Open for Debate: Bill Watterson

The man is an enigma. And despite being out of the spotlight for almost 20 years, still a controversial topic of conversation. With the release of the Dear Mr. Watterson documentary (which Frank reviewed HERE), which focused a great deal on his refusal to merchandize any aspect of his comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes”, many […]

Webcomic News: Fall/Winter 2013

Rebecca Sugar: Cartoon Network Trailblazer! “Adventure Time” veteran creator Rebecca Sugar is at it again, her latest “Steven Universe” show premiered in early November…. and she made a little bit of TV History, according to this Washington Post article. Why? Because she’s female. Which leads us to the usual debate: is it better for the […]

East Coast Con Report Card

I realize, for those of you who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest convention, an article like this may make you insanely jealous. I am quite lucky to live where I do. The upper east coast is LITTERED with conventions big and small, along with book fairs, art festivals, craft shows, sci-fi and […]

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Character Design Basics

You can’t have a comic without characters. Having well-designed characters that can express elements of their personality or temperament is quite helpful to the reader, but there are some tips that can really take your characters to another level. There are so many characters from comics, cartoons, TV shows, movies, and other media that have […]

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A Conversation With Kurt Sasso of TGT Media

First of all, I’d like to welcome back Kurt to the Alliance for this discussion. Kurt was a co-founding member here in the very beginning, taking the reigns of the Pick of the Week/Month, with some great spotlights on some fantastic webcomics. He was a perfect fit for that, as he has an eye for […]

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Table Dynamics: Optimising Your Storefront

Once in a while it’s good for us creators to stop and reflect on how much we have grown, improved or changed. While I can definitely see a difference between the old Zorphbert & Fred comics I drew back in 2007, I think a bigger change has been how I promote the comic and my […]

News Round-up: Early Spring 2013

Will “Freemium” Work for Webcomics? There’s certainly lost of talk about the business of webcomics, and how to encourage the people who are used to getting our content for free, to PAY… even just a little… to help support us. Maybe the Wall Street Journal has something to suggest, if we compare comics to gaming […]

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Finding the Typical Webcomic Reader

  They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update […]

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Webcomic Artists as Subway Musicians

­­­ by Steve Ogden and Tom Dell’Aringa   In a previous article, Dawn already talked about the broken webcomic “business model” , but there might be something in all this that’s even worse than a simple broken model. The web is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a direct route to a potential multi-billion-person […]

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Drawing With DAWN #1

Here at the Alliance, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but a VIDEO…. well, that’s just GOLD. So, while we have mastered the art of writing about drawing, how about we actually show you what we do. Once a month, we’ll post a VIDEO of our process- drawing, sketching, inking, coloring, or any […]

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InDesign 101: Part 2

Take your seats, class. If you followed directions and did your homework from our last session, you should have gathered all the specifications from your printer as well as set up all your comic files to be easily placed into an InDesign document. You may have even started a new document and set up your […]

News Round-up: Fall/Winter 2012

To Reboot or not to Reboot? So, everyone was all flustered (and often just seething with hatred out of jealousy, angst, disgust, or whatever the reason) about Tim Buckley’s decision to reboot his uber-popular comic CTRL+ALT+DELETE. He wanted a better way to tell the gaming stories and jokes, so he killed off his characters and […]

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InDesign 101: Part ONE

Even if we refer to our comic as a “WEBcomic”, one of our typical goals as a cartoonist/creator is to eventually collect our comics in book-form, to sell and actually earn some profit from our endless hard work and strict deadlines. While we may have mastered Adobe Photoshop, and possibly even tinkered with Illustrator enough […]

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Open For Debate: Ditching the Webcomic Business Model

  Zorphbert and Fred wasn’t a webcomic when I started it in 2006. Actually, I had no idea webcomics were a “thing”. I figured people may post them online if they, you know, wanted to give their stuff away for free. I had no clue anyone could effectively monetize their comic online, especially without the […]

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A Conversation with Brian King of InkOutbreak!

Dawn: Keeping up with your favorite webcomics is no easy task. There are plenty of options out there, but if you read a LOT of webcomics, it’s hard to find a service or platform that works well and appeases all parties. Google Reader, of course, is a very popular option…. but it doesn’t give the […]

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CONTEST! Draw an alien.

Lets see, so far we have challenged you to WRITE your own comic page, and LAYOUT a background or setting. Now it’s time to test your character design skills, Alliance community! If you have your own comic, you probably have characters you have labored over and have evolved over time… almost claiming a life of […]

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Small Press Expo Recap!

A Roundtable Discussion of 3 Table-Mates 3 webcomic creators, squeezed into one table, at an indie book expo. Lets see what happens. That was pretty much our motto. Dawn, of Zorphbert & Fred — Sci-Fi! Chris of Capes and Babes — Supernatural! Krishna of PC Weenies — Nerdy Technology!       DAWN: As I […]

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The Crazy Chick’s Cool Junk Drawer (Part 2)

  About a year ago, I collected a bunch of my favorite tech-y finds in THIS original post, including goodies like Square to take credit cards at comic cons, and the handy social media browser plug-in Yoono. I have pointed many people to that article, when making a suggestion for some piece of technology that […]

Webcomic News Round-up: August 2012

If you’re a business-minded creator, you know it’s best to keep up with the latest news in our ever-growing field. With print comics, webcomics, newspaper comics, all mingling together and fighting for attention, it’s interesting to see which gets the lime light and why. It’s exciting to be ahead of the curve, but this is […]