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1 Secret to Writing a Satisfying Ending

There is an art to endings.  They can make or break a story.  Good endings elevate a work and evoke a emotion that lingers for days.  Some endings leave you breathless, eager for more.  Others fill us with a deep sense of well-being and comfort.  Occasionally an ending will rattle us, prompting deep thought and […]

What about Bob? A character’s perspective…

Too often we send time writing about things that directly affect and effect comic creators.  Is my site user-friendly?  Is the time I post new work the optimal time?  Should I even bother with eBooks? The biggest question that is ALWAYS overlooked is this: What about the characters?  Without the characters, none of that other […]

POTM Interview: Pictures of You

The Ides of March have rolled by and it’s time for Gibson Twist to belly up to the bar and take on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”. 1. First comic you read as a child? G.I.Joe #1 back in 1983, I think. We were on a road trip to the mountains […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 69

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: All of a sudden, I have become inundated with a handful of freelance projects. That’s causing my time to be very, very precious. My feeling has always been that freelance PAYING gigs always come before the free strip. Do you guys agree? Drezz: The […]

The Smudge Expo 2014 Interview…

  Hey folks… on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 I got the chance to participate in a brand new show here in the Washington, DC area. The show is called “The Smudge Expo” – it was juried show featuring several artists that were local to the area plus a few that were as far away as […]

Are you a Webcomic Ghost?

You toil over your comic. You’ve followed the advice. You’ve written it well or drawn and coloured it beautifully. You’ve updated with consistency and you’ve promoted it online with intensity and genuine excitement. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Not necessarily. If we’re not in the rarified air of webcomics authors who have been […]

POTM: Pictures of You

Lets face it. The college/post-college group-of-friends concept is the classic obligatory comic many of us have dabbled in…. probably because we’ve all been there and for each of us, that time and those people affected us deeply and significantly. How we may have handled it– as a quippy comic strip, or an edgy indie longform […]

Webcomic Retcons

(Note from Robin: This guest post is provided by Christina Major. Christina started her fantasy adventure webcomic in 2010 and loves reading, sharing, and connecting with the webcomic community. Her first comic is a Kickstarter Staff Pick, which you can check out at sombulus.com/kickstarter to help her reach her goal!) If you make a webcomic […]

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Alliance Chat 20

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about Patreon and how it works and might fit into our webcomics. With us is guest Dave Barrack of the webcomic “Grrl Power”. Find his comic HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE. Right now Robin and Byron have their Patreon campaigns […]

Snowbody knows…

I live in Central New York. Central New York is a place where the traditional four seasons do not exist.  We have two, two-and-a-half seasons: Snow, Road Pre-Construction and Road Construction.  We are hardened snow removers.  Some get massive snow blowers, some get plow attachments for their riding lawnmowers and some just look up the […]

Drowning in Dialog

People put a lot of emphasis on dialog, to the point that we’re often drowning in it. A heavy burden is falsely placed on dialog’s shoulders to solve every writing problem and answer every question. It’s often bloated, dull, and ineffective. Like a garden over-run with ivy, dialog needs to be trimmed down to a […]

POTM Interview: Nalem and Spanio

It’s been a great February spotlighting that flying heroine Zeppelin and her friends in the great webcomic “Lighter than Heir”.  Lighter than Heir is another great collaboration comic from the talented artist and writer over at Pale Dog Studios, Nalem and Spanio.  So let’s take some time and find out a little bit more about […]

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Alliance Chat 19

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about the Life-cycle of a Webcomic, or if there is even such a thing.  Listeners have written in asking what they should expect at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc. in the life of their webcomic and we try to […]

The trouble with creating multiple book collections…

Have you been thinking about putting a book collection together but have been intimidated by all the work that might go into creating such an endeavor? The good news is that when you’re creating your first book, even though there’s a lot of work that goes in to it, it’s also a lot of fun. […]

Webcomic News: Early 2014

Tapastic Raises $2 Million Webcomic 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 […]

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POTM: Lighter than Heir

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no it’s a Von Schultheiss!!  Zeppelin Von Shultheiss has been in the spot light ever since her birth, and now at the age of 19 she is ready to show the world that she is more than just a tabloid piece.  To rise up above her father’s shadow, the Legendary […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 68

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron — Re-launching the comic has begun, but now I am looking for new advertising opportunities besides Project Wonderful and Facebook (which I believe has a low ROI anyways). Dawn — I’ve had 2 off-seasons of promoting my limited-time exclusive eBook for Z&F ($3), which […]

How to Overcome Excessive Exposition

Exposition: The Ultimate Story Tar Pit Exposition is a key component to establishing your Act One. Readers need to know the Who, What, Where, When, Why in order to have context for the events that will unfold. However, when employed poorly, exposition can bog down a story. Don’t believe me? Try reading THIS from a […]

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Dear Loved One: Why I Need Comics In My Life

Webcomics and comics in general is a staggeringly hard field in which to find success. Even a casual fan knows this. Which probably means your spouses, parents, siblings, and friends know it too. In a world of “STEP 1: go to school and get a degree in __blank__, STEP 2: get a job in said […]

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POTM Interview: Jeff Crowther

We’ve had a lot of fun this month putting the spotlight on the blue hero of Squaresville, but let’s shift gears and focus now on the creator that brought Yeti to us, Jeff Crowther.  So sit back and take some time with us as we submit our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month” […]