WACOM Alternatives!

  Let’s face it,  most people can’t justify dropping 3,000 dollars on a high end tablet. Unless you’ve made the big time or work for a big corporation, having a CINTIQ made by WACOM is more of a pipe-dream than reality. Over the last few months, there have been a bunch of reviews of hardware […]


POTM: On the Grind

  Well here we are in the midst of winter, those December nights are getting colder and the December days aren’t much warmer.  Sometimes you just need a good hot cup of java to get your day started, and that’s where our Pick of the Month “On the Grind” finds us this month.  Meet Chris […]


Webcomic Workshop Podcast #67

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: Naming my fourth book: The 1st 3 Capes & babes books have been a play on the first book’s title, You Can’t Print FLICK. Eventually, I’ll run out of creative alternatives to that particular title. I’m wondering if now would be a good time […]


Anatomy 101, Part Two: Differences in Proportions

Okay class – settle in. We’re up for another session of anatomy class, so pay attention. You may just learn something. In our previous drawing proportions tutorial, I told you all about the structural differences between males and females when you’re attempting to draw correct proportions.In this lesson, we’re going to look at the differences […]


Handling Your Fear of Starting a Freelance Career

Fellow Webcomic Alliance member Dawn Griffin tossed this question out on Twitter the other day: “Would you rather have a steady, reliable job that you simply tolerate, or do what you love but be terrified about bills and insurance?” Easy answer for me: Do what you love.  Not so easy for most folks, so let […]


Mail Bag – Chris answers your questions

  So for today’s Webcomic Alliance article, instead of writing about just one topic, I thought it might be fun to do an article that addresses a lot of different topics. The best way to do that was to see what topics you guys wanted to have addressed. Below is a random selection of various questions […]


POTM Interview: Josh Hughes of Atomic Terrier

It’s been a great month putting the Spotlight on Atomic Terrier by Josh Hughes.  We’ve met his characters, Digby, Molly, and the Dealers of Justice.  Now that you’ve had time to learn about them, let’s learn about the creator of Atomic Terrier Josh Hughes as he takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of […]

Webcomic News: Fall/Winter 2013

Rebecca Sugar: Cartoon Network Trailblazer! “Adventure Time” veteran creator Rebecca Sugar is at it again, her latest “Steven Universe” show premiered in early November…. and she made a little bit of TV History, according to this Washington Post article. Why? Because she’s female. Which leads us to the usual debate: is it better for the […]


Webcomic Workshop Podcast #66

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Frank: How do you deal with criticism? It’s easy to deal with the constructive, but what about the just plain nasty stuff? Do you ignore it and hope it dies on it own or do you fight fire with fire? This ties in with the […]


Criticism – How it hurts so good.

Long ago, in the beginning,  once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall.  It depicted an event:  a great hunt.  Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes.  The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]



Henry Kuo has created something new and unique in the way of webcomics. No, Henry isn’t a cartoonist, but he loves webcomics so much that he created “Just the First Frame,” a website that exposes the masses to new work by various cartoon artists. Just the First Frame is HERE. Everything is featured from long […]


Webcomic Workshop Podcast #65

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: Taking the daily strip format & doing it in a full page format. Essentially taking the weekly strips and making them into a single page. Will people like a “joke-a-day” in a full page format? Robin: When is the right time to start? I’d […]


POTM: Atomic Terrier

Digby always dreamed of there being more to life than just running errands for his Grandpa at the Space Port.  As fate would have it, there was a lot more than he could ever imagine waiting for him, and soon fate would set him up as the Atomic Terrier. 50 years ago a great threat […]


In praise of R. Crumb

I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only.  People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that.  No creamer?  No cinnamon? No […]


Where Did You Get Your Books Printed?

Some of the most common questions I get are in regards to printing. So I figured, perhaps it’s time to collect the answers in one spot for easy reference. If you’re curious about my advice on printing books, I hope you find this article useful! Question: How do I pick between P.O.D. or Large-run? The […]


Alliance Chat New York Comic Con Review

The Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, Byron and Dawn are chatting with Tyler James of the Comix Tribe and Marc Lapierre, artist for “Super Fogeys”, about our experiences at New York Comic Con. Specifically the key differences between Artist Alley and having a Small Press Booth.  We also talk in general […]

East Coast Con Report Card

I realize, for those of you who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest convention, an article like this may make you insanely jealous. I am quite lucky to live where I do. The upper east coast is LITTERED with conventions big and small, along with book fairs, art festivals, craft shows, sci-fi and […]


POTM Interview: Tauhid Bondia

When you weren’t running for your life from the living dead I hope you took some time this month and checked out our Pick of the Month write up on “The Angry Dead”, if not go ahead click here and check it out then come on back and let’s turn our spotlight on the creator […]



In my best Asgardian impression let me answer that question by saying: I SAY THEE, NAY! Comic strips do not NEED backgrounds. In fact, I submit to you that drawing backgrounds in a comic strip is more of a luxury than a necessity. One does not NEED to draw backgrounds in each panel in order […]


Webcomic Workshop Podcast #64

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: I’m in a weird spot… lately, I have had some VERY successful conventions but every time I do a convention, I feel burnt out and have a hard time getting back into “comic strip mode”. I would like to find time to actually create […]