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 […]

Snowbody knows…

I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist.  We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction.  We are hardened snow removers.  Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]

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What Is Art/ What Is A Great Artist?

(Note from Byron: Tom Falco is a contributor here at he Alliance and today he chats about what is art and what makes an artist great. This is to open up a conversation on these subjects, so feel free to chime in one way or another with your opinions) I saw this article on Medium.com […]

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Criticism – How it hurts so good.

Long ago, in the beginning,  once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall.  It depicted an event:  a great hunt.  Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes.  The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]

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In praise of R. Crumb

I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only.  People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that.  No creamer?  No cinnamon? No […]

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Backgrounds-Schmackgrounds…

In my best Asgardian impression let me answer that question by saying: I SAY THEE, NAY! Comic strips do not NEED backgrounds. In fact, I submit to you that drawing backgrounds in a comic strip is more of a luxury than a necessity. One does not NEED to draw backgrounds in each panel in order […]

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Character Design Basics

You can’t have a comic without characters. Having well-designed characters that can express elements of their personality or temperament is quite helpful to the reader, but there are some tips that can really take your characters to another level. There are so many characters from comics, cartoons, TV shows, movies, and other media that have […]

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A Guide to Hand-Lettering Your Strips…

I think I should start this article off by letting everyone know this really isn’t an article about HOW to hand-letter your strips… that would be akin to writing an article on how to draw – and let’s face it, there isn’t one single article that will be able to teach you how to draw. […]