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 […]

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Alliance Chat 20

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about Patreon and how it works and might fit into our webcomics. With us is guest Dave Barrack of the webcomic “Grrl Power”. Find his comic HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE. Right now Robin and Byron have their Patreon campaigns […]

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Alliance Chat 19

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about the Life-cycle of a Webcomic, or if there is even such a thing.  Listeners have written in asking what they should expect at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc. in the life of their webcomic and we try to […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 68

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron — Re-launching the comic has begun, but now I am looking for new advertising opportunities besides Project Wonderful and Facebook (which I believe has a low ROI anyways). Dawn — I’ve had 2 off-seasons of promoting my limited-time exclusive eBook for Z&F ($3), which […]

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Alliance Chat 18

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about taking something that didn’t quite go right and how you deal with it.  From an out-and-out failure to something simple that just didn’t quite gel.  What to do and how to handle it is the basis of tonight’s chat. A […]

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Hot Loads Podcast – Best of 2013

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we present to you the best of the after-the-show banter that goes on once we wrap up a podcast.  Topics range from sports, making noises, silly brand names and, of course, drinking.  Enjoy!

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What Is Art/ What Is A Great Artist?

(Note from Byron: Tom Falco is a contributor here at he Alliance and today he chats about what is art and what makes an artist great. This is to open up a conversation on these subjects, so feel free to chime in one way or another with your opinions) I saw this article on Medium.com […]

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Alliance Chat 17

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about tagging you comic’s site so new visitors can quickly identify what your comic (and your website) is all about. This can be in the header image or in a top level sidebar widget, but many artists forget to do this […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast #67

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: Naming my fourth book: The 1st 3 Capes & babes books have been a play on the first book’s title, You Can’t Print FLICK. Eventually, I’ll run out of creative alternatives to that particular title. I’m wondering if now would be a good time […]

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Handling Your Fear of Starting a Freelance Career

Fellow Webcomic Alliance member Dawn Griffin tossed this question out on Twitter the other day: “Would you rather have a steady, reliable job that you simply tolerate, or do what you love but be terrified about bills and insurance?” Easy answer for me: Do what you love.  Not so easy for most folks, so let […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast #66

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Frank: How do you deal with criticism? It’s easy to deal with the constructive, but what about the just plain nasty stuff? Do you ignore it and hope it dies on it own or do you fight fire with fire? This ties in with the […]

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JUST THE FIRST FRAME: A NEW WAY TO FIND COMICS

Henry Kuo has created something new and unique in the way of webcomics. No, Henry isn’t a cartoonist, but he loves webcomics so much that he created “Just the First Frame,” a website that exposes the masses to new work by various cartoon artists. Just the First Frame is HERE. Everything is featured from long […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast #65

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Taking the daily strip format & doing it in a full page format. Essentially taking the weekly strips and making them into a single page. Will people like a “joke-a-day” in a full page format? Robin: When is the right time to start? I’d […]

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Alliance Chat New York Comic Con Review

The Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, Byron and Dawn are chatting with Tyler James of the Comix Tribe and Marc Lapierre, artist for “Super Fogeys”, about our experiences at New York Comic Con. Specifically the key differences between Artist Alley and having a Small Press Booth.  We also talk in general […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast #64

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: I’m in a weird spot… lately, I have had some VERY successful conventions but every time I do a convention, I feel burnt out and have a hard time getting back into “comic strip mode”. I would like to find time to actually create […]

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Alliance Chat 15

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about launch or development of a comic, since I have stated that I’ll be relaunching 1977 in February. Essentially the 5 Things we’d do differently when it comes to launching a new comic.