People often make fun of cartoonists or people who enjoy cartoons for being childish, yet they all love superhero movies. This may come as a surprise to some, but all of those superheroes started out as cartoons (Egad!). I’m not going to talk about those today, but I constantly feel bamboozled when cartoon enthusiasts are shamed for liking relatable, deep characters while the shamers cheer for shallow superhumans in colorful spandex.
Anyway, cartoons are booming today thanks to this newfangled interweb-thing we have in the form of webcomics. A webcomic is nothing more than a comic published somewhere online. It’s easy, it’s free, and, since there’s no content-approval or editing required before publication, anything can become a webcomic. And since there’re so many, you’re sure to find something, somewhere that speaks to you.
Instead of wasting time on social media, we can waste our time on cartoons! And not bland and overdone rage comics or memes; no, we actually have quality content that’s actually enjoyable! There are funny webcomics, serious webcomics, plotless gag-a-days, furries, ponies, parodies, sci-fi and even romance! And since the vast majority are independently developed, they’re pleasant to read and flow nicely (
cough cough Marvel cough cough).
There are several free hosts to publish webcomics on, too. Naturally, art and blog sites (ie. deviantArt and Tumblr) can be used, but I’d like to talk about sites specifically for comics. We have big names like Smack Jeeves and The Duck (AKA Drunk Duck), but they each have their problems, like poor support or limited bandwidth or customization capabilities. The communities there aren’t the best, either. Then we have ComicFury, which offers free hosting, five unique urls to your comic (each with second-level domains), unlimited bandwidth, full access to HTML and CSS, RSS, and no built-in ads. You can even use your own domain name if you want. The only real “problem” with ComicFury is that it’s relatively small, but that’s actually better for users: it’s a tight-knit family that welcomes every newcomer with open arms.
Alright, that’s all I’ve got right now, but how I can not talk about webcomics or cartoons without a little shameless promotion? After all, this is an SEO exercise to try to learn the practice, and external links to a site are said to boost its “credibility” with search engines, so here.
Elmer the Eccentric’s about your typical college students: a tightly-knit group of singles who yell at each other all the time. Drama ensues, passions flare, matches are made, and romance is showcased quite splendidly in the form of gastric distress. Oh yeah, and Elmer’s a bit eccentric. Not strange, Eccentric.