Last week I equated the process of making a comic as a Journey.
And I mentioned that I would like to catalog this trek so others may learn from it, or laugh at it, or both.

As with any journey, it doesn’t start until you take the first step (cliche I know, but the most accurate way of describing it).

Although these are laid out as steps – they are not mandatory to be done in this order, this just happens to be the process that I took in learning these things and getting starting in making comics.

Making a Webcomic – The Journey

As I mentioned, I have been drawing for most of my life and I have always wanted to make comics.

In November 2012 I started reading the (then) webcomic reMind by Jason Brubaker.
I had an epiphany.
I could make a webcomic.
Should be easy right? Draw the comic and then post it on-line.
How hard could that be?

Not hard – but not necessarily that easy.

Time to do some research.

Researching 

RESEARCH – I needed to decide on a few things before I could start making the comic:
1) The type of comic I wanted to make (was it going to be a long-form comic or a comic strip)
2) The type of website I was going to have (free or paid). Did I want to own the domain name etc?
3) The hosting platform I was going to use (this is tied to the type of website I was envisioning)
4) Costs associated with all of that if I chose the paid route.

I was starting from zero so it took a few months (okay more like a year) to figure all of this out.

A great reference book is Brad Guigar’s “The Webcomics Handbook” I highly recommend this resource as it lays out a lot of the technical aspects of creating a webcomic.

Decision

DECISION TIME – I decided I was going to do a long-form comic. Something I could eventually collect and print. But how to get it online?
I needed to set up a website to do this and didn’t want to pay anyone (because I am a DIY type of person…and cheap)

Now, I really do not understand all the different acronyms such as SSL, CGI, SSH, MySQL, PHP etc. Nor do I have time or patience at this point to learn them all. I did know that I wanted it to be on my own website (I didn’t want blogspot.com or wordpress.com etc. after the URL)

I found the best option for me is WordPress with Comic Easel (mostly because there is a large helpful community, many comic artists have gone this route before me and setting it up is free. And once you own the domain it is relatively easy to do – even for a noob such as myself).

 I then chose to use Bluehost as the hosting site. This too was basically based on what I researched about ease of set-up. Bluehost has WordPresss easily integrated – just a few clicks (which I will not go into because there are others more skilled at doing this).

The costs are about $140.00 a year for the domain and protection and hosting (which is minimal if you decide that you have to invest in yourself to achieve your desired goals).

With the research complete and the decision made on the type of comic, the website and hosting, it was time to start the comic.

Rancidville was born!

More to come stay Tuned!