How To: Create A Comic/Part 8: Publish
Now that you’ve created your comic, and you have proofread your work over and over again, and you’re happy with what you have, it’s time to let the world see it as well.
There are several ways that you can publish your work for others to see.
- Self-Run Website - Setting up and running your own website is probably one of the easiest ways to get your works out. There are several sites that can host your work for free as long as you allow them to post ads on your pages. If you have some money to spend, you can also get a custom domain name address for your website. You can also design your website however you want to, or pay someone to do it if you lack the skills, and include other informative elements for your series. The downside to this, though, is that unless you are already very popular, you will have to do a lot of self-promotion to get people to check out your work, and that can be an uphill battle.
- Custom Resource Websites - There are several websites that serve as a way for artists to showcase their work. deviantART, for instance, is designed for graphic artists, photographers, and writers. Issuu is designed for online print publications such as magazines, newsletters, and comic books, and will display those publications in online book format as well as allow you to download those publications to your hard drive. These kinds of websites will allow your work to be accessible to a wide audience, but bear in mind as well that you’re also competing against thousands of other creative minds that also want their works viewed.
- City of Comic Creators (AKA the “In-House Option”) - The CCC is probably the best way to go in terms of getting your work hosted along with similar comics from other creators. In addition, your comics would be saved along with others as part of our Archive Project so future fans will enjoy your work.
The best part is that you are not limited to just one option. In fact, you could host your finished work through all three ways. You could upload on one option to share with friends to help you proofread your work, then share your finished work on other sites when you’re ready to “officially release” it.
The choice is up to you as to how you want to approach it.
Now that you’re published, let’s get people to read your work.