Coming up with a concept for a comic strip is an interesting process and I’ll be discussing some of that here on the Bristol Board and Ink blog. Today’s post is intended to give you some insight into the naming process for a comic. It certainly is not a formula or a science, but rather just an exercise in brainstorming. I had input from several cartoonist friends who were kind enough to allow me to bounce ideas around with them and provided me with thoughts of their own.
In my mind, potential titles for my comic had to meet several important benchmarks to be in the running for consideration. Not the least of which was that the URL for the domain had to be available. My criteria for candidates were, and not necessarily in this order, the name had to fit the concept of the strip, the URL had to be available.( It should show early in an alphabetical list of comics: meaning it needed to start with a letter like a, b, or c. It helps in web comic lists if your comic name isn’t buried in the pack too deeply.) It had to be easy to remember and really easy to spell. (you want someone who hears the name or sees the name to be able to type it into Google or their browser easily).
In my case, the comic concept was about life in a community of critters, bugs and plants and their interactions and experiences. So here is the list of potential candidate names which finally got me to BugPudding.