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Hi everyone. Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I'm new to the forum and thought this would be the right place to ask.

Ive been with FA since its inception, not really a hardcore "furry" i just know furries and enjoy the art and drawing it. Not really ever been an active member of the community as I'm an introvert and don't really have any interest in talking to many people so Ive kept to myself, especially in the past 5 or 6 years.

Anyway, Ive been drawing a comic (just for fun never had any real plans for it) very slowly for the past year or two now, and its become a bit of a beast. Ive never drawn this much of one thing ever in my life and because of how big its grown (hehe) someone (my wife in fact) made the suggestion that i should sell it as a comic.

This has never crossed my mind at any stage, not even since i started drawing furry art (around 13 or 14 years now). Sure Ive done odd-job commissions here and there but Ive never thought of making any serious money with my "art" since i never felt confident enough in my own ability that people would actually want to pay money for it, even though people have actually paid me for art before on multiple occasions, but they were one offs Ive never thought about making something like a comic mass produced for people to buy.

Due to this complete lack of knowledge I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience or advice that could help point me in the right direction?

I'm not expecting to make something that's printed (as cool as that would be, but i don't even know if printed furry porn comics are even a thing anymore, like i said I'm out of touch) but more like an online comic you can pay for to download the whole thing or something.

I'm not really one for charging for porn, kudos to you if you can manage to do it and i respect you for that, mofo's gotta eat! But i do keep seeing more and more people charge for this sort of thing and i could certainly use the money as i don't have any skills to get a real job so i figured it might be worth a shot.

I'm not the greatest "artist" (i keep using quotations not as an insult to others but more-so to myself as i don't consider what i do artistic) but i wouldn't say I'm terrible either. Not sure if i can post links to FA on here so if you want to see my work ask and i'll send a PM, or just post a link in here if its permitted. My tastes are.....not to sound too 50 shades of grey here but they are "unique" one could say, and i have no issues drawing males or females as i like what both have to offer just as equally, so that's a warning in case i do post a link to my account on here, and needless to say all of it is NSFW...who looks at furry sites at work anyway? lol

As for the comic itself, again I'll wait until i know its permitted to talk about such things in here but i don't want to divulge too much info since it is something i want to try and publish after all and that would be a huge spoiler and defeat the whole purpose of this idea lmao.

Erm...so yeah, thanks for reading and any help will be greatly appreciated and once again, sorry in advance if i fucked up and posted int he wrong section.

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If it's porn you're gonna have a really hard time getting it printed or anything, especially if it's super niche fetish porn which I'm going to assume it is. Most people who make that kind of stuff and post it on FA generally work through stuff like Patreon and commissions although that only really works if you're super popular. Best advice would really just to do it for fun first and foremost and if you build a large substantial fanbase then think about selling your stuff since it's a crowded market, and there's no shortage of horrible furry porn.

Also don't be afraid to link us to your comic/FA or anything though that's totally fine. Although I'd warn you to put NSFW tag next to it so you don't get in trouble.

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seconding growing your fanbase first. hosting it on FA isn't a bad idea but it might make it easier for people to read if you put it up on a free web hosting site or created your own so you can keep your pages in order.

put in The Paper Mill because comics

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Hi, here's my account link:

Warning NSFW!

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/renaissance-x/

I wouldn't really say its that niche, i made it sound that way as I'm out of touch with what is niche and what isn't. I mean something homosexual isn't exactly niche, and i know there's a market for what happens in the comic itself, and Ive seen far more...niche-y stuff posted up as paid work hence why i thought id have a bit of a shot. I do have a bit of a fanbase, as much as i hate that word as it makes me sound like an egotistical jerk but like i said Ive not really been active for the past few years but i keep being told people remember me...whatever that means. I mean i have been around since day one of FA so that must count for something....maybe?

I dunno, just needed to know if its worth a shot, dont want to miss out and end up showing something for free that could have had a chance to generate a tiny bit of income as, like i said, i cant do anything else....yet

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8 minutes ago, Renaissance X said:

Hi, here's my account link:

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/renaissance-x/

I wouldn't really say its that niche, i made it sound that way as I'm out of touch with what is niche and what isn't. I mean something homosexual isn't exactly niche, and i know there's a market for what happens in the comic itself, and Ive seen far more...niche-y stuff posted up as paid work hence why i thought id have a bit of a shot. I do have a bit of a fanbase, as much as i hate that word as it makes me sound like an egotistical jerk but like i said Ive not really been active for the past few years but i keep being told people remember me...whatever that means.

niche in this case would mean it caters to a really specific group of people. like vore or macro. some people consider furry to be a niche group but it's also broad enough to appeal to a lot of different people.

I'd also edit your link and just put a note that your page is NSFW (for anyone who has that filter turned off anyways)

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You know you can just go ahead and do it right?

Publishing it online is in no way too expensive, well, maybe a little Im not sure how it works, but online digital content isnt quite as pricey as selling printed. The only caveat is people arent likely to buy a comic they know little about and that has no strong popularity.

 

There's one comic called "dreamkeepers" (http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com) that offers part of their content as a free webcomic (something a lot of artists do is offer comics free, and may pay for things with tips and ads) and the rest is payed content, Ive been dang tempted to pay for the rest of the content myself since I got immersed into the story, although its also a little dissapointing. But its all the artist's choice, really.

