Here’s some preview pages from the upcoming “Bella Mortis Presents” episode (these pages were released earlier on Patreon). The title of this episode is “Cabin Fever”.

Bella Mortis Presents, Cabin Fever previews

Bella Mortis Presents, Cabin Fever previews

Bella Mortis Presents, Cabin Fever previews

Bella Mortis Presents, Cabin Fever previews

Bella Mortis Presents, Cabin Fever previews

Here’s some more concept art drawings from our upcoming 2d jungle game project! It’s taking time, but we’re getting closer and closer all the time until we’ll finally have the first demo ready (and when we’re getting that close, we’ll post more about this project on our Patreon page).

Below is a concept art drawing featuring one of the enemies you’ll encounter in the game: a “Skull Spider”. These are huge spiders that are using human skulls as shields, and you need to break the skull before you can take out the spider. The “Skull Spider” will also spit venom at you.

Skull Spider, game enemy concept art

And here is a concept art drawing made by Vanja, featuring one of the characters in the game. Her name is Paquita. She is not the protagonist in the game, but she’s got an important role in the story. More will be revealed later!

Nude jungle game concept art Jungle dancer game concept art

As mentioned before, this game will have both a “sfw” version and a “nsfw” version. The latter will include nudity and animated sex scenes, while in the “sfw” version you won’t even see Paquita’s tits like shown in the drawings above. The story will still be the same no matter which version you’ll play, the adult scenes will just be “extra’s”.

Stay tuned! More to come 🙂

 

Here’s links to the previous posts I made about this upcoming project:

inkedinhell.tomte.org/projects/upcoming-game-project-concept-art-part-2/

inkedinhell.tomte.org/projects/upcoming-game-project-concept-art/

inkedinhell.tomte.org/random/great-times-ahead/

 

Webcomic traffic tips

When you create a webcomic, your main goal is to find readers who are interested in your work. Over the years I’ve familiarized myself in a few tricks that will make you find your “audience”, whatever your webcomic might be about, so I figured I wanted to share a few tips on how to get some more visitors.

But first, let’s take a look at the most common suggestions:

Social media and webcomic sites

Now, lets take a look at the most common tips you’ll always find if you try a quick Google search for “how to get more visitors to my webcomic”. They will mostly list all the obvious, like Facebook/Twitter/Social Media, and famous art websites like DeviantArt, Tapastic and such. Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but there are a few problems with these suggestions:

  • Social Media: if you aren’t already having a respectable number of followers, it’s mostly going to take a lot of time to get them. Building up a base of truly interested followers can take a lot of time. Time you’d rather spend on your webcomic.
  • DeviantArt, Tapastic, etc: while places like these can give you great exposure, you might risk “drowning in the crowd”. There’s already so many webcomics there, it’s hard to get noticed.

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t use these things. Even tiny drops will make a larger puddle, but in general it takes a lot of time and effort and even then it may not bring good results. Common suggestions to quicken things up are doing crappy things like commenting other people’s work (aka “hey nice webcomic, take a look at mine!”), but let’s be honest, how often have any of us ever checked out anything from the comments section..? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Below, I’ll share a few additional tips that should be helpful. They’re not going to give you thousands of visits overnight, and they may not bring you your first handful of patreon supporters within a week..but it’s a start.

Tips #1: Buy some ads on Project Wonderful

Yeah, yeah, I know. Buying ads..? Using money on promoting your webcomic..? Bah! Humbug! But, really, just hear me out. When you’re trying to find your audience, they will need to find out that your webcomic actually exists in the first place. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Search for some places on Project Wonderful that best fits the theme and genre of your comic, and try for a small amount of time on each (a week or two, or if the stats/results are crap you may turn it off after a couple days). Make sure you check your stats for the ads that works best: if the pageviews of your webcomic is increasing, then it probably means that the site you placed the ad on has an audience that is within your target group. If a site’s traffic mostly makes people enter your front page and then click away, then that site does not fit your target group. Experiment with banners (I’ve found that 768×90 leaderboard banners and 160×600 skyscraper banners are working best), and make sure that the website gives a good exposure for the banner (not hidden at the bottom somewhere). If you do this for a while, you should be able to get a nice amount of visitors that are truly interested in your webcomic, and will return back to read more.

