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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Backers vs Patrons

Kickstarter and Patreon are two platforms for independent artists to find support from their consumers. Both are based on similar principles, where a crowd of people each contribute a small sum to fund a larger goal. However, I propose that Patreon and Kickstarter are both fundamentally different from each other when it comes to WHY […]

How to Make a Graphic Novel/Comic Book – Part 4 (Pre-Press)

This is part 4 of a series I’m putting together for folks looking into creating a comic book or graphic novel from scratch, up to the printing process. In the last few installments, I covered brainstorming/writing/scripting, basic drawing mechanics, and laying out pages in a traditional book format. Now we’ll tackle the most tedious part […]

My Book Signing Party

Today is October 13th, 2014. Two days ago, I did something in which I had no clue whether it was going to be a success or not.  I had a book signing party. At a local restaurant. And it turned out to be – in my opinion – a great success. I thought you all […]

My goodness, where does the time go?

Before I started my own company and got serious about building my dream job as a full-time artist and writer, I had some very funny ideas about what that would entail. In particular, I always imagined that, once I was my own boss, I would only do the fun, artistic part of the job. The […]

Breaking The Studio Chains: A Drawing Tablet Comparison

Why is PORTABILITY so great? Currently, I work 100% digitally on a Gateway C-141 XL Convertible Tablet. It’s about 7 years old and has served me well, although I am stalking social media threads on similar devices in preparation for my next workstation. The key proponent of my Gateway tablet, one that has spoiled me […]

Which Business Type Is Right?

So you’ve decided to create a company. Maybe your efforts have started to pay off at conventions and you’re beginning to see enough income to be concerned about a call from Uncle Sam. Perhaps you have big plans for the future, and you want to get the foundation set right from the start. It could […]

Designing Your Book…

Book image credit: www.freeimages.com and zdelia A helpful way to start… Alright, so this past weekend, I finished putting the final touches on the fourth Capes & Babes book and thought it might be useful to talk a little bit about everything that went in to putting this book together. As many listeners to our […]

A Scrummy Cartoonist

(Editor note: This is a guest article by John Bintz) Introduction When I first started making comics, I was working on a single series with a single product type — minicomics that eventually became books. I knew what had to be done in this case: draw comics, print books, make advertising material, go to shows. […]

Creating Your First Behance Project

Fellow cartoonist and webcomic pal Krishna Sadasivam (@pcweenies on Twitter) last week wrote up a great comparison of Dribble vs. Behance. He concluded Behance the overall better site and with that in mind, I went over and created my Behance portfolio. I too was impressed, so much so, I wanted to share how I created […]

Review: Manga Studio 5 for Beginners

The fine folks over at Packt Publishing graced my desktop with the latest Manga Studio instructional book written by Michael Rhodes. The book is a whopping 400 pages long! But don’t let that deter you, it is an easy read and once you get rolling along, the time passes quickly. I am a proponent of […]

The Right Tools Revelation

I have the strangest revelations about art when I’m washing dishes. Looking down at my soap-slicked hands as they held the sponge, slightly red from the just-under-scalding water, I marveled at the dynamic that exists between skill and tools. While I could spend all my life perfecting my dish-washing technique, if I did not have […]

Webpizza – Or How NOT To Market Your Comic

Let’s say you make the best damn pizza ever. You decide to go into business making pizzas. You get all the ingredients just right. But instead of having a traditional brick and mortar store, you decide to only sell your pizza ON-LINE! The internet is going to make you rich, just like everyone else. Yay! […]

My Complete Resource List…

Hey all you Webcomic Alliance kids out there… Whenever your Uncle Chris goes to conventions, he is invariably asked “where did you get your banners?” or “Who printed your postcards?” so I thought it might be helpful to all you young, aspiring convention goers if I made a handy-dandy list of all the things I use, […]