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Dr. Banner, the Banner Doctor and Basic Banner Assumptions

As a doctor, it’s important to get things right. That means never getting things wrong. Which is to say that you always do the right things and never the wrong things. Are we clear? Good because I’d hate to mess that up. In the past we’ve broken down banners and I’ve tried to offer ways […]

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What Are You Doing?

We’ve talked about conventions a lot here at the Webcomic Alliance.  They can be an essential tool in promoting your comic and your drawing career.  But they can also be a huge loss-leader and can take some balancing to know which ones work for you.  But recently I got an email from a reader of […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: LeyLines

Patient name: LeyLines Age: Less than one year old. Patient Origins: LeyLines is about “a brother and sister questing for truth. An ex-slave consumed by revenge and a guard captain with a terrible secret. A shadow monk who pays for his powers with his memories and a banished seer who sees visions of war. Secrets […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 2)

Annnnnnnd, I am back for Part 2 of this article! As you may have read about in the first part, Illustrator is a lot different than Photoshop in how it creates or builds imagery. I explained the difference between vector graphics and raster, and the benefits of each. Maybe you decided to stick to Photoshop […]

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Which Con For You?

I recently attended my first Wizard World comic convention.  It was a professional show and well attended.  Now that I’ve attended at least one each of the two major comic shows in Chicago, I’d thought I would do a comparison of them in hopes that I can demonstrate how you might pick out conventions to […]

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Stop Procrastinating! Start Working!

Ken’s previous article “Starting from Scratch“, talked about how to put your ideas to paper instead of just keeping them locked away in your head. This article is a follow-up, and its going to act as the kick in the rear you need to do what he’s talking about. I had a high school gym […]

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Starting From Scratch

So you’ve got a creative itch. You’ve been tossing around this idea you have for a comic and you have a great character you’ve been doodling for a little while and you just don’t know where to start. A lot of us have been there. Actually, most of us who are posting our comics online […]

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Reader Mailbag: Comments & Community

The Alliance wants to get more input from YOU guys. For this, we’d like to do a Webcomic Workshop Article together regarding one specific issue. Let’s be fun and constructive. I’ll post the actual issue below, make my own comments and then, of course, you guys can start discussing. You can either reply to my […]

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Career VS. Job

My previous article called “Artist’s Support System” spurred some interesting comments.  One thread in particular motivated me to write this article as a follow up.  We talk about motivation a lot here at the Alliance, and for good reason, it’s why we do what we do. Many folks in the creative industry live by the […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Google+

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 1)

  I have done an entire Digital Techniques series mostly dedicated to showing how I create comics in Illustrator… and it has been brought to my attention that a “Illustrator Basics” article to get people situated with the software as a whole may be a good idea. Far be it from me to deny the […]

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The Artist’s Support System

I have found, in a rather un-scientific manner, that there seems to be a common ground for some us comic artists, or any artist in general it may seem.  And that is at some point our artistic aspirations will come into conflict with our spouse or significant other.   Now, I’m not saying we’ll be forced […]

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Books on Becoming a Better Cartoonist

I know school is out for summer, but if you’ve got some spare time and are lounging by the pool soaking in the sun and sipping on a cold beverage, consider reading one of these books while you’re relaxing. I’ve compiled this short list of some of the KEY resource books you must have on […]

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Logo Basics: Video Tutorial

With all the video being bandied about on the site, I didn’t want to be left out. So I gave it a try! In this 13 minute video, we’ll look at some of the basic elements in building your logo. I’m on a Mac using Illustrator in CS5, but you don’t need those tools to […]

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Workshop Mailbag: ComicPress vs. Tumblr

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Home Versus Pro Prints

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Philly Comic Con Recap; Interviewing the Casual Fan

First, the Recap Last year’s Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con was my most successful convention thus far. Excited to say, I managed to beat my old record this year! While the crowds, especially Saturday, weren’t quite as vast, the people who were there seemed more interested in new comics and more willing to purchase something […]

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Wacom Tablet Tune-Up

Hey there Webcomic Alliance folk! Today we’re going to get under the hood of your WACOM Tablet to boost its performance and increase your production! By making adjustments through the calibration options that come with your tablet, you can easily make it conform to your drawing preferences. For those of you just starting out with […]

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What’s in Your Con Box?

Since we’re in the heart of convention season, I figured take a minute to share a bit about my convention box in this guest post. Hope you enjoy! Tyler’s Con Box Checklist Thumb tax Rubber bands Binder clips Mechanical pencils Micron Inks (005 – 08) Sharpies, Copic Multiliners, and other thick black inks Silver/Gold Markers […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Throwing In The Towel

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]