Free Online Comics That Make Money
Dave Kellett, another web cartoonist and author of "How to Make Webcomics," says cartoonists can develop three streams of revenue on the Internet: advertising on the comic's free website, book sales and original artwork sales.
This article is going to flip the coin over and look back from the perspective of some of the creators that have already achieved financial webcomic success.
After all, spouting out good advice doesn't mean a hill of beans if we can't prove that it works, now does it? And proof we have. Big buckets of it!
Let's talk about robots, because you can never have enough robots in online comics, right?.
Richard Stevens created the web comic Diesel Sweeties in 2000. Depicting a world where humans and robots co-exist – quite often even romantically!
The individual strips he creates are largely self-contained and have a number of recurring characters. It was picked up for newspaper syndication back in early 2007, but in 2008 Stevens went back to the web-only version which is probably diametrically opposed to what most people would have expected him to do.
Now we've got it on pretty good authority that receives in excess of 30,000 readers a day. Of those, he said, he really only needs to find about one or two percent of his fan base to support him financially. That shows you that he has the monetizing aspect of his craft down cold.
So how does he do it?
Well, Stevens makes most his money through selling merchandise, especially T-shirts. He operates his business out of his home, purchasing the shirts in bulk and selling them on his website. In that sense, the web comic is more of a "lead generator" for lack of a better term. It gathers and audience of raving fans that can be turned into paying customers.
Want another case-study?
Let's talk about Howard Tayler, creator of the Web comic "Schlock Mercenary," who makes a full-time living selling merchandise based on his cartoons.
Now we really like Tayler's pluckiness because here's what a lot of people don't know; he was making a six-figure salary as a middle marketing manager when he decided to quit his job to work on his web comic, Schlock Mercenary, full-time.
Bit it gets even better because the move came when the webcomic was losing money, leaving him in a sink-or-swim situation.
Now Tayler differs from many web cartoonists because he makes most of his money selling book collections of his comics.
Though most of his money comes from books, he also has gone the more traditional merchandising route by selling T-shirts, buttons, and even digital-only PDFs of his work. Sometimes he also uses these products to help raise money for charitable causes.
He also sells special edition books that include original sketches, an idea that turned out to be a particularly profitable moment of inspiration.
So there you have it, direct from the mouths of people that aren't just talking about making a living at creating webcomics – they're living it!
We could go on and talk about Pete Abrams, who's been writing Sluggy Freelance and making a living at webcomics for ages. Or Rich Burlew, the man who managed to turn "Order of the Stick" into not just a paying day job but also sufficient reputation to do writing work for "Wizards of the Coast."
Or Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, who have built "Penny Arcade" into not just a set of day jobs but also one of the largest gaming conventions in the United States, regular art work for Blizzard, and the Child's Play charity which raises six figures a year for childrens' hospitals.
The point is that it can be done so what's stopping you from turning your own cartoonist ambitions into a reality? Clearly, absolutely nothing as long as you have the right information.
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