I’ll start off, you should be producing art for your own self benefit to share with the world. Do it because you want to do it, not to pursue money. It is difficult to make enough profit off your comic artwork to be self sufficient and not depend on another income stream. There are some artists who have truly made it big time, but it takes a lot of work, skill, timing and luck.
- Comic books- The obvious method would be to sell individual issues or compilation trade paperbacks. Trade paperbacks, with their larger page count, typically will bring in a higher profit. You could also offer digital versions and save money on printing expenses.
- Advertisement-If you have a website you can run ads. Nowadays many people have ad-blockers, so profits are pretty small. But if you want to go that route, the most popular are Google Adsense and Project Wonderful. Personally, I use Project Wonderful. To start off, you will need to have several comics posted on your site for them to review. Once approved you can start offering ad spaces on your site. When you make $10 in ad revenue, you can make a withdraw. They charge a $1 processing fee for withdraws.
- Paywall-You set up your site so viewers must pay to view your content. Typically you offer free preview material for the audience to see if they would be interested in paying to view the content. If you don’t want to use a paywall on your own site, you can also use Patreon for a paywall. Patreon takes a 5% cut of your community donations, payment processing fees are 2-4% and you can also see some fees for transferring money from Patreon to your bank account.
- Merchandise-There are so many site out there that offer to put your artwork on different products. Figure out what products you want to sell and do a comparison on the different sites to see which one you’d be willing to use. Some of the sites include Zazzle, Redbubble, Cafepress. I’ve had great experience with Redbubble, and sold mugs and stickers off my Redbubble site.
- Commissions- Drawing original commissions can bring you money and help solidify your fanbase for those who like your art style and want to commission you to produce something just for them.
- Tip jar-You can add a tip feature on your website. You may have fans out there who are willing to buy you a cup of coffee for all your hard work.
If you have any other methods you’ve made money, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave them in the comments section below.