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Drawing Hands with a Web Cam

Last year for Christmas, my wife bought me one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time.  A simple little web cam.  No, not for uploading my wonderful likeness to Avatars around the internet, but rather so I could learn to draw hands better.  A lot of people will say they use small […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: Crowbar Benson

…one thing I don’t touch on in my review, but should be noted is that your artwork inherently has a LOT to do with your brand. Most often, each artist brings their unique talents and style to their comic which is a distinguishing factor and an integral part of your brand.

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Font Factor: Types of Fonts

Not many people are intimidated with picking a font – but they should be. We’re going to present a series of articles that are geared towards helping you make an educated decision – without having to send you to typography school.

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Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition

Ah, yes. The age-old debate. Apple vs. Windows.  Mac vs. PC.  Expensive vs. Affordable.  Pretty vs. Utilitarian.  If you’re involved with webcomics at all, you have probably read a funny webcomic with a definite bias, or witnessed a flame war in a techie forum, or even started weighing the pros and cons yourself before upgrading […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred

Today’s volunteer is Liliy of ‘The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred‘. Liliy’s ‘About’ page says “The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred is a comic I created while taking two British Lit classes at the same time. Before I knew it, I had created two characters based on my favorite characters and there you go – […]

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Comic Brand-Aid: The Drunken Fools

Branding. What do you care about branding? If you’re planning on a future in comics or webcomics – you should care a whole lot. Sure it’s another “business” aspect we’re telling you to be aware of – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be creative. This week we’ll take our second practical look at branding […]

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How to Un-Block Writer’s Block

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*), […]

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Reading the Fine Print

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, […]

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Mastering the Comic Balloon

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 […]

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Fair Use for Webcomics

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, […]

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Twitter Politics & Etiquette

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 […]

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New York Comic Con Recap

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 […]

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Digital Inking 101

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 […]

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Comic Brand-Aid

This is an ongoing series where we take a look at the concept of branding and how it applies to your comic.

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Font Factor: Types of Fonts

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.

Traditional vs Digital Debate (in my own head)

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. […]