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 […]

Inside Bob the Squirrel…part 2

A few years ago, I bought a house. I looked at 13 different houses before finding this one.  Every house I looked at had trees somewhere, some in the front, some on the side, but only one had a tree in the back.  Not just any tree, a TREE tree.  This tree would be perfect […]

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1 Secret to Writing a Satisfying Ending

There is an art to endings.  They can make or break a story.  Good endings elevate a work and evoke a emotion that lingers for days.  Some endings leave you breathless, eager for more.  Others fill us with a deep sense of well-being and comfort.  Occasionally an ending will rattle us, prompting deep thought and […]

What about Bob? A character’s perspective…

Too often we send time writing about things that directly affect and effect comic creators.  Is my site user-friendly?  Is the time I post new work the optimal time?  Should I even bother with eBooks? The biggest question that is ALWAYS overlooked is this: What about the characters?  Without the characters, none of that other […]

Webcomic Retcons

(Note from Robin: This guest post is provided by Christina Major. Christina started her fantasy adventure webcomic in 2010 and loves reading, sharing, and connecting with the webcomic community. Her first comic is a Kickstarter Staff Pick, which you can check out at sombulus.com/kickstarter to help her reach her goal!) If you make a webcomic […]

Snowbody knows…

I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist.  We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction.  We are hardened snow removers.  Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]

Drowning in Dialog

People put a lot of emphasis on dialog, to the point that we’re often drowning in it. A heavy burden is falsely placed on dialog’s shoulders to solve every writing problem and answer every question. It’s often bloated, dull, and ineffective. Like a garden over-run with ivy, dialog needs to be trimmed down to a […]

The trouble with creating multiple book collections…

Have you been thinking about putting a book collection together but have been intimidated by all the work that might go into creating such an endeavor? The good news is that when you’re creating your first book, even though there’s a lot of work that goes in to it, it’s also a lot of fun. […]

How to Overcome Excessive Exposition

Exposition: The Ultimate Story Tar Pit Exposition is a key component to establishing your Act One. Readers need to know the Who, What, Where, When, Why in order to have context for the events that will unfold. However, when employed poorly, exposition can bog down a story. Don’t believe me? Try reading THIS from a […]