The comic strip format has suffered a lot of indignities over the years, not the least of which is the ever popular “print is dead” mantra that is so casually tossed about. Anyone that spends any time at all online, though, can see that the comic strip is one traditional format that has found wildly fertile ground on the internet. In the past, syndication into a newspaper, even a small one, was a fiercely coveted goal. However, with small, start-up hosting costing less than a couple lattes a month any aspiring artist with a concept and a computer can try his or her hand at bringing their idea to a potentially global audience.
Content Management Systems like WordPress lower the bar to publication even further, allowing non-technical users to update their sites in real time without the need to learn how to code HTML and CSS.
Although WordPress supports uploading and displaying images right out of the box, the ability to extend the platform with plugins and themes like ComicPress creates dedicated, super-charged platforms for web comics. Unlike web comic hosting services, setting up your web comic endeavor on your own WordPress blog allows you to “own” your content and add functionality to your site as needed. Whether its social media integration, subscription models, user comments/discussion, archiving or even merchandising via additional eCommerce plugins/extensions, WordPress has you covered.
ComicPress also boasts an enthusiastic user community in the form of online Forums and its own site dedicated to the theme. Whether you are looking to produce a simple, paneled web comic or an ongoing graphic novel, ComicPress is worth checking out.
Now if could only get away with producing my web comic about a struggling web designer and his clients… 🙂
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