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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 […]

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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 […]

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WA Podcast 94: RELEASE THE KRAKEN

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Recovering from failure and disappointment.  How do you reconnect with your passion, stay motivated, and keep going?  We share our experiences and lessons learned after tough shows, crowd funding stress, and other stumbling blocks. Dawn’s advice?  Drink heavily and unleash unholy beasts of the sea.  Hey, whatever […]

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WA Weighs In: Overcoming Weaknesses

  Welcome everyone, to our new series of quick-tips articles, called “The Alliance Weighs In”, where we collectively offer advice or insight on a topical subject in the comic-making industry! This month we’re tackling our “Achilles Heels”…. so the question is: What do you consider your greatest weakness making comics and how have you overcome it? […]

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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 […]