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FCBD: Be a Hometown Hero!

  I realized I’m a bit late in posting this article, but I felt I needed to speak from actual experience. This year, for the first time, I inquired about Free Comic Book Day at my local comic shop, Showcase Comics in Bryn Mawr, PA, and was there for 4 hours on May 7th to […]

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10 Terrific Tips for Building Bad@ss Banners: Part 2

In part one of this article, we covered the first five tips for building bad@ss banners. Hopefully that gave you a taste of the potential power by building a banner to get the most for your buck(s). Not to mention, this article is free but clearly is a $100 value – and is not available […]

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10 Terrific Tips for Building Bad@ss Banners

Starting that Project Oh-So-Wonderful campaign? Advertising on a friend’s site by swapping banners? Making an ad for a cool t-shirt design? Excellent! Just to make sure you’ve crossed your eyes and dotted your tees or something of the sort – let’s run down ten tips on making that banner make clickety-clicks for you. They are […]

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8 Basic Branding Tips

While some of the feedback on the branding articles has been great, I thought it would be useful if we took a step back and got a little more general, than the specific recommendations I’ve been giving in the ‘Comic Brand-Aid’ series. These are general tips and not a scientific formula – you may come […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: Whiskey Falls

Patient name: Oh-No Comics and Whiskey Falls Patient Origins: In the mountains of southern Pennsylvania lurks a small town, Whiskey Falls. Named for the Great Whiskey Falls on the Whiskey River in Moey County. The river is named from all the backwoods stills used to make Whiskey along its banks. It is just your average […]

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The Crazy Chick’s Cool Junk Drawer

Yes, I’ve got a lot of junk in my trunk. Now that THAT joke is out of the way, I want to share with you some of the essential goodies I have come across in my travels as a cartoonist on the interwebs. If you’re only just stepping into the webcomics world, you should probably […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: Let’s Build a Brand!

Starting today we’re going to build a fictitious comic – and we want your ideas and feedback! Then I’ll compile all the information and build the brand through a series of videos that will be featured here on the Webcomic Alliance website. The idea is that then you’ll be able to see how you use […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: CONCLUSION – How Sweet It Is/Madbury

Comic Brand-Aid Follow-Up: How Sweet It Is/Madbury I first reviewed Scott Jenkin’s ‘How Sweet It’ with our first Brand-Aid article. Then I re-reviewed Madbury after Scott expressed on Twitter “I’ve been in branding hell since @RicktheStick band aided my comic”. Today is the conclusion of the hard work by Scott on his site, which I […]

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What Leads to Success?

That’s the magic question. If there were an easy answer, we’d all be rich and sitting on a beach while a robot served us endless Piña Coladas.  But we’ve all seen Terminator and know how that ends.  So, back to my point.  What leads to success? A gentleman named Richard St. John spent more than […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: FOLLOW UP – How Sweet It Is/Madbury

Comic Brand-Aid Follow-Up: How Sweet It Is/Madbury I first reviewed Scott Jenkin’s ‘How Sweet It’ with our first Brand-Aid article. Earlier this week, Scott made a comment on Twitter “I’ve been in branding hell since @RicktheStick band aided my comic. Still feeling my way around w/ concepts”, I thought it would be a great chance […]

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C2E2 Year 2

Another year and Chicago’s up and coming comic convention is once again behind us. I will start off this article with my thoughts on the convention and my fellow Alliance members will add their 2-cents over the next few days, culminating with our “live” podcast that we recorded at C2E2 coming out on Friday instead […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: ArDuffle

Patient name: ArDuffle Age: Less than three months old Patient Origins: ArDuffle is an interactive comic providing you with answers to life’s deepest questions. Banners presented for initial review: Doctors notes: All of Arduffle’s banners feature the character and logo as well as a tagline. Smart choices for sizing. Initial diagnosis: Most of the banners […]

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Battle of the Self-Publishing Services

If you’re like most cartoonists, a moment you hold dear is holding something tangible in your hands that is an attestation all of your hard work. We’d all like a trophy, yes; however, I am referring to the exhilarating moment of holding the first compilation of your own work. But this is not the easiest […]

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Font Factor: Ascenders, Descenders, Widows and Orphans

Ascenders and Descenders, Widows and Orphans and why should you care? Let’s start with the easy part. You use them every day. Or at least anytime you write something. And I mean write – type or handwritten. Same difference. Ascenders and descenders are more common because they are part of letters. Most of us don’t […]

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Promoting Yourself Locally

We talk a lot about Social Networking on Twitter and Facebook, or even getting out and commenting on other comic sites to get your name out there.  But we often forget the biggest tool we have, and it’s right in front of you: where you live! Yes, your own town. “What?” you say?  “I live […]

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Reader Email!

I like to have folks interact with us and I thought I’d pass along some questions we got from a listener to the podcast and share my answers with you all.  If you have some other thoughts to add to mine, feel free to add them in the comments area!  Everyone’s situation is different, but […]

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Dr. Banner – The Banner Doctor: Gin and Comics

When we break these banners down, we have the luxury of examining them and comprehending the elements because we’re taking the time to analyze them. In the real world you get seconds – not a 500 word article with interesting and witty commentary. 🙂

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Finding Your Happy Workspace

Ah yes. Start up the ol’ computer in a beach chair on the Caribbean and have the waiter bring you a Pina Colada to help inspire the next comic….Yeah, right. It’d be nice, but most of us have to deal with make-shift bookshelves, Ikea desks that included a migraine upon assembly, and a hand-me-down scanner […]

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Dr. Banner the Banner Doctor

Here’s a tip you won’t hear often: you don’t have to get them the first time out. Just because someone didn’t click on your banner this time, doesn’t mean your banner didn’t make an impression.

Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #3

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always 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 […]