Tapas Media and Building Your Brand

Building a brand and identity as an indie comic creator. Guests Josh Bakken and Michael Son from Tapas Media come on board to chat about their services as well as the topic of building a brand as an independent comic creator. They talk about how Tapas was created to help creators earn a living doing […]

Using Vector Layers in Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio

Webcomic creator Sam Dealey has a put together a handy video tutorial on how to use Vector layers in Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio. Using Vector Layers is a great way to speed up your inking process as well as giving you the ability to adjust line thicknesses and curves easily. Sam covers a lot of […]

WA Podcast 133: Reunion Time!

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Original Alliance Members Reunion! The old farts return!  The original members of the Webcomic Alliance Podcast reunite to relate how being involved in the Alliance has influenced our lives both personally and professionally. Returning to the podcast are Ken Drab and Antoine Gagnon.  Drink of the Week: Antoine brings […]

WA Podcast 132: Small Business Resources

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Small Business Tools Chat.  Host Byron Wilkins with “Adrastus” creator Liz Staley and “Sombulus” creator Christina Major talk about some Small Business Resources that are available from a variety of sources. From the startup template know as the Business Model Canvas to S.C.O.R.E. the Service Corps Of Retired […]

WA Podcast 131: Special Guest Star – C.A. Morgan

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Special Guest Star Episode! C.A. Morgan from the webcomic The Drako Universe Graphic Novel supported our Kickstarter last fall and chose to appear on our podcast! So Byron Wilkins chats with C.A. about her works, musical talents, and website design tips. We recorded this podcast on a Friday […]

WA Podcast 129: Valentine’s Day Chat!

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Valentine’s Day Chat Podcast! Byron, Dawn, and Chris spent their Valentine’s Day evening recording a podcast for you! You’re welcome! Get To Know The Alliance Members! What was your favorite toy as a child? What is the oldest thing in your refrigerator? Post your answers in the […]

WA Podcast 128: Special Guest Star!

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Special Guest Star Episode! J. Kevin Carrier from the webcomic “Lady Spectra and Sparky” supported our Kickstarter last fall and chose to appear on our podcast! So tonight host Byron Wilkins chats with Kevin about his work, and techniques, then delve into a subject he had questions […]

Mini-Interview #6: Dawn Griffin

Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! In today’s mini-podcast, Byron talks with long-time comic friend and co-founder of the Webcomic Alliance, Dawn Griffin. We talk about the early days of the Alliance, and delve into Dawn’s answers to the questions we asked each member of the Webcomic Alliance. This interview was done during the […]

Mini-Interview #5: Chris Flick

Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! In today’s mini-podcast, Byron pulls up a chair with Chris Flick and they chat about changes for Chris since joining the Webcomic Alliance in 2012. Plus they delve into Chris’ many comic con adventures and experiences. We also learn he’s a big Marvel Taskmaster fan. So, get comfy […]

Our First Kickstarter!

Greetings, one and all! Your fellow webcomic creators here at the Alliance have LAUNCHED our first Kickstarter!!!!!! (<– clicky that link) Trust us, you need to watch the video. :0) We need to improve the quality of our podcasts, and with the changes to Skype and other VOIP services, the “old-fashioned” way of recording our […]

WA Podcast 124 – Patreon Tips for Webcomic Creators

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Creating your own comic scripts. Chatting about Patreon. Byron converted his Patreon from a Per Month Support to a Per Creation Support, but it was a bit confusing at first and he chats about how he resolved the issue. We also talk about how Webcomic creators should […]

WA Podcast 123 – Returning After the Dreaded Long Hiatus

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Creating your own comic scripts. Guest Nick Wright of the comic “Treading Ground” put it on hold in 2011. But now he’s written 100 comic scripts, and is building his buffer up to 30 comics, then is going to take one last swing at the webcomic game. A lot […]

Adding Cool Icons to Clip Studio Paint

I was updating and organizing my various brushes and pen tools I have for Clip Studio Paint and I was noticing that many of the tools have similar, if not identical, icons. Google to the rescue. I found an artist on DeviantArt that had made a collection of replacement icons specifically for CSP! I downloaded […]

