It’s difficult to find a definitive list of places to publish your webcomic, so I’ve decided to collect links here. It’s for my on reference, but for yours as well. If you also have a webcomic and aren’t sure where to share it, hopefully this post will give you some ideas.
And if you know of a website that is also a good place to publish a webcomic, please send me a message and I’ll include it, or leave a comment below.
So here it is
A collection of places to share your webcomic
Reddit is one of the best places to share your webcomic because it offers the highest potential for traffic. The danger is that if your comic gets to the topic of a popular subreddit, the traffic influx can crash your site. 100 upvotes usually signifies way more than just a few dozen visits, because what about all those who don’t vote?
Reddit is a community that takes use of the platform seriously. Users post content, which is then upvoted or downvoted. Depending on how many votes the post receives in a given amount of time, it climbs the board. Apart from the main page that displays the top posts from across Reddit, the site is organized into ‘subreddits’, each with subscribers of their own. The key to successful posting is timing and a witty title.
Places to share your webcomic include these subreddits:
/r/comics – This subreddit boasts a large community of over 400k, where a top post will regularly break 4000 upvotes. I post all my comics to this subreddit using Imgur. If you post to this subreddit, you can post from websites other than the principal domain if you have ‘artist flair’, or if you put [OC] in the post title.
/r/webcomics – The webcomics subreddit is mainly for posting your webcomic directly from the principal domain, so for example, thingsinsquares.com. You can post from imgur or other sites if you have flair or use [OC], but this community seems to actively support those posts that link to the comic’s owned website. Posts can top 1000 upvotes here or more.
/r/funny – Funny is one of the largest subs on Reddit with over 9 million strong. You can only post to /r/funny if you rehost your webcomic on Imgur. Posts here regularly break 5000 upvotes, and tend to hog the front page of Reddit. This is a tough nut to crack, so you need to research a bit and find out what kinds of posts matched with which kinds of titles that worked.
/r/lol – Over 19k redditors make up this subreddit. Posts tend to break 100 at the top, and they tend not to be comics. All the same, sometimes this community takes kindly to a funny webcomic.
/r/ragecomics – I don’t publish my webcomic to /r/ragecomics because I don’t make ragecomics. Anything that’s not a rage comic will be quickly downvoted here. All the same, it’s big, with 42k users and regular top posts that breach 100 upvotes.
Here are some other places to share your webcomic on Reddit that I didn’t mention because I don’t use them:
Imgur is the image platform for Reddit. Sharing your webcomic to imgur puts it in front of a whole different crowd of internet users, however. There are millions of users, and if your webcomic gets upvoted here, it will spread across the viral waves.
I love it because of the potential for publishing webcomics here. The community is 9 million. I hate it because 9gagers tend to stay on their 9Gag. This means very few conversions in terms of Facebook likes, Twitter followers, or website visitors. Basically, people scan your comic, giggle, and keep scanning. Most content on 9Gag is diverse in terms of medium, but narrow in terms of purpose. It’s pick-me-up content, brief and on the surface. Comics rarely make it to the front page, but they do, from time to time. The trick is speaking the language of 9Gag.
Tapas, formerly Tapastic
Unlike the sharing platforms mentioned above, Tapas is a webcomic publishing platform. You create a profile, start a series, get followers and watch your comic grow. Later, you can participate in their revenue program to earn money from ads, and a support program so your followers can get directly involved in the webcomic creation process.
The Tapas community is supportive. Commenters get involved, I haven’t had any trolls, and the revenue program is real, albeit with small returns. I used to publish my webcomic on Tapas, but although it might be the best place for publishing comics online that I’ve seen, it only really works if your content fits the community (adolescent, cute, etc.).
Line Webtoons (webtoons.com) seems to be an alright place to share your comics. It’s large, and they have regular contests that purport to dish out large sums of money 30k+. My webcomic probably wouldn’t be so popular on this platform. Most of the top comics are from Asia and are translated.
