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180 degree rule

Crafting a Viewer’s Perceptions What is the 180 degree rule? We see it in use the most in film. If a character enters from the right side of the screen, they stay on that side and face the same direction, even when the scene cuts from shot to shot. This helps create a sense of […]

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3 Steps to Transforming “Bad” Comments

This may be the most ridiculous video I’ve ever made — but the heart still beats a serious note. Comments are great until they get ugly. And by ugly, I mean when creators turn on what (usually) are well-meaning fans. Nothing can alienate a reader like a creator over-reacting to “bad” comments. Especially when the […]

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Drawing with Robin

What’s your process? Everybody has their own way of doing things, and the Webcomic Alliance folks thought it would be neat to compare the different ways we approach our artwork. So I thought I’d get the ball rolling and share with you a video I’d made earlier of my storyboarding and sketching process! (I hope […]

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3 Kickstarter Survival Tips

My Kickstarter ended October 31st, and if it had been to fund a time-machine instead of a book, you can bet I’d be using it to go back to warn my past self about exactly what I was getting myself into!  Alas, my hindsight can do nothing to save my past self from the stressed-out […]

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Rewards and Risks of Readership

It seems like webcartoonists are in a never-ending quest for more page-views – but is that an outdated goal? (More importantly – will it turn us into a fossil just by grasping it? At least it won’t melt our faces off…) To answer this question, I contacted Thom and Kambrea of Shadowbinders to share with […]

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Contest Results – Draw an Alien!

The Entries… By Pluto’s revoked Planetary status, did we get some fantastic entries!  The creativity!  The color!  The occasionally bizarre!  You all delivered in spades!  In fact — Dawn was so excited by the response that she decided to have not one, but TWO winners…A Webcomic Alliance Choice…and a READER’S CHOICE!  Scroll down for the […]

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Kickstarter: Lessons Learned, Stats, and Hidden Costs

Lessons Learned Before I launched my Kickstarter Project last week I did quite a bit of research — because as we’ve established by now, I am a numbers freak!! In this video we’ll answer some common questions about crowd funding, including: IndieGOGO or Kickstarter? What are my chances? How long is too long? How much […]

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WB Video II: The Fantastic Number Four

Everybody’s different In my first video on world-building I promised to share my four-step method on how to world-build. In this episode I fulfill that promise, but in making it I quickly realized that MY way was only a tiny sample of the MANY ways you can world-build. So I decided to get ambitious. Very […]

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Background Stars

Only one of them gets the prize… …but in my book, everyone that entered the backgrounds contest is a winner. Why? They all used different ways to create a story by making the setting a star! So today, we’re going to make THEIR work the star, and demonstrate three things YOU can add to your […]

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Contest! Backgrounds with Character Challenge!

What’s the big deal about Backgrounds? It’s not just your characters that can have personality and moods — your backgrounds do too! Are your backgrounds bringing out the best in your work, or are they missed opportunities? They matter to everyone This isn’t just for long-form comics either — It can be key for a […]

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Video-Blog! The Why of Worldbuilding

Think you can just make it up as you go along? Think again! In this video I dive into the benefits of world-building. What are your favorite stories with a strongly-built world? What are the worst world-building slip-ups you’ve seen?

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Con Prep: Worth all the Trouble?

Last time I discussed the preparations I’d made for my very first Comic Convention — but did they pay off? Let’s find out! 1. Panels: Rapport better than Props We were almost TOO prepared! We had a slideshow in addition to the booklet. As I opened up the first few slides, I realized we’d written […]

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Success? It’s all in the Preparation

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation What, you thought it was in the presentation?  Where do you think the resources for a good first impression come from??  Natural pizazz and charisma?  Folks, we are CARTOONISTS, not gods! When I heard in October 2011 that the first ever Denver Comic Con was coming, I promised myself then and there […]