Webcomic News: Early 2014


Tapastic Raises $2 Million

unnamedWebcomic community portals, or as this TechCrunch article calls it, “YouTube for comics”, pop up all the time… some manage to dig in and hold their own, but many fall away with time. Tapastic is a startup, but the difference is… now they’re a RICH startup. Us creators will have to wait and see what $2 Million will amount to… and whom it will benefit the most.

“It’s true that the Internet is an overwhelmingly visual medium, and Kim notes that websites like The Oatmeal which have used comics as a way of conveying a message have done tremendously well on the web. The goal for Tapastic is to continue to democratize the medium, and make it so that people who don’t think of themselves as comics fans find themselves engaging with content regularly.”


Viral Opportunities & Seizing Them

how-to-make-a-viral-image-two-stages-of-winter-02After seeing Brian Gordon’s “adventures in viral-ity” somewhat firsthand on facebook, I had to share this article written by friend of the Alliance Michael Corely. One nightmare many of us have had to endure was a “cropped image” of our that went viral. Flattering, but any good it COULD have done is lost. Tip #1 is to always include your info, possibly in a way that is hard to crop… and a hyperlink in the comments. Michael brings us some tips on how to maximize the opportunities for your work to actually GO viral!

  1. Viral Content isn’t made instantly, it comes from years of hard work to develop content.

  2. Viral Content is easy, emotional and fits the format of where it’s posted.

  3. Viral Content’s ultimate success largely depends on how easy it is for viewers to “click through” to your website.

Making a Living With Your Webcomic EVENT!

size300_original_webcomic_workshop_web1Ah, the eternal question. Anyone can write & draw a webcomic, but how do you take it to the next level and earn an actual LIVING off of it? Well, this upcoming event on March 1st 2014  in Alhambra, CA, gives you a little glimpse into how some pros have managed to do just that. Featuring Jason Brubaker (REmind), Jorge Cham (Piled Higher and Deeper (P.H.D.)) and Ethan Nicolle (Ax Cop, among other projects), this workshop should be chalk-full of some solid tips, stories and inspiration… if you west-coasters can manage to catch it. And want to fork up $80 for a ticket.

Hear from 3 of the top web comic creators and how they make money from their own creations.
The event is FREE from 4 -5 pm during the signing period
1:00 – 3:30 Workshop Seminar
3:30 – 4:00 Q & A
4:00 – 5:00 Signing

Ms. Marvel is Breaking Superheroine Comic Book Stereotypes

cOMICS-MARVEL-SUPERHEROAbout time. And it’s not just Ms. Marvel but other leading females who will have their own titles like Elektra & Black Widow. The new Ms. Marvel is a Muslim American teen, sans the “scantily clad” and packed with actual….. *gasp* …. character depth and conflict. And shape-shifting powers! Maybe, just maybe, THIS is what will gain a female readership? Wired interviews the writer G. Willow Wilson about the struggles of writing about a Muslim superheroine:

“There’s been some hate from people who don’t read comics, which I ignore because in terms of this medium, they are illiterate. There’s this sense that [Muslims] shouldn’t even be there because it’s somehow un-American… Especially in comics, because [comics] are seen — by people who don’t read comics – as this wholesome, 100% “truth, justice and the American way” product. They’re not thinking about manga; they’re not thinking about all the changes that have occurred in comics over the last decade or so. They don’t know the history of the medium that well… and the medium has evolved.”

SDCC: Too Freakin Big?

brokensdcc-300x258As comic cons across the US and across the world expand and gain more attendance every year, there’s that ONE that has reached absurd levels. San Diego Comic Con has taken on a life of it’s own beyond what can be controlled… and RM Peavy declares a breakup online. With 8 reasons as to why.

“But as an attendee, the magic is gone, darling.  You can’t just call your patronus anymore and think everything is ok.  You are just too big for your britches, and I am quitting this relationship.   I am happy for you, I truly am.  It’s great that you are so popular and everyone comes to see you.  And for the overall cause of Geekdom we are going to inherit the earth.  But I can’t do it with you anymore.”

Gaining Fans, and the End of the Elevator Pitch?

Here’s a two-fer for you. Just for funzies. Food for thought or whathaveyou.

HOW DO I GAIN READERS? We hear you. There’s no fail-safe way, it’s different for everyone, but understanding how to maximize your potential to do so is a start. This article is that start!

We discussed writing the perfect pitch, at a con, for your website, on a recent podcast. It’s an ever-evolving phenomenon, the Elevator Pitch. This article discusses how might even be dead. Or, at least, need a dose of fresh, out-of-the-box thinking.


DawnPicDawn Griffin is the resident “crazy chick”. She likes steak, Cleveland sports, video games and oh yeah, comics. She spent her formative years either playing street basketball, pitching, or drawing comics and submitting them to syndicates. Once she –accidentally– discovered the world of webcomics, the syndication route became a pointless hurdle. After all, “Crazy Chicks” do things their *&%$ selves. Dawn is the mastermind behind Zorphbert and Fred, and you can find her portfolio site HERE.  She can be easily bribed with ice cream.


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