WA Podcast 102 – Ask not what your comic can do for you!

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… One question we are asked a lot:  “How do I get more eyeballs on my work?”  Today we talk about events and activities for creators to connect to new readers, peers, and communities.  Not to mention have a lot of fun in the process!  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & […]

WA Podcast 100 – Starting your Story

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Starting a story can be intimidating.  There are so many different things to consider!  The plot, the characters, the theme…Where to begin?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) share their favorite resources and techniques for developing your stories and getting started. People, […]

WA Podcast 98 – Battling the Blank Blog

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Blogs can be a great way to connect with readers, but where do you come up with topics to fill them?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) brainstorm different techniques for generating blog ideas.  (For extra credit, review Drezz’s article “No Comments?  […]

WA Podcast 97 – BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Christina (Sombulus.com) ponder printing books.  When is the right time to make a book?  What complications arise when you create more than one?  What are the pros and cons to different approaches, such as Print-On-Demand vs offset printing?  […]

WA Podcast 96 – Con Cost Saving Tips

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), Liz (AdrastusComic.com), and Jacques (NotSoSuperComics.com) share our cost saving tips for comic conventions! A special thanks to the folks that shared their own tips and tricks, Kambrea Pratt, Jimmy Steen, Bret Juliano, and Michael Rhodes. And if you’d like to make […]

WA Podcast 95 – Patreon Posts and Routines

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin, Dawn, Chris, and Christina examine PATREON: What to post?  How often?  What works, what doesn’t?  How can I build a routine?  What ways can I engage my readership?  How do I make the experience special for Patrons? AND we have a drink of the week (the […]

WA Podcast 94: RELEASE THE KRAKEN

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Recovering from failure and disappointment.  How do you reconnect with your passion, stay motivated, and keep going?  We share our experiences and lessons learned after tough shows, crowd funding stress, and other stumbling blocks. Dawn’s advice?  Drink heavily and unleash unholy beasts of the sea.  Hey, whatever […]

Webcomic Alliance Podcast 93

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. In this BONUS podcast… We welcome two special guests, Joel Duggan and Piper Thibodeau.  Joel took the expertise he developed as a solo creator to start an independent publishing company called Forge Publishing.  His mission is to help other creators who might lack the know-how or time to publish […]

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 […]