Want to join SpiderForest?
Webcomic applications to SpiderForest for February will be accepted starting February 1, 2016. Submissions are considered by all active members of the network for inclusion. Final decisions will be made by confidential SF member vote during the final week of February/first week of March. All applicants will be notified via email following final deliberations. If you’re curious about our policies, read our new FAQ about applying!
- 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 comic updates complete and available to read online. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- You must show the desire to continue your comic, and the diligence to update it to schedule.
- You must have basic knowledge of HTML/CSS and be able to take responsibility for the maintenance/construction of your own comic site.
- If you are hosting your comic on a social network, a comic host or an art gallery, you will need to move your main site to our host (free!), or independently host yourself at your own cost, if accepted. For more examples and details, scroll down to “a note about hosting your comic on the web.”
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 collective such as Hiveworks. We are offering free indefinite hosting in the February application round to accepted applicants. However, you will need to be able to create/modify a website to be a member here, therefore we prefer applicants already have a website available for us to read their comic, not merely a gallery (DeviantArt) or a social media page (Tumblr). SF members are ready and willing to assist new members as they learn to handle their new website, but if you’re not even sure if you want a website, try out places like DrunkDuck, ComicGenesis or SmackJeeves. If you are hosting your comic on the following types of sites, you will need to move your main site to our host (free!), or 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.)
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.
SpiderForest is an exclusive collective. This means that if you apply here, you are not a member of another collective, such as Hiveworks. 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 email@example.com 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 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.