So, here’s a short checklist of how to make the most of your ads:

  • Choose a website that’s got a clearly visible banner. Avoid sites that hides the banners at the bottom of the site.
  • Make sure you choose a website that’s got a theme/style that fits your work. If you’re doing, say, a fantasy webcomic, you may want to look for sites in that genre. Also take notice that some people can be favoring certain drawing styles, so it can be a good advice to look for something that isn’t that far from what you’re doing. Still, I’ve noticed that results can be somewhat surprising even on sites that isn’t very similar to my own…so don’t be afraid to try for a short while on non-similar websites as well.
  • Keep a good eye on those webstats. If you’re not taking a look at how the ad’s traffic works on your site, you’ll have no idea which ads works best for you. Take a close look at things like visitor time (how much time those visitors spend on your site – do they look around or do they click the “back” button after a few seconds?), and how many of those visitors are returning visits. This will make it easy for you to narrow down which ads you should stick to, and which ones simply does not work for you.
  • Make some eye-catching banners that describes your webcomic easily! In my genre (horror) some images of skulls and ghosts mostly do the trick. People will know what they’ll be coming to. It’s just as important to have an eye-catching banner as it is to have a “honest” one: if you make a banner of something that looks like an action-packed story, it’s safe to assume that a lot of the visitors will click the back-button quickly if the story is a slow-burning romance story. Oh, and avoid flashing gif-banners. Those are annoying as motherfuckin’ hell.

Tips #2: Watermark your images

Now, this is mostly a tip for those of you that post some drawings other than just webcomics. The thing is, a lot of  people out there just loooove to repost other people’s stuff, wether they have permission to or not. If you’re already sharing these things for free, there’s not necessarily anything bad about people reposting your content…but people who do that are often lousy with giving any kind of credit for where they found it. This is why a small watermark, a logo plus your website url, on the drawings will help getting some direct traffic if people repost your stuff.

A side note on this: before, I never put watermarks on the photos I post, only my drawings, but after seeing some people using my Disneyland Paris photos without giving at least a simple credit, I’ve decided to put my url on some of my photos as well.

Tips #3: Write content on your site that can give relevant search engine traffic

This is something I’ve started focusing more on here on my blog, and it got results pretty quickly. Let’s say you’re doing a sci-fi webcomic, and you have a blog or a website where you post a page every now and then or an issue. Mostly, you’ll also add some text and tags in that blog post, right? This can be useful in order to get some search engine traffic. Using specific keywords (like “sci-fi action webcomic”) in order to try getting some traffic when people are searching for just that, will get you some targeted visitors to your webcomic. Also make sure you use alt tags on your images! A lot of people use the image search, and I’m getting some hits from the tags and descriptions I’ve put on these. For example, I used “Sexy graveyard pinup drawing” on the drawing at http://inkedinhell.tomte.org/drawings/pinup-6/, and if searching for this in Google images it comes up pretty quickly. Try going for some longer keywords (trying to rank for “webcomic” is almost impossible because the competition is too high), but trying to rank for longer terms should be easier. For example: if you have a webcomic that’s about some anthropomorphic characters that’s battling fantasy monsters, it could be something like “furry fantasy webcomic with monsters”. Use more than just the same phrase over and over, as long as it still fits the content of your webcomic.

So, a short checklist:

  • Use keywords/tags that describes your webcomic when you write blog posts and descriptions
  • Make sure to also use alt tags on images to get some valuable image search traffic
  • Go for a mix of terms/phrases that describes your webcomic, and make sure you especially go for the longer ones (they’re more likely to drive in results)

 

Well, that’s it. Hopefully some of you might find this helpful. When it comes to driving traffic to your webcomic there really is no quick fixes on it, just multiple solutions where some things work better for that person than this person. Still, I believe that these 3 tips should be helpful to most people.

Oh boy, have I been busy during the Holidays! Got a Nintendo Switch and two games for Christmas: “Super Mario Odyssey” and “Zelda, Breath Of The Wild”. I’ve already completed the Super Mario game (which was a lot of fun), and I’m now playing the Zelda game. Love the Ghibli-ish style in the game, and it looks beautiful on the big screen too. I love how you can play the games both as handheld and on the TV.

