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, […]

Escaping the Sitting desk

If you’re an artist or a writer, it’s a fair bet that you spend most of your time sitting. And if you have an office day-job, the amount of time you spend on your butt hunched over a screen is probably the vast majority of the time you spend awake. As studies have shown, this […]

Mix tapes, comics and time

Authors note:  I wrote this post a  few years back for my site bobthesquirrel.com.  I’ve chosen to re-imagine it from a comics pespective because I think the parallels are pretty similar.  Plus, I fixed a lot of the grammar. 🙂 Enjoy! Those of you that were born in the mid-seventies like me, who were on […]

Comic Cons: Breaking Down Setting it Up

 I know. Another convention article from me. Maybe that’s because comic con season just hit full swing, or maybe it’s because the #1 question I get asked over and over here at the Alliance is something like, “Where do I get ____ for conventions?” I have covered how to SET UP YOUR STOREFRONT (as in, […]

Talking about Sketch Covers…

Hey kids… today your Uncle Chris is going to talk about a new item you can put on your convention table that might draw eyes to your table and give you a nice priced item that might net you a nice little profit once it is sold. What am I talking about, you might ask? […]

How to Build a Buffer

You’ve all heard about them, and if you’ve been in the game for a few years, you wonder if they’re even achievable – I’m talking about the elusive buffer. It’s one of the most prized assets of comic artists who have a specific posting schedule. Perhaps you’re one of those folks who post a page […]

Paying It Forward

This article is going to be a little change of pace for us here at the Alliance. We here at the Alliance do all this stuff for free. We do it willingly as we hope that folks can learn from our experiences, good or bad. And it seems to work as we have a lot […]

News Round-Up for April 2014

Let’s start April off with some handy links! I have found each of these helpful and hopefully they’ll shed some light on your art or workflow as well. Perspective Tutorial Found this on Tumblr and it’s a cool tutorial and primer on perspectives. It covers the basics and some typical errors. I’ve made these exact […]

Webcomics and the Rise of the Mobile Web

I read a ton of webcomics. A virtual library of them. I love them and want for many of them to survive long into the future. I also work my day job maintaining websites and optimizing my company’s website for the future. And that future is mobile-readiness. I read a report recently that said mobile […]

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1 Secret to Writing a Satisfying Ending

There is an art to endings.  They can make or break a story.  Good endings elevate a work and evoke a emotion that lingers for days.  Some endings leave you breathless, eager for more.  Others fill us with a deep sense of well-being and comfort.  Occasionally an ending will rattle us, prompting deep thought and […]

Are you a Webcomic Ghost?

You toil over your comic. You’ve followed the advice. You’ve written it well or drawn and coloured it beautifully. You’ve updated with consistency and you’ve promoted it online with intensity and genuine excitement. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Not necessarily. If we’re not in the rarified air of webcomics authors who have been […]

Webcomic Retcons

(Note from Robin: This guest post is provided by Christina Major. Christina started her fantasy adventure webcomic in 2010 and loves reading, sharing, and connecting with the webcomic community. Her first comic is a Kickstarter Staff Pick, which you can check out at sombulus.com/kickstarter to help her reach her goal!) If you make a webcomic […]

Snowbody knows…

I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist.  We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction.  We are hardened snow removers.  Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]