Still, it’s a good idea to post your webcomic here because of the exposure, and if they spot your comics in their “Discover” section, you could be recruited as a paid contributor.
Bored Panda is another place that features longform posts, mostly. If you try to post a single webcomic here, it might not break the 10 likes threshold. Your best option for sharing here is to create a long post that includes a number of your comics based on a theme. It might be in your best interest to post to Bored Panda in third person, speaking to the community in a passive, neutral voice.
I have a love-hate relationship with 9Gag because it is a content mill. It’s an aggregation site that has categories, but mainly it seems that the front page is what people scan. Featured posts here can get upwards of 35,000 upvotes, which means thousands of views. The problem is that very few users of 9Gag follow you on social media, much less visit your website. In fact, many users consider it inappropriate that a creator would want them to, God forbid, leave 9Gag.
Memecenter only works if you get featured. Otherwise, you’re unlikely to get much traffic. They stick a “memecenter” logo on the side, so anyone who shares your webcomics from here will have that branding, which is of course lame.
Memecenter posts seem to have a lot of anime and Spunge Bob, so you can expect a younger community and one that is more keen on that kind of animation. The comments are ridiculous, and there’s a lot of trolling. But all in all you can grow a community here. Just don’t expect it to convert elsewhere. I’ve stopped posting here because I don’t appreciate the automatic branding. And comic creators beware: you cannot delete your Memecenter account.
Creators watch out, this place is filled with trolls. But those asses aside, there are some good commenters. Comics get featured on the ‘rising page’, and can easily get onto the front page. It’s a newer community, and front page likes can break the 200 threshold. Like most content mills, I don’t like this one. I’m including these websites here for people just starting out; it might help.
Instagram is owned by Facebook, but has proven a much better place to share comics online than the latter. This is because of its inherent utility as an image-sharing platform without all the fluff. As long as you can avoid the Instagram shadowban, this is a great place to post comics.
The added value of Instagram is its Story features. Stories can be used to drive traffic to your website. They can be used to publish affiliate links, or to promote your own online store. These can also be saved on your profile so that new followers can quickly access them.
Also, with the carousel option, you don’t have to post a full comic but rather post by panel (alternatively if you have a rectangular comic, you can prep it for Instagram using Squareready).
Tumblr is essentially a community-on-demand once you start using a blog there. Given that the company has over 400 million blogs, you can count on instant eyes when you employ hashtags correctly. What’s more, tumblr is generally receptive to the comic medium, so you can quickly establish a following.
If you’re like me and prefer to have your own website, you can still buy a domain name through tumblr. Their API allows you to connect a tumblr blog with social media and/or your webhost so that new comics on other platforms can send push notifications through tumblr.
Facebook used to reward consistent publishing, but many comic artists have noticed that its algorithms have begun to favor boosting posts. Due to the security breaches in 2018, accounts with over 100k followers are also more tediously scrutinized. Still, making a page on Facebook for your comics is key to getting your work in front of more eyes.
If you have a WordPress.org website, you can use NextScripts to auto-publish to tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter without having to log into those social media accounts.
Twitter is another good place to post your comics. But while you can hack growth on Facebook and tumblr by auto-posting, Twitter requires community engagement to grow. If you’re not active on Twitter, then sharing your comics to the platform will not get you very far. Case in point: my Twitter.
Normally creators can use Patreon to offer perks and rewards to dedicated followers who offer financial support. It is not quite a webcomic hosting site, but it could be for those few who want a bit more from you as a creator. By creating tiers of rewards for followers, you can invite their support while shifting their engagement with you from other platforms to Patreon itself. Patreon allows you to restrict posts to certain reward tiers, and it also allows you to schedule comics to publish live at a later date. To give supporters “early access”, there is also that option.
Patreon is a community website where sooner or later you should be publishing your comics.
Do you have other ideas of places to share comics online? Tell us about them in the comments below.
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