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What Leads to Success?

That’s the magic question. If there were an easy answer, we’d all be rich and sitting on a beach while a robot served us endless Piña Coladas.  But we’ve all seen Terminator and know how that ends.  So, back to my point.  What leads to success? A gentleman named Richard St. John spent more than […]

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Webcomic Workshop #12

This podcast we discuss: Byron:  Printing locally vs. on-line services Antoine: What do you do to try to slow yourself down when you want to do too much things at the same time? Dawn:  What to do when you can’t afford mass production? Ken:   When you guys see something you think is awesome – do […]

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Webcomic Workshop #11

This podcast we review the C2E2 Comic Convention held March 18 – 20, 2011, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Byron talks about comparing how we set up our tables this year compared to last year’s show, Ken covers working on your “pitch” for your comic and products and Dawn goes over her fear of public speaking […]

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C2E2 Year 2

Another year and Chicago’s up and coming comic convention is once again behind us. I will start off this article with my thoughts on the convention and my fellow Alliance members will add their 2-cents over the next few days, culminating with our “live” podcast that we recorded at C2E2 coming out on Friday instead […]

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C2E2 Photo Gallery!

Here’s some of the shots from Dawn camera.  We all took some turns with it, but I forged out on Sunday to get some random shots.  We’ll update this post as the other members add in their pics.  Enjoy!

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Webcomic Workshop #10

This podcast we cover: Podcast #10 is a review of issues we’ve brought to the table and we chat about the results of our actions suggested in the podcast.  Some of the results were very interesting!  And Antoine is fine form with his swearing and kazoo, Dawn is drunk on White Russians while Ken just […]

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Convention Preparation Song

A parody of the Barenaked Ladies song “One Week” for your enjoyment today! You’ve got… one week to get your booth ready Cocked your head to the side and said “I’m busy!” Five days since your printer laughed at your due date “Get that together and come back with CMYK.” Three days since the quote […]

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Webcomic Workshop #9

This podcast we cover: Ken: What do you do when you run up against one of your limitations? (not specifically but as an example: drawing hands and feet, characters at specific angles, from behind 3/4 view, etc)? Dawn: Where do you draw the line at “shameless” self-promotion? (not on twitter, or at cons.. just regular […]

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Tales of a Checkered Man

This week, the old fart steps in and does the Pick of the Week! I wanted to do this one as the comic at hand is a send up of classic masked caped-crusaders and I grew up on such comic book heroes.  Only this nameless hero has more then his share of set backs… namely […]

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Promoting Yourself Locally

We talk a lot about Social Networking on Twitter and Facebook, or even getting out and commenting on other comic sites to get your name out there.  But we often forget the biggest tool we have, and it’s right in front of you: where you live! Yes, your own town. “What?” you say?  “I live […]

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Reader Email!

I like to have folks interact with us and I thought I’d pass along some questions we got from a listener to the podcast and share my answers with you all.  If you have some other thoughts to add to mine, feel free to add them in the comments area!  Everyone’s situation is different, but […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 4D

This podcast is not censored and may have some language not suitable for work.  You’ve been warned. This podcast we cover: Byron: Doing what your comic needs vs. what you want it to need (I struggle with what format and update schedule). Dawn: Pay-walls and subscriptions to get bonus material. Good or bad idea? And […]

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Write. Draw. Brand.

Those three words define the Webcomic Alliance as a whole.  It represents the three core elements to comic creation, and we’re all good at one or two of them, but all three need to be our focus if we’re to succeed in the digital comic industry. We launched this group in October after a few […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 3C

This podcast we cover: Tyler: The quest for profitability! What are you guys doing this year to increase revenue and/or decrease costs vs. last year? Ken: How often should you update the look of the site? Are tweaks enough? Dawn: What are some cheap promo items to pass out at a con, that won’t just […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 2B

This podcast we cover: Ryan: How to respond when your blog posts trigger a heated debate (i.e. kill them with kindness…) Dawn: The “female” demographic: merchandise, comics geared towards women, and “business” vs. “being PC” Byron: What to do when you have fallen off the Social Networking radar. Ken: Is having a “clique” or two […]

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The Evolution of a Comic

I’m not talking where my comic strip starts off as a floundering fish yearning to have lungs on land, but rather how I create a strip from scratch.  A blank piece of paper is a rather formidable foe until you strike that first pencil line.  Once you start down the Dark Path, you must finish […]

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Webcomic Workshop #8

This podcast we cover: Dawn: I tend to over-do-it on the artwork. How do you know when your artwork on any particular comic is done? Byron: Using Comic Ranking thingies on your site & should you use a Tip Jar? Ken: Considering the creative direction/writing of your comic: Do you follow your instincts and do […]

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Writing Comics Film Style

Let’s chat about Scripting. In comic writing, there’s a style known as the Marvel Style where someone like a Stan Lee essentially dictates a general synopsis of the story idea he has to his artists and they go off and create a comic.  They bring back 22 pages of illustrations that Stan then plugs in […]

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Comic Creators Alliance Donation Drive 2011

Two of our very own Webcomic Alliance members were a part of this year’s Comic Creators Alliance donation drive to End Human Trafficking.  Byron and Antoine added their talents to the impressive pool of webcomic artists who each drew one of their female characters in a “Brady Bunch” pose; looking in all different directions and […]

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Webcomic Workshop #7

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Links, ads, icons, social medias, etc… When do we draw the line? What is “Too much” stuff on your website? Dawn: Dealing with critical family members or significant others who don’t “get” what we do. Balancing loved ones and aspirations. Ken: How much effort do you […]