For me to follow a webcomic, I need four things:
- good art
- great characters
- consistent updates
Most of these requirements transfer right over from paper comics. I like a pretty picture, and I like to follow storylines more than gag-a-day type comics. Though I will occasionally click through and laugh my ass off at xkcd, I follow webcomics like Girl Genius, The Bean, and Monster Commute regularly. I know that some people don’t like the pressure of having a story to follow. But even if I don’t read every time they update or even if I miss a couple of weeks, it takes no time to sit down and catch up. I almost prefer doing that so that I can get more of the story at once.
Characters. I want to like them, I want to despise them - I want to be vested in them in one way or another. I have a hard time doing this when the characters are stick figures. I feel like I could totally go adventuring with Agatha Heterodyne, and that I would offer Gronk a place to stay. They spark feelings and attachment. How could I not read a comic when I care about the players so much?