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WA Podcast 98 – Battling the Blank Blog

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Blogs can be a great way to connect with readers, but where do you come up with topics to fill them?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) brainstorm different techniques for generating blog ideas.  (For extra credit, review Drezz’s article “No Comments?  […]

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WA Podcast 97 – BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Christina (Sombulus.com) ponder printing books.  When is the right time to make a book?  What complications arise when you create more than one?  What are the pros and cons to different approaches, such as Print-On-Demand vs offset printing?  […]

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WA Podcast 96 – Con Cost Saving Tips

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), Liz (AdrastusComic.com), and Jacques (NotSoSuperComics.com) share our cost saving tips for comic conventions! A special thanks to the folks that shared their own tips and tricks, Kambrea Pratt, Jimmy Steen, Bret Juliano, and Michael Rhodes. And if you’d like to make […]

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WA Podcast 95 – Patreon Posts and Routines

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin, Dawn, Chris, and Christina examine PATREON: What to post?  How often?  What works, what doesn’t?  How can I build a routine?  What ways can I engage my readership?  How do I make the experience special for Patrons? AND we have a drink of the week (the […]

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Pick up the pace! Seven tips to keep readers engaged in slow scenes.

As a reader and creator of longform webcomics, I know there’s nothing more frustrating than stagnant scenes.  Many longform webcomics only update once a week, and those 4-5 pages only cover so much ground.  And if you’re writing a particularly extensive conversation, five minutes could easily take months.  I’ve written before about a few pacing hurdles […]

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WA Podcast 94: RELEASE THE KRAKEN

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Recovering from failure and disappointment.  How do you reconnect with your passion, stay motivated, and keep going?  We share our experiences and lessons learned after tough shows, crowd funding stress, and other stumbling blocks. Dawn’s advice?  Drink heavily and unleash unholy beasts of the sea.  Hey, whatever […]

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Webcomic Alliance Podcast 93

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. In this BONUS podcast… We welcome two special guests, Joel Duggan and Piper Thibodeau.  Joel took the expertise he developed as a solo creator to start an independent publishing company called Forge Publishing.  His mission is to help other creators who might lack the know-how or time to publish […]

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Webcomic Alliance Podcast 92

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Today we welcome two new members to the Webcomic Alliance!  Christina Major of Sombulus and Jacques Nyemb of Not So Super.  Robin also takes over as host from Byron, and does her best to live up to his example.

Warning: Podcast may contain some […]

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WA Weighs In: Overcoming Weaknesses

  Welcome everyone, to our new series of quick-tips articles, called “The Alliance Weighs In”, where we collectively offer advice or insight on a topical subject in the comic-making industry! This month we’re tackling our “Achilles Heels”…. so the question is: What do you consider your greatest weakness making comics and how have you overcome it? […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 91

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss:   Email from a listener on how to handle when comments begin to anger you and how not to let it effect your creativity. Byron: This will be my last podcast for a while. Listen and find out why. See you around the internet.

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Alliance Chat 46

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we talk about this month’s Emerald City Comicon and how an artist should research a comic convention from past year’s attendees to see what audience will be at the show. Features guest Ryan Fisher of “Torchlight Lullaby”.

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4 Ways to Bust Creative Blocks

Everybody gets them.  A creative lull, a loss of motivation, a funk.  These experiences are a part of the creative process. Why they come upon a particular artist at a particular time can vary wildly. Often you’ll hear people say, “No pain no game! Just keep making art! Get back to work, slacker!  DETERMINATION!!!!” Yet […]

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POTM: Altar Girl

I think I first met Kata Kane, the creator of Altar Girl, a few years ago at InterventionCon. I remember looking at Kata’s art, then looking at her and saying “Do you draw in Manga Studio?” (The answer was “yes”, by the way.) I didn’t get the chance to pick up her book then, or […]

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Alliance Chat 45

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we follow up on how Byron’s preparation for C2E2 paid off and Liz chats about her recent appearance at a Girl’s Scout mini-event.

Warning: Podcast may contain some language not suitable for all-ages

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Alliance Chat 44

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we chat about drinking Super-Gulps from 7-11 on the East Coast and then talk at length about how independent artists can work in teams, either as partners or as a casual support team.

Warning: Podcast may contain some language not suitable for […]

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The iPad Pro and Procreate – and introduction

Hey all you faithful Webcomic Alliance readers out there… So this past Christmas, I must have been a very, very good artist because Santa brought me a brand new iPad Pro and a bright, shiny Apple Pencil. The truth of the matter is, in terms of creative productivity, I needed a new iPad as my […]

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POTM: Bloom County.. the Webcomic

  This Pick of the Month shouldn’t be breaking news to anyone not under a rock (which is plausible… sometimes a self-imposed rock is necessary for cartoonin’ production, no?). But, yes, Berkeley Breathed is back in action behind the Bloom County helm. And if you’ve peeked out from that rock at any point in the […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 89

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: In honor of Deadpool’s release, parents who insists on bringing their underage kids to R-rated super hero movies. Robin: How do I escape the Value Trap? I want to promote my new project and get people interested in what I’m doing, but I always […]

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Finding Your Story’s Theme

WHY IS A THEME IMPORTANT? Themes can give a story focus, clarity, and power. Often we unconsciously write stories with a core idea. However, until we become aware of the themes we’re tapping into and work to bring them out consciously, we can’t use a theme to its full potential. How do we uncover these […]