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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 […]

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East Coast Con Report Card: 2015 Edition

Have you started mapping out your convention schedule yet for this year? I’ve been frantically booking tables, Air BnB rentals, texting/emailing friends about new shows until… they aren’t my friends anymore, and over-analyzing which shows I should skip and which I should attend. Over the past 7 years of doing these shows, I can only […]

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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. […]

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Writing Simple Pitches with Personality

A pitch is one of the hardest things for a creator to write, but it’s also vital for grabbing the attention of an audience. A solid pitch can be the difference between a new reader and a lost opportunity. Yet time and again, I hear pitches that rely on featureless genre labels or vague mash-ups […]

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Crossing Over to Freelance

The dream of most webcomickers is to make enough money off your work to live.  While this is possible, that dream may be out of reach for a lot of us.  Success   So what do you do when you want to draw comics all day, but maybe your webcomic isn’t getting the traction you need […]

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Expanding your audience with Guest Comics

  Unless you’re willing to shell out some serious money for social media advertising, it can be difficult to expand the audience for your webcomic.  Comic sharing sites and apps are great, but you’re still just a needle in a haystack … of needles. One good way to expand your audience is to draw fan […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

For over ten years, I had worked with Wacom graphics tablets to create my art digitally.  While I love Wacom products and their performance, the inherent disconnect between drawing on a bit of plastic below my monitor has always been an issue for me. Last year, my career exploded and I had to upgrade.  I […]

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Flatting and Your Web Comic

Byron’ Note: Hervé submitted this guest article and I felt it was an interesting read. Any views expressed are of the author’s and not of the Webcomic Alliance. Enjoy! For more information on this subject, Google “flatting comics” and you will find a variety of references and tutorials. Flatting is a virtually unknown but a […]

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The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Webcomic Press Kits

Byron’ Note: Danny submitted this guest article and I felt it was an interesting read. Any views expressed are of the author’s and not of the Webcomic Alliance. Enjoy! Last week I joined in on a really great Webcomic Chat on Twitter regarding press kits. (If you’re a webcartoonist you should definitely join them or […]

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Creating Opportunity: A Venn Diagram

Chasing a creative dream is a complicated matter. Deep down, we know it’s not a simple as “step 1, step 2, step 3, SUCCESS!”. Deep down, we know it’s all a crapshoot, and there’s so many determining factors of what could lead to success (however you may define that), it can feel like a big […]

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Let’s talk about getting organized…

Everyone has their own method of how they like to get organized or keep track of what they need to do. Most people refer to these type of organizational lists as just that… a “to do list”. There are also some really fantastic apps or programs out there that can assist you in creating your own […]

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9 Habits of Highly Profitable Freelancers

Freelancing can appear to be the perfect career: a completely flexible schedule, choice in projects, and working from home. Sounds like a dream, right? But in order to be successful, freelancers must have a completely different set of skills from the typical on-site cubicle Hobbit that has a supervisor checking their every move. As it […]

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10 Pieces of Perspective for your First Convention

Your first few conventions can be amazing experiences, but they can also be difficult, overwhelming, and disheartening. Here’s 10 pieces of perspective that Cory and I have adopted over the past three years that keep us focused on the things that matter most. 1. The first year you have a superpower: Invisibility Yeah, I didn’t […]

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Backers vs Patrons

Kickstarter and Patreon are two platforms for independent artists to find support from their consumers. Both are based on similar principles, where a crowd of people each contribute a small sum to fund a larger goal. However, I propose that Patreon and Kickstarter are both fundamentally different from each other when it comes to WHY […]

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How to Make a Graphic Novel/Comic Book – Part 4 (Pre-Press)

This is part 4 of a series I’m putting together for folks looking into creating a comic book or graphic novel from scratch, up to the printing process. In the last few installments, I covered brainstorming/writing/scripting, basic drawing mechanics, and laying out pages in a traditional book format. Now we’ll tackle the most tedious part […]

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My Book Signing Party

Today is October 13th, 2014. Two days ago, I did something in which I had no clue whether it was going to be a success or not.  I had a book signing party. At a local restaurant. And it turned out to be – in my opinion – a great success. I thought you all […]

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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 […]