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Workshop Mailbag: Home Versus Pro Prints

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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Open for Debate: Micro or Teeny-Tiny-Payments

To start off with, I’d like to let you know that this is essentially a continuation of the Micropayment discussion from the Workshop Mailbag posted last week. I’ve also recently posted on my comic’s site that I am pushing a large amount of my content off of the free site area and I’m working on […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Micropayments

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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Workshop Mailbag: Throwing In The Towel

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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10 Terrific Tips for Building Bad@ss Banners: Part 2

In part one of this article, we covered the first five tips for building bad@ss banners. Hopefully that gave you a taste of the potential power by building a banner to get the most for your buck(s). Not to mention, this article is free but clearly is a $100 value – and is not available […]

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10 Terrific Tips for Building Bad@ss Banners

Starting that Project Oh-So-Wonderful campaign? Advertising on a friend’s site by swapping banners? Making an ad for a cool t-shirt design? Excellent! Just to make sure you’ve crossed your eyes and dotted your tees or something of the sort – let’s run down ten tips on making that banner make clickety-clicks for you. They are […]

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8 Basic Branding Tips

While some of the feedback on the branding articles has been great, I thought it would be useful if we took a step back and got a little more general, than the specific recommendations I’ve been giving in the ‘Comic Brand-Aid’ series. These are general tips and not a scientific formula – you may come […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: Whiskey Falls

Patient name: Oh-No Comics and Whiskey Falls Patient Origins: In the mountains of southern Pennsylvania lurks a small town, Whiskey Falls. Named for the Great Whiskey Falls on the Whiskey River in Moey County. The river is named from all the backwoods stills used to make Whiskey along its banks. It is just your average […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: Let’s Build a Brand!

Starting today we’re going to build a fictitious comic – and we want your ideas and feedback! Then I’ll compile all the information and build the brand through a series of videos that will be featured here on the Webcomic Alliance website. The idea is that then you’ll be able to see how you use […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: CONCLUSION – How Sweet It Is/Madbury

Comic Brand-Aid Follow-Up: How Sweet It Is/Madbury I first reviewed Scott Jenkin’s ‘How Sweet It’ with our first Brand-Aid article. Then I re-reviewed Madbury after Scott expressed on Twitter “I’ve been in branding hell since @RicktheStick band aided my comic”. Today is the conclusion of the hard work by Scott on his site, which I […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: FOLLOW UP – How Sweet It Is/Madbury

Comic Brand-Aid Follow-Up: How Sweet It Is/Madbury I first reviewed Scott Jenkin’s ‘How Sweet It’ with our first Brand-Aid article. Earlier this week, Scott made a comment on Twitter “I’ve been in branding hell since @RicktheStick band aided my comic. Still feeling my way around w/ concepts”, I thought it would be a great chance […]

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C2E2 Stole My Lunch Money!

Okay, so the title of this article had nothing to do with my literal C2E2 experience – but it could have. And that’s what’s important. Regardless, the following are my thoughts on what happened last weekend in Chicago. At least I think it was Chicago… So here we are, it’s a few days later and […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: ArDuffle

Patient name: ArDuffle Age: Less than three months old Patient Origins: ArDuffle is an interactive comic providing you with answers to life’s deepest questions. Banners presented for initial review: Doctors notes: All of Arduffle’s banners feature the character and logo as well as a tagline. Smart choices for sizing. Initial diagnosis: Most of the banners […]

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Font Factor: Ascenders, Descenders, Widows and Orphans

Ascenders and Descenders, Widows and Orphans and why should you care? Let’s start with the easy part. You use them every day. Or at least anytime you write something. And I mean write – type or handwritten. Same difference. Ascenders and descenders are more common because they are part of letters. Most of us don’t […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: Gin and Comics

When we break these banners down, we have the luxury of examining them and comprehending the elements because we’re taking the time to analyze them. In the real world you get seconds – not a 500 word article with interesting and witty commentary. 🙂

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Dr. Banner the Banner Doctor

Here’s a tip you won’t hear often: you don’t have to get them the first time out. Just because someone didn’t click on your banner this time, doesn’t mean your banner didn’t make an impression.

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Open for Debate: Webcomics, Comics or Cartoons?

What’s wrong with simply using the word comics? Why webcomics? With apologies to Scott McCloud, ‘Sequential Art’ is difficult to spell and well, kind of snooty. Generally, just slapping a prefix or letter onto an existing word is silly. Ebook? Ecommerce? Even blog is a mashup of web and log.

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Comic Brand-Aid: Holiday Wars

In this article I’m reviewing these banners in the context of building your brand. It’s not enough to think of your banners as a single hit or miss opportunity. Your impressions matter. It’s important that you take advantage of that split second that your banner catches an eyeball or two.

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Comic Brand-Aid: Bearman Cartoons

In my opinion, the site is counteracting his strength. Part of Bearman’s appeal is the commentary that accompanies the cartoon, so the ideal situation would make reading that commentary easy.