WA Podcast 99 – The Return

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Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

Today’s discussion…

The Old Fart Byron has returned! He chats about his life in the past 6 months. Robin chats about her upcoming autobiographical comic she is doing and all that is involved in that process. That then segues into all of us chatting about things that shaped our lives, and eventually becoming artists. On this podcast: Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Christina (Sombulus.com), and Byron (TR1Studios.com).

Warning: Podcast may contain some language not suitable for all-ages
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11 Comments

  1. Welcome back, Byron! It’s nice to hear your voice and catch up with what you’ve been up to since your last podcast appearance. I, for one, wish it could be a regular thing, you bring such levity to the show! And, of course, there is such a wonderful chemistry on these shows with everyone! It’s one of the highlights of my drawing comics time!

    • I’m, but nature, an out-going, jovial person, and I like to make people laugh. My radio experiences taught me that the audience had to relate to you in some way, humor was my way.

      Also, it’s great to be back and thank you for the kind words. 🙂

    • That’s the whole point sometimes. I know when I hear someone else is having similar issues, it makes me feel just a bit better that I’m not a lone.

  2. Hi Byron and all webcomic alliance authors (if we’re readers…)

    I love the webcomic content and talking about projects you’re working on, but on a personal note, I have really appreciated your openness with discussing struggles with anxiety. In my own life I have recently been forced to come to grips with the fact that I have suffered untreated anxiety for twenty years. Unfortunately, I didn’t really start to confront it until it started impacting my health. While I wouldn’t want to see the format change to a forum on anxiety issues and coping mechanisms, it has helped a lot to hear people who are pursuing the same things I am talk about issues I have been confronting.

    This is a very long-winded, verbose, circuitous way to say “thanks,” but, genuinely, thanks.

    • Considering we are all authors, I think it fits. (Also I will cling to any reason to excuse my constant mix-up of reader and listener.)

      I’m glad our discussions are helpful, and that you’re taking steps to confront your own anxiety. It’s never too late to start that journey, and it can change one’s life in a huge way. Not an easy road, but a valuable one.

      • I can only speak for myself with any certainty, but it’s probably a safe bet that most of your audience are readers of webcomics themselves, if not webomic creators. I think the justification for referring to your audience and fans as “readers” is baked into your brand. It’s cool in a way. It gives your readers an identity that’s unique to this podcast, and sets the webcomic alliance apart in how you identify everyone who tunes in on a regular basis. You could make up shirts with the alliance logo that say “Reader.” 🙂

    • Isaac,

      I’ve been tied up with a ton of freelance illustration work and am just now getting to your comment, so sorry for that. One of the reasons I felt it important to share my experiences with depression and anxiety was to let folks like you know you’re not alone. I saw a lot of my artist friends on Twitter expressing similar issues with motivation and thought I should share why I was also unmotivated and insecure about my art. Robin and I have both said that mental illness is one of those topics that makes people uncomfortable. They’re uncomfortable due to a lack of knowledge. I am hoping by sharing our struggles we’ll open those doors and make it easier to understand and talk about.

      So, in a very long-winded, verbose, circuitous way, I’m saying you’re welcome! And I’m glad you enjoy the podcast! Keep on rockin’. 🙂

      • No need to apologize, Byron. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a reply. I certainly understand being busy. It’s really important, and a big help, to know that I’m not alone in dealing with anxiety, and it is getting easier to talk about.

        The podcast, and everything the alliance site has to offer, has been a big help. It’s my go-to listening when I can make it to my computer to work on a strip. Keep up the great work!

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