Those three words define the Webcomic Alliance as a whole. It represents the three core elements to comic creation, and we’re all good at one or two of them, but all three need to be our focus if we’re to succeed in the digital comic industry.
We launched this group in October after a few months of preparation, and I wanted to review what we’ve done thus far and take a peek at the future. The comic industry is on the verge of a tremendous shift in how they are created, marketed and sold. As the digital world takes over traditional distribution methods, we must grow as creators or be left behind like the horse and buggy was a century ago.
My motivation for assembling this group was to find like-minded creators who were invested in not only the creative portion of their work, but also the business side. Because without a business plan, you’re just doing a comic and/or podcast for your friends and family. So I called up on Dawn, Antoine, Kurt and Ken and discussed the idea of a group that would help folks avoid the pitfalls we had all experienced. Plus, we wanted to share our continued growth as well. Then, as we developed our skill sets as artists, writers and business persons, you, our readers, would tag along for the ride and share your experiences with us as well.
We never claimed to be know-it-alls, but each of us brings a unique set of skills to the group. In any small group like this, there are challenges and, to a certain extent, minor clashes of opinions. But the fantastic thing is instead of those conflicts being outbursts of angry words, we learned from the challenge and, most importantly, we grew as creators. And then passed along what we learned to you.
As we approach the six month point, we wanted to open our doors a little wider and invite you all in. The site will be most successful when you can contribute in some form or fashion as well. Sure, the comments are fantastic, but we want the Alliance to be more interactive. To that point, I’m inviting you to contact any of us about submitting articles or ideas. We’ve had a few guests on the Workshop podcasts and those have been interesting and productive.
So let us know what you want to see more of, or less of, and toss us your feedback about the site… it’s pitfalls and successes. Together we’ll mold a better resource for any and all comic creators. And together we’ll grow not only our own endeavors, but the industry as a whole.