly, a good summary and an intriguing title!

I prefer one to two page updates.

It’s nice if the creator has a social media account or something, so they can make update posts, I can remember to read the comic and say ”good job!” in the comments 🙂

answers. it sounds dumb, but I go into a websomic wanting answers about their world. about characters getting realizations, about me understanding their customs, just! make your comic make sense and I’ll be all over it! please! no more homestuck ironic confusion for the sake of confusion!

Ease of access/reading (ie: the platform works for me and makes it easy to navigate/read).

I love reading webcomics that either revolve around Lesbians (like myself!) Or that naturally incorporate LGBT+ characters into its story! I like comics that update often, like every week, but I dont mind hiatuses. I love unique stories that I never come across in most traditional media I consume.

Representation (queer, mental illness,…) emotionally real stories

Clean site design, moderate sized archive already online, clear and easy to use first/back/next/latest buttons, good politics, the artist posts new page notifications to Twitter

If its acessible on my phone

Character design and building. Fun characters make a comic for me

One artist I love uploads entire chapters at a time; the wait between updates is longer but totally worth it to me! I like comics that are easy to read and easy to transition between pages. LGBT+, PoC, fat, and disabled representation is always a huge plus!

Art and story are most important obviously, but a steady schedule is also important, even if it’s as far apart as once a month

If it’s very long, the archive system and site navigation are usually the make it break for me

How often its updated is definitely a reason to read it, means the story stays fresh in your mind

Hook

Larger chunks (many pages) of updates at time (vrs one page/x)

If it’s easy to scale and read on my phone.

If it’s easy to read and follow. This includes choice of lettering and organization of the panels and if dialogues actually mean something. This is the main reason I drop webcomics that seem to interest me at first, it’s because it’s impossible to understand what’s going on or how to read it.

A consistent update schedule helps! Website speed/design/cleanliness is great too – the whole presentation around the comic also matters

Update reminders on social media with links

Length compared to how often it’s published. If they are published more often, I prefer shorter ones. If less often, the longer ones.

Themes

I generally try to stay on one platform. I really appreciate when the author will reference another episode to help me keep on track of what is happening.

I always check when last the webcomic updated, and if an episode/chapter hasn’t been posted in a while, I tend to not bother with it.

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How many pages/chapters do you want to read on one go when you start reading a new webcomic?

10

I prefer finishing it all in one session

Hmm, maybe 1-2 chapters to get a good feeling of the characters and story?

A few chapters usually, to get the feel of the story

I prefer to get in early (it can be a little intimidating to start a webcomic that has been out for a long time), but ideally I like about 5 installments to start off.

More than 100 pages is ideal.

1 or 2 chapters

It depends on the pacing of a comic I’ve read 5000 pages in no time because it was super fast paced and I’ve passed on 50 page comics because they were slow paced.

As many as I can cram into one night.

One or two pages, or one chapter

Unsure – more than 10 pages would be good, fewer than 100

i like to start with a big enough chunk to get a feel about the comic, a chapter or two seems like a good estimate

2-5 (unless i have the time and brain-power to binge the entire thing)

I don’t really have a preference to this, but I feel it’s a good idea to have more than just the cover posted- at least one page for sure! I think four/five pages is pretty good for starting out first posting a comic, though as a reader somewhere around the thirty-page mark is usually where I decide if I’m hooked or not.

I’ll try a webcomic for 10-15 pages. If it’s good, I’ll read more

30

A lot! The more the better! I’d prefer at least one full chapter/scene so I know what I’m getting into.

At least 3

Binge all of it

Depends what the comic is about. If it is thiller or horror then I would prefer to read many pages as possible. For comedy even one page or strip is fine.

5+ pages. I might give roughly 20 pages time for a webcomic to hook me in and easily read even longer on first sitting if I like it. If it’s a freshly started webcomic, I need there to be a hook on the first post so I’ll know if I’m interested. If first 5-20 pages don’t tell me what the story is even roughly about or if I’ll like the characters, I’ll easily forget it if it’s not from an artist I know to produce stellar webcomics.

um idk, webcomics are so different, I can read +100 pages in a sitting, but some have episodes, some are short and some are long idk it’s very circumstantial

All of them!

As far as I can, until I feel like it’s not interesting anymore. But usually around 30-40 pages in one go.

1-2 chapters maybe. Depends on the format(s) the author is using and consequently how many pages come out for each chapter.

5+ so i have a good feel of the story

More than one page is better, i prefer waiting longer to read more content at once, but i understand artists posting one page a time. I can always let a few updates pass to read more in one go if i want to so it’s not a problem.

As much as is available! I binge read a lot. To the previous question: No preference whether the comic is finished or not. I just like reading a lot in one go.

Depends on whether it is a strip or novel-type comic. Strips approx 10, novels around 5. Or more in either case.

I love being there at the start of a work so one is enough!

as many as i have time for

At least 20

10 pages

About 2 or 3 chapters

I don’t really have a preference here. As long as the story is good, I’ll keep reading.

I usually binge read it until I finish it. So that’s why I’m not starting new webcomics now (I just don’t have the time for that right now)

3

Less than 100, but I don’t really mind. I’ve started comics that were already really long because I love the art and story so much.

I usually binge the whole thing if it’s possible, but I wish I could ”save” it for later read as well

I binge

all of them, if possible

I usually like to have a chapter to read through before I get invested in the comic

Most to all of it if finished

1-2 chapters!

About 3 chapters depending on page number

If I get hooked right off the bat, All that is currently available

About 50ish chapters are my limit.

50-100 pages

I generally binge read, so as many as I can!

At least 3.

It doesn’t matter

I really only use the Webtoon app which doesn’t use pages. However, creators usually organize them into scenes or something otherwise similar to pages; I would roughly say about 6-ish pages.

Depends on story pace- some webcomics pack a lot in one episode like Kubera

2-4 chapters so the story can actually start/ i’ll remember what’s going on

I tend to lean towards more established comics, ones that have at least established the characters/plot somewhat and gotten to the Hook. If it hasn’t gotten to either of those points yet, then I prefer it to have some sort of intrigue that can stick with me through updates, but I *love* binging comics that have a fairly large backlog. Usually one or two chapters, depending on length.

