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 112 – Long-form TAKE-OVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The long-form ladies HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PODCAST!  It seems like when people say, “webcomics” they often mean, “the funny strips,” ignoring all the amazing creators making sequential stories.  While there’s a lot of cross-over between these two types of comics, there are also some key differences.  […]

WA Podcast 111 – Finding Passion in Stressful Times

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Dawn is feeling creatively drained lately by new activities and responsibilities, coupled with news she finds exhausting and uninspiring.  People say you should channel stress into art, but what if you’re not that kind of person?  Does that make you a bad artist?  Together Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com […]

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 […]

WA Podcast 108 – Booth Design

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Booth Design! You’ve made it to the show, you’ve got your product, now how do you catch those convention eyeballs and get customers to stop?  Where do you start?  How do you make it cohesive, even if you have multiple products or stories on one table?  What […]

WA Podcast 106 – 2016 Holiday Special

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… For the holidays we decided to relax, chat, and forget about comics and work for a little while.  Full of Christmas cheer, Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Byron Wilkins (TR1Studios.com) share their joy for the holidays while the WA’s resident Scrooge Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com) decides that […]

WA Weighs In: 2016 Comic Con Report Card

Hey all. Dawn here. For the past few years I’ve had a tradition of posting my annual Report Card for comic cons. But I am only one person, selling one type of product, focusing on one section of the country.  This year we at the Alliance decided to give a broader recap, touching base with […]

WA Podcast 105 – Website Design

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Part 2 of our series on Websites for Webcomics.  So you’ve decided where to host your comic (from Part 1’s topic), but what should be a part of your website?  What gets top priority when you’re designing it?  Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris […]

WA Podcast 103 – Hosting Pros and Cons

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… What are the advantages and disadvantages to self hosting verses using a service like Tumblr, Facebook, or a comic community like Tapastic?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), Christina (Sombulus.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) discuss what to consider about your hosting options before putting your comics on the […]

WA Podcast 102 – Ask not what your comic can do for you!

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… One question we are asked a lot:  “How do I get more eyeballs on my work?”  Today we talk about events and activities for creators to connect to new readers, peers, and communities.  Not to mention have a lot of fun in the process!  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & […]

WA Podcast 100 – Starting your Story

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Starting a story can be intimidating.  There are so many different things to consider!  The plot, the characters, the theme…Where to begin?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) share their favorite resources and techniques for developing your stories and getting started. People, […]

WA Weighs In: 3 Fictional COMIC Characters

  If you’re active on social media lately, you may have seen the fun fad of #3fictionalcharacters, wherein you choose 3 characters you feel represent aspects of your personality best. We at the Alliance decided this would be a fun topic for an article, wherein we share our favorite and most fitting COMIC and WEBCOMIC […]

WA Podcast 98 – Battling the Blank Blog

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Blogs can be a great way to connect with readers, but where do you come up with topics to fill them?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) brainstorm different techniques for generating blog ideas.  (For extra credit, review Drezz’s article “No Comments?  […]

WA Podcast 97 – BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Christina (Sombulus.com) ponder printing books.  When is the right time to make a book?  What complications arise when you create more than one?  What are the pros and cons to different approaches, such as Print-On-Demand vs offset printing?  […]

WA Podcast 96 – Con Cost Saving Tips

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin (LeyLinesComic.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), Liz (AdrastusComic.com), and Jacques (NotSoSuperComics.com) share our cost saving tips for comic conventions! A special thanks to the folks that shared their own tips and tricks, Kambrea Pratt, Jimmy Steen, Bret Juliano, and Michael Rhodes. And if you’d like to make […]

WA Podcast 95 – Patreon Posts and Routines

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin, Dawn, Chris, and Christina examine PATREON: What to post?  How often?  What works, what doesn’t?  How can I build a routine?  What ways can I engage my readership?  How do I make the experience special for Patrons? AND we have a drink of the week (the […]

Pick up the pace! Seven tips to keep readers engaged in slow scenes.

As a reader and creator of longform webcomics, I know there’s nothing more frustrating than stagnant scenes.  Many longform webcomics only update once a week, and those 4-5 pages only cover so much ground.  And if you’re writing a particularly extensive conversation, five minutes could easily take months.  I’ve written before about a few pacing hurdles […]