I don’t know if I can tell you how important this is when it comes to developing a web comic. I really can’t, but I’m going to try anyways. Thinking you can just go off on your own and make a great web comic is fine and all, but the vast majority of people I’ve ran into on this journey in the past year have all had one thing in common; a deep yearning to connect with other people who enjoy this art medium just as much as them. Many just want to share their story while others are looking to find stories to enjoy themselves. However, if you’re wanting to improve your craft and create the best darn experience for your audience possible, you’re gonna want to reach out and gather as much knowledge and experience from the community as possible.

Earlier today I was looking to fix and improve something that had been bothering me for some time now.. the Disqus plug-in for WordPress. This popular comment section add-on has a lot of benefit to it both in presentation and management, but has a rather distinct and common flaw to it. The stink’n thing won’t load on the front page of your website depending on the theme you choose for it! So I reached out to the creator of the theme that thousands of people have used for nearly 8 years, Philip Hofer, for some help in troubleshooting this. You’d think the average person would dismiss you quickly over something trivial like this, especially when the fault is on Disqus’ end, but nope! We eventually figured out a fix for it and the rest is history. It wouldn’t have been possible to improve the quality of this web comic if it weren’t’ for the help of Philip and others like him that I’ve met over the past year. By the way, if you’re experiencing the same issue with Disqus and ComicPress, send me an email or contact me on social media and I can spread the fix action if you’re experiencing the same problem (or I’ll probably just make a separate blog post).

Again, networking with folks is super important if you want to create the best possible experience for your audience. There are many artists out there willing to provide critiques, advice, partnership opportunities, and support. All you have to do is just ask 🙂