What's in a title?
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    Let's say you're just looking at a list of webcomic titles without any banners or visual cues of any kind.
    What makes a good, stand-out webcomic name that might cause you to visit the site?  What kind of titles would you avoid?
    If you have a webcomic of your own, what did you take into consideration in naming it?

    Obviously I have my own ideas on this, but I won't throw them out there yet.
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    Thats old as hell....

    I would say a title just cant sound corny..... even a title like Invisible Bread it doesn't sound bad.... but a comic titled Epic Adventure.... well that's not good.

    I cant talk my comic is named Mayoking........
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    As a reader, I would say there is almost nothing a title that will get me to click it. Almost everything I read was suggested by another person. So names just dont matter, anyone else feel the same way?
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    Example, I am into Savage Chickens right now. Think about it, its a post it note comic with chickens.
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    @talkinghead
    I find some titles intriguing enough to click.  Some witty wordplay, or something sharp and snappy sounding will catch my attention, but my eye will slide on by a title which is really uninspired, average sounding, or clearly not in a genre I would like.

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    At least Mayoking stands out.  It's short and sharp and not cliched.
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    Don't make it too long because it won't fit on most web banners.

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    Agreed @Keeeng, Mayoking is outstanding... Thumbs up.
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    Its hard to read, but its funny
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    Well, I went and called mine "Average Joe"...which is literally the opposite of making it unique ;-)

    It's a bit like the book/cover rule...we know we *shouldn't* judge immediately, but we do - titles are a part of that. I know I'm more enticed to Click on something that sounds interesting...

    Titles are also good for conveying Genre though - I can make a pretty good guess about what "Spaceventure 2199" is going to be about (Sci-fi), the same way as I can guess "Trackside" might be about sports..."Robot Sumo Plumbers" however, is less clear and probably won't get my click ;-)
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    Robot Sumo Plumbers actually sounds the most entertaining of your three examples, dunno what that says about me ;)
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    I like something that makes me stop and ask 'what did I just read' in a title, something that stands out somehow first. And then you hope as you read the comic, you realize it fits the atmosphere of the comic in some way. You want to avoid it looking like a title that you came up within 5 seconds of asking, "what should I name this comic", hands down. 

    C&H is perfect example, as it's two words that don't fit together normally, and after you start to read it ... well, it's fitting. 

    I grew up on The Far Side, which actually wasn't the name Gary Larson gave it, but his publisher, and boy did it ever fit the comic, and the title although not jumping out right away, made you think it's something not normal right off. 

    I could go on, but those two really stood out to me. 

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    As a comedy webcomic fan i generally look at titles or banners that make me smile or are a bit weird, like mine www.Faultytwin.com
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    I tend to click on titles that sound weird and offbeat. "Invisible bread" for example, made me kind of curious.

    I wanted to be random and quirky when naming my own comic but ended up being more conventional. Since its not about anything in particular and will feature something different every week, "Comic Buffet" seemed suitable. 
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    I don't trust titles either. I'm not particularly interested in funny comics, so there goes the need for wit and wordplay. My preferred genres, which tend to be long-format epics, dramatic or adventurous, those usually have really bland names that, by themselves, don't sell anything. So, yeah. I need more context than just a title... which is good, because rarely do we ever just stumble upon a name and a link.
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    My title alone doesn't work without the alien visual to contrast but I am satisfied with my decision having kept "Greetings from Earth" as the comic name now for 11 years it seems like a tourists postcard to send home only my particular tourists come from light years away.
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    This is a difficult question for me to answer as a reader because I can be captivated by a clever title without that necessarily translating into reading something right away. As an example, to this day I find "Space-Time Condominium" to be a fantastic title, and yet also to this day I've yet to actually delve in and read the comic. It sticks in my head though, and I figure sooner or later I'm gonna see about scratching that itch.

    As for Zombie Ranch, it's an intentionally pedestrian title because it's in part inspired by the recent glut of "dangerous job" reality television shows, which sometimes have interesting titles like Deadliest Catch, but more often end up just being literal things like Ice Road Truckers. So that was a little tongue-in-cheek decision on my part.

    Despite that, the name does catch people's attention, and gets their mental gears working with images of cowboys and zombies. But I think it still works best when combined with a catchy image, like our protagonist riding her undead horse.
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