Adobe Illustrator: 101 (Part 2)

Annnnnnnd, I am back for Part 2 of this article! As you may have read about in the first part, Illustrator is a lot different than Photoshop in how it creates or builds imagery. I explained the difference between vector graphics and raster, and the benefits of each. Maybe you decided to stick to Photoshop […]


Pick of the Week: Far From Home

What is Far From Home: Far From Home drops us into the lives of Lt. John Waters and his co-pilot Mr. Eynk as they are on a scouting mission as members of the Stellar Corp: Law Enforcement Division.  Their initial mission finds them out on a scouting mission in one of the fastest most maneuverable ships Stellar Corp […]


Which Con For You?

I recently attended my first Wizard World comic convention.  It was a professional show and well attended.  Now that I’ve attended at least one each of the two major comic shows in Chicago, I’d thought I would do a comparison of them in hopes that I can demonstrate how you might pick out conventions to […]


Stop Procrastinating! Start Working!

Ken’s previous article “Starting from Scratch“, talked about how to put your ideas to paper instead of just keeping them locked away in your head. This article is a follow-up, and its going to act as the kick in the rear you need to do what he’s talking about. I had a high school gym […]


Pick of the Week: Underwhelmed

What is Underwhelmed: Underwhelmed follows the life of Doyle, a pudgy little redhead whose adventures involve video games, TV and Food.   He is continually driven crazy by his sisters and mom.  His best friend is Gunther, a tall nerdy kid who like Doyle finds that all of life’s problems can usually be solved in […]


Starting From Scratch

So you’ve got a creative itch. You’ve been tossing around this idea you have for a comic and you have a great character you’ve been doodling for a little while and you just don’t know where to start. A lot of us have been there. Actually, most of us who are posting our comics online […]


Webcomic Workshop #22

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Now featuring a listener’s issue each podcast! Special Guest: Howie Noeldechen of Tara Normal. This podcast we discuss: Ken: My issue revolves around growing your social circle. I’m a relatively shy person when meeting new people and I don’t consider myself great at “small talk”. I would consider you […]


Reader Mailbag: Comments & Community

The Alliance wants to get more input from YOU guys. For this, we’d like to do a Webcomic Workshop Article 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 […]


Pick of the Week: Circuit

What is Circuit: Circuit takes us into our computer and gives us a glimpse of what our systems components are up to.  Have you ever worried that maybe your processor, system fan, or memory were just getting bored with their day to day tasks?  Well Circuit introduces us to a cast that shows us just […]


Career VS. Job

My previous article called “Artist’s Support System” spurred some interesting comments.  One thread in particular motivated me to write this article as a follow up.  We talk about motivation a lot here at the Alliance, and for good reason, it’s why we do what we do. Many folks in the creative industry live by the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]