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Managing Tension

A humor strip has a well-established formula for getting readers hooked, and it can be as simple as a Set-Up and a Punchline. Quick, easy to digest, and entertaining. If a person finds it funny, they’ll be back again, and they might comb through the archives for more chuckles and laughs. Done! Reader Caught! But […]

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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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In praise of R. Crumb

I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only.  People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that.  No creamer?  No cinnamon? No […]

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it takes more…the discipline of webcomics

So, webcomics.  You want to start one, right? It takes a lot more than server space and a scanner to make that happen.  I mean, if you want it to last that is. As of this writing, I’ve been drawing Bob the Squirrel for ELEVEN YEARS.  That’s a one with another one right after it. […]

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In Praise of Journals

(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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Mindfulness, Flow, and the Comics Connection

(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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A Guide to Hand-Lettering Your Strips…

I think I should start this article off by letting everyone know this really isn’t an article about HOW to hand-letter your strips… that would be akin to writing an article on how to draw – and let’s face it, there isn’t one single article that will be able to teach you how to draw. […]

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Long-Form Brainstorming Bonanza!

Stories don’t just pop into our heads fully-formed and perfect. In fact, sometimes when we sit down to start a chapter, ideas don’t want to form at all. So let’s bust those brainstorming blocks with some in-depth tips on where to start: character arc, common ground in the cast, and theme development. The 20 minute […]

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Drawing with Robin

What’s your process? Everybody has their own way of doing things, and the Webcomic Alliance folks thought it would be neat to compare the different ways we approach our artwork. So I thought I’d get the ball rolling and share with you a video I’d made earlier of my storyboarding and sketching process! (I hope […]

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Editing your strips…

I have a confession to make. I love to write – whether it was short stories, final exam essays or even speeches – it doesn’t matter. Maybe one of the reasons was because I was fortunate to have a high school English teacher that really encouraged all of his students to write, write, write and […]

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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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CONTEST WINNER – Write Your Own Graphic Novel

A big hearty two thumbs up goes out to J. Kevin Carrier for his winning submission to the “Write You Own Graphic Novel – Caption Contest”! Kevin’s winning entry is posted below along with his script. We want to thank everyone who submitted entries for this contest and we hope you had as much fun […]

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Starting From Scratch

So you’ve got a creative itch. You’ve been tossing around this idea you have for a comic and you have a great character you’ve been doodling for a little while and you just don’t know where to start. A lot of us have been there. Actually, most of us who are posting our comics online […]

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Finding Your Happy Workspace

Ah yes. Start up the ol’ computer in a beach chair on the Caribbean and have the waiter bring you a Pina Colada to help inspire the next comic….Yeah, right. It’d be nice, but most of us have to deal with make-shift bookshelves, Ikea desks that included a migraine upon assembly, and a hand-me-down scanner […]

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Writing Comics Film Style

Let’s chat about Scripting. In comic writing, there’s a style known as the Marvel Style where someone like a Stan Lee essentially dictates a general synopsis of the story idea he has to his artists and they go off and create a comic.  They bring back 22 pages of illustrations that Stan then plugs in […]

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How to Un-Block Writer’s Block

We have all been there, haven’t we? Whether we have written ourselves into a corner and cannot come up with a clever punchline to save our lives, or are staring at a blank screen/piece of paper with no inspiration whatsoever, Writer’s Block is brutal. And for those of us with no buffers (*ahem* ME *ahem*), […]

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Writing Your Comic

There are books, college courses and lots of blog posts about writing for comics.  I like to break things down to simple bullet points that outline some common sense items we should all be doing, but forget or take for granted.  Here’s my tips on writing my webcomic. Syntax. If you don’t know what that […]