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 […]

Inside Bob the Squirrel…part 2

A few years ago, I bought a house. I looked at 13 different houses before finding this one.  Every house I looked at had trees somewhere, some in the front, some on the side, but only one had a tree in the back.  Not just any tree, a TREE tree.  This tree would be perfect […]

How to Build a Buffer

You’ve all heard about them, and if you’ve been in the game for a few years, you wonder if they’re even achievable – I’m talking about the elusive buffer. It’s one of the most prized assets of comic artists who have a specific posting schedule. Perhaps you’re one of those folks who post a page […]

Paying It Forward

This article is going to be a little change of pace for us here at the Alliance. We here at the Alliance do all this stuff for free. We do it willingly as we hope that folks can learn from our experiences, good or bad. And it seems to work as we have a lot […]

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Webcomic Workshop Podcast 70

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. This podcast we discuss: Byron: After a few  years of doing conventions, I want to revisit the notion of attending comic cons. Are they truly worth it? Would we be better off focusing our attention to our comics and creations, especially since we have limited time for creating anyway? […]

POTM: Dynagirl

“Five years after the tragic end of Fallen Justice we find Kerri Masters struggling in more ways than one with the events of the past. She has retired, and seemingly moved on from her former life as one of the most powerful heroes in the world. But when she meets a mysterious woman who offers […]