We have all been there, haven’t we? Whether we have written ourselves into a corner and cannot come up with a clever punchline to save our lives, or are staring at a blank screen/piece of paper with no inspiration whatsoever, Writer’s Block is brutal. And for those of us with no buffers (*ahem* ME *ahem*), […]
As comic creators, we’re much better at using pencils, pens and markers then we are at reading a contract. If you’re like most people, you’ve been handed a multi-page document in which you signed your life away not really having completely read or understood the document’s intent. Now, if you trust your cell phone provider, […]
From the banner with the breasts, you may be setting the wrong expectations. I happen to know (because “apparently” I read it), 1977 the Comic is not about breasts, but someone clicking on the banner may not.
If there was a defining symbol of comics as a medium, it’s the comic balloon.. bubble… Holding shape for the text. Heck, we even plopped one in our Webcomic Alliance logo. So, at some point as a cartoonist, you need to master the balloon. But not just the balloon itself, but the flow of the […]
As comic creators, there are do’s and don’ts on how we can handle the usage of copyrighted material in our comics under the name of parody. The biggest question I get asked is “Do I have to get permission to use another creator’s characters in my comic?” The short answer is no. Here’s why, and, […]
Every new social network that surfaces and gains popularity eventually invents its own etiquette rule book. Myspace had general “niceties”- like NOT designing your page obnoxiously or forcing people to listen to your favorite screaming heavy metal band. Facebook even has built-in etiquette bots that make sure you are not assaulting people with constant plugs […]
As a general rule, if you’re slowing down the process of absorbing and comprehending your brand, you’re doing it wrong.
Banners. As webcomickers, we need them to help promote our comics. As webcomic readers, we hate them. As a designer, some make me cry.
It’s a rare occurrence that I get to see a comic con from an attendee’s perspective. I prefer to exhibit rather than wander the aisles myself, but I do make the effort if there will be people I’m dying to meet there- exhibiting or attending. To get a feel for the crowd, the buzz, the […]
If you’ve been creating comics for a while now, you’ve probably debated if you should switch to digitally inking your work. The thought of no pencil lines to erase, no ink to accidentally spill, and the powerful control/command-Z option is intriguing, is it not? Heck, if you can sketch your comic digitally, the scanner even […]
This is an ongoing series where we take a look at the concept of branding and how it applies to your comic.
This article didn’t go into great depth regarding the various other categories – or even comic categories for one simple reason – you have a life and we could spend days investigating them.
Cartoonists can be so finicky. Every one of us has our necessities, our favorite pen or pencil brand, the thickness or tooth to the paper we draw on, or the must-have computer application.. and none other will do! Don’t even try to persuade us to change. We like what we like. I understand, I do. […]
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I create my panels using the Panel Tool in Manga Studio. For this tutorial, version EX4 was used. As with any tutorial, there is more than one way to skin a cat, so experiment with the method I use and see what’s best for your style! […]
I want to clarify off the bat that I am no Advertising Guru who knows all the ins and out of online promotion via banner-exchange services. No brilliant magic answers here. I do, however, have close to 2 years of experience with Project Wonderful specifically, and this article is the summary of my adventure with […]