Episode 362 - Triumph der Ente

Feb 19, 2018

In this Quackcast we chat about all the different options for hosting your webcomic. At the moment it seems the fashionable new young kiddies on the block are Webtoons and Tapastic, but they're certainly NOT the only choices for webcomic hosts out there and certainly not the best choices. I think we make a good case here for why Drunk Duck is a better choice in many ways, but we also bring up other host sites like twitter, comic fury, comic Genesis (used to be Keenspace), Tumblr, Deviant Art, Smack Jeeves, Fur Affinity, self hosting on a Word Press site etc. In the early days of the millennium there were just two hosts for your comic: Drunk Duck and Keenspace. Drunk Duck was a better choice for most since it was a lot easier to customise and it had a friendlier, smaller community. Keenspace had a two tier system: the picked comics with all the best stuff were in their “keenspot” site while the rabble were stuck with the slower hosting and slower updates. The main thing they had going was a gigantic member base. But they even changed the site's name from “keenspace” to “comic genesis” to further separate KeenSpot from the rabble, which left a sour taste in the mouth. By contrast Drunk Duck was always dedicated to being fully egalitarian. One of our main strengths is that we accept all without stigma: manga, furry, adult comic, sprites, American style, superhero, slice of life comedy, photocomics, professional published comics or stick figure amateur work and we welcome them all the same with the same level of enthusiasm. The big young Webtoons and Tapastic have some of the same issues Keenspace used to have: a big community where you will be lost in the crowd. And no site has as solid and safe programming and hosting as Drunk Duck does. Plus we're community run so you're same from corporate oversight and interference in the content you're allowed to post. You can read more about comic hosting sites in Emma Clare's news posts linked bellow. This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Odd Days. Sometimes you just have one of those days… or many of them in a row! Odd days. The sound here has a positive, optimistic theme overlayed with a harsh zigzag of electric guitar. This tune does well to illustrate the twisted euni, the off-balance and askew takes on everyday life and situations dealt with in this slice of life, humorous comic.



ozoneocean at 10:30PM, Feb. 20, 2018

OK, let's copy all the best stuff from Tapas then ^_^ The younger sites owe us, haha, we helped pave the way for them!

ejb at 2:54PM, Feb. 20, 2018

Ok, that's it. I'm sold.

Emma_Clare at 1:17PM, Feb. 20, 2018

Smackjeeves has lifted it's game over the years particularly as mobile has emerged as a key technology. They have also expanded the type of comics they promote. I would say it's in line with drunk duck in terms of how even they are. In recent months comics on the webtoons discover portal have been subject to intense sub and view nerfing. Titles that were getting reliable growth have now found that considerably decreased many linking it to their revised patreon pledge program announced near the end of last year. This kind of view fixing has really impacted the creators there. Tapas, though much smaller, has an active and very supportive community particularly when you get into the forums. The forums themselves are really well designed particularly for mobile. They also give creators access to "tipping" and ad revenue something I haven't seen somewhere else. There's also a new player on the market, GlobalComix. Many people from tapas and webtoons are testing the water there.

AmeliaP at 11:08AM, Feb. 20, 2018

Mature comics is spanked like a bum dog in online comics, but in Tapastic and Line Webtoon is way worse. Some genres (and art style) will never, ever, be popular in those hosts... but the audience is loyal, at least.

Ironscarf at 11:02AM, Feb. 20, 2018

Some are born to lead and some to follow!

ozoneocean at 7:22AM, Feb. 20, 2018

Yeah, I think even Smack Jeeves may have taken inspiration from us.

Ironscarf at 4:35AM, Feb. 20, 2018

Comic Fury was copied from Drunk Duck? Interesting - I'd previously thought it was cloned from Smackjeeves. Great 'cast with plenty of food for thought.

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