[Publishing] GlobalComix is nearing official launch, here's a sneak peak of what to expect

Nimloth

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Hey guys,

It's been a while since I last posted and responded to you guys in this first thread by @Trinket Trance, and lots of things have happened since then, so I wanted to pop in again and say hi. First off, I'd like to thank everyone who engaged and asked questions or provided feedback last time -- it's been very helpful. We've acted on most of the suggestions you guys gave and the website has become all the better for it.

Secondly, I wanted to give a little GlobalComix.com pre-announcement here for you guys as an additional thanks and heads up :)

We are in fact closing in on the "official v1.0 launch" (coming out of beta), probably in the next month or two, and with that comes some very cool new features that have been in the works for a while that we're very excited about (and think you guys will be too):
  • GC Editor / Reader Tool v2.0 (launched)
    • We have completely re-written our editor and reader tool from the ground up. The experience is now much more fleshed out and seamlessly integrated with the rest of the website. Both readers and comic creators are presented with on-boarding tooltips, new features for navigating between releases, pages and frames, and the ability for comic creators to require payment to access their content (more on this below).
    • This re-write also has been done with off-site embeds in mind, which is another feature we'll be looking to launch later this year for those of you who have own websites and want to post your content there but have the reading experience (and monetization) powered seamlessly by GlobalComix.
    • UX/UI improvements: we've redesigned the UI entirely to make usability much easier, and also navigation between the rest of the website, and the edit / reading modes more seamless.
  • Upload Flow v2.0 (launched)
    • Since the original launch, we re-wrote our prototype upload and release management backend from the ground up. This enables much greater flexibility with how a creator can manage their pages, images, and workflow. Some examples of features we've already paired with this are:
      • Drag and Drop uploads. Comic creators can now upload archives of their comics, or drag pages one by one onto a release. When dragging a PDF onto a release, we'll extract PDF pages and send High Resolution PNGs to the server for processing and resizing.
      • Creators can now re-order and delete pages at any time.
    • Coming Soon:
      • The ability to update any page image asset without needing to delete the page.
      • Seamless ability to share assets between releases, and maintain a revision history. This is quite useful for things like credits pages that you'd want to upload once and be able to update everywhere easily.
    • In the future:
      • Ability to edit/manipulate the original image in the browser to do things like remove the text in order to make use of our upcoming translation tool.
      • ... and much more.
  • Content Monetization (coming very soon)
    • When a comic meets certain criteria, or a comic creator gets manually accepted into our monetization program, they will be able to earn money when people read their comics. This is a direct-to-digital publishing model that works in the browser, on all devices, and without all the intrusiveness and poor reading experiences that an ad supported model would bring.
    • On GlobalComix, the whole setup is very simple and works like this:
      1. A creator sets their comic as "paid access", now requiring users to have "page credits" on their account to read the content.
      2. The creator chooses which "free preview" model works for them. The options are the first x pages of each release/issue, or the first x releases of a comic.
      3. When users access these comics, they will be prompted with a payment required notification that lets them buy a set of "page credits". There are 3 tiers of page credit bundles available for purchase: 100 page credits ($4.99), 200 page credits ($9.49), and 350 credits ($15.49).
      4. Upon page credits purchase, readers are now able to read your paid content. For each paid page they read, you will be credited the equivalent $ value of 1 page credit spent as income in your creator profile. In the case of a 100 pack of page credits, this equates to $0.0499 gross value per page. You as the creator then earns between 65% and 75% (this depends a bit on how much content you've monetized, how much your content is read, etc) of this value. GlobalComix gets the remaining % value of the page credit as a service fee.

