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At the Pub: Gettings Things Done

Managing projects in life is not an easy task. Let’s say you have, like me, a day job, and do a comic outside work. A lot of people are like me, a lot more have also a family, kids, etc.. In the end, accumulating projects can become unmanageable and highly stressful. The result: lost of […]

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Reflections

Recently, we here at the Alliance hit upon a small milestone in our endeavors of passing along our insights and tips on creating webcomics.  We recorded our 50th Workshop Podcast and it not only featured past and present members of the Alliance, it was a ton of fun chatting with all these different comic creators.  […]

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The Crazy Chick’s Cool Junk Drawer (Part 2)

  About a year ago, I collected a bunch of my favorite tech-y finds in THIS original post, including goodies like Square to take credit cards at comic cons, and the handy social media browser plug-in Yoono. I have pointed many people to that article, when making a suggestion for some piece of technology that […]

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Composition 101 – Laying out your Comic Page

Layouts with proper composition will capture your reader’s attention and keep them focused on your comic. If this is done poorly, chances are, you’ve given them the opportunity to exit your page instead of leading them through it. Today, I’m going to show you how to improve the composition of your page layout. This should […]

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Background Stars

Only one of them gets the prize… …but in my book, everyone that entered the backgrounds contest is a winner. Why? They all used different ways to create a story by making the setting a star! So today, we’re going to make THEIR work the star, and demonstrate three things YOU can add to your […]

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A new way to give a critique

I recently came across an old and famous internet news story about the great artist and animator Alex Toth giving the great Steve Rude a harsh critique regarding some of Steve Rude’s Johnny Quest pages he had penciled earlier in his career. If you Google “Alex Toth and Steve Rude”, you’ll get plenty of links […]

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RECAP: Allentown Comic Con

We often suggest to creators who are just starting out and curious about exhibiting at conventions, to look into smaller local conventions, as opposed to the Wizard Worlds or New York or San Diego. You know, baby steps. Well, for me, Allentown Comic Con is the perfect size for starting out. Allentown, a not-large-but-not-small city […]

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A Conversation with Robin Dempsey

Hey folks… a few weeks ago, Dawn “interviewed” me – actually, it was more like a conversation between friends that we just converted to a text format. Well, now it’s my turn to return the favor and give you all a glimpse into the wonderful world (quite literally) of Robin Dempsey, the other newest member […]

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Video-Blog! The Why of Worldbuilding

Think you can just make it up as you go along? Think again! In this video I dive into the benefits of world-building. What are your favorite stories with a strongly-built world? What are the worst world-building slip-ups you’ve seen?

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Branching Out From Comic Cons

So, you’ve have this comic for a couple years now, and have managed to put out a book or two or three. Maybe you’ve done a couple locals conventions, or maybe even a few big ones. Maybe you’ve taken the plunge (reverse-pun intended) and decided to even fly to a few. Maybe, while going through […]

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Con Prep: Worth all the Trouble?

Last time I discussed the preparations I’d made for my very first Comic Convention — but did they pay off? Let’s find out! 1. Panels: Rapport better than Props We were almost TOO prepared! We had a slideshow in addition to the booklet. As I opened up the first few slides, I realized we’d written […]

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Success? It’s all in the Preparation

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation What, you thought it was in the presentation?  Where do you think the resources for a good first impression come from??  Natural pizazz and charisma?  Folks, we are CARTOONISTS, not gods! When I heard in October 2011 that the first ever Denver Comic Con was coming, I promised myself then and there […]

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A Conversation With Chris Flick

  Dawn: It’s time to get to know one of our newest members a little bit better. Chris,  I could easily ask you all the typical questions (how long have you been drawing? Did you read Calvin & Hobbes? What motivates you?) but lets make this more fun. We are, after all, complete human beings […]

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Anatomy of a logo

This is for all the graphic designers out there… I thought it would be interesting if I explained a little bit about how I came up with the design for Capes & Babes since I did go to school for graphic design. I also thought this might be interesting for all those that love fonts […]

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The Balance: Selling Out vs. Artistic Integrity

You’ve finally made it – your comic is successful, you have a decent following and you have been picked up by a major publisher or sold your work and have the necessary funds to finally quit your day job and do what you love and make a comfortable amount of money. From the back of […]

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Wizard World Philly: Recap

The Summary I’ve done the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con  for the past 3 years now. It’s a no-brainer for me to go as it’s only a half hour away. I was worried before my first show here, as I had been hearing how the Wizard World shows are going downhill and they’re not built […]

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Gimme an R, Gimme an S, Gimme another S – RSS!

Go team RSS go! Some of you know what we’re cheering about – others are sitting there scratching their heads wondering what RSS is all about. Well, I’m going to show you how easy and beneficial RSS is to your comic, and in another post I’ll show you how to effectively set up some tracking […]

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Are You Ready for a Book?

We here at the Alliance get asked this question a lot: “When will I know I’m ready to print my first book?”  This is a loaded question and the real question should be “Is my comic ready for printing?”  What I mean is your audience ready to shell out hard earned cash for your comic […]

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Back That Thing Up! Breaking Down Online Back-up Services

  We at the Alliance have pestered you via aticles on this website. We have reminded you on the podcast. Heck, if we met you in person, we probably nagged you about it then, too. BACK UP YOUR STUFF! For the LOVE of all that is HOLY! You still haven’t? Yeah yeah, you’ve been meaning […]

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5 Reasons Why Your Comics Fail

Good day folks. I’m not going to beat around the bush in this article – I’m just going to come right out and say it. A lot of comics you see on the Internet = FAIL. It’s not always  due to the people in charge, but more likely because they are lacking a key ingredient […]