Webcomic Workshop Podcast #63

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Drezz– Continued Patronage vs. Crowdfunding Projects – now that alternative methods for funding comics are popping up, what do you feel works better long term for artists – short-term, large funding on a per project basis, or smaller, continued funds over a longer period of time?

Chris– I have enough strips for my 4th book but after 3 books, I have hit a wall in terms of ideas for extra content for the 4th book. Give me some ideas, PLEASE! Some things I have done in the past: How I draw my charcaters, The Roy Gallery, past commissions, postcard designs, graphic design and illustration projects, how I create my strip, how I created my logo, celebrity caricatures that have appeared in my strip. I need something N-E-W and D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T.”

Frank-– I’m the new guy… and until someone else comes, I will ALWAYS be the new guy. How does one make an impression and forge some new territory in a collective that already has well established roles?

Dawn-– Sketches at cons: Free or for tips? Both options, with the intent of getting your book in their hands while they wait, resulting in a possible sale. Does giving away free art cheapen you as an artist and leave you open to working for nothing, or does it give you more opportunities & leave more money in the customer’s pocket to buy your book?

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  1. Great discussion about sketches at cons. I’m about to go into my 4th con and I have yet to draw a single sketch. I just didn’t have the confidence for it, but I think this time I’m going to just bite the bullet and do it.

    What’s the worst that can happen?

    • Saeed, let me tell you honestly… I was scared shitless at my first convention. Not because I didn’t think my comic was good enough, but because I thought I was terrible at live drawing.

      I do ALL my drawing on a tablet these days and so I’m way out of practice doing drawing on paper. So it was Dawn who finally kicked me in the butt and said that I’m better at drawing then the person requesting the sketch. That made sense and is true.

      So, take a deep breath, draw a few warm-up sketches to shake the bugs out of your mind and start drawing! It will help you identify your strengthens and weaknesses.

  2. I think the previous pay-for-extra-stuff service from awhile ago that you guys were looking for was called AssetBar. I was trying to think of the name of it as well when you were talking about it, but I was going through some old folders for my comic and found an AssetBar folder full of pre-inked pages and sketches.

    I do remember PvP and Kris Straub using it for longer than most, though it did seem to fade away without making much of an impact. I think the hardest thing about providing “behind the curtain” content is that it’s hard to keep up with on the artist’s side––because we’re so busy making comics.

    So, while I have actually nothing to contribute to this conversation, I––with hope-–was able to get that nagging sense of familiarity off of our collective shoulders.

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