 

If you do open a patreon you can offer the content of the content as a serial comic to paying customers, but again, no one will buy something they dont know about so i'd suggest sneak peeks on public pages or more art being put out. 

Attending cons and being more immersed with your target audience is also beneficial, you cant really expect to sell if you dont know the people you want to buy it

Edit: Yikes dude, cant say your work is my cup of tea, good and decent art though, Id say you have the makings to be an artist much like anyone else.

Honestly to be frank though your work would definitely qualify as niche, I honestly dont see how it even begins to qualify as able to reach a general audience besides furries (even the small number of people who like bbw, hyper, etc. in general may not even touch animal art) I dont get how this isnt furry.

 

Im assuming the comic may not be about sexual content (alone, at least) in which case you may need to build your base of your free art first, and allow people to view something stand out and new about your art to want to be drawn to the comic.

It seem just far too niche to cater to a general audience besides/including furries. You can try to sell it, but Im afraid selling is quite the hefty task

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54 minutes ago, WolfNightV4X1 said:

You know you can just go ahead and do it right?

Publishing it online is in no way too expensive, well, maybe a little Im not sure how it works, but online digital content isnt quite as pricey as selling printed. The only caveat is people arent likely to buy a comic they know little about and that has no strong popularity.

 

There's one comic called "dreamkeepers" (http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com) that offers part of their content as a free webcomic (something a lot of artists do is offer comics free, and may pay for things with tips and ads) and the rest is payed content, Ive been dang tempted to pay for the rest of the content myself since I got immersed into the story, although its also a little dissapointing. But its all the artist's choice, really.

 

If you do open a patreon you can offer the content of the content as a serial comic to paying customers, but again, no one will buy something they dont know about so i'd suggest sneak peeks on public pages or more art being put out. 

Attending cons and being more immersed with your target audience is also beneficial, you cant really expect to sell if you dont know the people you want to buy it

Edit: Yikes dude, cant say your work is my cup of tea, good and decent art though, Id say you have the makings to be an artist much like anyone else.

Honestly to be frank though your work would definitely qualify as niche, I honestly dont see how it even begins to qualify as able to reach a general audience besides furries (even the small number of people who like bbw, hyper, etc. in general may not even touch animal art) I dont get how this isnt furry.

 

Im assuming the comic may not be about sexual content (alone, at least) in which case you may need to build your base of your free art first, and allow people to view something stand out and new about your art to want to be drawn to the comic.

It seem just far too niche to cater to a general audience besides/including furries. You can try to sell it, but Im afraid selling is quite the hefty task

Well that's the thing, it is only intended for furries, lol. I'm not trying to reach a huge general non furry audience, sorry if that was how my OP sounded thats certainly not what im trying to do. Ive seen people make similar things to what i have and have either A: made a comic out of it and charged for it, or B: set up a patreon type deal or C: Had an online website publish it and sell it.

Its not vore or macro or anything like that either, it involves two males, sexual acts and some inflation, and i dont mean with air or water either. ;)

I was under the assumption that there were websites that uploaded comics that were paid for, specifically for niche audiences such as furries, and was wondering what these places were and how to contact them with the idea and get the ball rolling.

I know i have seen them in the past, but i cant remember their names.

If i knew what these places were, id worry about the popularity contest later as i need to know if this is even something a site like that would even bother with for starters, no point trying to gain popularity and then find out nobody would be interested in the idea as that would be a massive waste of time and effort.

 

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Oh well shoot, I got the impression you werent a furry and wanted to sell to more than just the fandom. Im derp.

 

I actually have seem things like vore comics/publications and a lot of people within that interest will flock to see it. So given you have good quantity and/or quality within that space furries will gravitate to it. So yeah worth a shot.

 

With patreon any artist can create an account and set one up, so thats easy, no need to contact publishers just figure out the sign up process.

With websites there's a lot of comic hosting ones, although Im not sure which ones have the options to produce content after payment. It would be good to look into releasing sneak peeks on comic hosting sites like tapastic http://m.tapastic.com/#!/subscription/list-recent and others (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PopularWebcomicSites) And not sure the nsfw policy.

Creating a website or using a website host like weebly is also a second option, have the website to introduce the comic through art and synopsis and whatnot, and have payment via paypal and simply email interested viewers the .pdf file.

 

Im actually not really all that knowledgeable in the comic selling business so Id suggest just finding artists who have patreons and ask what they suggest. 

But really as far as publishing online goes, its quite easy and DIY and anyone can do it by simply opening an account. The internet makes it easy to freely submit content so the only hard part is getting public interest.

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I'm gonna be 100% honest, I don't think your art is good enough for people to seriously consider buying it.

HOWEVER, I'm not saying you can't draw or anything like that. I'm just trying to say that if I were you, I would concentrate on building a fanbase and improving your art as much as you can. The former of which shouldn't be too difficult since as far as furry fetishes go, BBW stuff is definately on the less niche side of things so you should have an easier time than someone who exclusively drew like furry midget fart porn or something.

Just keep at it. I mean you certainly enjoy it so that's all the more incentive to keep practicing.

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