After four years in service my old Hyundai (1999 Elantra) had to be sent to the wrecking yard due to not passing the biennial vehicle inspection (called “EU kontroll” here in Norway). It didn’t come as much of a surprise, but it was still a little sad to see my Hyundai go to car heaven…

I initially thought the process of finding a new car before christmas would be hell, but I was really lucky and got myself a nice Volkswagen Golf, 2001 model, and it’s in pretty good shape. Vanja and I had our first road trip with it yesterday. We went to a place called Egersund, which is approx. a 2 hour drive from Stavanger where we live. Egersund is a nice little place, and you get to see some of that beautiful norwegian nature on the way. Here’s a few photos:

Road Trip
Road Trip

Not much snow, but the fog made me stop and take some photos of the beautiful landscape.
Road Trip

Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip
Road Trip

I finally made a photo book dedicated to Disneyland Paris, since we visit the place every time we’re in Paris. Some of the photos are from our first trip, which was from 4th June – 14th June 2012 (in time for their 20th anniversary) up until our latest trip, which was from 02 October – 10th October this year (in time for their 25th anniversary and Halloween season).

It was hard as hell to choose just a few photos from my collection (I’ve taken hundreds of photos of the place), but after a lot of picking a choosing I was finally able to put it together and finish it.

Printed by Japan Photo.

Take a look:

Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book
Disneyland Paris Photo Book

I love those small beer cans with cool labels. Not only do they look and taste good, they’re also working perfectly as a pencil holder.

Here’s what you do:

1. You go to the grocery store and buy one or more of these small cans with a big opening.

 How to make a simple pencil holder

As I mentioned: big opening.

How to make a simple pencil holder

2. Drink it.

How to make a simple pencil holder

3. Wash it.

How to make a simple pencil holder

4. And, TA-DAH, you’ve made yourself a fancy pencil holder!

How to make a simple pencil holder

How to make a simple pencil holder

Sexy pinup drawings

Two new pinups added to the gallery:  http://tomte.org/gallery/pinups.html

A new episode of Bella Mortis Presents is out! It’s called «The White Cat» (patreon supporters got a couple preview pages of it in November).

«The White Cat» is the story of Otis, a middle-aged man who married his wife for her money, only to find out she’s a real cheapskate who refuses to spend money on anything that isn’t necessary. He decides to kill both his wife and her cat…but of course, things don’t go exactly as planned…

Short horror webcomic

You can read the comic here:

http://www.bellamortispresents.com/comics/thewhitecat/

Vanja and I sometimes get questions or comments regarding our Patreon projects, which we have at:

http://www.patreon.com/wildsidecomix

I’d like to list some of these here (aside from those already answered on the page).

 

I’m a patron, and at the start of every month when the pledges are being processed, I’m getting a decline. I then have to off-pledge and re-pledge just to make it go through. Why does this happen?

  • Answer: Unfortunately, this is a common problem (see here: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203913799). At the beginning of every month there’s always a huge amount of declines (this is why most Patreon accounts takes a dive in amount of pledges at the beginning of every month). Due to this, some people also off-pledge at the end of the month just to re-pledge at the beginning of the next. Patreon will attempt to charge again, but it’s also possible to manually re-pledge by simply clicking “retry”.

How long do I have to be a patron?

  • Answer: That’s entirely up to you! When you pledge, you will be a patron for said month (new patrons are charged immediately upon pledging, but will be charged again on the 1st of every month). We appreciate all the support we get, even if it’s just once.

If I’ve just made a pledge, and decide to change it to another amount, will I get charged the full amount once again?

  • Answer: No. If you make a $5 pledge, for example, and lower it to $1, you will not get charged anything extra. If you rise the pledge from $5 to $10, you will get charged the additional $5 (since you already pledged and paid $5). The amount you’ve changed it to will be the amount you’ll be charged the next month (unless you change it again or remove the pledge).

Will “Sally The Ghost Hunter” be completed, or will it be an on-going series that will never reach a conclusion?

  • Sally The Ghost Hunter” will have an ending. We still have a couple issues left until that happens, but this project will have a conclusion.

 

That’s it for now. If you have any questions not answered here, you could always add it in the comments field below, or send us an e-mail or a PM through Patreon.

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