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 […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 77

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Dawn: RISE: Comics Against Bullying Kickstarter Byron: Building your portfolio. Should I draw a variety of samples to entice folks to hire me or only show “real” works? Drezz: I’ve recently begun work on a new comic project – this time, with a writer. Do […]

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 […]

POTM Interview: Steve Ogden of Doctor Magnifico

I hope you have enjoyed finding out about Steve Ogden’s new comic Doctor Magnifico.  If you haven’t dropped over to check out the comic do so now…well, after you finish reading this of course, then do so.  It’s been a great month spotlighting Doctor Magnifico and seeing another great work by the super talented Steve […]

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How to Make a Graphic Novel/Comic Book – Part 3(Layout)

In the last two installments, I covered brainstorming/writing/scripting and the basic drawing mechanics used in my graphic novel, El Cuervo. This time, I’m going to show you the process of laying out my pages in a traditional book format, as opposed to the webcomic format. “Why did you do two different methods,” you ask? To […]

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 […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 76

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: I recently had a freelance professional illustration project that ended up being killed. That’s actually a good thing because some of the stuff that I was being asked to draw was leaning more towards racial stereotypes than actual caricatures and I was reluctant to […]

POTM: Doctor Magnifico

Back in April of this year a gift was brought to a cat named Sam, and a gift was brought to all of us, a new comic by Steve Ogden, Doctor Magnifico.  As for Sam, the gift of a new cat, Nina, was not exactly what he hoped for.  But for the rest of us that […]

Alliance Chat 29

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about an article by Denise Dorman which asked “Is Cosplay Killing Comic Con?” Mrs. Dorman chatted frankly about doing conventions and losing money. She suggested the culture of cosplay today has become the focus of comic cons and thus started a […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 75

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Are there exercises an artist can do to help strengthen their drawing arm and hand? In light of my recent tendon injury, I think I could use some toning exercises. Robin:  When choosing a new convention to add, what factors do you consider?  What […]

Which Business Type Is Right?

So you’ve decided to create a company. Maybe your efforts have started to pay off at conventions and you’re beginning to see enough income to be concerned about a call from Uncle Sam. Perhaps you have big plans for the future, and you want to get the foundation set right from the start. It could […]

Designing Your Book…

Book image credit: www.freeimages.com and zdelia A helpful way to start… Alright, so this past weekend, I finished putting the final touches on the fourth Capes & Babes book and thought it might be useful to talk a little bit about everything that went in to putting this book together. As many listeners to our […]

Alliance Chat 28

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Matthew Parker is an attorney licensed in Colorado (CO Bar Number 46914) and a creative writer. He’s joining us to clear the air of the many misconceptions regarding copyright law. WHAT IS COPYRIGHT? – Choosing to […]

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 […]

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POTM: Don’t Pick the Flowers

Don’t Pick the Flowers is one of those great comics that remind us that it’s OK to be unique.  It follows the lives of Suzanne, her brother Vincent and their pet duck named, well none other than Duck.  Suzanne and Vincent are your typical brother and sister, picking at each other most of the time, […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 74

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: Wondering if I should re-title my first three books to remove the “Flick” reference as I’ve noticed this might be turning some people off. Or should I just make one larger volume with all three books in one volume? Byron/Robin: Both Byron and Robin talk about […]

A Scrummy Cartoonist

(Editor note: This is a guest article by John Bintz) Introduction When I first started making comics, I was working on a single series with a single product type — minicomics that eventually became books. I knew what had to be done in this case: draw comics, print books, make advertising material, go to shows. […]

Alliance Chat 27

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… Value-based pricing: Are you asking for what your product is worth? Consider not only what it is, but the market you’re selling it to! AND…  Tiered Pricing: Benefits of bundles, what to put in them, how to push them.