        Example: In the case of a user spending all 100 page credits of their $4.99 pack on your comic, at 65% revenue share you're taking home $3.24. At 5000 paid page reads you'll take home $162.18. And so on it scales linearly depending on how many pages are read :)

      5. We summarize the total paid pages read for each comic daily, which you can see on your income history page. All income is placed in a "pending" queue for 14 days, after which it is immediately claimable at any time by creators. All that's needed is for a creator to set their receiver Paypal Address in the settings, and click the "Claim Payout" button. We will then automatically generate and send a payment for the total value of the confirmed income available to be claimed. We also generate a downloadable PDF invoice for every payout that we send (available on the income history page) that itemizes all the income (content revenue, or donations) that was included in the payout.
      6. Bonus: should you wish for it, you can also use the un-claimed income to pay for reading access to other paid comics, or even to send donations to your fellow creators :)
  • Content Licensing (coming very soon)
    • Some of you might have specific distribution rights/restrictions on which regions and languages you can publish your comics. This tool allows you to completely control access availability for your comics by comic language and reader geographic region.
    • You can choose between making your comic free, or require paid globally, or if needed, you can add rules for specific regions (like North America or Japan). Region specific rules allow you to make a comic completely unavailable in that region, or free in Japan but paid in the rest of the world, etc, specifically for each language your comic is published in.
  • Translations Marketplace (coming in the future)
    • After we launch all the above, the very next thing we'll be working on is our translations marketplace. It's a bit too early to say too much about this just yet, but here's the general jist of how it will work:
      • As a content creator, you can use our tool to request translations of your comic in a specific language. You'll choose the reward ($$), or not, and offer the job up for translators to apply for. We'll provide tools for the translator to localize your comic in the browser, and you as the creator will have the ability to review any and all translations before they're publicly available.
      • Once you both are happy with the translation in question, the tool gives you "approval" functionality, and we'll finalize any financial rewards that were offered for the job. You get your content localized, and the translator gets to earn some money. Pretty simple.
      • More details are being fleshed out here and will be available in the future.
With all of that said, I'm sure you guys will have some thoughts, questions, and feedback about all of this, so please let me know what you think!

I'm happy to respond to them all :)

Best,

Christopher Carter
GlobalComix.com
 
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Polyak Attila

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Looking forward to the embed feature, and to more free time on my end to catch up to everything that happened around webcomics in the last couple of months.
 

Nimloth

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Hey @Nimloth, have I got this right:
100 page credits are 100 pages viewed?
100 page credits = 100 page reads. When a user has paid to read a page, they retain the right to re-read that page free of charge in the future.
 

JamieMe

Administrator
Staff member
#7
100 page credits = 100 page reads. When a user has paid to read a page, they retain the right to re-read that page free of charge in the future.
I was going to ask that next thanks. I'm not sure how great this system is, if honest. For someone who creates a comic issue at, let's say 24 pages, what would be the incentive to push users towards your site instead of Gumroad or Patreon?
 

Nimloth

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I was going to ask that next thanks. I'm not sure how great this system is, if honest. For someone who creates a comic issue at, let's say 24 pages, what would be the incentive to push users towards your site instead of Gumroad or Patreon?
@JaimeMe -- glad you asked - that's a great question.

Here's a a few things that stand out (there are move reasons, obviously) :)

1) With a pay-per-page model, there's a much lower barrier to entry for readers - the threshold to trying out new comics and stories is much less daunting without an upfront larger fee. Further, it becomes more about the quality of the content and less about step-functions in how many can you convince to buy the first chapter. With a good story and quality content, that reading flow becomes more natural and un-intrusive :)

That, and when combined with a platform whose sole focus is comics creation and consumption, the overall discoverability becomes much greater. We believe being able to reach more readers ultimately greatly offsets the traditional model(s).

2) Neither Gumroad nor Patreon are actually platforms that focus on comics publishing specifically, and don't do anything to solve some of the core problems with digital publishing such as the problems of mobile reading experiences. They are also not able to provide the deep level of insights about readers (how long does it take a reader to read each page? each panel? where in the stories do people drop off? Users being able to, like soundcloud, post per-panel style comments and feedback, etc).

3) Reaching an audience i one language is one thing. Being able to have your comics localized to multiple and being able to reach entirely markets and audiences is another. We'll be providing the tools and workflow to facilitate this entirely end-to-end. Once the content is published in one language, the work to enable it for multiple becomes a fraction of the initial work. Unlike what it is on any other publishing platform.

4) When we launch our embeds, being able to offer and serve the same high quality reading experiences off their own websites (both free and paid), creators are able to take more control of their brand while still offering the content up in a central service.