As much as I have time for but if I am catching up then I can read 100-300 pages in a single sitting.

Preferrably at least 20 pages to 5 chapters so I can binge a story and get invested and be excited for a new update. But mostly if the story is really interesting in the begining that is what really makes me want to read more.

50-100 pages (absolute Limit 300)

This changes a lot, but usually I like to lose myself in the story for a while at the start, maybe 30-50 pages or so?

all. I read them in one sitting no matter how long it takes. I finished homestuck in three weeks straight. I finish them.

Preferably, at least 10 pages, so that I can get a feel for the webcomic and a feel for whether or not I’ll like it.

As many as I can!!! At least until I have to start doing something else.

5-10 pages if just released

Depends on how much happens on those pages but enough to get a good ways into the first couple of major plot points and a significant amount of dialogue.

5 – 10

I usually read a chapter at a time, more if the comic is good. I have binged several chapters at times.

As many as I possibly can.

This depends on free time, but I have read 10-20 in one go starting them on webtoons

Usually I want to be able to get thru the entire comic up to the point that it’s still updating. I’ve given up on some before where there was a long history of comics, but the site had a bad archive / navigation system.

One to two pages is fine

Roughly 10 to get a feel of it

One or two chapters

I like binging, but I don’t mind following back daily for new updates either.

Really depends on my mood. Also, previous answer : I actually like both finished and ongoing but I had to chose.

At least one – a full first chapter/issue should act as a good hook, and give me a snapshot of the entire story.

After the first chapter, I’ll know if I want to continue.

1-3

Depends on my mood, but anything between 3 and 20. If I really want to read something, I’ll read even if there are 200 and still ongoing

7-10

one at a time is fine

I read at least 3 to start with, but I usually read all of the posted ones in one go as long as it isn’t too long. I don’t mind if there’s only one or two chapters, though.

The white area is for people who said ”Whatever is fine, depends on the comic.” About half of the people said 1-5 years is the perfect time for a webcomic to run!

Can you explain your previous answer a bit? Why is that your optimal run time?

I’d like to learn the characters, so more than a few months to do that. But I’d also would like to see an end. If the characters are REALLY good and keeps me wanting more, I guess it could go on to 5 years even.

Most comics update either once or twice a week, having it run for a few years gives the story enough room to breathe and explore everything the author wants to tell without feeling rushed or novel-like.

I will read a webcomic of any length. However, I think 3 months to a year is a good length because: 1. It gives enough time for the characters to grow and show me who they are 2. It allows the artist time to settle into their style and learn from the comic-making process 3. I think it’s tough to sustain a webcomic for longer than a year if it’s based on an ongoing story. I think that longer than a year is fine for slice of life/where the episodes don’t follow on from each other, but if it’s one long story then longer than a year is too long.

I just think 2-5 years is a good combination of a big project, but not your life-time work.
I don’t want the artist to get burned out 🙂 and I like having time in between to catch up with pages I missed (yes it can take months for me.)

1-2 year is my optonal because while I’ve read longer things as a teen, as an adult I don’t have the time to keep track of things (it’s not like webcomics have ads on tv and let’s be real we all use ad blockers now.)

Unless the comic is REALLY regular in which case it can update forever and I’d be fine

Webcomics take a lot of time to make. An average graphic novel is about 200 or 300 pages? (Probably less idk) but if you take that and spread that out once a week, it’s gonna take years to finish. Which is fine!

Webcomics are a slow process!

I want to be on this journey while it’s on

I’m happy to read something over 5 years if it’s really good, but sometimes things that are brief but good are good too

i like getting invested in something that i know will last more than a couple months, but i also like to know that the story has an end in sight and the creator isn’t just making the plot up as they go. reading something that has been running for say, more than 5 years, is a bit stressful bc then i’m not sure if the creator even has a plan for how to end the story, and an unfulfilling ending to a story you’ve been invested in for that long is just the worst.

I’m a very patient person and I love long-running comics, so having something that goes on for years is no problem to me. I like having time to get attached to characters, and as a webcomic author myself I also feel better knowing the creator is fulfilling their vision in their own time and comfort. There’s obviously nothing wrong with shorter comics, but I think webcomics are just more rewarding to read long-term.
Honestly, after 5 years I will sometimes lose track of them, but I like longer stories as well, so more than 5 years can work.

Long enough that story can develop, but short enough so it doesn’t become unruly.
I like stories that are on the longer side. 2 years is not going to be enough for enough depth for the plot and characters if the comic updates 1 page/week. If it’s a chapter every week or month that’s a lot more. Optimal would be a lot of content and it’s finished in 3 years. Not that many can actually work on comics like that though…

Some of the best webcomics I’ve read have been going for this period of time. You also get to see the story and art style develop e.g. Questionable Content

Then it will have a lot of pages! Longer than 5 yrs is good too

If I like a webcomic enough to come back to it, I love it, so I’ll want as much as possible of it! I get really attached to characters and their world, so I love long spinning webcomics, side stories, backstories, prequels, sequels, I love them all!! 2-5 years is optimal for this. I have enough time to get invested, the artist has good amount of time to draw, but if it’s under 5 years, the artist will be able to actually finish it. Most webcomics I read are drawn by people who do them on the side, so I don’t expect like shounen manga runtime where the comic will end when the artist has drawn themelves to early grave, I prefer the artists healthy and happy, so if the webcomic can be finished in about 5 years they probably won’t have had time to get completely tired of it, and if they have, they’ll hopefully have scripted the end so they can wrap it neatly up with reasonable effort. I also have a habit of intentionally forgetting about a webcomic for few months-years at a time, so when I come back, I have lots to read at once!

Most good webcomics take like 5 years

Because it feels like I’m eating a bag where I can’t see how much there is, until it’s all over and I haven’t been able to enjoy it as much as I’d like.

