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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Designing Your Book…

Book image credit: www.freeimages.com and zdelia A helpful way to start… Alright, so this past weekend, I finished putting the final touches on the fourth Capes & Babes book and thought it might be useful to talk a little bit about everything that went in to putting this book together. As many listeners to our […]

Open for Debate: Being Beaten to the Punch(line)

We’ve all been there before…. …Or if you haven’t, prepare yourself as it WILL happen. That moment when you realize that project you poured yourself into was already done, and by someone with more notoriety. Now what do you do? I bring this up because I recently dealt with a situation like this. I illustrated […]

Webcomi-nomics

I’ll preface this article by stating this is merely an opinion piece – it’s not a socio-economic essay of any kind, since there are no concrete facts and figures. This article was inspired from discussions I’ve had with numerous comic creators over the last year. Feel free to argue in the comments below. Just don’t […]

Webpizza – Or How NOT To Market Your Comic

Let’s say you make the best damn pizza ever. You decide to go into business making pizzas. You get all the ingredients just right. But instead of having a traditional brick and mortar store, you decide to only sell your pizza ON-LINE! The internet is going to make you rich, just like everyone else. Yay! […]

My Complete Resource List…

Hey all you Webcomic Alliance kids out there… Whenever your Uncle Chris goes to conventions, he is invariably asked “where did you get your banners?” or “Who printed your postcards?” so I thought it might be helpful to all you young, aspiring convention goers if I made a handy-dandy list of all the things I use, […]

You Never Know When Opportunity Might Knock

  As my banner to today’s article says, you truly can never tell, predict or anticipate when opportunity might come a’knockin’ on your door. That might seem obvious but today’s article is also a tale of how an opportunity came my way suddenly and unexpectedly – and a possible lesson you can learn from my […]

Talking about Sketch Covers…

Hey kids… today your Uncle Chris is going to talk about a new item you can put on your convention table that might draw eyes to your table and give you a nice priced item that might net you a nice little profit once it is sold. What am I talking about, you might ask? […]

The Smudge Expo 2014 Interview…

  Hey folks… on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 I got the chance to participate in a brand new show here in the Washington, DC area. The show is called “The Smudge Expo” – it was juried show featuring several artists that were local to the area plus a few that were as far away as […]

The trouble with creating multiple book collections…

Have you been thinking about putting a book collection together but have been intimidated by all the work that might go into creating such an endeavor? The good news is that when you’re creating your first book, even though there’s a lot of work that goes in to it, it’s also a lot of fun. […]

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Dear Loved One: Why I Need Comics In My Life

Webcomics and comics in general is a staggeringly hard field in which to find success. Even a casual fan knows this. Which probably means your spouses, parents, siblings, and friends know it too. In a world of “STEP 1: go to school and get a degree in __blank__, STEP 2: get a job in said […]

Tales of a 2013 Convention Junkie…

Since it’s the new year and all, I thought it might be fun to look back at my 2013 convention year and see what I might have learned on a month-to-month basis. Maybe you might have been thinking about going to some of the shows I went to and, maybe, you might be able to […]

Open for Debate: Bill Watterson

The man is an enigma. And despite being out of the spotlight for almost 20 years, still a controversial topic of conversation. With the release of the Dear Mr. Watterson documentary (which Frank reviewed HERE), which focused a great deal on his refusal to merchandize any aspect of his comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes”, many […]

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So you want to know about Craft Fairs?

On many of the Webcomic Alliance podcasts, we’ve talked at length about comic book conventions…  such as what goes in to securing a table in Artist Alley, what types of things sell well or how to develop an effective “elevator pitch” for your comic, to name just a few comic book convention topics we have […]

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“Dear Mr. Watterson”– A Review

Before I go any further, for those that may not be familiar with this film, I offer up the trailer: Let’s face it, as soon as you see the title you realize that director Joel Allen Schroeder is essentially going to be giving you a love letter.  That’s fine.  It doesn’t bill itself as a […]

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Handling Your Fear of Starting a Freelance Career

Fellow Webcomic Alliance member Dawn Griffin tossed this question out on Twitter the other day: “Would you rather have a steady, reliable job that you simply tolerate, or do what you love but be terrified about bills and insurance?” Easy answer for me: Do what you love.  Not so easy for most folks, so let […]