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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.

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 71

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Dawn: What to include in a submission to publishers. Cover letter content, types of strips to include, etc. also: do I push the all ages spect or just say it’s for 1 specific demographic ( I guess kids 8-12?) Drezz: Patreon – should I bother […]

POTM Interview: Dynagirl

Dynagirl writer Cary Kelly sits down and tackles our 10 Questions for the Pick of the Month. Enjoy! 1. First comic you read as a child? It was a Batman book, no doubt about it. Neal Adams drew it, and I remember being amazed even then, as young as I was, at how he moved […]

Paying It Forward

This article is going to be a little change of pace for us here at the Alliance. We here at the Alliance do all this stuff for free. We do it willingly as we hope that folks can learn from our experiences, good or bad. And it seems to work as we have a lot […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 70

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: After a few  years of doing conventions, I want to revisit the notion of attending comic cons. Are they truly worth it? Would we be better off focusing our attention to our comics and creations, especially since we have limited time for creating anyway? […]

POTM: Dynagirl

“Five years after the tragic end of Fallen Justice we find Kerri Masters struggling in more ways than one with the events of the past. She has retired, and seemingly moved on from her former life as one of the most powerful heroes in the world. But when she meets a mysterious woman who offers […]

News Round-Up for April 2014

Let’s start April off with some handy links! I have found each of these helpful and hopefully they’ll shed some light on your art or workflow as well. Perspective Tutorial Found this on Tumblr and it’s a cool tutorial and primer on perspectives. It covers the basics and some typical errors. I’ve made these exact […]

Webcomics and the Rise of the Mobile Web

I read a ton of webcomics. A virtual library of them. I love them and want for many of them to survive long into the future. I also work my day job maintaining websites and optimizing my company’s website for the future. And that future is mobile-readiness. I read a report recently that said mobile […]

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Alliance Chat 21

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… well, Byron’s ranting about an incident he encountered on Deviant Art and we all weigh in whether it’s good to vent/rant on Social Media or not. Plus, we talk about how some studies are showing how Digital Comics are actually […]

POTM Interview: Pictures of You

The Ides of March have rolled by and it’s time for Gibson Twist to belly up to the bar and take on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”. 1. First comic you read as a child? G.I.Joe #1 back in 1983, I think. We were on a road trip to the mountains […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 69

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: All of a sudden, I have become inundated with a handful of freelance projects. That’s causing my time to be very, very precious. My feeling has always been that freelance PAYING gigs always come before the free strip. Do you guys agree? Drezz: The […]