To be honest, as long as the story is compelling and the characters have organic growth I wouldn’t mind it going longer, but I’ve found that (for me), my tastes change at least slightly around that time, so it might stop interesting me enough to keep up.

every webcomic, even within a genre, is different; i don’t really think it’s necessary or even possible to standardize that part of webcomic creation

Length does not really matter as long as the story does not become over complicated/diverted (usually happens with action comics). If it takes too long and complex and more and more characters appear and it is still very linked to the past i get lost and tend to lose interest in the comic… If a comic starts with a goal B but it turns out they has to complete quests c to z before you’ll lose me and i might quit reading altogether. I personally prefer if other goals appear only after the 1st goal has been completed.

I’ve noticed that I can’t follow a comic that updates really slowly and in a long run very actively, so I binge-read long parts. This doesn’t fit well with one page per week-updates, so I just come back to check the comic after a year or so.

I like an in depth story. I’ve followed a few for longer than that and they’ve drifted out of interesting for the most part (although some avoid that like Questionable Conent).

i don’t care about it. if it’s finished and i can read everything without waiting for an update, cool. if i have to wait for an update every week or two once i’m catched up, that’s fine too

Long enough to finish it well but not too long for it to drag on

I think I already over explained it. Each story has it’s own optimal length, it isn’t universal.
It makes me feel like I’m on a journey with the author and I can see how they improve along the wat
My favourite webcomics tend to be ones that have a run of several seasons, like for books or tv shows, but if well done, I don’t mind shorter ones (just like for ”one book” books or miniseries)

I mostly want a satisfactory story with compelling characters. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for the comic to come out as long as it comes to a conclusion that wasn’t rushed nor unnecessarily prolonged.

It depends on the story, of course, but that seems a good length of time to get to know the characters and get through the story. For comics that update less frequently, a longer run-time would also be great!
the others are too long or too short

I’m used to sticking with stories for a long time, to the point where if a comic has a short run time, like under a year, it feels really jarring when it ends. I like it when authors take their time with updates and don’t rush the story. If I really get invested in a comic, I want to have a lot of time to get to know the world and the characters.

It seems like a good enough amount of time to develop plot/art styles sufficiently as well as give the creator some breathing time

I don’t want a webcomic that gets resolved super quickly. I chose 2 – 5 years because that’s what i’m used to with the comics i like; I was able to grow up with them.

The fact that the comic constantly updates while I’m still at the bottom part motivates me to binge read much faster.

Romances that drag on for too long, get very boring and aren’t interesting to read any more. On the other hand for action adventure as long as I like the characters and the story is interesting it doesn’t get boring.

Example I’ve been reading tower of god for years and can see myself reading it for many more years.
I feel like it’s a good time because it’s long enough to be well developed but not too long as to become lost.

It’s easier to read pieces on one go; because attention span reduces the likeness of returning to a comic in long run

Commitment is hard and if it goes on too long I could take a break and then forget to start reading again.

I love long stories cuz they have the most content usually. But ofc shorter ones are nice too! What matters is how I enjoy the time I spent with it. However long that takes doesn’t really matter. Hopefully, the creator will continue creating after their current work ends, but if they don’t, I won’t appreciate their comic any less.

Given that much time for the web comic, there is enough time to really get to develop the characters. Either by going in deeply with a 1 – 3 main characters and getting to know them exceptionally well, or by developing 4 – 7 characters very well but not as well as with fewer.

Its a drag if the comic continues when the story line is done. It feels forced.

Stories will run as long as they need to be completed?

I tend to like comics that are around for a while, both so that they have time to develop and/or tell a longer or more coherent story, and because I can enjoy the story longer. I also like watching a comic grow and develop and feeling like I’m growing with them. On the other hand, longer comics can be daunting to get into or reread.

A ton of other comics just…stop updating. No conclusion, the characters are just in limbo forever. If a story gets finished and the characters get closure then that is a rare fantastic thing.

Webcomics are a long-term Medium and artists work on them Next to other obligations so I expect them to rum multiple years.

I guess I favour webcomics with a novel-format, I don’t read a lot of strips. And for a novel-style comic, it usually needs a longer time to flesh out the world, characters, story and such.

oh, well it’s mostly since I like pokemon Nuzlocke comics that usually peter out three badges in, never to be heard feom again. finish your stories please and thank you, and/or take on only what you can handle

For a weekly-updating webcomic, a year means that there’s 52 updates. Since the webcomics I tend to read are usually two-page updates, that means that there are only 52 pages, which reduces the amount of story that can be fit in. But if it’s much longer than 2 years, that increases the likelihood that the story becomes long-winded – I prefer the bittersweetness of an ending at the right time.

Small webcomics can be consumed really fast, and usually give a snippet of an interesting idea, and might have more effort put into it’s art! Long going webcomics can be read in bursts once you catch up, and that’s great for someone who might not always tune in for every update. Longer comics also tend to have an art style that solidifies and becomes better over time!

The health of artists is important above all.

If I get to it after it’s all finished it doesn’t really matter, but more than 3 or 4 years of archives can be really intimidating. If I’m following the comic as it posts, depends on what happens in that time but in general I’ve noticed that weekly/biweekly comics seem to take at least a year or two to get a deep story out. 5 years or more is fine for like, my absolute top favorite comics but it takes a lot to keep holding my interest that long, and I become a less consistent reader after the first couple years obsession wears off

Gives me time to read slowly, but not lose interest

I have found that comics that run shorter feel too short and comics that run longer get tiresome and too long to read for me.

I care more about substance than run time. I’ve stuck with webcomics that ran for years and I’ve blown through completed webcomics in a day. But it always hurts more when long-running comics get abandoned after I’ve invested months or years in it. 🙁

I like to see a lot of character development and worldbuilding, and a longer runtime usually lets more of those aspects shine brighter.

Optimal is about a year, so that you dont get burned out on the story and all the characters have closure without running in circles for 8 years

I get easily attached to characters of stories I like

After five or so years the story is oftentimes diluted and it seems clear the artist is already looking to strat new, different kind of stories. I don’t mind them starting completely “new storylines” on the same page/under the same name though. But I do like a clear cut after some few years.

The length has to fit what the story has to deliver. Some webcos are better short, others are meant to be super long. And both are fine to me.

