I've been pondering places to post fancomics after experimenting a bit with An Archive of Their Own
So: I'd say there are three types of fancomics. One off single pages/panels, multi-page stories, and ongoing webcomics.
All three need some sort of image hosting and some way for other fans to find them (assuming you want that) The latter two also need some way to navigate between the pages of the comic.
Now the different options I can think of:
- Your own server/image hosting: Can be as nicely set up as you like, but people are unlikely to stumble across it unless they're interested in your stuff already. A bit of a pain to set up. Probably doesn't offer comments (all the other options do).
- DeviantArt: hosts the images for you and has a basic but functional search function based on tags and descriptions. You have to put in any links between pages yourself (which a lot of people mess up), and the gallery and favouriting systems etc treat them as individual images, though you can put them into collections (I think? This feature confuses me :)). Very popular, huge number of fancomics.
- Webcomic hosting sites: These make the navigation between pages really easy and are probably the best option for an ongoing webcomic. Not particularly set up for fannishness afaict, and overkill for really short comics.
- Livejournal or other blogging platform: You have to set up your own image hosting, otherwise roughly equivalent to posting fic to lj. There's much less of a community of fancomic artists reccing each other or having communities to post to though which makes it harder to find and share stuff. Easy to post ongoing webcomics. There's a few communities to post stuff to, eg hpcomics and fancomiccentral.
- AO3: You have to set up your own image hosting. Is set up for fic, but you can use the "chapter" option for each page and add notes etc in a fairly unobtrusive way. Tags and searching work well and allow you to target specific types of stories really well. Multiple stories in the same series can be linked. Has VERY few fancomics.
I am sure
I am missing some, and this is definitely just my opinion based on personal preferences.
So: for me at least AO3 is the best place to post multi-page but not ongoing fancomics, since the chapter setup offers good navigation, and the tags allow other fans to find the comic fairly easily. If you want to get lots of exposure DeviantArt is probably better, and maybe if I and everyone else used collections properly it wouldn't be so bad for multi-page comics.
I post my single page comics to DeviantArt first but if they actually have a bit of a story I also post them to AO3, working on the assumption that the presumably-fanfic-oriented readers there probably aren't looking for out and out fanart but might enjoy a story-in-pictures. I also posted some fanart that was linked to a fic but generally don't see the point.
I feel like the "wordcount" is a bit useless, and illustrates the assumption that everything posted to the archive is fic. I can't find any way to search for all works with less than 100 words, but it would be useful if I could.
Some examples of multi-page fancomics posted in different ways (thankyou fancomiccentral
And now some webcomics (which I'm going to arbitrarily define as anything over about 20 pages, though there's more to it than that):