Webcomi-nomics

I’ll preface this article by stating this is merely an opinion piece – it’s not a socio-economic essay of any kind, since there are no concrete facts and figures. This article was inspired from discussions I’ve had with numerous comic creators over the last year. Feel free to argue in the comments below. Just don’t […]

Are you a Webcomic Ghost?

You toil over your comic. You’ve followed the advice. You’ve written it well or drawn and coloured it beautifully. You’ve updated with consistency and you’ve promoted it online with intensity and genuine excitement. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Not necessarily. If we’re not in the rarified air of webcomics authors who have been […]

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Drawing with Drezz #1

Okay folks, the first drawing with Drezz video has landed. Wanna know how I draw El Cuervo? Check out the secrets behind my “pro”cess in this first video of the series. It’s about 30 minutes long, but well worth it. Got any questions? Feel free to give me a shout in the comments section below. […]

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The Rise of Webcomics

PBS Off Book released a short documentary about webcomics on their YouTube channel, and featured a number of established authors discussing the interesting dynamic between their creations and the people that read and share them. You get to see glimpses of what makes the minds of Christina Xu of Breadpig, Nick Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship, Sam Brown of Exploding […]

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No Comments? No Friends? No Problem!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been at this for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years. Getting people to comment on your comic/artwork/writing is something we ALL struggle with. It’s not rocket science, but it can appear that way sometimes. We’ve all tried different strategies to incite engagement, but people just don’t seem to hang […]

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5 Ways to Improve Your Workflow

We all want to be as efficient as possible so we can crank out large quantities of quality comics. But have you ever been hit with a brilliant idea or a surge of energy, only to have that enthusiasm drop after you’ve booted up your computer, checked your 20 emails, responded to your Facebook messages […]

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Composition 101 – Laying out your Comic Page

Layouts with proper composition will capture your reader’s attention and keep them focused on your comic. If this is done poorly, chances are, you’ve given them the opportunity to exit your page instead of leading them through it. Today, I’m going to show you how to improve the composition of your page layout. This should […]

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The Balance: Selling Out vs. Artistic Integrity

You’ve finally made it – your comic is successful, you have a decent following and you have been picked up by a major publisher or sold your work and have the necessary funds to finally quit your day job and do what you love and make a comfortable amount of money. From the back of […]

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Pick of the Week: The Guns of Shadow Valley

There’s nothing as bad-ass as an old-school western. Now throw in a touch of the supernatural and a posse of cowboys with superpowers, and you have a recipe for something that is absolutely amazing. In the Guns of Shadow Valley by Dave Wachter and James Andrew Clark, we’re treated to a story full of style […]

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Gimme an R, Gimme an S, Gimme another S – RSS!

Go team RSS go! Some of you know what we’re cheering about – others are sitting there scratching their heads wondering what RSS is all about. Well, I’m going to show you how easy and beneficial RSS is to your comic, and in another post I’ll show you how to effectively set up some tracking […]

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Pick of the Week: Valkyrie Squadron

When I was a kid, I used to love smashing bugs. In my eyes, critters were always the epitome of evil – lurking in shadows and dark areas, with many appendages, eyes and antennae. Now that I’m older, that fear of bugs disappeared, yet I can’t help but cheer whenever I see a team of […]

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5 Reasons Why Your Comics Fail

Good day folks. I’m not going to beat around the bush in this article – I’m just going to come right out and say it. A lot of comics you see on the Internet = FAIL. It’s not always  due to the people in charge, but more likely because they are lacking a key ingredient […]

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Pick of the Week: Spy6Teen

On the exterior, Cally Calhoon seems like your typical unassuming 16 year old girl. She attends high school and is interested in boys, but there’s one major difference. She’s a high tech spy! As one of the last entries into DC’s Zuda competition a few years ago, Spy6Teen garnered an instant following after posting their […]

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How to Side-Step Creator Burnout

Burn out. It happens to everyone. For some, the creative fires burn long and motivation seems to flow like a never ending stream. But one day, everything dries up and you’re left scratching your head and wondering where the magic has gone. This painful affliction haunts us all – much like the common cold, everyone […]

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Pick of the Week: Nathan Sorry

  I’ve been tasked with a Pick of the Week, and with so many good long form webcomics out there, I had a hell of a time deciding who I wanted to put in the spotlight first. Looking at my list, I knew I had to start by giving props to the talented Rich Barrett, […]

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Creating a Google-Friendly Website

The concerns are always the same – Google is updating their search algorithms and its becoming more and more difficult to ‘game’ the system. How are the honest producers of content expected to stay relevant and near the top of the rankings when there are others who are dedicated to experimenting and finding loopholes in […]

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Inking Techniques (Numero Tres)

Hey kids! We’re back with the final instalment of the inking techniques tutorials. This week we’re going to learn about some methods to do inking digitally. If you have a WACOM tablet or ink using your mouse (hardcore!) you’ll find some of these tips that will work with favorite software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc). Let’s get to it! […]