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 […]
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 […]
When we break these banners down, we have the luxury of examining them and comprehending the elements because we’re taking the time to analyze them. In the real world you get seconds – not a 500 word article with interesting and witty commentary. 🙂
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s a tip you won’t hear often: you don’t have to get them the first time out. Just because someone didn’t click on your banner this time, doesn’t mean your banner didn’t make an impression.
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 […]
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 […]
What’s wrong with simply using the word comics? Why webcomics? With apologies to Scott McCloud, ‘Sequential Art’ is difficult to spell and well, kind of snooty. Generally, just slapping a prefix or letter onto an existing word is silly. Ebook? Ecommerce? Even blog is a mashup of web and log.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In this article I’m reviewing these banners in the context of building your brand. It’s not enough to think of your banners as a single hit or miss opportunity. Your impressions matter. It’s important that you take advantage of that split second that your banner catches an eyeball or two.
In essence, this article can save your life. Or it could kill you.
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 […]
In my opinion, the site is counteracting his strength. Part of Bearman’s appeal is the commentary that accompanies the cartoon, so the ideal situation would make reading that commentary easy.
Last year for Christmas, my wife bought me one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time. A simple little web cam. No, not for uploading my wonderful likeness to Avatars around the internet, but rather so I could learn to draw hands better. A lot of people will say they use small […]
…one thing I don’t touch on in my review, but should be noted is that your artwork inherently has a LOT to do with your brand. Most often, each artist brings their unique talents and style to their comic which is a distinguishing factor and an integral part of your brand.
Not many people are intimidated with picking a font – but they should be. We’re going to present a series of articles that are geared towards helping you make an educated decision – without having to send you to typography school.