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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 72

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Robin: Techniques for CLOSING. I can draw them in, I can get them interested, but I’m struggling to tip a potential customer into a paying customer. Any techniques I should try? Drezz: Tapastic. I’ve decided to give it a second chance (never totally gave up […]

Webpizza – Or How NOT To Market Your Comic

Let’s say you make the best damn pizza ever. You decide to go into business making pizzas. You get all the ingredients just right. But instead of having a traditional brick and mortar store, you decide to only sell your pizza ON-LINE! The internet is going to make you rich, just like everyone else. Yay! […]

My Complete Resource List…

Hey all you Webcomic Alliance kids out there… Whenever your Uncle Chris goes to conventions, he is invariably asked “where did you get your banners?” or “Who printed your postcards?” so I thought it might be helpful to all you young, aspiring convention goers if I made a handy-dandy list of all the things I use, […]

Hell Freezes! Watterson Returns!

“If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck” And so all the rumors of Bill Watterson doing some art for the comic “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis are true! Read Stephan’s full post HERE. Here’s a sample comic too: His story proves one thing: You […]

Alliance Chat 24

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting with Cartoonist Mike Maihack, creator of “Cleopatra in Space”, an all-ages Sci-Fi full-color original graphic novel, now in print via Graphix/Scholastic. Mike chats with Byron about his past webcomics and how “Cleopatra in Space” ended up in a publishing deal. An interesting chat […]

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POTM: Gorilla in the Midst

Chuckles Mulligan has a problem at home, no matter how he tries he can not ignore the Gorilla in the room…the literal Gorilla in the room.  Gorilla in the Midst by Chris Simonite takes us into the world of the Mulligans as Chuckles wife Hilda opens up their home and personal lives to Gus the […]

It’s a Comic Strip

(Byron’s Note: This is a guest article from Scott Jenkins.) The winds of change are continuing to blow through the comic making universe and there are a lot different opinions about its direction, its future and its viability as a medium. However, there is one thing about the comic strip that is still the same, […]

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Alliance Chat 23

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… MARKETING!! Special guest John McCarthy (@surfsidejack on Twitter) brings in his bounty of marketing knowledge to stir the pot here on the Chat Podcast. We get into what Marketing is and some models that may work for you as an […]

You Never Know When Opportunity Might Knock

  As my banner to today’s article says, you truly can never tell, predict or anticipate when opportunity might come a’knockin’ on your door. That might seem obvious but today’s article is also a tale of how an opportunity came my way suddenly and unexpectedly – and a possible lesson you can learn from my […]

POTM Interview: Minna Sundberg of Stand Still. Stay Silent

We’ve had a lot of fun in May spotlighting the latest comic creation by Minna Sundberg.  Minna definitely shows her talents and creativity in the wonderful comics she has created, but let’s take some time and get to know Minna a bit better as she takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the […]

Escaping the Sitting desk

If you’re an artist or a writer, it’s a fair bet that you spend most of your time sitting. And if you have an office day-job, the amount of time you spend on your butt hunched over a screen is probably the vast majority of the time you spend awake. As studies have shown, this […]

Mix tapes, comics and time

Authors note:  I wrote this post a  few years back for my site bobthesquirrel.com.  I’ve chosen to re-imagine it from a comics pespective because I think the parallels are pretty similar.  Plus, I fixed a lot of the grammar. 🙂 Enjoy! Those of you that were born in the mid-seventies like me, who were on […]

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Alliance Chat 22

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about… TIME MANAGEMENT!! And it takes us like 10 minutes to get the subject started, so we need to practice it a bit ourselves. We end the podcast with the tips we do to keep ourselves on track and focused.

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POTM: Stand Still. Stay Silent

90 years have passed since the rash illness wiped out a large majority of the world.  Stand Still. Stay Silent takes us into the post apocalyptic world where the “Silent World” have been left untouched for years and rumors have turned to myth, and now it’s the time for a crew to venture into this […]

Comic Cons: Breaking Down Setting it Up

 I know. Another convention article from me. Maybe that’s because comic con season just hit full swing, or maybe it’s because the #1 question I get asked over and over here at the Alliance is something like, “Where do I get ____ for conventions?” I have covered how to SET UP YOUR STOREFRONT (as in, […]

Talking about Sketch Covers…

Hey kids… today your Uncle Chris is going to talk about a new item you can put on your convention table that might draw eyes to your table and give you a nice priced item that might net you a nice little profit once it is sold. What am I talking about, you might ask? […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 71

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Dawn: What to include in a submission to publishers. Cover letter content, types of strips to include, etc. also: do I push the all ages spect or just say it’s for 1 specific demographic ( I guess kids 8-12?) Drezz: Patreon – should I bother […]

POTM Interview: Dynagirl

Dynagirl writer Cary Kelly sits down and tackles our 10 Questions for the Pick of the Month. Enjoy! 1. First comic you read as a child? It was a Batman book, no doubt about it. Neal Adams drew it, and I remember being amazed even then, as young as I was, at how he moved […]