The typical webcomic navigation is usually:
First | Previous | Next | Last
Which is about how my comic's current navigation looks, give or take some wingding icons for good measure:
There's plenty to be said for not fixing what isn't broken, but that's about the only good thing I can really say about the current navigation approach -- at minimum, I want to make it easier for mobile users to "hit the target".
I'm also debating what images to use:
- emphasized icons (easier to understand, easier to program)
- thumbnails (more likely to encourage "impulse" clicks) -- the obvious issue with thumbnails is that the "First" thumbnail will never change for obvious reasons.
- Combining the two (a thumbnail masked with a large icon) is a possibility, but I think it's too much information and it'll look messy / confusing to do it that way.
Because the comic in question is an ongoing story, I want to stick with this overall navigation system, as opposed to just showing a carousel of random comic pages -- I'm open to the idea of including a "random" link in the center, though...