- About /r/Comics
- General Conduct
- Content Scope
- Are You A Comic Artist?
- How To Find Original Sources
This subreddit is for everything related to print comics and web comics. Artists are encouraged to post their own work. News and media for adaptations based on comic books are welcome.
1. Don't complain about comics you don't like or understand.
Not all comics are funny. Some are thoughtful, others sad, and that's ok. Comics are often targeted at certain audiences. If you don't get a comic, odds are it wasn't meant for you. Don't whine about it; just move on to the next comic. Complaining about comics that trigger your problem with parenting/politics/depression/social rights/drugs/whatever doesn't add value to the subreddit.
2. Don't attack artists posting their content.
Criticisms should be constructive/positive. It's not ok to attack artists with hateful comments meant to tear them down or try to chase them off Reddit. Sarcastic, passive-aggressive, or otherwise disingenuous statements are no better.
3. Don't make drama for drama's sake. No trolling.
Anyone wanting to participate in this community needs to keep their comments civil. This sub is for sharing and enjoying comics, not flamewar arguments about topics or ideas that trigger some people. Comics have always been controversial and political and thought provoking. If you can't handle a topic, move on to another. No hateful comments or posts - Any comments or posts that are racist, mysogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, misinformation or extremist in nature will be removed and will result in an immediate ban.
4. Respect the [OC] System
The [OC] tag is for artists wanting to submit their Original Content. People making false claims on others' art get banned.
5. Respect the Report System
Reports are for content that breaks Reddit's rules or the content policy of this subreddit. People making false reports get reported to the Reddit Admins.
6. Tag NSFW content when needed.
Images with nudity, pornography, or obvious profanity should be tagged as NSFW. Links to sites that are NSFW should also be tagged.
What to Know About Successful Posts
It's easy for any half-way decent post to quickly get thousands of upvotes. It happens all the time. It happens whether you like the post or not. What you need to know is that no one buys upvotes here. Artists can't even ask for votes over social media without getting into trouble. No serious artist would risk the shadowban, which is why it's really dumb to accuse artists of upvote fraud when most have months if not years of consistent, quality content. If you are serious about your vote manipulation claims, don't post a comment, report it to the Admins. They'll easily confirm and handle any real problem. Posting comments about your "suspicions" is just petty drama, and saying an artist with a successful post "must" be paying a service for upvotes is breaking conduct rules 1, 2 and 3.
What is OK to Post
- Comic book covers or short excerpts -- It's alright to post a few scanned pages to discuss what's happening at that point in the story or to talk about the art, dialog, etc. Don't post entire comic books. Posts with too many pages will get removed.
- Web comic strips -- Most strips need to be linked back to original sources (i.e. the artists' websites). Don't link to rehosted or hotlinked comics. Artists can use [OC] to link to their own work anywhere.
- Links to articles, videos, art, cosplay, or music -- Content should be directly related to comic books or web comics, including related film and TV media.
- Discussion topics -- Talk about past or present comic books or strips. Topics about other media based on comics like movies or TV shows are also fine.
- Translations -- English translations of non-English original comics are ok as long as the translation is honest and a link to the original source is provided in a comment.
What is not OK to Post
- Edits to comics that you didn't make -- Don't remove the watermark/attribution on a web comic. Simply altering the text or panel order does not make it original. Don't try to fix/improve someone else's work.
- Stuff that just reminds you of comics without there being any real reference in the topic -- Please keep posts on topic with real comic content.
- Don't put the punchline in the post title -- Links to humor comics that are submitted with joke-ruining titles may be removed.
- Links to download complete, pirated comic books -- Please support comics by buying them.
- Shitposts -- Low-effort stick-figure/MS Paint drawing/meme or other lazy/meta/circlejerk content is not welcome. Don't post rage comics, non-comic memes, or CAPTCHAs
What is Rehosting
Rehosting is when a copy of an image is uploaded to some other site, like Imgur. Links to rehosting sites are fine for print excerpts or comics in the established whitelist below. Other content should be posted with links to original source sites, like websites run by the artists making the comics.
What is Hotlinking
Hotlinking is when a post is made that links directly to an image file (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.). The same whitelist rules for rehosting apply to hotlinks. It's also recommended to only link to images on large, reliable media sites, like Imgur, ArtStation, DeviantArt, etc. Image locations on smaller sites tend to change, which will break link posts made to them.
Are You A Comic Artist?
Content creators can get Artist Flair to display next to their account names on all of their posts. Message the moderators with some proof and the name of your strip for some blue flair. The easiest way to provide proof is to post something on your comic's website that references your Reddit account. Print writers and artists can submit work photos or use verified twitter accounts for identity confirmation. If your request has no response after 48 hours, reply to it to bump it for more attention.
Comic artists are welcome to post their own work any way they want. Artists without flair can add [OC] to post titles to identify their "Original Content." Tagging a post with [OC] allows links to general hosting sites like Imgur.
How To Find Original Sources
Use Google's Search by Image to search for your comic. The "other sizes" feature can provide links to high quality versions that are more likely to be original sources. The "visually similar images" feature can connect you with original sources when the copy you have has been edited.