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Character Sketch Challenge #17: Chill Out

Character Sketch Challenge #17 Species: Any Characteristics: A clever way to stay cool in the August heat It surely is the dog days of summer right now, heat indexes across most the country well over 100°.  This Character Challenge invites you to use your imagination and come up with clever ways that someone or something might […]

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Pick of the Week: Robot Beach

What is Robot Beach: Robot Beach takes us to an isolated island where we meet the star Robot and his gang of friends.   Robot has a desire to figure out what his purpose is and what else is out there beyond the shoreline.  With friends like Carl and Larry by his side Robot finds […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Google+

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Webcomic Workshop #21

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast! Special Guest: Brain Anderson from the comic “Dog Eat Dog”. This podcast we discuss: Antoine: Being at the last minute before a Convention with a huge To-Do list: How do  you set priorities? What makes you decide if you design a banner, […]

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Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 1)

  I have done an entire Digital Techniques series mostly dedicated to showing how I create comics in Illustrator… and it has been brought to my attention that a “Illustrator Basics” article to get people situated with the software as a whole may be a good idea. Far be it from me to deny the […]

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Pick of the Week: Life on 66

What is Life on 66: Life on 66 reminds us of a simpler time where we never met a stranger and our neighbors were our friends.  As we hang out with M.J. and Stanley we find ourselves taken back to a moment in time where life just seems to move along at an even keel […]

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The Artist’s Support System

I have found, in a rather un-scientific manner, that there seems to be a common ground for some us comic artists, or any artist in general it may seem.  And that is at some point our artistic aspirations will come into conflict with our spouse or significant other.   Now, I’m not saying we’ll be forced […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #16: Cosplay

Character Sketch Challenge #16 Species: One of your characters Characteristics: Character in Cosplay for a Comic Con With SDCC just wrapping up last week and other Comic Cons on the way I figured what a great way to give a shout out to the Comic Con industry and how they have started to embrace the […]

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Books on Becoming a Better Cartoonist

I know school is out for summer, but if you’ve got some spare time and are lounging by the pool soaking in the sun and sipping on a cold beverage, consider reading one of these books while you’re relaxing. I’ve compiled this short list of some of the KEY resource books you must have on […]

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Pick of the Week: Plus One

What is Plus One: Plus One is a webcomic about one couples transformation into parents.  The webcomic centers around Desmon and Violet as they go thru the obstacle course called life as a parent.  Fortunately they aren’t alone on this journey and are surrounded by friends and family that are there to help support and […]

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Logo Basics: Video Tutorial

With all the video being bandied about on the site, I didn’t want to be left out. So I gave it a try! In this 13 minute video, we’ll look at some of the basic elements in building your logo. I’m on a Mac using Illustrator in CS5, but you don’t need those tools to […]

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Webcomic Workshop #20

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.  Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast!  Special Guest: TL Collins from “Bullfinch” the comic. This podcast we discuss: Dawn: Google + and how to use it for webcomics? Any different than Facebook? Ken: My dip isn’t related to the work for the comic, it’s related to growth. How […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Marketing Retired Comics

The Alliance wants to get more input from YOU guys. For this, we’d like to do a Webcomic Workshop together regarding one specific issue. Let’s be fun and constructive. I’ll post the actual issue below, make my own comments and then, of course, you guys can start discussing. You can either reply to my own […]

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Pick of the Week: Flip and Barrel

Who are Flip and Barrel: Flip and Barrel are two brothers that are always getting into some sort of nonsense, whether they are super-heroes battling evil robots, or coming up with clever new products, or going to a comic-con you’ll bet they are gonna do it together and some sort of humorous chaos will ensue. Flip is […]

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Workshop Mailbag: ComicPress vs. Tumblr

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Character Sketch Challenge #15: Christmas in July

  Character Sketch Challenge #15 Species: Christmas Characters Characteristics: What Christmas Characters would be doing in July Ever since the 1940’s there have been Christmas in July celebrations.  So let your imagination go and let’s see what our Christmas time friends would actually be doing in July.  Would Santa be stocking up on gifts during […]

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Workshop Mailbag: Home Versus Pro Prints

In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you. This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover […]

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Webcomic Workshop #19

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast! This podcast we discuss: Ken: I’m wondering if I’m going far enough with the absurdity of my comic. If you compare the wacky/outlandish things that go on in some wildly funny cartoons on TV to my comic I think there’s a huge […]

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Philly Comic Con Recap; Interviewing the Casual Fan

First, the Recap Last year’s Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con was my most successful convention thus far. Excited to say, I managed to beat my old record this year! While the crowds, especially Saturday, weren’t quite as vast, the people who were there seemed more interested in new comics and more willing to purchase something […]