Interested in being a part of SpiderForest?
SpiderForest is a collective of like-minded webcomic creators. We accept applications from new members once or twice a year. Submissions are considered by all active members of the network for inclusion. Final decisions will be made by confidential member vote. If you’re curious about our policies, read our FAQ about applying!
All applicants for the August 2016 round are required to:
- Be CURRENTLY actively updating their webcomic at least once a week, or be scheduled to return from hiatus independent of being accepted. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
- Have at least 15 comic updates complete and available to read online. NO EXCEPTIONS! For longform comics, we STRONGLY prefer one full, non-prologue chapter to get a sense of the direction of the story.
- Show the desire to continue their comics, and the diligence to update it to schedule.
- Have basic knowledge of HTML/CSS and be able to take responsibility for the hosting, maintenance/construction of their own comic site.
Once accepted, members must:
- Maintain a strong web presence: Keep their webcomics updated in a consistent manner (barring the occasional hiatus when life happens) and maintain all aspects of their own comic’s website. If you are hosting your comic on a social network, a comic host or an art gallery, you will need to independently host yourself at your own cost. (more examples/details).
Note that for August 2016, we will only be taking applications from comics that have their own hosting independent of any free hosting service, or for those who are willing to obtain independent hosting upon acceptance. Applicants who seek free hosting from SpiderForest are encouraged to apply in February 2017.
- Run the SpiderForest banner: Display the rotating SpiderForest network banner above the fold of your comic page.
- Vote for new members: Review and vote on new member additions during our application seasons
- Provide promo materials: Submit graphics, information, and news for the SpiderForest banner network, website, and news announcements
- Be engaged with our community: Stay in touch with the collective via our forum community, chat, and/or social media groups.
A note about hosting your comic on the web
You are welcome to apply to SpiderForest regardless of where your comic is currently hosted, unless you are a member of another exclusive network such as Hiveworks. If you are hosting your comic on the following types of sites, you will need to independently self-host yourself at your own cost, if you are accepted:
- Gallery Sites (DeviantArt, Flickr, Behance, etc.)
- Comic Hosts (Tapastic, Smackjeeves, DrunkDuck, webcomic.ws, Comic Fury, etc.
- Social Networks (Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
SpiderForest is an exclusive collective. This means that if you apply here, you are not a member of another collective or network. There is some leeway in the definition of a comic collective these days. We define it as “a network of like-minded, inter-dependent sites with a shared audience that have a community dedicated to members’ growth (personally and professionally) in comics.” This definition does not include places that are a tool to increase site visitors only, such as genre-based link exchanges, or hosts, like SmackJeeves and ComicFury. If you’re not sure, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to clarify.
If accepted as a member, you are definitely allowed to maintain a mirror site, however we ask that your SF site be your main site and that it be at LEAST an update ahead of any mirror sites you may have.
SpiderForest members do not sign a contract. Your work belongs to you, we do not buy it or sell it. A member may leave at any time. We are not a brand or company. The only time we redistribute your artwork is on our home page (spiderforest.com) and member sites (in the network exchange) to advertise your work through promo material that you submit expressly for that purpose. Being advertised with fellow comics is both a requirement and a benefit of membership.
SpiderForest does not have a commercial ad network, nor does it require members to display commercial ads, only the collective link exchange. Each member may chose to display ads from any network if so desired, and keep all revenue. Ads must be appropriate for most audiences (no NSFW ads).
SpiderForest is not a publisher, we are a host and collective. If you wish to publish your work in print, you must do so using your own funds. Lots of members have experience both preparing work for print, and crowdfunding print runs. We are happy to offer advice!
Members are encouraged to register their own domain names. SpiderForest does not own, buy, or register any member domain names, though we do provide hosting if requested.* Any new member who does not have a domain name receives a subdomain, for example, comic.spiderforest.com. *Note: we only provide subdomains on those instances where we’re taking new members who require hosting. Please check to make sure when you apply. Sometimes we are only offering membership to comics that already have private hosting.