WA Podcast 135 – LFTO Character Introductions

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Writing strong character introductions. In this Long Form Take Over, Christina (Sombulus), Liz (Adrastus), and Robin (LeyLines) tackle character introductions.  What key elements do you need to remember when showing a character for the first time?  How does an audience connect with a character in a first […]

WA Podcast 134 – Antagonists with LFTO Special Guest Mike Gourdin

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Antagonists. Christina (Sombulus), Liz (Adrastus), and Robin (LeyLines) are back for another Long-Form Take-Over!  Today we’re joined by special guest Mike Gourdin of The Blank Scroll.  We’re taking apart antagonists.  What kind of villain is right for your story?  How can you improve a bad guy character […]

WA Podcast 130 – LFTO Pulling the Trigger

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… When to start? Christina (Sombulus), Liz (Adrastus), and Robin (LeyLines) are back for another Long-Form Take-Over!  Today we’re answering two listener questions: ‪Miri LR Powell asked: “I’d like to hear more about planning and scripting for long-form comics… what you should have before you begin, how much […]

WA Podcast 127 – Looking forward into 2018

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Looking forward into 2018. It’s a full house!  Byron (1977 the Comic), Dawn (Dawn Griffin Studios), Chris (Capes & Babes), Christina (Sombulus), Liz (Adrastus), and Robin (LeyLines) are talking about their plans for the future and we cover a lot of ground.  Reducing social media madness, dad […]

WA Podcast 126 – Consistency and Continuity

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Consistency and Continuity. Christina (Sombulus), Liz (Adrastus), and Robin (LeyLines) are back for another Long-Form Take-Over!  Today we’re answering two listener questions: ‪Laurie Thomas of Oeclair asks:  How much do you or your readers care about consistency of characters over time? I have difficulty keeping my drawing […]

WA Podcast 125 – Long Form Ret-cons

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… When to ret-con? Mike Gourdin‬ of Blank Scroll had some questions for our latest Long Form Take-over about ret-cons and art changes: 1) I have made some pretty drastic changes to my artwork for season 2 of my comic, is this a MAJOR problem or will most […]

Mini-Interview #4: Christina Major

Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! Robin’s chatting with Christina about Etch A Sketch heroes, philosophical questions of machine sentience, the origins of tropes, and our nefarious plans to take over future podcasts for the long-form comic agenda. We’re running a Kickstarter this month and thought we’d do something a little different. For the […]

WA Podcast 122 – Feedback for Beginners

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Feedback for beginners.  How much “tough love” do younger creators really need?  What are the basics of giving critique? Why should you filter the feedback you receive?  How can you start a dialog instead of a diatribe?  And on a completely unrelated note, would you make your […]

WA Podcast 115 – RETURN of the LONG-FORM TAKEOVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Liz Staley (AdrastusComic.com), and Christina Major (Sombulus.com) have once again wrested control of the microphone for their own long, convoluted, plot-and-character-driven SCHEMES.  Fiendish!  Today we’re discussing a reader question from Krystina of SoulBound-Comic.com: “What’s a good way to deal with a text/plot […]

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 112 – Long-form TAKE-OVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The long-form ladies HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PODCAST!  It seems like when people say, “webcomics” they often mean, “the funny strips,” ignoring all the amazing creators making sequential stories.  While there’s a lot of cross-over between these two types of comics, there are also some key differences.  […]

WA Podcast 109 – Web to Print

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Michael Rhodes (BratCat Comics) asked about our thoughts and experiences creating webcomics with print in mind. Page size, colors for emissive/reflective media, RGB and CYMK, storytelling, pacing, the rhythm of the story — so much to consider!  How important is it to be mindful of how our […]

WA Podcast 100 – Starting your Story

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Starting a story can be intimidating.  There are so many different things to consider!  The plot, the characters, the theme…Where to begin?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) share their favorite resources and techniques for developing your stories and getting started. People, […]

Pick up the pace! Seven tips to keep readers engaged in slow scenes.

As a reader and creator of longform webcomics, I know there’s nothing more frustrating than stagnant scenes.  Many longform webcomics only update once a week, and those 4-5 pages only cover so much ground.  And if you’re writing a particularly extensive conversation, five minutes could easily take months.  I’ve written before about a few pacing hurdles […]

Writing Simple Pitches with Personality

A pitch is one of the hardest things for a creator to write, but it’s also vital for grabbing the attention of an audience. A solid pitch can be the difference between a new reader and a lost opportunity. Yet time and again, I hear pitches that rely on featureless genre labels or vague mash-ups […]

Writing to the Beat

When I begin writing a script, I first try to plan out the most important “beats” of the story. The beats are the key events and scenes that drive my story forward. I never begin writing until I have a solid idea of the twists and turns my plot will take. An experienced writer has […]

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 […]