Although I’m not sure if I’ve already talked about this subject before, I thought that I’d talk about how you can find a name for your webcomic series. This is because finding an interesting title for your webcomic series can sometimes be more difficult than it looks.
So, for today, I thought that I’d take a very brief look at four of the most basic and obvious ways to come up with a title for your webcomic.
1) Subject Matter: If your webcomic series revolves around one particular topic, then thinking of a title is significantly easier for the simple reason that you can look for jargon or terminology that are related to the thing your webcomic is about. Not only that, you can also put a humourous twist on these terms if you like.
For example, one long-running computer and video game-related webcomic is called “CTRL ALT DEL“. As any Windows user will tell you, these are the three keys that you traditionally press if your game has crashed (although since 98 or XP, there’s also the “Windows” button on the keyboard… and god knows what the modern versions of Windows use).
Not only is this a computer reference, but it’s also something of an inside joke too. However, since it is a joke that a very large percentage of computer users will get, it still attracts a wide audience whilst also reminding the audience that the comic is something that they will be interested in.
2) Themes and characters: Likewise, if your webcomic has a long-running theme or one main character, then thinking of a title for your webcomic can also be fairly easy too.
If your webcomic has a single theme (but contains jokes about many subjects), then just look for an interesting word for that particular theme.
A good example of this would probably be Winston Rowntree’s “Subnormality” – this is a philosophical webcomic that looks at life, politics, humanity etc….. One prominent recurring theme is that no-one is really “normal”, or that our ideas of what a “normal” person is are far removed from actual normality. So, the title “Subnormality” fits in quite well with one of the comic’s overarching themes.
Likewise, if your webcomic has a single main character, then you can just use that character’s name for your title. This is slightly unimaginative, but it seems to work well for a lot of traditional newspaper cartoons (eg: “Dilbert”, “Calvin & Hobbes”, “Nemi”, “Garfield” etc…)
3) Unusual words: This is something that I’ve used a lot when coming up with titles for webcomics. Basically, just be on the lookout for strange-sounding words that you see or hear in everyday life. There’s a good chance that some of them will be unusual enough to remain in your memory for long after you’ve heard them for the first time.
For example, the title of my occasional long-running webcomic series (eg: “Damania“) came from a mispronounced/ misheard/ misspelled/ misremembered word from a conversation I had with a rather interesting guy (with blue hair) in a pub about ten years ago. The conversation covered topics as random as body modification and obscure mind-altering plants.
So, be on the lookout for random and unusual words. Since many of these words also make interesting webcomic titles too.
4) Running jokes: If you are planning to release your webcomic in several segments, rather than as one continuous thing, then an interesting thing to do with the titles is to come up with variations on a theme, or to have a “rule” about what each title will look like.
For example, after I re-started my “Damania” webcomic series earlier this year, I release it in “mini series” of 6-17 daily comics (for practical reasons). Each of these mini series has a similar title format (eg: “Damania Redux“, “Damania Resurgence” etc… to the current “Damania Revived” mini series and, later this month “Damania Regrown”). The rule I follow is that title of each mini series also includes a word that begins with “Re-”
Not only did this allow me to come up with interesting-sounding, but consistent, titles – but it also allowed me to poke fun at the whole idea of reboots, remakes etc.. that turns up a lot in American superhero comics and in mainstream cinema.
So, if you’re releasing your webcomic in segments or chapters, then it might be worth coming up with a “rule” like this for the names.
Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