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SEO: The Real Way to Set Yourself Apart

As webcomics became a viable way to build an audience and earn a living, things like SEO, social media and a great website were a great way to set yourself apart from other comics.  In fact, SEO was really good to invest in when comics were unique to the web space.  Unfortunately, webcomics are not […]

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Webcomic Workshop #35

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Drezz was busy becoming a papa and Byron was busy doing whatever Byron does in New Orleans so it was up to Dawn, Antoine and Ken to resolve their issssssuuuuuues… This podcast we discuss: Dawn:  What do you think is most important to focus on when reviewing your stats […]

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Pick of the Week: The Meek

This week’s pick of the week is The Meek by Der-shing Helmer. The first thing you should know about the Meek is that it’s awesome. The second thing you should know is that the first chapter features a female character who is shirtless, but it’s not overt and blatant nudity and is a natural part […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

2011 has been a really interesting year introducing change for people across the globe, and to a lesser extent, that includes us here at the Webcomic Alliance. We have a lot to be thankful for as we’ve discovered solutions to a lot of the issues we’ve faced, and that everyone continues to post comments on […]

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Illustrator Tips, Tricks and Techniques: Working With Layers

Hey everyone! I did a video look at how I use layers and some of the effects that I employ when I use them. This is a good next step from Dawn Griffin’s Adobe Illustrator 101 videos (part 1 and part 2) Illustrator Tips, Tricks and Techniques: Working With Layers Hello there! My name is […]

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Open for Debate: Should We Kill ‘Webcomics’?

I’m revisiting a post I did earlier in the year about the name ‘Webcomic’ and I stated that I would stop using the word and start using Comic Strip. I stopped short from calling for ‘Webcomic’s’ death. Until now. Kill it. Let it die. In my original article I made some really good points, some […]

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Webcomic Workshop #28

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast! This podcast we discuss: Antoine Conventions for smaller artists: Should I advertise I do quick commissions or should I focus on greating and talking to people? Drezz What is the benefit of showing HOW your comic is produced? (streaming video, process blog, […]

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Coloring and Inking Tips in Illustrator

Hey guys! I did me a little video which you could piggyback off of Dawn’s great Digital Techniques series. I discuss some of the pros for drawing in Illustrator: clean lines, editability and the vector-based format, in addition to showing you some techniques such as layer effects, masking, shortcuts, and templates. I didn’t get to […]

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Webcomic Workshop #27

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast! This podcast we discuss: Antoine Launching a New Webcomic: Get a mini-archives ready or start from the beginning? Example: The Trench started with only one Strip. Drezz Only keeping the comic digital, but selling other merch at shows (e.g Steamcrow, QC) like […]

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Going Up! The Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch is an enigma. Part creative, part marketing, part magic. That doesn’t mean equal parts and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the same for everyone. The hardest part is getting started. To actually submerse yourself into the process – especially if you’re not sure what the process is. That’s where I think I […]

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Happy Birthday!

On October 13th, 2010, the Webcomic Alliance opened it’s doors. All those year ago. One year. That was quick…and it was awfully long. For certain, October snuck up on us here in the Alliance’s corporate offices. Since no one changed the wall calendar (next to the water cooler) twice this year, we all thought it […]

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Dr. Banner, the Banner Doctor and Basic Banner Assumptions

As a doctor, it’s important to get things right. That means never getting things wrong. Which is to say that you always do the right things and never the wrong things. Are we clear? Good because I’d hate to mess that up. In the past we’ve broken down banners and I’ve tried to offer ways […]

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Pick of the Week: Company Man

This week’s pick of the week is Company Man by Frank Jordan. Frank is self described as “Well, let’s see…I’m just a laid back, nice guy (That doesn’t mean doormat!) in Phoenix just trying not to spontaneously combust in the scorching heat of the summers here! You can find me at Toonmanaz@gmail.com feel free to […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: LeyLines

Patient name: LeyLines Age: Less than one year old. Patient Origins: LeyLines is about “a brother and sister questing for truth. An ex-slave consumed by revenge and a guard captain with a terrible secret. A shadow monk who pays for his powers with his memories and a banished seer who sees visions of war. Secrets […]

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Starting From Scratch

So you’ve got a creative itch. You’ve been tossing around this idea you have for a comic and you have a great character you’ve been doodling for a little while and you just don’t know where to start. A lot of us have been there. Actually, most of us who are posting our comics online […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Google+

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Logo Basics: Video Tutorial

With all the video being bandied about on the site, I didn’t want to be left out. So I gave it a try! In this 13 minute video, we’ll look at some of the basic elements in building your logo. I’m on a Mac using Illustrator in CS5, but you don’t need those tools to […]

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Workshop Mailbag: ComicPress vs. Tumblr

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]