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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 […]

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Creative Commons and You

(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 […]

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Mindfulness, Flow, and the Comics Connection

(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 […]

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Using Google Adsense and Adwords to Increase Your Readership

(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 […]

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Doing It The Social Media Way

(Note: Today starts 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 if […]

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SEO: The Real Way to Set Yourself Apart

As webcomics became a viable way to build an audience and earn a living, things like SEO, social media and a great website were a great way to set yourself apart from other comics.  In fact, SEO was really good to invest in when comics were unique to the web space.  Unfortunately, webcomics are not […]

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Website Design with Comments in Mind

Communication between you and your readers starts the instant they get on your site, long before they’ve read a single comic or blog post. What messages are you sending to your audience just with your website design? You might not realize it, but your site could be a barrier to reader interaction! Eliminate the barriers […]

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A Guide to Hand-Lettering Your Strips…

I think I should start this article off by letting everyone know this really isn’t an article about HOW to hand-letter your strips… that would be akin to writing an article on how to draw – and let’s face it, there isn’t one single article that will be able to teach you how to draw. […]

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Apps Are Where It’s At Today

As I chug along with my daily comic strip each day, I wonder “What is the best method of gaining readers?”  Is the daily website the best choice anymore? Now with smart phones and tablets taking over the market, that seems to be the way to go. Just recently when I was telling a friend […]

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5 Things I Got Right

Last week we all fessed up to our mistakes with the 5 things we’d do differently, and the lessons we’ve learned. So this time we’re taking a moment to recognize that reflection isn’t just for what went wrong, but for what went well! What are 5 things that each of us got right? 5 things […]

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Finding a Typical Webcomic Reader

They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update and pay […]

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5 Things I’d Do Differently…

You’ve been working hard on your webcomic for a while now – weeks, months, years! And all along the way, making mistakes and learning hard lessons from them. Have you ever stopped to wonder what you’d do differently, if you had the chance to go back? Chris and Dawn recently were in a panel at […]

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Table Dynamics: Optimising Your Storefront

Once in a while it’s good for us creators to stop and reflect on how much we have grown, improved or changed. While I can definitely see a difference between the old Zorphbert & Fred comics I drew back in 2007, I think a bigger change has been how I promote the comic and my […]

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Drawing with Drezz #1

Okay folks, the first drawing with Drezz video has landed. Wanna know how I draw El Cuervo? Check out the secrets behind my “pro”cess in this first video of the series. It’s about 30 minutes long, but well worth it. Got any questions? Feel free to give me a shout in the comments section below. […]

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Talking ’bout Sketch Cards!

Hey kids! Today, I want to talk to you about sketch cards and show you how you can make your own custom cards that will, hopefully, help you stand out from the convention crowd. Sketch cards have recently taken off in popularity the last couple of years – and, as you might guess, there are […]

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Long-Form Brainstorming Bonanza!

Stories don’t just pop into our heads fully-formed and perfect. In fact, sometimes when we sit down to start a chapter, ideas don’t want to form at all. So let’s bust those brainstorming blocks with some in-depth tips on where to start: character arc, common ground in the cast, and theme development. The 20 minute […]

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180 degree rule

Crafting a Viewer’s Perceptions What is the 180 degree rule? We see it in use the most in film. If a character enters from the right side of the screen, they stay on that side and face the same direction, even when the scene cuts from shot to shot. This helps create a sense of […]

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Finding the Typical Webcomic Reader

  They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update […]