I like getting engrossed in long webcomics and seeing them evolve – if they last that long, they’ve often become really massive worlds, sometimes with a solid fanbase to talk to. But I do like short one-shots as well!

I prefer a longer story so I can get to know the characters/world more

As long as the author is happy with it, I’ll read. There are webcomics I read for 5+ years and some that only lasted a few months. I’m glad I read all of them

If I get involved with a story I want to keep reading, why should it stop

If a story is enjoyable or even if it is a slice of life kind of comic, I don’t think it has to end. I become sad when some stories end. If I like a story, I never get tired of it.

I think that a year or two is enough time for the creator to be able to flesh the story out both in writing and art, as well as enough time for them to do the creating itself.

How many pages/chapters would you like to see a webcomic updating at once? (If time and money weren’t an issue for the artist at all!)

1

3 pages

I’d still say about 2-5 pages/update, depending on panel layout etc. Enough to get some development in the story, but not too long so I don’t have time to read it on the bus etc.

2-3 pages a week would be perfect, once a week if the story is either laid back or thrilling enough is totally good too

I prefer more shorter updates rather than fewer long updates.

4

3-5 pages per update

I’ve always liked a 2 to 3 page a week deal and have used it in conjunction with selling the full thing myself but honestly now I’d prefer maybe monthly chapter drops or bimonthly handful of pages or even just two pages a week on one day just because you only have to keep track of 1 update day and get a little more than just 1 page

A million! Jk. Probably 3 or 4 at a time.

One chapter is enough

What do you mean? I’m happy with 1-3 pages/week or even less as long as it’s consistent. Inconsistent updates put me off reading, even if the story/etc is very good.

i prefer small updates often over big updates seldom, beyond that no preference

2-5. gets me more immersed with each update than just one page, but isn’t so long that i’ll feel like i need to set aside a lot of time to read each update (for my useless brain that’s a recipe for procrastination and ultimately never getting around to reading the update).

I enjoy one page per week updates a lot! (And they’re something to look forward to every week, which is pleasantly motivational, haha.) Four-to-five page batch updates might be nice too, but to be honest I’d rather see fewer pages more often, and few sites handle multi-page updates in a way that’s pleasant and easy to navigate as far as I’ve seen.

2-3 times a week would be amazing. I follow one person who puts out one page almost a day and it’s extremely enjoyable, but the pages are simple and short, which is probably why she can do it.

I don’t know

1 page at a time

one chapter/week.

1 page 3 x a week

At least 4 per month. 3 per week would be the best

One chapter. The chapter can be like even few pages, if it makes coherent part

Something like 26 pages at once is pretty great! Preferably long enough to fit a story arc within it, but still short enough that I can read in one bus ride/toilet sitting.

Monthly/bi-weekly

At least once a week

2

Oh gosh I don’t know :’D I really can’t ignore the effort put into pages, so maybe in a range between 2-10 if it’s possible.

1-3! preferably with consistency between updates (like a comic that updates one page each comic update day, but with two pages for arc finales)

1 chapter most likely. I like to binge-read so having all the comic at once is also nice but progressing smoothly also enables the readers to really appreciate the story, the art, and to read the story again while waiting for the next part. Comics that i read over a span of time have a special place in my heart, more than a comic i read at once and might forget just as quickly.

I think I like seeing multiple pages at once. Stories are easier to follow if there are no breaks in the reading experience. I follow a lot of comics and I tend to do this thing where I take long breaks in reading them and then binge read a bunch of pages occasionally. Except on Webtoon, there I read stuff weekly, because the updates are longer.

Around 20-30 pages in traditional layouts, scrollable comics and strips are harder to pinpoint.
one or two pages/chapters a week would be a reasonable update if time and money didn’t matter

One a week

I guess maybe half a chapter every month or so?

A chapter a week, if those aren’t an issue. But I’m used to the one page a week format from years of reading comics online.

I really like updates in the form of chapters. They might take longer to make, but I think it’s better than reading only one page per update. That’s why I usually wait for a few pages to be posted before I read an update

3

I’m fine with one chapter at a time, but I like them to have several pages at once to keep me engaged.

Either one page a week or 10-20 pages a month

One?

1-2 pages a week is fine for me, depending on how complex the pages are.

Maybe ten pages?

5 pages at most!

2 chapters, if the chapters have about 9-18 pages

realistically 1 chapter of 20-40 pages a week is fine, but obviously if its comic i’m invested in, i would love to see 3 20-30 page chapters a week.

Probably 2 chapters.

In magical fairy reality, I’d like it to be all there at once! But realistically, I am happy enough with a single page at a time.

3? It should take less than ten minutes to read a chapter. You can’t easily save your spot and pick up reading again in the middle of a webcomic chapter.

Pages at least one, but like even 10 pages is nice! 15-20 would be like wowee a super big gift!

It really depends on the narrative pacing. It’s prefer each update be meaningful in some way? It’s annoying if I wait through a couple updates of an update just spinning its wheels, but whether that update is 1 page, 3 pages or a chapter doesn’t matter as much as what they do in that page, those pages or that chapter.

Based off my response for the pages / chapters I read at once, I would say roughly 8 pages. I enjoy the larger uploads when they do happen.

Once a week is fine

Single panels: 4-9, enough for the story too feel like it’s progressing; traditional pages: 1

I like one-page, 2/3-days-a-week updates, so I can check in on my different comics each day and get a bit of story at a time throughout my week.

5 – 20 but 2-3 pages a week is probably the minimum.

Probably only one, to be honest. Helps with pacing and not blindly consuming the comic.

2-4 pages weekly with updates Two times a week maybe.

Maybe a couple of pages? A chapter?

twice a week, I’m blessed with Never Satisfied doing that, but they have their life together tbh. once a week, once every two weeks, once a month, all valid and wonderful in their own ways.

I really like updates that happen once a week and that contain one to three pages. I tend to read all of an update in one sitting, so a larger update is more difficult to fit in, but a smaller update on a weekly schedule feels too small. If it’s twice a week, that’s different.

I like to read in chunks, so a chapter, or a few chapters is *chef kiss*

2-5 pages

Obviously I would love to read it all at once like a graphic novel but if that means im gonna have to wait forever than im fine with one page at a time so long as they come every week or two for the most part.

