WA Podcast 122 – Feedback for Beginners

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Feedback for beginners.  How much “tough love” do younger creators really need?  What are the basics of giving critique? Why should you filter the feedback you receive?  How can you start a dialog instead of a diatribe?  And on a completely unrelated note, would you make your […]

WA Podcast 115 – RETURN of the LONG-FORM TAKEOVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Liz Staley (AdrastusComic.com), and Christina Major (Sombulus.com) have once again wrested control of the microphone for their own long, convoluted, plot-and-character-driven SCHEMES.  Fiendish!  Today we’re discussing a reader question from Krystina of SoulBound-Comic.com: “What’s a good way to deal with a text/plot […]

WA Podcast 114 – Brother Drezz RETURNS

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Freelance illustration can be a great additional source of income, but how to pursue it?  What about creating or negotiating contracts?  What are ethical practices for clients and creators?  What is fair to expect from a large company verses a small indie publisher?  Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & […]

Things an artist can do to stay healthy and get in shape

First, a little story about how I killed my soda habit… Last June, I developed a searing pain in my right big toe. It was so bad, I could barely endure standing up, much less walking. As it turns out, it was a really bad gout attack. For those of you that don’t know, gout tends […]

WA Podcast 113 – Q and A Storm

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… We’re tackling WA listener questions in a Social-Media-Storm of Q&A.  Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Chris Flick (CapesNBabes.com) tackle your questions as they come, live from our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Krystina Atkins of the webcomic Soulbound asked:  When you have an awesome […]

WA Podcast 109 – Web to Print

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Michael Rhodes (BratCat Comics) asked about our thoughts and experiences creating webcomics with print in mind. Page size, colors for emissive/reflective media, RGB and CYMK, storytelling, pacing, the rhythm of the story — so much to consider!  How important is it to be mindful of how our […]

The iPad Pro and Procreate – and introduction

Hey all you faithful Webcomic Alliance readers out there… So this past Christmas, I must have been a very, very good artist because Santa brought me a brand new iPad Pro and a bright, shiny Apple Pencil. The truth of the matter is, in terms of creative productivity, I needed a new iPad as my […]

Quick Word Balloon Tutorial

A quick 6 min video about common mistakes making word balloons, and my personal approach to addressing these issues. While there are several industry rules of thumb for word balloons, there is also a lot of experimentation across the board when you consider the full range of comic artists. Some prefer hand-lettering and hand-drawn balloons. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hair Tutorial

Greetings all! I’ve been asked on several occasions to share how I draw and color Lorraine’s hair. So today is your lucky day as I am back in the saddle drawing “1977 the Comic” again and here’s a step-by-step of my process of inking and coloring Lorraine’s hair! As a note, I use Manga Studio […]

Breaking The Studio Chains: A Drawing Tablet Comparison

Why is PORTABILITY so great? Currently, I work 100% digitally on a Gateway C-141 XL Convertible Tablet. It’s about 7 years old and has served me well, although I am stalking social media threads on similar devices in preparation for my next workstation. The key proponent of my Gateway tablet, one that has spoiled me […]

The Right Tools Revelation

I have the strangest revelations about art when I’m washing dishes. Looking down at my soap-slicked hands as they held the sponge, slightly red from the just-under-scalding water, I marveled at the dynamic that exists between skill and tools. While I could spend all my life perfecting my dish-washing technique, if I did not have […]

Escaping the Sitting desk

If you’re an artist or a writer, it’s a fair bet that you spend most of your time sitting. And if you have an office day-job, the amount of time you spend on your butt hunched over a screen is probably the vast majority of the time you spend awake. As studies have shown, this […]

Mix tapes, comics and time

Authors note:  I wrote this post a  few years back for my site bobthesquirrel.com.  I’ve chosen to re-imagine it from a comics pespective because I think the parallels are pretty similar.  Plus, I fixed a lot of the grammar. 🙂 Enjoy! Those of you that were born in the mid-seventies like me, who were on […]

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? […]

News Round-Up for April 2014

Let’s start April off with some handy links! I have found each of these helpful and hopefully they’ll shed some light on your art or workflow as well. Perspective Tutorial Found this on Tumblr and it’s a cool tutorial and primer on perspectives. It covers the basics and some typical errors. I’ve made these exact […]

What about Bob? A character’s perspective…

Too often we send time writing about things that directly affect and effect comic creators.  Is my site user-friendly?  Is the time I post new work the optimal time?  Should I even bother with eBooks? The biggest question that is ALWAYS overlooked is this: What about the characters?  Without the characters, none of that other […]