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What do you think about that?
 

JamieMe

Administrator
Staff member
#9
What do you think about that?
The features sound interesting no doubt, but I think the pay per page part could be off putting. For webcomic creators with 100's of pages it may make sense.

I see a lot of the platforms success riding on marketing. In order for it to be appealing you'll need to pull in some serious figures. What are the plans of that front?
 

Nimloth

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I see a lot of the platforms success riding on marketing. In order for it to be appealing you'll need to pull in some serious figures. What are the plans of that front?
Well, sure -- as would self-publishing on any platform, whether with us or elsewhere. You're right in that it's crucial for us to do a lot of marketing and reader acquisition work though, and we have plans for that. We're looking to staff up to handle this in the very near future. More details to come later, promise :)

So that means that I can't have my Latest chapter or Latest 100 pages or Latest [insert whatever] as paid content?
You absolutely can. What that means is that specific users who have paid to read a page, get to read that page again for free, not that it's free for others!

On a side note, you can set any release fully free, and/or combine with regional "free" access specifically. For example if you were trying to attract readers from South America specifically :)
 
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I'm looking forward to submitting my comics.

If submitting a comic made by multiple creators is the comic linked to each person's profile?

What are the rules toward nudity and violence?
 

Polyak Attila

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#13
You absolutely can. What that means is that specific users who have paid to read a page, get to read that page again for free, not that it's free for others!
Okay, but this kinda does not make sense to me. Let's say latest 100 pages just as an example now and an ongoing comic of 200 pages. In this case, the FIRST 100 pages are free for everyone, and pages 101-200 are there only for those who paid for them. So far so good. Now I publish 20 more pages, so the all page count goes up to 220, and the latest 100 pages will no longer be 101-200 but 121-220, or in other word pages 101-120 are no longer being latest. So if people paid for pages 101-200, they obviously also paid for pages 101-120, but those pages are now not latest, thus free. So my question is, is it possible to have people pay for pages in a kinda dynamic way?

I understand that this basically gives more and more of the comic away for free eventually. I'm just curious about the possibilities within the system.
 

Nimloth

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Okay, but this kinda does not make sense to me. Let's say latest 100 pages just as an example now and an ongoing comic of 200 pages. In this case, the FIRST 100 pages are free for everyone, and pages 101-200 are there only for those who paid for them. So far so good. Now I publish 20 more pages, so the all page count goes up to 220, and the latest 100 pages will no longer be 101-200 but 121-220, or in other word pages 101-120 are no longer being latest. So if people paid for pages 101-200, they obviously also paid for pages 101-120, but those pages are now not latest, thus free. So my question is, is it possible to have people pay for pages in a kinda dynamic way?

I understand that this basically gives more and more of the comic away for free eventually. I'm just curious about the possibilities within the system.
It works more like this:

1) You set your comic to require paid access and define which "preview" mode you wish to apply. This being first x pages of each release, or first x releases total.
2) You release more content. If you chose to have only the first x chapters free, all of this content requires payment to access. If you were to chose the first x pages of each release as your model, then those first x pages of each release you publish are free, but the rest require payment. You can also go in and force set any release as free at your leisure.

When it comes to the reader side, the access logic works like this:

1) Does the page require paid access? If no, user can access and read page.
2) If Yes, has the user paid to read the page before? If yes, the page is free to read for that user. If no, does the user have page credits? If yes, user accesses page and one credit is deducted. If no, user is prompted to purchase more page credits.

I'm looking forward to submitting my comics.

If submitting a comic made by multiple creators is the comic linked to each person's profile?

What are the rules toward nudity and violence?
We're looking forward to have you on board :) Let me know when you've published something and we'll spread the word on our social channels!

As for multiple creators, a comic can only be "owned" by one publishing profile. We'll be adding the ability to list "creators/authors/contributors" to each comic in the future where you'll be able to write in names and roles.

W.r.t violence and nudity, the rules are pretty lax. The rule of thumb is "no porn" type content. Think of that in the same way you'd have violence or nudity in the cinema or on tv :)