One chapter, as in a completed story arc, big or small. Page count doesn’t matter.

I think one chapter at a time is great! One page never feels like enough.

Enough panels to make a complete segment, so that there isn’t a disjointed feeling where you don’t know what’s going on. Some comics I will wait and read several updates at once because they are only maybe one or two panels.

I prefer single updates, but there times per week (MWF). It’s easier to keep up with than daily comics, and I don’t have to backtrack through the site navigation to find the last page I read

4 pages

1 per week would do fine, honestly as long as its a good story it shouldn’t matter. I wait months for one person’s story I adore

10 -20

One page every day is amazing for me!

I don’t really care (again) because I tend to adapt. If I read a very intense story, I might just wait for a few months to have a lot of pages to read at once, but if I’m following a slice of life, I’m ok with a page per week rythm. Authors do what they want, and I read kinda chaotically. I’m not helpful…

One whole chapter dropped once a month would be great – you get to enjoy a full ’episode’ all at once, which is a bit better than a page-at-a-time

2-3 a week either all at once or on multiple days

Just one. I like the feeling of excitement for the next update

one at a time is fine

One or two. Even if time and money aren’t an issue, I wouldn’t want the artist pushing themselves to the point of potential burnout just to produce more and more. Additionally, spacing out the updates keeps me looking forward to more.

What would make you want to share anything about the webcomic on your own social media?

I usually livepost when I read a comic, so I usually post when something super exciting happens

If I like it, I’d love to share it. If an update is tied with some awesome art, I’d be more eager to share.

Good queer content

Individual webcomic episodes are easier to share when they are one-shots (i.e. each episode is self-contained). This is because anyone clicking on the link doesn’t need to know the back story. However, in the past I have shared webcomics that I think have particularly beautiful art, or where the storyline really resonates with me personally. That’s the most important think, I think, that the story relates to me.

Good art

Beautiful art, nicely written characters

If it’s something I think fans of my work would enjoy

If it’s a good webcomic I want to promote it so it gets traction. Also if the creator is a friend or a good person.

Introductions, updates

Fanart, Kickstarters

if i really like the comic obviously, but also if i feel like the comic could help/be meaningful to other people in my circle; if i like the creator as a person and want to support them; if i just really need other people to read the comic too so that i have someone to talk to about it.

Interesting characters and good art, mostly! Though to be entirely honest I think I might be more likely to share a comic with ”just” a great story rather than awesome art and no plot, that really depends. I don’t often share things on social media since I use it primarily for art-professional purposes, I often share webcomics either made by people I know a little better within the webcomics scene, or ones where I’m very invested in the story. I’m also more likely to retweet/share the author’s own posts about their comic than make my own.

If it’s made by a friend or has themes I really enjoy.

Appealing images used for the update notification so it looks attractive to share.
cool themes

It panders to my interest (queer, violence, drama) and I feel people with similar interests would like to know that this comic exists.

Art style or story, especially if it involves good representation of marginalised identities

Good concepts, interesting worldbuilding, funny moments. Trans characters.

If it’s really good, and I feel people would enjoy it.

Funny one-shot side story pages etc. maybe when a chapter finishes. I like the idea of sharing webcomics with my followers but I don’t want to bother my followers with too many posts and now with twitter publishing likes as well I’m really shy to like things. But for example a tweet with a funny/cute page or two that’s related to the comic but not spoiler-y, with a link to the comic, for optimal effect just when a chapter has finished so there’s a complete story arc to read. is much more appealing to share than the ordinary mid-chapter update link. (I like those too though so I know to read it!)

If I loved it, I would love to help it get more readers

The artstyle, the story, or if I feel like something’s interesting

Probably because the story gives me feels. Runner up is art style.

funny panels, incredible page spreads, characters i can relate to

When i really like it and want other people to enjoy it. It can be that i really like the characters, the story, the art or that it talks about important topics. I also talk about them to people on social media who might be interested in them. Otherwise i’m always ready to share the artist’s posts on social media (twitter mostly)

I don’t really use social media for posting anything, because I’m too anxious… So I guess nothing would really help with that?? That’s a bit sad, sorry

With stuff like share and retweet I’m happy to share extra stuff the creator posts, since they kinda sell the comic easier than my ramblings.

I like to support artists who have interesting work to share, particularly if they come across as nice, worthy people online.

if it’s gay i’d share it with my gay friends. if it’s just a good story with a nice art style i’ll share it with my friends if they ask for webcomics to read

Yes

If there’s something in it I know my friends will enjoy

Good art, good story

I want to start using social media more. But just about anything I find myself enjoying I’d like to share.

I wouldn’t. I usually read lgbtq stories, and as a closeted person that wouldn’t work lol

Pretty art and nice character interactions

If I like it and I want others to discover it.

If the characters are compelling or have lovely designs I’d love to make fan art

I do it quite a bit. Really good lines, cute poses, etc

a peaking investment on it

Interesting and diverse characters, good dialogue, and an interesting plot/setting.

Like I said, amazing story that featured diverse identities, cool art, etc

Beautiful art, how funny or emotionally impacting in general it is, interesting characters

Make me fall in love with a character

Great art. Try not to share anything that might be considered a spoiler.

i often share comic strips on twitter (from original accounts)

Probably a likeable art style or really likeable characters that I could draw fan art of.

It has representation on minorities; lgbt, poc, fat and disabled characters

Whether I think anyone following me will like it.

If I liked it, if I think others might like it too, if there was something deep/meaningful in the story, if it was made by a friend

If I really enjoyed it.

Interesting and well developed characters, relatable story and characters.

I share all webcomic updates on twitter to help out the artists!

Good / relatable characters (design and personality)

I like interacting with the creator’s update posts on social media with reactions to the page, ranging from ”Good job with this panel!” to ”I can’t believe that happened! I hope X is okay!” I also like sharing the update posts themselves, or other promotional posts, and they often inspire me to make a post of my own talking about what I like about the comic.

