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” […]

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Alliance Chat 18

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about taking something that didn’t quite go right and how you deal with it.  From an out-and-out failure to something simple that just didn’t quite gel.  What to do and how to handle it is the basis of tonight’s chat. A […]

Tales of a 2013 Convention Junkie…

Since it’s the new year and all, I thought it might be fun to look back at my 2013 convention year and see what I might have learned on a month-to-month basis. Maybe you might have been thinking about going to some of the shows I went to and, maybe, you might be able to […]

Open for Debate: Bill Watterson

The man is an enigma. And despite being out of the spotlight for almost 20 years, still a controversial topic of conversation. With the release of the Dear Mr. Watterson documentary (which Frank reviewed HERE), which focused a great deal on his refusal to merchandize any aspect of his comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes”, many […]

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POTM: Yeti 4 Hire

No job too big or too small for eight year old entrepreneur Veronica and her partner, Yeti.   This month we present Yeti 4 Hire by the talented Jeff Crowther.  An out of work Yeti and an eight year old work savvy young entrepreneur are just what the town of Squaresville need.  Whether they are […]

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Hot Loads Podcast – Best of 2013

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we present to you the best of the after-the-show banter that goes on once we wrap up a podcast.  Topics range from sports, making noises, silly brand names and, of course, drinking.  Enjoy!

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Managing Tension

A humor strip has a well-established formula for getting readers hooked, and it can be as simple as a Set-Up and a Punchline. Quick, easy to digest, and entertaining. If a person finds it funny, they’ll be back again, and they might comb through the archives for more chuckles and laughs. Done! Reader Caught! But […]

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So you want to know about Craft Fairs?

On many of the Webcomic Alliance podcasts, we’ve talked at length about comic book conventions…  such as what goes in to securing a table in Artist Alley, what types of things sell well or how to develop an effective “elevator pitch” for your comic, to name just a few comic book convention topics we have […]

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What Is Art/ What Is A Great Artist?

(Note from Byron: Tom Falco is a contributor here at he Alliance and today he chats about what is art and what makes an artist great. This is to open up a conversation on these subjects, so feel free to chime in one way or another with your opinions) I saw this article on Medium.com […]

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POTM Interview: George Gant

We have warmed our cup this month with our December Pick of the Month “On the Grind” but now it’s time to go behind the counter and have a little one on one with our server of this fine dish, Mr. Geo Gant.  So sit down and top off that cup of joe and let’s […]