Designing Your Book…

Book image credit: www.freeimages.com and zdelia A helpful way to start… Alright, so this past weekend, I finished putting the final touches on the fourth Capes & Babes book and thought it might be useful to talk a little bit about everything that went in to putting this book together. As many listeners to our […]

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POTM Interview: David Hurley of Don’t Pick the Flowers

September has been a fun month to visit David Hurley’s wonderful webcomic “Don’t Pick the Flowers”.  Now that you’ve taken some time to familiarize yourself with David’s work, let’s take a little bit of time and learn some more about David himself as he takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”. […]

Alliance Chat 28

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Matthew Parker is an attorney licensed in Colorado (CO Bar Number 46914) and a creative writer. He’s joining us to clear the air of the many misconceptions regarding copyright law. WHAT IS COPYRIGHT? – Choosing to […]

Open for Debate: Being Beaten to the Punch(line)

We’ve all been there before…. …Or if you haven’t, prepare yourself as it WILL happen. That moment when you realize that project you poured yourself into was already done, and by someone with more notoriety. Now what do you do? I bring this up because I recently dealt with a situation like this. I illustrated […]

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POTM: Don’t Pick the Flowers

Don’t Pick the Flowers is one of those great comics that remind us that it’s OK to be unique.  It follows the lives of Suzanne, her brother Vincent and their pet duck named, well none other than Duck.  Suzanne and Vincent are your typical brother and sister, picking at each other most of the time, […]

Webcomic Workshop Podcast 74

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Chris: Wondering if I should re-title my first three books to remove the “Flick” reference as I’ve noticed this might be turning some people off. Or should I just make one larger volume with all three books in one volume? Byron/Robin: Both Byron and Robin talk about […]

A Scrummy Cartoonist

(Editor note: This is a guest article by John Bintz) Introduction When I first started making comics, I was working on a single series with a single product type — minicomics that eventually became books. I knew what had to be done in this case: draw comics, print books, make advertising material, go to shows. […]

POTM Interview: Cody Baier of Cloudscratcher

This month we’ve taken to the skies with Cloudscratcher and been on some amazing adventures with this eclectic group of heroes, but let’s come back down to earth and take some time to focus on the creator of this wonderful comic, Cody Baier.  Cody will take on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the […]

Alliance Chat 27

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… Value-based pricing: Are you asking for what your product is worth? Consider not only what it is, but the market you’re selling it to! AND…  Tiered Pricing: Benefits of bundles, what to put in them, how to push them.

POTM: Cloudscratcher

Cloudscratcher takes you right into the heat of the battle with the first comic, opening the first chapter with a KA-THOOM!! and throwing you the reader right into the middle of the conflict with the Margoth Empire.  We meet along the way the motley crew that makes up the Cloudscratcher, some that have been fighting the […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 73

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Drezz: I’ve recently begun work on a new comic project – this time, with a writer. Do you feel that having an artist/writer combo or team effort to produce comics produce better results (quality, timeliness, etc) or do they suffer the same fate and problems […]

Hollywood: Give Us Back SDCC!

I’m not going to rant here, that’s too easy. But San Diego Comic Con needs to be broken up in to two separate events, as the comic portion of Comic Con is all but lost. I’m not the first to notice this, but I’m going to stand up and state my displeasure of how SDCC […]

Creating Your First Behance Project

Fellow cartoonist and webcomic pal Krishna Sadasivam (@pcweenies on Twitter) last week wrote up a great comparison of Dribble vs. Behance. He concluded Behance the overall better site and with that in mind, I went over and created my Behance portfolio. I too was impressed, so much so, I wanted to share how I created […]

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Alliance Chat 26

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… drawing copyrighted characters at conventions for money: is it right, wrong or just a shade of gray? Our last Chat Podcast ran long, so I edited out this topic so we could focus just on it alone for […]

POTM: Shades of Gray

Calm down, before you start getting all hot and bothered it’s not that “Shades of Gray”, this one gives you an actual story with characters you’ll care about.  Shades of Gray takes us to an alien world, where we meet Ten.  Just like all of us Ten has wanted for more in his life, a […]

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Alliance Chat 25

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… First we follow up on Tapastic and how it’s working initially for those of us here at the Alliance who use it. And then we chat about how we used to be concerned with page-views for Ad revenue […]

Review: Manga Studio 5 for Beginners

The fine folks over at Packt Publishing graced my desktop with the latest Manga Studio instructional book written by Michael Rhodes. The book is a whopping 400 pages long! But don’t let that deter you, it is an easy read and once you get rolling along, the time passes quickly. I am a proponent of […]

The Right Tools Revelation

I have the strangest revelations about art when I’m washing dishes. Looking down at my soap-slicked hands as they held the sponge, slightly red from the just-under-scalding water, I marveled at the dynamic that exists between skill and tools. While I could spend all my life perfecting my dish-washing technique, if I did not have […]