A big twist in the story, a very attractive character tbh

The art style, message, how much I enjoy it

Good, Creative Story and representation

If there’s a particularly good update, if I make fanart of the comic or if the creator makes an introductory post about the comic, or an anniversary update!

cool twists, interesting characters that make me want to draw them myself, etc, etc, the usual

It’s something new I found, it has a striking art style, and it caters to my tastes!

Queer comics, comics about my personal interests

If the creator made an easily retweetable/repostable post from their account (like ”new chapter of my comic starting now! It’s a (genre) story about (blank) and (blank)!”) Or if I’ve particular page/panel/frame is especially meme-able, or if a plot point happens that’s just so juicy I need to talk about it with someone!! Eg: I get very excited when gays I didn’t know were gays do a kiss and then I need to talk about it with anyone who will listen???

If its interesting or has a pretty artstyle

Content with marginalized people, a good story, good humor and art.

Mostly good writing and good characters. I’m a writer so I think about writing a lot. ?

Funny moments and interesting topics are what I usually share. A good webcomic I well also try to share a link to the main page every so often to help promote it.

Easily being able to share a permalink. I don’t tend to use the shares widgets for privacy concerns, so I’ll usually share the permalink directly if I share at all.

If I find the story heart warming or it is funny

If the hook is good I usually recommend others

Great script

If it is a touching page, or dramatic or just very emotional, I might! Probably as a reaction to a single page.

Maybe an anniversary post for a long time fave!

If any element (art, story, atmosphere, mise en scène, dialogues, characters…) at all catches my attention.

Webcomic authors deserve all the advertising they can get because they work super hard.

Honestly, mostly how pretty or entertaining it is… But also if I think my friends can learn from or relate to the characters or story.

If I felt inspired to draw fanart

Publicly? Giveaways. It doesn’t have to be something expensive or paid. If it’s idk the mp3 of the background music, I’ll do it. But I share privately with friends ALL THE TIME. Just have to like it

Story

If it is really funny or sometimes I do it just because the author asks me to.

What would make you want to leave comments on the comic?

If I enjoyed it.

I don’t know.

If the author asks for comments (like Q&A pages)

I like to leave comments of encouragement for the artist and let them know what I really like.

Funny bits / related situations / big plot twists / love interest

Dramatical, sad or funny scenes

Really juicy things happening in the plot.

When something good happens, but also depending does the platform/author/community seem approachable

A very emotional page

if i know the creator will see them, even more if i know the creator might respond

Plot developments! Sometimes I leave comments complimenting the comic’s visual aspects, but in my experience as a webcomic artist it’s much more rewarding to hear plot speculation from readers, so I try to post more of that, but there needs to actually be something to… comment about, I guess. (Cliffhangers! Plot twists!) I’m also more likely to leave a comment if the ”post comment” option is clearly visible, and if I see other comments or at least an author’s note! Most people are a little reluctant to be the first commenter, as far as I’m aware, so if I see the author talking (about the new comic page or something totally unrelated, it doesn’t matter) underneath the update, I’m much more likely to feel comfortable enough to engage.
If the comic is new, I’ll comment to encourage the creator to keep going.

I don’t know

personally knowing the creator, feeling like my comment adds something to the creator’s day

Nothing.

To show support for a new webcomic artist/writer

I want to comment to cheer the author on..!

Clear questions that might have effect on the comic in the future, like ”hey guys what kind of pattern should this dude wear on their shirt in the upcoming date?”. Or asking to tell how I feel about the comic at that point. I very rarely comment because I’m afraid I’ll be a bother or say something that’s been pointed out a million times already. I kind of miss ye olde guestbook commenting possibilities! I’m way too shy to bother the artist with a dm/pm, and don’t necessarily want to put my comments too publicly, but I do want to give my input somewhere sometimes. I do _not_ comment on twitter or tumblr because those seem too public and can possibly be spoiler-y.

To support the artist/author

Tough question as I rarely leave comments, but usually if there’s a question they want answered!

The Feels™ or if I like the general composition of the page or a panel. I normally just shout BC of those on sm anyway lol

funny moments and cliffhangers

If i have something relevant to say probably. Knowing that the author reads and/or replies to them also helps me actually do it. I also like to comment when the audience is small, as a way to show my appreciation and also to support the artist.

I don’t feel like I can do that, sorry. I have nothing useful to contribute.

If I want to encourage the creator that’d be the cue to go, but usually I feel too timid to post anything.

I love engaging in the comments, especially in smaller webcomics, especially where the other commenters interact with one another and aren’t just broadcasting and most especially where the author shows and appreciation of the comments. If there’s more than 100 I stop engaging, but if there’s less I’ll read and respond.

if the author asks some sort of question. if it’s interactive, and i could pick where the main character would go, i would leave a comment if there weren’t some sort of poll to vote on. if the author was doing a q&a, i’d leave a question for them to answer. if the author is new to making webcomics and wanted constructive criticism i’d leave a comment

To start with, if something noteworthy happens. Then once I get more comfortable I can comment more often.

An artist who engages their audience. Even if it’s just the authors note on the page saying something to the readers, it’s nice. I know replying to comments takes a lot of time, so it isn’t a necessary thing, but some level of engagement is good

I like to praise the author, thank them for their hard work. I don’t usually comment though, only if it’s ending or if the author needs emotional support.

Good character interactions

If I really like it and/or if I related to something in the chapter or wanted to react to particular character or storyline or line of dialogue.

If something hits me personally or I find especially loveable. Or if I just adore the artist.

I do this a lot of the time, just to gush

i don’t do that

If a comic was just getting started, or if the artist seemed approachable, I’d definitely be more inclined to comment.

I would leave comments any time but especially for comics that weren’t really big yet

If it’s dear to me, the creator responds regularly, or there’s room for theories to discuss with others

Funny stuff in the comic (gags, inside jokes, etc.)

I don’t leave comments. Always been a lurker, but i’ll like/fav.

Nothing, I’m nervous about commenting.

It has moved me personally and made me feel seen, or its a great piece of art

I almost never leave comments, outside of social media. If social media interaction counts, I like to make jokes if I think of a good one. :3

Responding to artist notes

Easy commenting system, if the chapter was exciting

Usually if when something has a lot of emotion or a turning point in the comic. I read mostly romance webcomics, so seeing characters being vulnerable and trusting of one another, or deeply in love makes me want to talk about it.

