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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
Therefore, this “Webcomic article asks… Should we really consider this a ‘Sci-Fi’ webcomic”? In my humble opinion…
Branding. What do you care about branding? If you’re planning on a future in comics or webcomics – you should care a whole lot. Sure it’s another “business” aspect we’re telling you to be aware of – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be creative. This week we’ll take our second practical look at branding […]
This week, the podcast is covering the following: Dawn: Is going on hiatus to build a buffer and relaunch your site worth the loss of readership? Ken: PRO TIP QUESTION: What types of brush techniques are you using and if you downloaded brush presets – where did you get them? Dawn – Illustrator, Byron – […]
We have all been there, haven’t we? Whether we have written ourselves into a corner and cannot come up with a clever punchline to save our lives, or are staring at a blank screen/piece of paper with no inspiration whatsoever, Writer’s Block is brutal. And for those of us with no buffers (*ahem* ME *ahem*), […]
As comic creators, we’re much better at using pencils, pens and markers then we are at reading a contract. If you’re like most people, you’ve been handed a multi-page document in which you signed your life away not really having completely read or understood the document’s intent. Now, if you trust your cell phone provider, […]
This unscheduled Podcast is a very special one! While DAwn was getting married, we invited David Reddick of “Legend of Bill” and covers the following: David: Writing, and what happens if/when you start to write yourself into either a corner, AND/OR you start to have to many loose threads running that you might lose track […]
From the banner with the breasts, you may be setting the wrong expectations. I happen to know (because “apparently” I read it), 1977 the Comic is not about breasts, but someone clicking on the banner may not.
This week, the podcast is covering the following: Ken: How much social media (twitter/facebook) is a good thing? Byron: Designing Ads that work & look good. Antoine: How do you fight a lost of motivation? Dawn: Is it worth it to have buttons/pins/trinkety stuff made for conventions? Do people still buy this stuff? Drink of […]
If there was a defining symbol of comics as a medium, it’s the comic balloon.. bubble… Holding shape for the text. Heck, we even plopped one in our Webcomic Alliance logo. So, at some point as a cartoonist, you need to master the balloon. But not just the balloon itself, but the flow of the […]
As comic creators, there are do’s and don’ts on how we can handle the usage of copyrighted material in our comics under the name of parody. The biggest question I get asked is “Do I have to get permission to use another creator’s characters in my comic?” The short answer is no. Here’s why, and, […]
Every new social network that surfaces and gains popularity eventually invents its own etiquette rule book. Myspace had general “niceties”- like NOT designing your page obnoxiously or forcing people to listen to your favorite screaming heavy metal band. Facebook even has built-in etiquette bots that make sure you are not assaulting people with constant plugs […]
As a general rule, if you’re slowing down the process of absorbing and comprehending your brand, you’re doing it wrong.
The Webcomic Workshop is a podcast that troubleshoots the world of webcomics. The four of come together with the problems and issues we face of creating and promoting our own webcomics. We then share with you the solutions we come up with in our round table discussions. This week, the podcast is covering the following: […]
Many users of Manga Studio don’t even realize what a powerful coloring tool it can be. It is slightly different from PhotoShop or Corel Paint, but for comic strip artists, Manga Studio proves to be a worthy coloring tool. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you the basic steps of coloring as I do […]
Banners. As webcomickers, we need them to help promote our comics. As webcomic readers, we hate them. As a designer, some make me cry.