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Drawing Hands with a Web Cam

Last year for Christmas, my wife bought me one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time.  A simple little web cam.  No, not for uploading my wonderful likeness to Avatars around the internet, but rather so I could learn to draw hands better.  A lot of people will say they use small […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: Crowbar Benson

…one thing I don’t touch on in my review, but should be noted is that your artwork inherently has a LOT to do with your brand. Most often, each artist brings their unique talents and style to their comic which is a distinguishing factor and an integral part of your brand.

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Font Factor: Types of Fonts

Not many people are intimidated with picking a font – but they should be. We’re going to present a series of articles that are geared towards helping you make an educated decision – without having to send you to typography school.

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Webcomic Workshop #6

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Brand Parody? What are we allowed to do, law and copyright wise? Dawn: Project Wonderful – better to manually bid on a couple big-name sites, or set up a campaign for lots of smaller sites with similar subject matter? Ken: What metrics are you guys using […]

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Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition

Ah, yes. The age-old debate. Apple vs. Windows.  Mac vs. PC.  Expensive vs. Affordable.  Pretty vs. Utilitarian.  If you’re involved with webcomics at all, you have probably read a funny webcomic with a definite bias, or witnessed a flame war in a techie forum, or even started weighing the pros and cons yourself before upgrading […]

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Creating Your Business Plan

Proverb: He who fails to plan, plans to fail.  Period. There’s more to independent comic creation then learning how to draw hands and feet, it also is about running it as a business and that requires… wait for it… a Plan!  Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task and is not for the faint […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred

Today’s volunteer is Liliy of ‘The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred‘. Liliy’s ‘About’ page says “The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred is a comic I created while taking two British Lit classes at the same time. Before I knew it, I had created two characters based on my favorite characters and there you go – […]

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Webcomic Workshop #5

This week, the podcast is covering the following: Ken: What file formats are you guys using and do you think it will be the format that we’ll be using in 2 years? Antoine: Planning T-Shirts for Conventions + Which company to go to? Byron:  I want to discuss “acceptance by your artist peers”. This also […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #1

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: The Drunken Fools

Branding. What do you care about branding? If you’re planning on a future in comics or webcomics – you should care a whole lot. Sure it’s another “business” aspect we’re telling you to be aware of – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be creative. This week we’ll take our second practical look at branding […]

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Webcomic Workshop #4

This week, the podcast is covering the following: Dawn: Is going on hiatus to build a buffer and relaunch your site worth the loss of readership? Ken: PRO TIP QUESTION: What types of brush techniques are you using and if you downloaded brush presets – where did you get them? Dawn – Illustrator, Byron – […]

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How to Un-Block Writer’s Block

We have all been there, haven’t we? Whether we have written ourselves into a corner and cannot come up with a clever punchline to save our lives, or are staring at a blank screen/piece of paper with no inspiration whatsoever, Writer’s Block is brutal. And for those of us with no buffers (*ahem* ME *ahem*), […]

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Reading the Fine Print

As comic creators, we’re much better at using pencils, pens and markers then we are at reading a contract.  If you’re like most people, you’ve been handed a multi-page document in which you signed your life away not really having completely read or understood the document’s intent.  Now, if you trust your cell phone provider, […]

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Webcomic Workshop – X-File code 1A

This unscheduled Podcast is a very special one! While DAwn was getting married, we invited David Reddick of “Legend of Bill” and covers the following: David: Writing, and what happens if/when you start to write yourself into either a corner, AND/OR you start to have to many loose threads running that you might lose track […]

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Webcomic Workshop #3

This week, the podcast is covering the following: Ken: How much social media (twitter/facebook) is a good thing? Byron: Designing Ads that work & look good. Antoine: How do you fight a lost of motivation? Dawn: Is it worth it to have buttons/pins/trinkety stuff made for conventions? Do people still buy this stuff? Drink of […]

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Mastering the Comic Balloon

If there was a defining symbol of comics as a medium, it’s the comic balloon.. bubble… Holding shape for the text. Heck, we even plopped one in our Webcomic Alliance logo. So, at some point as a cartoonist, you need to master the balloon. But not just the balloon itself, but the flow of the […]

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Twitter Politics & Etiquette

Every new social network that surfaces and gains popularity eventually invents its own etiquette rule book. Myspace had general “niceties”- like NOT designing your page obnoxiously or forcing people to listen to your favorite screaming heavy metal band. Facebook even has built-in etiquette bots that make sure you are not assaulting people with constant plugs […]