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Hey, I'm curious if there is a group here for "webcomic publishers", and if not, could something like this be created? (if this exists and I missed it somehow, please forgive me!)

I've been trekking along with my webcomic (dscomic.com) for a couple months now, and so much of what I've been doing has been an independent learning experience. I'd like to start networking with other Christian webcomic creators more, to get some ideas of how to promote a webcomic, advertising, sidebar links, hosting, etc, etc...

Would anyone else be interested in starting a Christian webcomics group and sharing ideas?

Thanks!

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I searched and I didn't see anything about a specific group, either.

Hey, I'm all for this. My site is so rudimentary at this point, I can only offer to promote and link, but sometime in the not too distant future, I'd love to raise it to the next level. Having a source of encouragement and help, I gotta figure, will only help advance the process.

Plus, we could all wear cool patches! Or matching polos!

Or not.

Seriously, though, I'm in. I'm 70-some strips in at this point, and though I may not have a lot to offer, what I have picked up I'm open to sharing. In fact, Rob, if you DON'T start this, then I will!
I don't have a lot of ideas yet, but I just think it would be good to get a network started, one in which we can share ideas and help encourage one another. I'm thinking (at least, it seems like) some of the folks in Alpha-Omega are moving more and more to an online format, so I was hoping to rope in some of those folks here, and maybe bring in some others from the CCAS group. Some topics I'm thinking could be covered and shared would be:

- How to get started with a webcomic.
- Using Wordpress plugin Comicpress/Comixmanager (what I'm struggling to use on my own site) as well as any alternatives.
- Hosting, fees, and the best deals
- Synching the site with a live book (and what printer to go with that can be linked to online, etc)
- Advertising
- Promotion
- Etc.

Sky is the limit. At this point, I'd just like to meet some other Christian webcomic folks and compare notes.

So anyone reading this, who's interested, feel free to join in with thoughts an ideas!

Rob
Sounds like a great idea for a group!
Salutations.

Cyberlight Comics has been hosting Christian webcomics for over four or five years. We reach thousands of readers. Check out http://cyberlightcomics.com/bboard2/index.php?topic=218.0 for more information. We provide free hosting, and we do aggressive advertising so you can focus on what you do best... make comics! Furthermore, we have no banners, pop ups or other things that would detract from our readers' experience. God has given us His truth freely, so we give it freely.

2 Cor 2: 14
14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

Read the link above. If you are interested, contact me at jcservant at cyberlightcomics dot com.

By His Grace,
JCServant
Artist / Coordinator
Cyberlight Comics
I'm a Christian that puts out webcomics, but they are not exactly christian webcomics. Sometimes my Christain knowledge is involved, but that's not the message, it's just about humor. If the group is geared towards the creators being Christians, I'd be up for that.
Our requirement for comics are simple: That they be clearly designed to lead people closer to God. Check out our website and you'll find an interesting variety of comics. Some seem to hit you over the head with scripture, while others teach a lesson a little more discreetly. Some feature some very adult themes (and even language/violence) to make a point, others are visual descriptions of scriptures.

If your comic never mentions God, Jesus, etc., nor makes an effort to show sin in a negative light / following God in a positive light, there MIGHT be a concern. You could always send us some samples, if in doubt, and we'd be happy to provide some feedback :) First, however, check out the site, look at the other comics, and read our submission guidelines.

Even if you feel like your comic does not fit, for whatever reason, feel free to join our boards, chat with other Christian artists, and tell them about what you are doing. Most of the people that are there are very interested in webcomics :)

Jim Ford said:
I'm a Christian that puts out webcomics, but they are not exactly christian webcomics. Sometimes my Christain knowledge is involved, but that's not the message, it's just about humor. If the group is geared towards the creators being Christians, I'd be up for that.
This sounds like it might be a good option for some. As for me, I've been insane enough to go the route of getting hosting, installing Wordpress, installing the Comicpress theme, and generally driving myself insane trying to figure out how to configure PHP. But hey, what you describe sounds like it might be a good option for some.

Now how do we go about adding a Webcomics group to the CCAS forum here at Ning? Who handles that sortof administrative thing?
The beauty of Cyberlight Comics is we are not seeking exclusitivity. We encourage artists to put up their comics on as many sites as possible, like a light on many hills. So, if you would get X number of hits for your comic on your site, chances are you'd get X+Y hits by mirroring the comic on Cyberlight, since there is little chance of having a cross sample audience. Furthermore, we can put links on that Cyberlight hosted comic back to your pages, increasing the chances for even more hits for you.

Bottom line, for a small amount of effort, you get added exposure for your site and your comic, which leads more people closer to God.

Rob Marsh said:
This sounds like it might be a good option for some. As for me, I've been insane enough to go the route of getting hosting, installing Wordpress, installing the Comicpress theme, and generally driving myself insane trying to figure out how to configure PHP. But hey, what you describe sounds like it might be a good option for some.

Now how do we go about adding a Webcomics group to the CCAS forum here at Ning? Who handles that sortof administrative thing?
Rob Marsh said:
Now how do we go about adding a Webcomics group to the CCAS forum here at Ning? Who handles that sortof administrative thing?

Rob - I sent a message and left a comment with the admin account, because it seems there is no "+ start" or "+ add" option for groups. Hopefully, I'll get word back and we'll get this up and running!
Hello Rob,

I'm Clint Johnson, long time CCAS member and partner in New Creation Entertainment. I really appeciate your weekly prayer request. I'm on the list as cdj_2004. Back to the web comics... our site that features our web comics has been uo for just about a year. We took the route of starting our own because at that time we desired to put what God has given us out there. It was like pulling teeth at first. There were so few Christian sites. WE found a free host and built our own. We agressively use social networking, blogging and email blasts. We offer a store, current events, a gallery, links and our brand of Faith-based webcomic titles. As much as possible we try to update regularly. Usually weekly.
I'll tackle your other questions as soon as I have chance.
in the meantime check us out at www.newcreationnow.com.

Walk His Way

Clint D. Johnson
info@newcreationnow.com
You may want you contact the administrator. The Key people to reach on this site would be Geoff Strout, Kevin Yong or Eric Jansen. Our you could simply go to the home page and start a group.

Rob Marsh said:
This sounds like it might be a good option for some. As for me, I've been insane enough to go the route of getting hosting, installing Wordpress, installing the Comicpress theme, and generally driving myself insane trying to figure out how to configure PHP. But hey, what you describe sounds like it might be a good option for some.

Now how do we go about adding a Webcomics group to the CCAS forum here at Ning? Who handles that sortof administrative thing?
Clint DeRon Johnson said:
in the meantime check us out at www.newcreationnow.com.

I did check out the site, and there's some good stuff there. I'm going to bookmark and revisit. The only suggestion I'd make is, I'd enable commenting on the individual blog posts. I think that makes a difference and helps build traffic (or so I've been learning as I read more about web traffic, etc.)

Also, a link to December Sun on the Links page would be a nice touch, too.... :)

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