If the author seems like they want some encouragement

The creator leaving an author’s note is usually more of an incentive to me to comment, even if it’s just an on-the-nose note like ”Well this is fine” to a precarious situation, or a handful of flower emoji for a romantic moment. It tends to give me the feeling of continuing a conversation, rather than starting one.

If the art was especially good or if the characters were showing some real growth that would probably make me comment

If something unexpected or new happens in that chapter/page!

Plot developments, good jokes, cool designs, amazing artwork

hm. tough one. I usually only do them on comics for a comment-on-every-page-no-matter-what runthrough of a comic. Lies Within I did that and it was really fun, the creator seemed to enjoy what I had to say

I dont leave comments on webcomics really, but I definitely buzz about them to friends!

I’m not a big commenter

If the creator directly asked for feedback/polls on something really important to me, otherwise I don’t leave a lot of comments. I guess if the comments section was a thriving community for fan discussions and theories? Or maybe that’s better suited for a fan discord or something

I dont really comment

Well written characters and dialogue.

I never leave comments on comics if I’m honest. I never think to!

Anything that strikes a personal note for me. I don’t like to comment just for the sake of commenting

Being easily able to set my username and avatar is nice. Mostly my interaction with the comments boils down to whether or not I feel I can make a meaningful one… and usually I feel I can’t.

If I really enjoyed the story I’d want the author to know

Outrage or awe tbh. If the story has an unexpected twist or I can make a small comment on the way its going

I will. Usually good things though because who seriously has time to be a shit

How much I’m into the story / characters’ relationships, or if I know / want to encourage the author.

Reacting to relatable or awesome moments, or particularly well-drawn panels

If an emotional/exciting scene was happening or something particularly nice to look at

Anything! Nice art, nice update, a need to tell the author to rest or get well…

To encourage the author to keep going. And offer praise

If the author asks a question. Sometimes I have a question on the comic or I am just so struck by something in the story or the arc that I feel compelled to say something.

What are the things that make reading webcomics difficult?

If its very long and still ongoing, as I tend to forget what happens when I leave off while I wait for an update, since im reading more stuff in the meantime

If the there’s too much text and if the text is too small or in an impossible font.

Hiatuses

Outside of an app/dedicated site, sometimes they aren’t optimised for mobile screens. It’s a pain to have to move the page around to read the comic.

”boring” pages… we read what is updated, so the boring ones are harder than a physical comic

My attention span…… But also navigating tapas/webtoon is kinda bothersome sometimes

Im mobile mostly so a poorly responsive website is a bummer (in which case please mirror to an app where possible like Webtoons or tapas or some other mirror. I love some of the old webcomic host standards but they’ve never been the most Mobile friendly sites ime)

Time usually. It’s hard to schedule time to go back to them and read them once they’ve updated again.

Format not fitting to mobile

Most are fine but it’s difficult if the updates are at random, I don’t have the energy to check every day to see if something is up to date. As well as that, the artist saying ”Sorry for the hiatus, I’ll update this in the next X days” but then don’t even meet THAT deadline. I don’t mind a hiatus as long as you’re honest/transparent with what’s going on and when I should check the site next.

difficult navigation on site, difficult-to-read fonts, info-dumping in dialogue

inconsistent updates (make me both not know when to check up on the comic and not trust the creator to finish it)

Site design. /Please/ make your sites simple and easy to navigate. I personally don’t like over-the-top flashy webcomic pages unless they’re extremely well designed and serve an actual purpose (for example: the website for Superpose has A Lot going on, but there’s a lot of extra content on it and everything there serves a purpose, as well as having in-universe tie-ins.) Generally speaking I prefer old-school web pages to streamlined webcomic services, and I find pages with large amounts of custom buttons and images annoying- for me, functionality and simplicity is most important, and it’s a little easier to achieve than absolutely stellar web design. Other than that not knowing what to expect content-wise can be a little jarring, so things such as before-you-read warnings are useful. I also like being able to see the comic’s actual art style in the thumbnail/icon (if using hosting sites) and am more likely to click if I know what to expect.

Forgetting to check it, getting very behind, finding it, but it being intimidating to read it from the beginning (if it’s super long)

Things being unclear like word balloon order, or panel flow

tapastic has a horrible interface on the mobile site and i refuse to get their app.

Slow pacing, rare updates with little content, guest art/sorry for no update -update/extras every few pages, messy style*, plot, and/or handwriting. *art style doesn’t have to be clean and finished, but if I have to frequently wonder ”who is talking and to who, or is that actually a rock?” I’m not going to read it.

Infrequent updates

Bad layout, unable to pick a certain page from the past to easily catch up, too light website hurts my eyes

Unreadable font. Too small pages.

Pages that don’t fit well in the screen so the text is super tiny. FaNcY fOnTs. Hidey ”previous – next” buttons. I am not smart, I don’t know to look for the index box’s side for a hidden ”next” button you can only see when you hover the cursor over it. Also ”previous” -button called ”last”(is it the last page of the comic? is it the previous? i don’t know and it confuses me). Teeny-tiny text and a whole lot of it. I usually read on my cellphone and if I have to zoom in, I usually just skip the part. When there isn’t an easy to use drop-down window to go back multiple pages, nor consistently named pages. (if the address bar says webcomic.com/chapter1/page123 I can easily write like /page100 and know i’m going back 23 pages when I’m looking for where I was the last time. if the address bar says webcomic.com/chapter_whoa_it_s_the_beginning/fancy_page_name_here I have no way of guessing how to get back if there isn’t archives either.) Very personal pet peeve but it does matter to me. If I follow updates from twitter/etc and there’s a LOT of other posts than just the update information and have enough time in between updates to forget what I was following the artist for in the first place. Super-cluttered panels. If I have to squint and zoom in to know what’s happening, it’s easier to just skip the page. Loooooooong fight scenes/scroll-format webcomics where there’s a _lot_ of idle space I have to scroll past before there’s anything to concentrate on. If my finger starts hurting from scrolling just to get past a no-text-scene, it’s too long.(think ”do you love the color of the sky” -tumblr post -lenght.)

