Drowning in Dialog

People put a lot of emphasis on dialog, to the point that we’re often drowning in it. A heavy burden is falsely placed on dialog’s shoulders to solve every writing problem and answer every question. It’s often bloated, dull, and ineffective. Like a garden over-run with ivy, dialog needs to be trimmed down to a […]

The trouble with creating multiple book collections…

Have you been thinking about putting a book collection together but have been intimidated by all the work that might go into creating such an endeavor? The good news is that when you’re creating your first book, even though there’s a lot of work that goes in to it, it’s also a lot of fun. […]

Webcomic News: Early 2014

Tapastic Raises $2 Million Webcomic community portals, or as this TechCrunch article calls it, “YouTube for comics”, pop up all the time… some manage to dig in and hold their own, but many fall away with time. Tapastic is a startup, but the difference is… now they’re a RICH startup. Us creators will have to […]

How to Overcome Excessive Exposition

Exposition: The Ultimate Story Tar Pit Exposition is a key component to establishing your Act One. Readers need to know the Who, What, Where, When, Why in order to have context for the events that will unfold. However, when employed poorly, exposition can bog down a story. Don’t believe me? Try reading THIS from a […]

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Dear Loved One: Why I Need Comics In My Life

Webcomics and comics in general is a staggeringly hard field in which to find success. Even a casual fan knows this. Which probably means your spouses, parents, siblings, and friends know it too. In a world of “STEP 1: go to school and get a degree in __blank__, STEP 2: get a job in said […]

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Managing Tension

A humor strip has a well-established formula for getting readers hooked, and it can be as simple as a Set-Up and a Punchline. Quick, easy to digest, and entertaining. If a person finds it funny, they’ll be back again, and they might comb through the archives for more chuckles and laughs. Done! Reader Caught! But […]

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So you want to know about Craft Fairs?

On many of the Webcomic Alliance podcasts, we’ve talked at length about comic book conventions…  such as what goes in to securing a table in Artist Alley, what types of things sell well or how to develop an effective “elevator pitch” for your comic, to name just a few comic book convention topics we have […]

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What Is Art/ What Is A Great Artist?

(Note from Byron: Tom Falco is a contributor here at he Alliance and today he chats about what is art and what makes an artist great. This is to open up a conversation on these subjects, so feel free to chime in one way or another with your opinions) I saw this article on Medium.com […]

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WACOM Alternatives!

  Let’s face it,  most people can’t justify dropping 3,000 dollars on a high end tablet. Unless you’ve made the big time or work for a big corporation, having a CINTIQ made by WACOM is more of a pipe-dream than reality. Over the last few months, there have been a bunch of reviews of hardware […]

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Anatomy 101, Part Two: Differences in Proportions

Okay class – settle in. We’re up for another session of anatomy class, so pay attention. You may just learn something. In our previous drawing proportions tutorial, I told you all about the structural differences between males and females when you’re attempting to draw correct proportions.In this lesson, we’re going to look at the differences […]

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Handling Your Fear of Starting a Freelance Career

Fellow Webcomic Alliance member Dawn Griffin tossed this question out on Twitter the other day: “Would you rather have a steady, reliable job that you simply tolerate, or do what you love but be terrified about bills and insurance?” Easy answer for me: Do what you love.  Not so easy for most folks, so let […]

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Mail Bag – Chris answers your questions

  So for today’s Webcomic Alliance article, instead of writing about just one topic, I thought it might be fun to do an article that addresses a lot of different topics. The best way to do that was to see what topics you guys wanted to have addressed. Below is a random selection of various questions […]

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Criticism – How it hurts so good.

Long ago, in the beginning,  once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall.  It depicted an event:  a great hunt.  Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes.  The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]

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Where Did You Get Your Books Printed?

Some of the most common questions I get are in regards to printing. So I figured, perhaps it’s time to collect the answers in one spot for easy reference. If you’re curious about my advice on printing books, I hope you find this article useful! Question: How do I pick between P.O.D. or Large-run? The […]

East Coast Con Report Card

I realize, for those of you who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest convention, an article like this may make you insanely jealous. I am quite lucky to live where I do. The upper east coast is LITTERED with conventions big and small, along with book fairs, art festivals, craft shows, sci-fi and […]

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Anatomy 101, Part One: Proportions

For most people, school starts in September. I skipped class a lot, so for me – it started in October. So, to honor my typical truant self, I’m going to give you all a Back to School special, Drezz style. This lesson is all about Anatomy. So after you drop your late slip off on […]

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it takes more…the discipline of webcomics

So, webcomics.  You want to start one, right? It takes a lot more than server space and a scanner to make that happen.  I mean, if you want it to last that is. As of this writing, I’ve been drawing Bob the Squirrel for ELEVEN YEARS.  That’s a one with another one right after it. […]

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Character Design Basics

You can’t have a comic without characters. Having well-designed characters that can express elements of their personality or temperament is quite helpful to the reader, but there are some tips that can really take your characters to another level. There are so many characters from comics, cartoons, TV shows, movies, and other media that have […]

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Life Hacks for the Wacom Bamboo Tablet

(Note: This Is A Series Of Guest Articles We’ve Requested To Spice Up Things Here At The Alliance. We Current Members Of The Alliance Are Working On Some Special Things This Summer And Will Announce Them Come September When Our Guest Articles Finish Up. Enjoy The Change Of Pace And Let Our Guest Contributors Know […]