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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
I 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.
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin, Liz, Christina and Byron talk about the do’s and don’ts of interacting on social media. What boundaries do you set, and why.
(Note from Byron: This is a guest article by Mark Stokes, a long-time reader/listener here at the Alliance. You can find Mark’s comic, Zombie Boy, here: http://www.zombieboycomics.com/)
Are You Feeling It?
We all have those days when we just don’t feel inspired. We don’t feel creative, and there are so many other distractions for us that putting out a comic seems like such a bother.
I’m going to open up with you about something that’s not so easy for me to express, but I think it might be helpful to some of you. Since I started drawing the Zombie Boy comic strip, I’ve been through some very trying times. In my second year of drawing the strip, an eleven year live-in relationship unraveled with all the pain, anger, and sadness that comes along with it. In my third year, I was laid off of a ten-year job that I expected would last forever. In my fifth year, I lost my beloved pug, Pooj, the inspiration for Zombie Boy’s best friend, Gorr, a personal devastation that left me at one of the lowest points in my life. I’ve experienced periods of profound loneliness and depression, anxiety, heartbreak, fear, and loss, and yet, through it all I’ve consistently updated. Even when my life was splintering into pieces and falling down all around me, the strip got done.
I’m no Hercules, I’ll tell you that. I’m not one of those guys with such steely determination that nothing would stop me when I set my mind to it, either. I just love making this comic and I’ve set a schedule that I’m committed to. It’s no great shakes to have to produce three comic strips each and every week. It’s not something I’m obsessed about either, it’s just something that I truly enjoy and that my work might brighten someone else’s day makes it worth it.
But there are times when I’m having a terrible day, things don’t go as planned, I’ve been called into the boss’s office, or a good friend lets me down and I feel very low — still, the strip gets done. There is a redemptive quality to producing the work, even when I’m not entirely feeling it. I’m all about the endorphins, and if my work brings a little blip of joy or a chuckle, well, that’s a strong motivator.
I’m not telling you this to illicit your sympathy, it’s just that I’m hoping you can glean something good from my experience. Many of my most joyous strips were created at very low moments in my real life. Being able to tap into that part of me that can feel that joy, even though it is not manifested in my exterior life, has been a true blessing. It’s not a matter of can you do it, it’s a matter of can you make yourself do it. Life goes on whether you create or don’t. No one is going to care more than you. Personally, for me being able to produce without that perfect mental state has been a redemption. No one else is responsible for what you do or don’t do, only you have that power.
Let me make a suggestion. The next time you feel low or uninspired, or you just don’t feel like working, go ahead and try to anyway. Or take a walk and think about what you might want to do and then get to work. Waiting around to feel inspired or more “in the mood” is just a waste of time.
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The Old Fart Byron invited long-time friend of the Webcomic Alliance Kurt Sasso of TGT Media, and special guest Dirk Manning of the comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE and NIGHTMARE WORLD, to join in on a rant about digital comic distribution and how it could potentially […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The Old Fart Byron has returned! He chats about his life in the past 6 months. Robin chats about her upcoming autobiographical comic she is doing and all that is involved in that process. That then segues into all of us chatting about things that shaped our […]
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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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Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! Happy Post Holidays! We’re back! In this podcast, we chat with Wes Molebash of the comic “Molebashed”. We invited him on just before the holidays to chat with us about how he wants to apply Dawn’s business model of doing her webcomic by taking scheduled […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Handling negative feedback in reviews or from comments on your comic’s site. Liz: Help promoting an IndieGogo project. What to do once you’ve bugged everyone on Social Media about your crowd-source funding project.
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Follow up on my issue of inking my comics taking so long. Solution: hire an inker! Lis: How to manage, as best you can, your depression during stressful times or seasons.
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: For larger conventions, offering my spare vendor badge/pass to a reader or fan to help me out for the weekend. Dawn: My next comic project will be a graphic novel done in chapters but not post it on-line as I want to submit it […]
Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we chat with Jerome Walford of Forward Comix. As a support of Dawn’s recent Kickstarter, Jerome won the opportunity to come on and chat about his comic creation process and his great graphic novel series “Nowhere Man.” We also talk about making the […]
Welcome to the Alliance Chat: Where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we chat about listener Walter Ostie’s question. “Now that indie comics are gaining ground in the market, the rise of the indie publisher is inevitable. Me and my friends have been contacted by indie publishers and I see many creators I respect […]