PLATFORMS there are no good places to read webcomics thats just fact

hand written text. that’s it.

That text overtakes the graphics, or that the page flow is difficult to follow. Oh also the way it’s written, sometimes it uses language in a very convoluted way and for non English speakers it might end up w us not getting exactly what the author wants to transmit. (It also kinda comes off as snobbish imo lmao)

poor website construction, no recap moments (for very long webcomics)

If it’s hard to read on a smartphone : need to log in, text too small, zooming not possible or text getting blurry when zooming… And difficult navigation between pages.

I use bookmarks to keep track of where I am in the hundreds of comics I have followed. Organizing those and keeping track of everything and what is time anyway and just??? But those are my problems, not something a comics creator needs to worry about. Hmm, maybe having a mobile friendly site? Nothing is more painful than trying to read a comic on a web page that has not been optimized for mobile.

Problems in the whole digital publishing – bad user experience, problems with pages loading, bad web design… In the comics the general problem for me are short updates (not slow, but short!) and naturally the fact that a lot of them are left unfinished in general.

Really long format (like Webtoons seems to prefer). Hard to read lettering.

i just don’t have time to read them always 🙁 and sometimes i’ll get to the end of a webcomic or what’s updated, and realize i’m out of webcomics to read and get sad

Webcomics that dont consider mobile view and have font or sizes that are annoying for mobile users

Sometimes if a comic ran for a long time, the initial art and story isn’t that polished, making it difficult to get into.

Font! Some comics have really small or hard to read fonts. Also some have a lot of repetition.

The worst thing is, since authors usually don’t make money off webcomics, we only get like one page per update, or have to wait up to a month for a decent chapter. It’s really hard to read a completed work, and that can be a bother sometimes.

Too much text at once

If I can’t be sure to get notifications. I stopped reading a particular webcomic I liked because I lost track due to bad notification and never got back to it. If I really like it, I’ll go out of my way to seek it out, but if I’m only mildly interested in it, I won’t make extra effort (and sometimes it’s just not possible to get reliable notif)

Unstable platform, too small/untradable text and too compressed art pages with artifacting

No set end time? And things can go on haitus…. but that’s how it’s always been, so I just keep coming back

A lot of sites webcomics are hosted on aren’t the most user-friendly.

Time, not entirely optimal for browser sometimes, etc

They take a long time to catch up to, and I either forget about the webcomic or lose interest in it about 1 or 2 chapters in.

Low quality

The reader. If there isn’t a long strip mode i’m not interested. Also generally prefer aggregate sites like

Lezhin (as long as they aren’t screwing their authors), webtoon, etc. I’m much rather have things i’m reading be in one central place

getting reminded about updates is nowadays painful because rss readers are not good anymore and social media apps choose ”intelligently” what content to show

The formatting or the text being too small.

Pages not scaling properly on different devices and lots of ads that distract reading. Text too small to read

Finding the time! There are so many, with big backlogs, and I don’t have the time for all of them. ;_;

If there are micropayments. Just lemme pay once a month or use advertisement. micropayments might suit someone but not me

Situations or ideas for the comic that I can’t relate to in some way. Or characters I don’t like that we are supposed to like.

Similar plots and hard to find new good ones

Illegible / inaccessible (handwritten) fonts, too clustered pages, content creators who are awful people

I really don’t like it when there is only a mobile view and I can’t read on desktop. Also small font makes it hard to read and that sounds obvious but it happens ALL THE TIME.

Sometimes the text is too small or the panels are too condensed so the page is too full.

Long-production timelines mean occasional backreading bc I forget certain details. There are many webcomics too keep up with and I don’t know of any Update trackers.

Remembering to read them all! That’s why I like it when creators make update posts on Twitter :3

ONE WORD. FONTS. please make your comic legible, I can read a lot, but if I get a headache from your typeset, I WILL message you publicly about it. also like. unannounced hiatuses? I catch up with comics and then wait for them to update, so if you take a break without me knowing, I’ll forget about your comic completely.

Having a full time job and needing to sleep.

Bad lettering, cluttered paneling, too much detail on small formats

Irregular updates, far apart updates, a cluttered/flashy site, poor first/back/next/latest button functionality, if it is hard to zoom/navigate on mobile, if it has a paywall, if the creator doesn’t post on Twitter and then I forget they exist, poor archive functionality or no archive

When they update too frequently, notification fatigue

Reading on a screen is often difficult for me, so if a book version gets released I’d rather read that. Also page sizes are sometimes finnicky on different kinds of screens, especially mobile.

BAD LETTERING. And cluttered page layouts.

Bad translations. Walls of text..show don’t tell. Text too small

Bad archive systems! Bad navigation! Honestly though those two things can often make it break the ease of use on the site, even if the story is compelling and the art style captivating.. if the site doesn’t work right, I can’t enjoy the comic!

When the characters are too alike I often get confused. A good example of this is ”Green and Gold, on webtoons

Scrolling!

When generally fine & interesting comics feature problematic stuff (racism, exoticism, anti-sex work etc) & I have to decide whether to drop it or take a break or just power through

Already answered ( if it’s easy to read), but I’ll add that not receiving notifications when there’s an update doesn’t help in making me remember I have a webco to read. I appreciate authors who post about it on their Twitter because it replaces automatic notifications from Tapas, for instance.

Very-spaced-apart update schedules… and hiatuses…

Having the time to catch up with ones I’m interested in but haven’t had the chance to start

Free time

very complex story lines and multiple characters, especially if they look similar and it is hard to keep track of who each person is and their relationship. Sometimes an author takes the time to do a character profiles partway thru the story that can be helpful.

And that was it! I hope you learned something!

And now, because I know resources like this keep spreading outside of my own social circles and outside the queer webcomics community, I’d like to inform you that Trans Rights are Human Rights! Say that loud and clear everyone! Stand up for the people who need help. Silence literally kills people, because the bad people then think you agree with them even if you don’t.

Be strong and brave!! And make good comics!!