Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Long Form Defined (Episodic Webcomic). Byron was wondering what defines a long-form comic. His question was “I do not draw a ‘strict’ long-form comic, but I have do 24-page story arcs. What defines a long-form comic? Can it be something like I do at 1977 the Comic […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… It’s the dream of many webcomic creators to leverage their work into a gig with a larger print comic publisher. Today we’re talking with Dan Conner, who has a foot in both worlds. Our discussion ranges far afield covering all sorts of topics, including: Working for a […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… If you want to sell online, what are your options for a storefront? How do you leverage the unique advantages of internet commerce? Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com), and Christina Major (Sombulus.com) share their experience with various platforms and discuss best-practices for selling products […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Phoenix ComicCon was exciting for a lot of reasons this year, but one event was downright disturbing. When an armed man made it past security and was taken down by the cops, the show issued a convention-wide prop ban that has a lot of comicon fans wondering […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Liz Staley (AdrastusComic.com), and Christina Major (Sombulus.com) have once again wrested control of the microphone for their own long, convoluted, plot-and-character-driven SCHEMES. Fiendish! Today we’re discussing a reader question from Krystina of SoulBound-Comic.com: “What’s a good way to deal with a text/plot […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Freelance illustration can be a great additional source of income, but how to pursue it? What about creating or negotiating contracts? What are ethical practices for clients and creators? What is fair to expect from a large company verses a small indie publisher? Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & […]
First, a little story about how I killed my soda habit… Last June, I developed a searing pain in my right big toe. It was so bad, I could barely endure standing up, much less walking. As it turns out, it was a really bad gout attack. For those of you that don’t know, gout tends […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… We’re tackling WA listener questions in a Social-Media-Storm of Q&A. Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Chris Flick (CapesNBabes.com) tackle your questions as they come, live from our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Krystina Atkins of the webcomic Soulbound asked: When you have an awesome […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The long-form ladies HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PODCAST! It seems like when people say, “webcomics” they often mean, “the funny strips,” ignoring all the amazing creators making sequential stories. While there’s a lot of cross-over between these two types of comics, there are also some key differences. […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Liz talks briefly about her comic “Adrastus” returning and how she got her groove back organizing her pages. That led to Christina talking about her process of drawing in Clip Studio Paint, but doing her text in Photoshop. Byron quickly talks about his scripting technique using TV/Film […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Dawn is feeling creatively drained lately by new activities and responsibilities, coupled with news she finds exhausting and uninspiring. People say you should channel stress into art, but what if you’re not that kind of person? Does that make you a bad artist? Together Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com […]
Being that I am something of an ‘expert’ on Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio 5) I get asked a LOT about how to put together a comic page. There are, of course, many ways to go about putting together a page, but for those of you who are struggling, here is my method! First the […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Michael Rhodes (BratCat Comics) asked about our thoughts and experiences creating webcomics with print in mind. Page size, colors for emissive/reflective media, RGB and CYMK, storytelling, pacing, the rhythm of the story — so much to consider! How important is it to be mindful of how our […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Booth Design! You’ve made it to the show, you’ve got your product, now how do you catch those convention eyeballs and get customers to stop? Where do you start? How do you make it cohesive, even if you have multiple products or stories on one table? What […]
If you’re thinking of planning a Kickstarter to bring your webcomic into the print world, things can be fun and exciting and terrifying. But once you’ve decided that you’re ready for a book and for the you have the audience and drive to attempt a Kickstarter campaign, you need a plan of attack. Format your […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Chris, Liz, Christina and Byron talk about the recent dismissal of Wonder Woman as an ambassador for the United Nations. Does her sexuality negate her strong characteristics? Also, we chat about what we’re looking forward to in 2017.
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… For the holidays we decided to relax, chat, and forget about comics and work for a little while. Full of Christmas cheer, Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Byron Wilkins (TR1Studios.com) share their joy for the holidays while the WA’s resident Scrooge Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com) decides that […]
Hey all. Dawn here. For the past few years I’ve had a tradition of posting my annual Report Card for comic cons. But I am only one person, selling one type of product, focusing on one section of the country. This year we at the Alliance decided to give a broader recap, touching base with […]
Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Part 2 of our series on Websites for Webcomics. So you’ve decided where to host your comic (from Part 1’s topic), but what should be a part of your website? What gets top priority when you’re designing it? Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris […]
The question always comes up – “How to I get more readers for my comic strip?” And cartoonists have all sorts of answers – Tumblr, Tapastic, Facebook, and I think they are all great. I think social media has helped so many creative people. It’s a fast, easy way to get your work seen. While I feel that comic creators should have their own websites, I don’t believe they are as great as social media for getting viewers. When you publish on a website, there is that single comic there, the question is, how are you going to get people, lots of people, to click on your one site daily or even every few days, to read your comic. I do believe there is strength in numbers and comic sites with more than one comic are great, but I truly believe that social media is best. It’s unobtrusive and your feature pops up in people’s timelines without any fuss. It is just part of their daily life.
I took a break from my comic panel Tomversation; I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I’ve decided to start publishing daily again and this time on Facebook. My goal was always to be published in newspapers daily, and I’ve had a few bites from rather large newspapers, but the timing is always off. And almost 20 years ago, when I had my chance for daily publication, I decided to go in another direction. I’m still kicking myself in the head for that
For a long time I did a comic daily on Instagram and it had thousands of readers a day. It just came up on their feeds and they read it that way. Unobtrusively, because social media is unobtrusive. I recommend that cartoonists publish as part of any social media platform, whichever works best for you.
I’ve noticed that people prefer to read the comic at the platform, rather than click over to your website to read the comic. So if possible, post it fully at Facebook or Twitter or wherever.
When Berkeley Breathed brought back Bloom County, he used Facebook and he publishes there daily, he has about 670,000 fans on there and New Yorker Cartoons has over 913,000 fans and amazingly, Matthew Inman who does The Oatmeal, has almost 4 million fans on Facebook, he links to his website from there. The Facebook posts are “liked” and shared all day long!
When someone “likes” a comic, their friends see that they liked it, nothing is private anymore. So to that end, starting January 1, 2017, Tomversation will appear daily on Facebook. The goal is to build up a fan base during the year.
I invite you to like my page at Facebook.com/Tomversation. There are many items there now and you’ll receive the updated comic when it starts on January 1. And you can always read my thoughts and see what I’m up to at my Tomversation blog at Tomversation.com where I will post a batch of comics at once, so you can binge read them, sort of like Netflix for comics. In the meantime the blog covers arts and culture and some personal stuff sometimes.