WA Podcast 121 – Scripting Styles & Techniques

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Creating your own comic scripts.  Byron chats about depression in today’s political world. Then we talk about scripting styles and techniques. Christina mentions storyboarding by Hayao Miyazaki and it’s very cool. Check out samples from Google images here: Hayao Miyazaki Storyboarding Samples. Liz uses the free version of CELTX scripting […]

WA Podcast 120 – Protect Yourself from Theft

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Protecting yourself from table theft at comic cons. Chris talks about his recent theft experience at Awesome Con, and we all chat about what artists can do to protect themselves. Byron starts off the podcast with a couple fun questions for the podcast panel. Put your answer […]

WA Podcast 119 – Long Form Defined

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Long Form Defined (Episodic Webcomic). Byron was wondering what defines a long-form comic. His question was “I do not draw a ‘strict’ long-form comic, but I have do 24-page story arcs. What defines a long-form comic? Can it be something like I do at 1977 the Comic […]

WA Podcast 110 – Getting Your Groove Back

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Liz talks briefly about her comic “Adrastus” returning and how she got her groove back organizing her pages. That led to Christina talking about her process of drawing in Clip Studio Paint, but doing her text in Photoshop. Byron quickly talks about his scripting technique using TV/Film […]

WA Podcast 107 – Wonder Woman a Role Model?

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Chris, Liz, Christina and Byron talk about the recent dismissal of Wonder Woman as an ambassador for the United Nations. Does her sexuality negate her strong characteristics? Also, we chat about what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

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

Social Media Is The Place To Be For Comics

The question always comes up – “How to I get more readers for my comic strip?” And cartoonists have all sorts of answers – Tumblr, Tapastic, Facebook, and I think they are all great. I think social media has helped so many creative people. It’s a fast, easy way to get your work seen. While I feel that comic creators should have their own websites, I don’t believe they are as great as social media for getting viewers. When you publish on a website, there is that single comic there, the question is, how are you going to get people, lots of people, to click on your one site daily or even every few days, to read your comic. I do believe there is strength in numbers and comic sites with more than one comic are great, but I truly believe that social media is best. It’s unobtrusive and your feature pops up in people’s timelines without any fuss. It is just part of their daily life.

I took a break from my comic panel Tomversation; I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I’ve decided to start publishing daily again and this time on Facebook. My goal was always to be published in newspapers daily, and I’ve had a few bites from rather large newspapers, but the timing is always off. And almost 20 years ago, when I had my chance for daily publication, I decided to go in another direction. I’m still kicking myself in the head for that

For a long time I did a comic daily on Instagram and it had thousands of readers a day. It just came up on their feeds and they read it that way. Unobtrusively, because social media is unobtrusive. I recommend that cartoonists publish as part of any social media platform, whichever works best for you.

I’ve noticed that people prefer to read the comic at the platform, rather than click over to your website to read the comic. So if possible, post it fully at Facebook or Twitter or wherever.

When Berkeley Breathed brought back Bloom County, he used Facebook and he publishes there daily, he has about 670,000 fans on there and New Yorker Cartoons has over 913,000 fans and amazingly, Matthew Inman who does The Oatmeal, has almost 4 million fans on Facebook, he links to his website from there. The Facebook posts are “liked” and shared all day long!

When someone “likes” a comic, their friends see that they liked it, nothing is private anymore. So to that end, starting January 1, 2017, Tomversation will appear daily on Facebook. The goal is to build up a fan base during the year.

Tom FalcoI invite you to like my page at Facebook.com/Tomversation. There are many items there now and you’ll receive the updated comic when it starts on January 1. And you can always read my thoughts and see what I’m up to at my Tomversation blog at Tomversation.com where I will post a batch of comics at once, so you can binge read them, sort of like Netflix for comics. In the meantime the blog covers arts and culture and some personal stuff sometimes.