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InDesign 101: Part ONE

Even if we refer to our comic as a “WEBcomic”, one of our typical goals as a cartoonist/creator is to eventually collect our comics in book-form, to sell and actually earn some profit from our endless hard work and strict deadlines. While we may have mastered Adobe Photoshop, and possibly even tinkered with Illustrator enough […]

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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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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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Webcomic News Round-up: Early 2012

If you’re a business-minded creator, you know it’s best to keep up with the latest news in our ever-growing field. The Webcomics business is still very much in it’s early stages, and while the technology-based media (like, say, PC Mag) will run articles on the latest-and-greatest webcomics out there, most of the country is still […]

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What Art School Taught Me About Comics

If you caught the reference in the title graphic, well, you’re probably a product of an art school yourself or just love indie-films about art school. We’re a different breed, we definitely didn’t have the usual college experience… no frats or sororities, lots of “free-thinking” and unstructured projects, probably twice the drugs, and a whole […]

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Feedburner 101: Email Subscriptions

  Let’s start this day off with a little tutorial on an important “Push” tool for webcomics: the email newsletter. As great as RSS readers and bookmarks and sites like InkOutbreak are, there’s a LOT of webcomics out there for readers to catch up on. Yours easily gets lost in the shuffle. That’s where “push” […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Webcomic Website Design

  We all wish we could stumble on Magic Answers, to the  questions like “How do I better market my comic?”, “How long will it take before my readership starts growing?”, “When is best to start exhibiting at conventions?” … as well as “What are the rules for creating the best website design?”. I hate […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 2)

Annnnnnnd, I am back for Part 2 of this article! As you may have read about in the first part, Illustrator is a lot different than Photoshop in how it creates or builds imagery. I explained the difference between vector graphics and raster, and the benefits of each. Maybe you decided to stick to Photoshop […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 1)

  I have done an entire Digital Techniques series mostly dedicated to showing how I create comics in Illustrator… and it has been brought to my attention that a “Illustrator Basics” article to get people situated with the software as a whole may be a good idea. Far be it from me to deny the […]

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Digital Techniques: A Recap

Although this is not another video tutorial like in my usual Digital Techniques series, I figured now that I’ve show you my current process beginning to end, a little recap of the steps in article form may come in handy. Plus, what’s neater than seeing an animated GIF of the process start to finish. I’m […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #6

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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The Crazy Chick’s Cool Junk Drawer

Yes, I’ve got a lot of junk in my trunk. Now that THAT joke is out of the way, I want to share with you some of the essential goodies I have come across in my travels as a cartoonist on the interwebs. If you’re only just stepping into the webcomics world, you should probably […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #5

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #4

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #3

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition (Part 2)

I’m back for round 2, people. Tackling the difference between Macs and PC’s, as of 2011…. and when it comes to creating webcomics. In Part 1 of this article, I laid out the Pros and Cons of Macs…. the price vs. the value, the security vs. the accessibility, and the customer service vs. the speed […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #2

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

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Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition

Ah, yes. The age-old debate. Apple vs. Windows.  Mac vs. PC.  Expensive vs. Affordable.  Pretty vs. Utilitarian.  If you’re involved with webcomics at all, you have probably read a funny webcomic with a definite bias, or witnessed a flame war in a techie forum, or even started weighing the pros and cons yourself before upgrading […]

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Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #1

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]