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 […]

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 […]

Hollywood: Give Us Back SDCC!

I’m not going to rant here, that’s too easy. But San Diego Comic Con needs to be broken up in to two separate events, as the comic portion of Comic Con is all but lost. I’m not the first to notice this, but I’m going to stand up and state my displeasure of how SDCC […]

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 […]

Comic Cons: Breaking Down Setting it Up

 I know. Another convention article from me. Maybe that’s because comic con season just hit full swing, or maybe it’s because the #1 question I get asked over and over here at the Alliance is something like, “Where do I get ____ for conventions?” I have covered how to SET UP YOUR STOREFRONT (as in, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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A conversation with Ben Penrod

Hey folks… today I’m talking with Ben Penrod. Ben is the organizer for Awesome Con DC that will be held at the Washington, DC Convention Center on April 20-21st.  Ben has been organizing and putting together multiple shows in and around the Washington DC Metropolitan area for some time but Awesome Con DC will be […]

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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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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 […]