The viewer is kind of impressive on a technical level but I found it confusing at first, since it doesn't operate like most webcomics:
- Being in "Interactive" mode, which locked me into one small panel, by default, was pretty weird--and at first it was hard to tell what was going on.
- I was reading a comic with I guess just 1 page episodes or whatnot, so the thing in the center of the navigation buttons up top said "1 of 1"--which made me assume the navigation buttons weren't going to do anything, since there would be no other page to go to, according to that readout. Eventually I discovered they did work and moved between all the "1 of 1" segments. : P But their gray color and lack of any explanatory text made them look grayed-out and inactive.
- When I flip to a new page in my PC browser, the page's art loads in blurry and faded, then flickers abruptly and pops into full focus and intensity. It gets a little tiresome sitting through this blinking process with every page turn.
- I couldn't find a zoom level that would fit the pages of the comic I was reading--either they were about 20% too big, or 35% too small.
- On the creator level, I didn't find the promise of PayPal donation/subscriptions functionality particularly compelling in these days of more sophisticated things like Patreon--and other free webcomic host sites having Patreon integration. Also, are these the PayPal personal fundraising donations that come with the following note from PayPal
|Please note: Fundraisers that are not verified nonprofits will be asked to demonstrate how their donations will be used, once they raise more than $10,000. |
? Because that would end up being a problem for big earners.
- The "page credits" monetization scheme is new to me. If someone paid for x number of credits for the purpose of reading my paywalled comic pages, and happened also to go look at another comic, if that other comic also had paywalled pages, would the reader be warned that they were about to spend their page credits there if they proceeded?
Also, I'm a little surprised there isn't any mention of the page credits system on the front page of the site, along with the descriptions of other key site functions.
- The 35% share (plus whatever the "Payout Fee" ends up being) taken by GlobalComics seems quite high. Much higher than Patreon--my last month of Patreon, for instance, was only about 8% eaten up by fees.
- "Prices for using the Service are subject to change. Notice of such change may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the Service on globalcomix.com." -- My eyebrows raised a bit more at this. For a service of this type, I would expect to receive an email--both ahead of time and when the change was implemented--when something that important changed.