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 […]

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Mail Bag – Chris answers your questions

  So for today’s Webcomic Alliance article, instead of writing about just one topic, I thought it might be fun to do an article that addresses a lot of different topics. The best way to do that was to see what topics you guys wanted to have addressed. Below is a random selection of various questions […]

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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 […]

East Coast Con Report Card

I realize, for those of you who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest convention, an article like this may make you insanely jealous. I am quite lucky to live where I do. The upper east coast is LITTERED with conventions big and small, along with book fairs, art festivals, craft shows, sci-fi and […]

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Your Karma Wifi Hotspot Review…

Let’s get a little Tech-y… Before I begin this article, I think it might be best to get some technical parts out of the way first so that you can better appreciate the later parts parts of this article. My family and I use T-Mobile as our phone carrier. We are a part of their […]

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SEO: The Real Way to Set Yourself Apart

As webcomics became a viable way to build an audience and earn a living, things like SEO, social media and a great website were a great way to set yourself apart from other comics.  In fact, SEO was really good to invest in when comics were unique to the web space.  Unfortunately, webcomics are not […]

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A Conversation With Kurt Sasso of TGT Media

First of all, I’d like to welcome back Kurt to the Alliance for this discussion. Kurt was a co-founding member here in the very beginning, taking the reigns of the Pick of the Week/Month, with some great spotlights on some fantastic webcomics. He was a perfect fit for that, as he has an eye for […]

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Finding a Typical Webcomic Reader

They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update and pay […]

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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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An Awesome Recap of Awesome Con…

If you’ve been following Dawn Griffin or myself on Facebook or Twitter at all, then you know that this past weekend was Awesome Con DC – the first comic book convention held in the Washington DC area for over 15 years! Before I begin talking about my experiences at this show, I thought I’d give […]

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Table Dynamics: Optimising Your Storefront

Once in a while it’s good for us creators to stop and reflect on how much we have grown, improved or changed. While I can definitely see a difference between the old Zorphbert & Fred comics I drew back in 2007, I think a bigger change has been how I promote the comic and my […]

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Talking ’bout Sketch Cards!

Hey kids! Today, I want to talk to you about sketch cards and show you how you can make your own custom cards that will, hopefully, help you stand out from the convention crowd. Sketch cards have recently taken off in popularity the last couple of years – and, as you might guess, there are […]

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Finding the Typical Webcomic Reader

  They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update […]

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Webcomic Artists as Subway Musicians

­­­ by Steve Ogden and Tom Dell’Aringa   In a previous article, Dawn already talked about the broken webcomic “business model” , but there might be something in all this that’s even worse than a simple broken model. The web is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a direct route to a potential multi-billion-person […]

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My Convention Table Set-up

Over the years since I started Capes & Babes and began attending conventions, I’ve been very fortunate to receive many great compliments about my table set-up. I’d like to think part of that is due to my extensive graphic design background. In any case, there’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into setting […]

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An Interview with Dan Nokes…

Hey folks… earlier this month, I was attending a small, one day show in Tysons Corner, Virginia (about 30 minutes away from where I lived). I was attending the show with my good friend, Dan Nokes so, later on after the show ended, Dan and I caught an early dinner at a local fast food […]

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What I’ve Learned from Angry Old Ladies

(Byron’s note: Bear with me as this story from my childhood leads to a point for us comic creators) 1969.  It was the summer of Woodstock and Man landing on the moon.  It was the first time actors appeared nude on Broadway in a little musical called “Hair”.  It was the Age of Aquarius and […]