comic-evolution.jpg

The Evolution of a Comic

I’m not talking where my comic strip starts off as a floundering fish yearning to have lungs on land, but rather how I create a strip from scratch.  A blank piece of paper is a rather formidable foe until you strike that first pencil line.  Once you start down the Dark Path, you must finish […]

OPEN-FOR-DEBATE-webcomics.png

Open for Debate: Webcomics, Comics or Cartoons?

What’s wrong with simply using the word comics? Why webcomics? With apologies to Scott McCloud, ‘Sequential Art’ is difficult to spell and well, kind of snooty. Generally, just slapping a prefix or letter onto an existing word is silly. Ebook? Ecommerce? Even blog is a mashup of web and log.

WEBCOMICWORKSHOP-LOGO3.jpg

Webcomic Workshop #8

This podcast we cover: Dawn: I tend to over-do-it on the artwork. How do you know when your artwork on any particular comic is done? Byron: Using Comic Ranking thingies on your site & should you use a Tip Jar? Ken: Considering the creative direction/writing of your comic: Do you follow your instincts and do […]

MacvsPC.jpg

Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition (Part 2)

I’m back for round 2, people. Tackling the difference between Macs and PC’s, as of 2011…. and when it comes to creating webcomics. In Part 1 of this article, I laid out the Pros and Cons of Macs…. the price vs. the value, the security vs. the accessibility, and the customer service vs. the speed […]

wftof-4.jpg

Writing Comics Film Style

Let’s chat about Scripting. In comic writing, there’s a style known as the Marvel Style where someone like a Stan Lee essentially dictates a general synopsis of the story idea he has to his artists and they go off and create a comic.  They bring back 22 pages of illustrations that Stan then plugs in […]

cca2011.jpg

Comic Creators Alliance Donation Drive 2011

Two of our very own Webcomic Alliance members were a part of this year’s Comic Creators Alliance donation drive to End Human Trafficking.  Byron and Antoine added their talents to the impressive pool of webcomic artists who each drew one of their female characters in a “Brady Bunch” pose; looking in all different directions and […]

brand-aid-logo4.jpg

Comic Brand-Aid: Holiday Wars

In this article I’m reviewing these banners in the context of building your brand. It’s not enough to think of your banners as a single hit or miss opportunity. Your impressions matter. It’s important that you take advantage of that split second that your banner catches an eyeball or two.

WEBCOMICWORKSHOP-LOGO3.jpg

Webcomic Workshop #7

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Links, ads, icons, social medias, etc… When do we draw the line? What is “Too much” stuff on your website? Dawn: Dealing with critical family members or significant others who don’t “get” what we do. Balancing loved ones and aspirations. Ken: How much effort do you […]

DigitalTechniques.jpg

Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #2

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]

brand-aid-logo4.jpg

Comic Brand-Aid: Bearman Cartoons

In my opinion, the site is counteracting his strength. Part of Bearman’s appeal is the commentary that accompanies the cartoon, so the ideal situation would make reading that commentary easy.

hands-title.jpg

Drawing Hands with a Web Cam

Last year for Christmas, my wife bought me one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time.  A simple little web cam.  No, not for uploading my wonderful likeness to Avatars around the internet, but rather so I could learn to draw hands better.  A lot of people will say they use small […]

brand-aid-logo4.jpg

Comic Brand-Aid: Crowbar Benson

…one thing I don’t touch on in my review, but should be noted is that your artwork inherently has a LOT to do with your brand. Most often, each artist brings their unique talents and style to their comic which is a distinguishing factor and an integral part of your brand.

fontfactor.jpg

Font Factor: Types of Fonts

Not many people are intimidated with picking a font – but they should be. We’re going to present a series of articles that are geared towards helping you make an educated decision – without having to send you to typography school.

WEBCOMICWORKSHOP-LOGO3.jpg

Webcomic Workshop #6

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Brand Parody? What are we allowed to do, law and copyright wise? Dawn: Project Wonderful – better to manually bid on a couple big-name sites, or set up a campaign for lots of smaller sites with similar subject matter? Ken: What metrics are you guys using […]

MacvsPC.jpg

Mac vs. PC: The Webcomics Edition

Ah, yes. The age-old debate. Apple vs. Windows.  Mac vs. PC.  Expensive vs. Affordable.  Pretty vs. Utilitarian.  If you’re involved with webcomics at all, you have probably read a funny webcomic with a definite bias, or witnessed a flame war in a techie forum, or even started weighing the pros and cons yourself before upgrading […]

wftof-3.jpg

Creating Your Business Plan

Proverb: He who fails to plan, plans to fail.  Period. There’s more to independent comic creation then learning how to draw hands and feet, it also is about running it as a business and that requires… wait for it… a Plan!  Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task and is not for the faint […]

brand-aid-logo4.jpg

Comic Brand-Aid: The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred

Today’s volunteer is Liliy of ‘The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred‘. Liliy’s ‘About’ page says “The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred is a comic I created while taking two British Lit classes at the same time. Before I knew it, I had created two characters based on my favorite characters and there you go – […]

WEBCOMICWORKSHOP-LOGO3.jpg

Webcomic Workshop #5

This week, the podcast is covering the following: Ken: What file formats are you guys using and do you think it will be the format that we’ll be using in 2 years? Antoine: Planning T-Shirts for Conventions + Which company to go to? Byron:  I want to discuss “acceptance by your artist peers”. This also […]

DigitalTechniques.jpg

Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #1

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am alway one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t […]