Hair Tutorial

Greetings all! I’ve been asked on several occasions to share how I draw and color Lorraine’s hair. So today is your lucky day as I am back in the saddle drawing “1977 the Comic” again and here’s a step-by-step of my process of inking and coloring Lorraine’s hair! As a note, I use Manga Studio […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 76

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: I recently had a freelance professional illustration project that ended up being killed. That’s actually a good thing because some of the stuff that I was being asked to draw was leaning more towards racial stereotypes than actual caricatures and I was reluctant to […]

Alliance Chat 29

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about an article by Denise Dorman which asked “Is Cosplay Killing Comic Con?” Mrs. Dorman chatted frankly about doing conventions and losing money. She suggested the culture of cosplay today has become the focus of comic cons and thus started a […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 75

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Are there exercises an artist can do to help strengthen their drawing arm and hand? In light of my recent tendon injury, I think I could use some toning exercises. Robin:  When choosing a new convention to add, what factors do you consider?  What […]

Alliance Chat 28

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Matthew Parker is an attorney licensed in Colorado (CO Bar Number 46914) and a creative writer. He’s joining us to clear the air of the many misconceptions regarding copyright law. WHAT IS COPYRIGHT? – Choosing to […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 74

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: Wondering if I should re-title my first three books to remove the “Flick” reference as I’ve noticed this might be turning some people off. Or should I just make one larger volume with all three books in one volume? Byron/Robin: Both Byron and Robin talk about […]

Alliance Chat 27

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… Value-based pricing: Are you asking for what your product is worth? Consider not only what it is, but the market you’re selling it to! AND…  Tiered Pricing: Benefits of bundles, what to put in them, how to push them.

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 73

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Drezz: I’ve recently begun work on a new comic project – this time, with a writer. Do you feel that having an artist/writer combo or team effort to produce comics produce better results (quality, timeliness, etc) or do they suffer the same fate and problems […]

Hollywood: Give Us Back SDCC!

I’m not going to rant here, that’s too easy. But San Diego Comic Con needs to be broken up in to two separate events, as the comic portion of Comic Con is all but lost. I’m not the first to notice this, but I’m going to stand up and state my displeasure of how SDCC […]

Creating Your First Behance Project

Fellow cartoonist and webcomic pal Krishna Sadasivam (@pcweenies on Twitter) last week wrote up a great comparison of Dribble vs. Behance. He concluded Behance the overall better site and with that in mind, I went over and created my Behance portfolio. I too was impressed, so much so, I wanted to share how I created […]

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Alliance Chat 26

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… drawing copyrighted characters at conventions for money: is it right, wrong or just a shade of gray? Our last Chat Podcast ran long, so I edited out this topic so we could focus just on it alone for […]

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Alliance Chat 25

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… First we follow up on Tapastic and how it’s working initially for those of us here at the Alliance who use it. And then we chat about how we used to be concerned with page-views for Ad revenue […]

Review: Manga Studio 5 for Beginners

The fine folks over at Packt Publishing graced my desktop with the latest Manga Studio instructional book written by Michael Rhodes. The book is a whopping 400 pages long! But don’t let that deter you, it is an easy read and once you get rolling along, the time passes quickly. I am a proponent of […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 72

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Robin: Techniques for CLOSING. I can draw them in, I can get them interested, but I’m struggling to tip a potential customer into a paying customer. Any techniques I should try? Drezz: Tapastic. I’ve decided to give it a second chance (never totally gave up […]

Webpizza – Or How NOT To Market Your Comic

Let’s say you make the best damn pizza ever. You decide to go into business making pizzas. You get all the ingredients just right. But instead of having a traditional brick and mortar store, you decide to only sell your pizza ON-LINE! The internet is going to make you rich, just like everyone else. Yay! […]

Hell Freezes! Watterson Returns!

“If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck” And so all the rumors of Bill Watterson doing some art for the comic “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis are true! Read Stephan’s full post HERE. Here’s a sample comic too: His story proves one thing: You […]

Alliance Chat 24

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting with Cartoonist Mike Maihack, creator of “Cleopatra in Space”, an all-ages Sci-Fi full-color original graphic novel, now in print via Graphix/Scholastic. Mike chats with Byron about his past webcomics and how “Cleopatra in Space” ended up in a publishing deal. An interesting chat […]

It’s a Comic Strip

(Byron’s Note: This is a guest article from Scott Jenkins.) The winds of change are continuing to blow through the comic making universe and there are a lot different opinions about its direction, its future and its viability as a medium. However, there is one thing about the comic strip that is still the same, […]

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Alliance Chat 23

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… MARKETING!! Special guest John McCarthy (@surfsidejack on Twitter) brings in his bounty of marketing knowledge to stir the pot here on the Chat Podcast. We get into what Marketing is and some models that may work for you as an […]

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Alliance Chat 22

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… TIME MANAGEMENT!! And it takes us like 10 minutes to get the subject started, so we need to practice it a bit ourselves. We end the podcast with the tips we do to keep ourselves on track and focused.