ANNOUNCEMENT: SF will accept applications from August 1-24th, 2013. EDIT: Applications are now closed!
Applications to SpiderForest are accepted twice a year in July and January. Submissions are collected for the first 3 weeks of each month, and are considered by all active members of the network for inclusion. Final decisions are made by confidential SF member vote during the final week of each month. All applicants will be notified via email on the final week of each month. Not all applications are accepted.
If you have a comic you would like us to consider, we are looking for the following:
- The ability to tell a good story or joke, with a fitting style of art.
If the above statement is too ambiguous for you, we recommend checking out other comics already hosted here.
- You must CURRENTLY be actively updating your comic at least once a week, or are scheduled to return from hiatus independent of being accepted. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
- You must have at least 15 pages of your comic complete. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- You must show the desire to continue your comic, and the diligence to update it to schedule.
To apply, email “sfapp (AT) spiderforest.com” with information in the following format:
- Webcomic Title: The name of your webcomic.
- Creator(s) Name(s): Everyone who works on your webcomic(writers/artists).
- Contact: Your e-mail address.
- Website URL: (DA art galleries not desired. Webcomics are meant to be read in order, and we do not like to search through your gallery to find the next page. You will also need to be able to handle a SITE, not a gallery, though of course, we will help you! Try DrunkDuck, ComicGenesis or SmackJeeves to see if a website is something that you want.)
- 5-page Sample: Links to 5-pages of your webcomic. This does not need to be sequential but should be representative of your BEST work.
- Synopsis: In 250 words or less, tell us about your comic. Do not send an essay or a manuscript.
- Referral: How did you learn about SF applications being open? Has a member asked you to apply?
- Hosting: Are you applying as a self-hosted member or would like to to be hosted by SF?
- Why this comic would make a good addition to SF: Please tell us what you’ll bring to SF.
POOR QUALITY APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. We expect correct grammar and spell-checked applications. Be as brief as possible while still doing your work justice. Longer applications are rarely better.
What SpiderForest offers you:
- SpiderForest is a free, quality host that does not require you to place ads on your site. You are allowed to put up your own ads, and may keep all revenue. Many members use Project Wonderful.
- SpiderForest grants you FTP access. This means you have direct and immediate control of your site, and may update images or webpages as you please.
- You may use whichever archiving system you like. Most members use SF’s own ProPanda, a simple, easy-to-use PHP code that allows news posts and archiving. Other members also use wordpress/comicpress.
- You will receive tech assistance whenever necessary, even to the extent of building your site for you. HOWEVER! Having a webcomic means you should not only know how to make a comic, but also how to distribute it over the web yourself. Members will help you set up, but we will expect you to learn to code HTML in time, to be able to handle the majority of your site’s updating.
- All new members will have a spiderforest.com address of their choice. If you have your own URL, you keep it, and any spiderforest.com address will forward to your site.
- All members are required to have on their site, above the fold, a rotating banner of SpiderForest links. You will have immediate and free advertising on all SpiderForest sites, and an audience ready to read your work.
- If you already have your own hosting and would like to be a member, you do not have to up and move to the SF server. Please note in your application if you would like to be a self-hosted member. You must be independently self-hosted and not a member of another comic collective or host.
Intellectual Property Rights:
- SpiderForest claims ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS on your work. It belongs to you, period. SF is a collective, not a business. SF is here to provide a good, solid home for your comic and others like it, not to make money. Members support each other to help all the comics here grow and succeed. If you doubt this, or think it is too good to be true, we suggest contacting members hosted here and asking them about their experiences.
- Your main responsibility once accepted will be to simply update your comic with quality material in a consistent manner. As your audience grows, you will expose all of them to all the other comics hosted here, and help everyone gain new readers. Of course, we all realize life happens, hiatuses occur, and you get busy. That’s ok! We just expect you to take care of your comic when you can!
- Your secondary responsibilities include being an active participant in the collective by voting on new member additions, submitting any banners or advertising material necessary for any changes to the SF front page or header, and checking the forum occasionally for updates.
- You are required to display above the fold the rotating header for other comics on the network. This header is customizeable, holding a banner that is 600x29px.
- SF greatly appreciates any donations to help with network upkeep, but it is NOT REQUIRED.
What We Don’t Offer You:
- SF admins will not upkeep your site past the initial transfer. We will help you set it up, help you build and design it even, but will not upload your pages for you, or write your news. We expect you to learn the basics of HTML. You’re making a webcomic; that requires some knowledge of the WEB. Tech assistance is of course available for necessary changes, but the day-to-day stuff is your responsibility!
- We don’t pay you for your work. SF is not a publisher, it is a host. This means it is an OPPORTUNITY for you to gain a larger audience through cross-advertising at no cost to you.
- We do not buy you software. For example, choosing your FTP client is up to you. We definitely recommend one of the many free ones, like FireFTP for FireFox.
- 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.