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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 […]

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East Coast Con Report Card: 2015 Edition

Have you started mapping out your convention schedule yet for this year? I’ve been frantically booking tables, Air BnB rentals, texting/emailing friends about new shows until… they aren’t my friends anymore, and over-analyzing which shows I should skip and which I should attend. Over the past 7 years of doing these shows, I can only […]

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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 […]

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Crossing Over to Freelance

The dream of most webcomickers is to make enough money off your work to live.  While this is possible, that dream may be out of reach for a lot of us.  Success   So what do you do when you want to draw comics all day, but maybe your webcomic isn’t getting the traction you need […]

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Pick of the Month – Bill McKay

  Folks, for the Pick of the Month for September, I want to do something a little different. I want to introduce all of the Webcomic Alliance audience to a real great friend of mine and a fantastic illustrator, Bill McKay. I first met Bill a few years ago at a very small, one day […]

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Talking with Oni about InterventionCon 6

So this past weekend – August 14th, 15th and 16th – was the sixth annual InterventioCon. Over the years, I have had a bit of a difficulty describing to people exactly what InterventionCon is because it is NOT your typical everyday convention. It’s not strictly webcomics. It’s not strictly podcasts. It’s not about comic books or blogging. […]

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The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Webcomic Press Kits

Byron’ Note: Danny submitted this guest article and I felt it was an interesting read. Any views expressed are of the author’s and not of the Webcomic Alliance. Enjoy! Last week I joined in on a really great Webcomic Chat on Twitter regarding press kits. (If you’re a webcartoonist you should definitely join them or […]

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Perseverance Pays Off

As you may or may not know, I’ve been drawing since 2007. I ditched my first career and taught myself in the ways of being a comic artist. Along the way, I’ve also honed some skills in doing illustrations as well. I’ve done various types of illustrations for clients, but this article will focus on […]

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POTM: The Hero Business

I really hate Bill Walko… Now, if you’re asking yourself “who the heck is Bill Walko and why does Chris hate him?” then it’s obvious you’ve never read The Hero Business and if that’s the case, then the first thing you need to do is click that link, head over to Bill’s site so you can […]

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Creating Opportunity: A Venn Diagram

Chasing a creative dream is a complicated matter. Deep down, we know it’s not a simple as “step 1, step 2, step 3, SUCCESS!”. Deep down, we know it’s all a crapshoot, and there’s so many determining factors of what could lead to success (however you may define that), it can feel like a big […]

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Let’s talk about getting organized…

Everyone has their own method of how they like to get organized or keep track of what they need to do. Most people refer to these type of organizational lists as just that… a “to do list”. There are also some really fantastic apps or programs out there that can assist you in creating your own […]

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9 Habits of Highly Profitable Freelancers

Freelancing can appear to be the perfect career: a completely flexible schedule, choice in projects, and working from home. Sounds like a dream, right? But in order to be successful, freelancers must have a completely different set of skills from the typical on-site cubicle Hobbit that has a supervisor checking their every move. As it […]

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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 […]

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Business Advice for Freelance Artists

Being a freelancer is now a more attractive option than ever before. With the economy on the downturn a growing number of creative professionals are choosing to work for themselves rather than be employed by someone else. The career move is considered a brilliantly smart move for most. Yet finding success as a freelancer means […]

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Chris’ Soapbox

  Hey everybody, it’s your favorite werewolf cartoonist making another article appearance here on the Webcomic Alliance web site. Originally, I had different idea for this particular article but since Dawn just posted her year-end Convention Report Card, I thought I’d write about something that might be a good companion piece. I have to warn […]

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My Book Signing Party

Today is October 13th, 2014. Two days ago, I did something in which I had no clue whether it was going to be a success or not.  I had a book signing party. At a local restaurant. And it turned out to be – in my opinion – a great success. I thought you all […]

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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 […]

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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 […]