WA Mini-Interview #1: Robin Childs

Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! We’re running a Kickstarter this month and thought we’d do something a little different. For the next two weeks we’ll be posting shorter podcasts interviewing each of the current WA members.  Get to know us better and when you have a moment, help us reach more listeners with […]

Adding Cool Icons to Clip Studio Paint

I was updating and organizing my various brushes and pen tools I have for Clip Studio Paint and I was noticing that many of the tools have similar, if not identical, icons. Google to the rescue. I found an artist on DeviantArt that had made a collection of replacement icons specifically for CSP! I downloaded […]

WA Podcast 113 – Q and A Storm

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… We’re tackling WA listener questions in a Social-Media-Storm of Q&A.  Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Chris Flick (CapesNBabes.com) tackle your questions as they come, live from our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Krystina Atkins of the webcomic Soulbound asked:  When you have an awesome […]

WA Podcast 105 – Website Design

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Part 2 of our series on Websites for Webcomics.  So you’ve decided where to host your comic (from Part 1’s topic), but what should be a part of your website?  What gets top priority when you’re designing it?  Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris […]

WA Podcast 103 – Hosting Pros and Cons

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… What are the advantages and disadvantages to self hosting verses using a service like Tumblr, Facebook, or a comic community like Tapastic?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), Christina (Sombulus.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) discuss what to consider about your hosting options before putting your comics on the […]

WA Podcast 95 – Patreon Posts and Routines

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin, Dawn, Chris, and Christina examine PATREON: What to post?  How often?  What works, what doesn’t?  How can I build a routine?  What ways can I engage my readership?  How do I make the experience special for Patrons? AND we have a drink of the week (the […]

Quick Word Balloon Tutorial

A quick 6 min video about common mistakes making word balloons, and my personal approach to addressing these issues. While there are several industry rules of thumb for word balloons, there is also a lot of experimentation across the board when you consider the full range of comic artists. Some prefer hand-lettering and hand-drawn balloons. […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

For over ten years, I had worked with Wacom graphics tablets to create my art digitally.  While I love Wacom products and their performance, the inherent disconnect between drawing on a bit of plastic below my monitor has always been an issue for me. Last year, my career exploded and I had to upgrade.  I […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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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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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Your Karma Wifi Hotspot Review…

Let’s get a little Tech-y… Before I begin this article, I think it might be best to get some technical parts out of the way first so that you can better appreciate the later parts parts of this article. My family and I use T-Mobile as our phone carrier. We are a part of their […]

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Impressions of the Wacom Intuos

(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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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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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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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 […]