Really specific question but: How many pages of Wilde Life did you have finished before you started posting them online? And how many did you post when you first launched? I'm starting my own series and I kinda want an idea of what to shoot for before I release it for people to read. Thanks :)
Hey! This is a super good question and something that everyone wanting to launch a new webcomic project should be considering!
When I first launched Wilde Life in September of 2014, I started with the entire first chapter “Like You’ve Seen a Ghost,” which I think is around 40 pages. (I also posted the final 30 or so pages of Zap! on that same day, which made it a huge comics day for me). As for what my buffer was then, I can’t quite remember, but it was probably four or so pages.
If you are a new creator to the webcomic scene, it is extremely important that you launch with enough pages for people to get invested. Sometimes the only press you can get for your comic early on is that you’ve launched it. If someone hears about a new comic and goes to check it out, and it only has like two pages up, they’ll move on – and it is very likely they’ll completely forget about it and never go back, even if everything looks great! So you for sure want to make use of your initial buzz by putting out enough material for people to get invested or curious about your project.
Its also a good idea to avoid really marketing or promoting your comic until you have a big enough chunk of it posted to hook people. It is much easier to gain and maintain readers when you have enough content for them to feel invested. For those first six months or so, just really focus on producing the material, even though it feels super exciting and you want to tell everyone!