Webcomic Alliance Podcast 92

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Today we welcome two new members to the Webcomic Alliance!  Christina Major of Sombulus and Jacques Nyemb of Not So Super.  Robin also takes over as host from Byron, and does her best to live up to his example.

Warning: Podcast may contain some […]

4 Ways to Bust Creative Blocks

Everybody gets them.  A creative lull, a loss of motivation, a funk.  These experiences are a part of the creative process. Why they come upon a particular artist at a particular time can vary wildly. Often you’ll hear people say, “No pain no game! Just keep making art! Get back to work, slacker!  DETERMINATION!!!!” Yet […]

Finding Your Story’s Theme

WHY IS A THEME IMPORTANT? Themes can give a story focus, clarity, and power. Often we unconsciously write stories with a core idea. However, until we become aware of the themes we’re tapping into and work to bring them out consciously, we can’t use a theme to its full potential. How do we uncover these […]

Quick Word Balloon Tutorial

A quick 6 min video about common mistakes making word balloons, and my personal approach to addressing these issues. While there are several industry rules of thumb for word balloons, there is also a lot of experimentation across the board when you consider the full range of comic artists. Some prefer hand-lettering and hand-drawn balloons. […]

Writing Simple Pitches with Personality

A pitch is one of the hardest things for a creator to write, but it’s also vital for grabbing the attention of an audience. A solid pitch can be the difference between a new reader and a lost opportunity. Yet time and again, I hear pitches that rely on featureless genre labels or vague mash-ups […]

Treat your Kickstarter like a Convention

Note from Robin: Please welcome Christina Major, author of this Guest Article, whose approach to Kickstarters will have you thinking about campaigns in a new way! She’s also running a Kickstarter for the next volume of Sombulus! Yay! Crowdfunding can be a very scary prospect, much like your first artist alley table at a convention. […]

POTM: Snow by Night

A few of my favorite things in stories: Mythology, fantasy, history, unique characters, a strong emotional core, literary surprises, and lush artwork. A webcomic that has all of these favorite things: Snow by Night The Story The eponymous Snow-by-Night is a winter spirit in search of her heart in a colonial frontier city, who gets […]

10 Pieces of Perspective for your First Convention

Your first few conventions can be amazing experiences, but they can also be difficult, overwhelming, and disheartening. Here’s 10 pieces of perspective that Cory and I have adopted over the past three years that keep us focused on the things that matter most. 1. The first year you have a superpower: Invisibility Yeah, I didn’t […]

Backers vs Patrons

Kickstarter and Patreon are two platforms for independent artists to find support from their consumers. Both are based on similar principles, where a crowd of people each contribute a small sum to fund a larger goal. However, I propose that Patreon and Kickstarter are both fundamentally different from each other when it comes to WHY […]

My goodness, where does the time go?

Before I started my own company and got serious about building my dream job as a full-time artist and writer, I had some very funny ideas about what that would entail. In particular, I always imagined that, once I was my own boss, I would only do the fun, artistic part of the job. The […]

Which Business Type Is Right?

So you’ve decided to create a company. Maybe your efforts have started to pay off at conventions and you’re beginning to see enough income to be concerned about a call from Uncle Sam. Perhaps you have big plans for the future, and you want to get the foundation set right from the start. It could […]

The Right Tools Revelation

I have the strangest revelations about art when I’m washing dishes. Looking down at my soap-slicked hands as they held the sponge, slightly red from the just-under-scalding water, I marveled at the dynamic that exists between skill and tools. While I could spend all my life perfecting my dish-washing technique, if I did not have […]

Escaping the Sitting desk

If you’re an artist or a writer, it’s a fair bet that you spend most of your time sitting. And if you have an office day-job, the amount of time you spend on your butt hunched over a screen is probably the vast majority of the time you spend awake. As studies have shown, this […]

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1 Secret to Writing a Satisfying Ending

There is an art to endings.  They can make or break a story.  Good endings elevate a work and evoke a emotion that lingers for days.  Some endings leave you breathless, eager for more.  Others fill us with a deep sense of well-being and comfort.  Occasionally an ending will rattle us, prompting deep thought and […]

Webcomic Retcons

(Note from Robin: This guest post is provided by Christina Major. Christina started her fantasy adventure webcomic in 2010 and loves reading, sharing, and connecting with the webcomic community. Her first comic is a Kickstarter Staff Pick, which you can check out at sombulus.com/kickstarter to help her reach her goal!) If you make a webcomic […]

Drowning in Dialog

People put a lot of emphasis on dialog, to the point that we’re often drowning in it. A heavy burden is falsely placed on dialog’s shoulders to solve every writing problem and answer every question. It’s often bloated, dull, and ineffective. Like a garden over-run with ivy, dialog needs to be trimmed down to a […]

How to Overcome Excessive Exposition

Exposition: The Ultimate Story Tar Pit Exposition is a key component to establishing your Act One. Readers need to know the Who, What, Where, When, Why in order to have context for the events that will unfold. However, when employed poorly, exposition can bog down a story. Don’t believe me? Try reading THIS from a […]

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Managing Tension

A humor strip has a well-established formula for getting readers hooked, and it can be as simple as a Set-Up and a Punchline. Quick, easy to digest, and entertaining. If a person finds it funny, they’ll be back again, and they might comb through the archives for more chuckles and laughs. Done! Reader Caught! But […]

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Where Did You Get Your Books Printed?

Some of the most common questions I get are in regards to printing. So I figured, perhaps it’s time to collect the answers in one spot for easy reference. If you’re curious about my advice on printing books, I hope you find this article useful! Question: How do I pick between P.O.D. or Large-run? The […]