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 […]

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Webcomic Reader Poll!

Tell us what you think! We tried something different this summer, opening things up to a variety of new voices. Tell us what you thought! We want to hear from you. Please use this form to share your opinions!

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Website Design with Comments in Mind

Communication between you and your readers starts the instant they get on your site, long before they’ve read a single comic or blog post. What messages are you sending to your audience just with your website design? You might not realize it, but your site could be a barrier to reader interaction! Eliminate the barriers […]

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5 Things I Got Right

Last week we all fessed up to our mistakes with the 5 things we’d do differently, and the lessons we’ve learned. So this time we’re taking a moment to recognize that reflection isn’t just for what went wrong, but for what went well! What are 5 things that each of us got right? 5 things […]

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5 Things I’d Do Differently…

You’ve been working hard on your webcomic for a while now – weeks, months, years! And all along the way, making mistakes and learning hard lessons from them. Have you ever stopped to wonder what you’d do differently, if you had the chance to go back? Chris and Dawn recently were in a panel at […]

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Rawrbin Rant – April Fools

Most of the time I try to keep my rage contained. I, like good ol’ Bruce Banner, am angry all the time, but that doesn’t mean either of us spend our time tromping around with purple shorts and green skin. But today…today we are UNCHAINING THE BEAST. ARE YOU READY??? ARE YOU?? CAN YOU HANDLE […]

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Long-Form Brainstorming Bonanza!

Stories don’t just pop into our heads fully-formed and perfect. In fact, sometimes when we sit down to start a chapter, ideas don’t want to form at all. So let’s bust those brainstorming blocks with some in-depth tips on where to start: character arc, common ground in the cast, and theme development. The 20 minute […]

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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 […]