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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It seems like webcartoonists are in a never-ending quest for more page-views – but is that an outdated goal?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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Growing Your Comic with Subscribers Part 2

Last time, as you recall, I walked you through the steps of setting up an email opt-in program to help build up subscribers to your comic as well as building a database of users to negotiate with printers and conventions.  In this second part, I’m going to go over the steps I have taken over […]

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Growing Your Comic with Subscribers Part 1

  One of the many things we have to do, or should do, as independent comic creators is to manage our readers.  From the start, we should be enticing our readers to get involved in our comic.  One great way, which most of us do already, is through the comments section.  You should interact with […]

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Small Press Expo Recap!

A Roundtable Discussion of 3 Table-Mates 3 webcomic creators, squeezed into one table, at an indie book expo. Lets see what happens. That was pretty much our motto. Dawn, of Zorphbert & Fred — Sci-Fi! Chris of Capes and Babes — Supernatural! Krishna of PC Weenies — Nerdy Technology!       DAWN: As I […]

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The 2012 Baltimore Comic Con Recap

For me, the Baltimore Comic Con has always been experienced in two different ways. The first eight years of the show’s existence, I experienced it as a fan. For the last five years, I have experienced it as an artist in Artist Alley. It is also the only convention that I have attended every single […]

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At the Pub: Gettings Things Done

Managing projects in life is not an easy task. Let’s say you have, like me, a day job, and do a comic outside work. A lot of people are like me, a lot more have also a family, kids, etc.. In the end, accumulating projects can become unmanageable and highly stressful. The result: lost of […]

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A Conversation with Robin Dempsey

Hey folks… a few weeks ago, Dawn “interviewed” me – actually, it was more like a conversation between friends that we just converted to a text format. Well, now it’s my turn to return the favor and give you all a glimpse into the wonderful world (quite literally) of Robin Dempsey, the other newest member […]

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Branching Out From Comic Cons

So, you’ve have this comic for a couple years now, and have managed to put out a book or two or three. Maybe you’ve done a couple locals conventions, or maybe even a few big ones. Maybe you’ve taken the plunge (reverse-pun intended) and decided to even fly to a few. Maybe, while going through […]

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A Conversation With Chris Flick

  Dawn: It’s time to get to know one of our newest members a little bit better. Chris,  I could easily ask you all the typical questions (how long have you been drawing? Did you read Calvin & Hobbes? What motivates you?) but lets make this more fun. We are, after all, complete human beings […]

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Deal With The Devil

What follows is an editorial opinion by me, the official Old Fart of the Webcomic Alliance.  This opinion is not shared by my fellow Alliance members.  I am stating this up front as my opinion is going to be used to drive home my point. Now that I’ve clarified this, let’s get to the point […]

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Webcomic News Round-up: Early 2012

If you’re a business-minded creator, you know it’s best to keep up with the latest news in our ever-growing field. The Webcomics business is still very much in it’s early stages, and while the technology-based media (like, say, PC Mag) will run articles on the latest-and-greatest webcomics out there, most of the country is still […]

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Creating a Google-Friendly Website

The concerns are always the same – Google is updating their search algorithms and its becoming more and more difficult to ‘game’ the system. How are the honest producers of content expected to stay relevant and near the top of the rankings when there are others who are dedicated to experimenting and finding loopholes in […]

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10 Questions for Creators to Consider

  So, maybe you’ve been inspired by a few favorite comics out there, and are thinking about starting your own (web)comic. Naturally, you have some reservations and are asking yourself, “Am I talented enough? Can I keep up with updates? What if no one find my comic funny? How long before I make cute little […]

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The IRS and You

  I received an email from a good reader and participant here at Webcomic Alliance, Robin Dempsey of http://leylinescomic.com.  She asked some great questions about starting up a business.  Eventually, all us artists will sell stuff and have some sort of income from our work.  How do we handle it?  What are the legal and […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Webcomic Website Design

  We all wish we could stumble on Magic Answers, to the  questions like “How do I better market my comic?”, “How long will it take before my readership starts growing?”, “When is best to start exhibiting at conventions?” … as well as “What are the rules for creating the best website design?”. I hate […]

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Going Up! The Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch is an enigma. Part creative, part marketing, part magic. That doesn’t mean equal parts and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the same for everyone. The hardest part is getting started. To actually submerse yourself into the process – especially if you’re not sure what the process is. That’s where I think I […]

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A New Twist: Intervention Con

After exhibiting at a good handful of conventions, even a successful comic con can start to feel a little… vanilla. Most have the same basic structure, the same folks who exhibiting attracting the same crowds. They all begin to blur together. So, from a business standpoint for a WEBcomic creator, it’s good to exert yourself […]