Webcomic Workshop – X-File code 1A


This unscheduled Podcast is a very special one! While DAwn was getting married, we invited David Reddick of “Legend of Bill” and covers the following:

  • David: Writing, and what happens if/when you start to write yourself into either a corner, AND/OR you start to have to many loose threads running that you might lose track (or keep on track), and if this is a good/bad thing and how to handle it?
  • Antoine: Splash Page on your website: yes or no? What are the pros & cons?
  • Ken: Where/who do you guys bounce creative ideas off of others (obviously Team Canada works together), what’s the process and how did you go about developing that relationship?
  • Byron: Commenting on other people’s webcomics. what to say. What is the “proper etiquette” for leaving comments, especially for other creators leaving comments on your site.
  • Antoine’s Drink of the week: The famous Legend of Bill Grasshopper!
  • Final Thought: On-line Back ups
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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Antoine & Co.!

    Yeah, what prompted my question about splash pages was that I noticed many of the longform comics I read tend to have splash pages. But I realized that some of those make it hard to find the actual content. One fantasy webcomic I visited recently, in fact, made it SO hard to find the strip that I actually left the site altogether! I honestly couldn’t tell you whether or not there were actual pages to browse.

  2. Interesting podcast, fellas.

    In regards to your commentary on commenting, if you visit other artists sites whose comic you enjoy and are active in the comments, you’ll see some of that webcomics readers check your work out and possibly become permanent readers.

    If you don’t engage, people will not even know you’re there.

    • SOOO so true Drezz. That’s one of my biggest words of advice for newbies. Some people who inquire for my advice have 3 comics finished, post them to their site, and then ask me why they don’t have a readership or aren’t selling Tshirts. Besides the fact that you just need to focus on making the best product you can (for, like, YEARS).. you also have to GET INVOLVED. And for more reasons than just to get their readership in return, too. Read other webcomics for your own benefit & enjoyment, and pick up tips from someone who you strive to be like. Every talented artist learned how to be great from ANOTHER talented artist. Study the masters in your field, see what the newest and hottest entrepreneurs are doing, leave comments for them and network.
      That’s the best way to get your start-up readership off the ground. Plus, a lot of lasting friendships!

      • Definitely. I think a lot of people don’t understand that in webcomics TODAY you need to have a plan. It’s not like it was over 10 years ago when guys like Kurtz and Mike and Jerry from PA were some of a few artists who decided to post their strips online with no business plan or idea of where it was going to take them.

        Now, PA employs a modest staff, PvP has a lot of other irons in the fire, and are constantly looking to keep their comic growing in readership and sales.

        But you have to start somewhere – and having a plan will mak things easier for you if you stay the course. I ran a blog for a couple of years and it was the same thing – you need to go out and engage with other people, other artists and get your brand recognized. Over time, that work will translate into additional word-of-mouth promotion where you don’t have to actively search by yourself. The readership will come to you.

        If you’re starting out, you’re the one that has to go out and build a community first.

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