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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Birth of a Comic in Manga Studio 5

(Byron’s note: I’ve also created this tutorial in PDF form which will read a bit easier on most screens.  Download that PDF HERE.) I thought by sharing my workflow in the new Manga Studio 5, it would illustrate how the updated software works plus demonstrate the basic tools and operations of the software.  This is […]

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What I’ve Learned from Angry Old Ladies

(Byron’s note: Bear with me as this story from my childhood leads to a point for us comic creators) 1969.  It was the summer of Woodstock and Man landing on the moon.  It was the first time actors appeared nude on Broadway in a little musical called “Hair”.  It was the Age of Aquarius and […]

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Are You Ready for a Book?

We here at the Alliance get asked this question a lot: “When will I know I’m ready to print my first book?”  This is a loaded question and the real question should be “Is my comic ready for printing?”  What I mean is your audience ready to shell out hard earned cash for your comic […]

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Deal With The Devil

What follows is an editorial opinion by me, the official Old Fart of the Webcomic Alliance.  This opinion is not shared by my fellow Alliance members.  I am stating this up front as my opinion is going to be used to drive home my point. Now that I’ve clarified this, let’s get to the point […]

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The IRS and You

  I received an email from a good reader and participant here at Webcomic Alliance, Robin Dempsey of http://leylinescomic.com.  She asked some great questions about starting up a business.  Eventually, all us artists will sell stuff and have some sort of income from our work.  How do we handle it?  What are the legal and […]

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Happy Birthday!

On October 13th, 2010, the Webcomic Alliance opened it’s doors. All those year ago. One year. That was quick…and it was awfully long. For certain, October snuck up on us here in the Alliance’s corporate offices. Since no one changed the wall calendar (next to the water cooler) twice this year, we all thought it […]

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Webcomic Workshop #15

Less Swearing, More Talking. Coming to you for a whopping 60 minutes this time! Introducing this week: the listeners’ issues! And as a gift for this new feature, the 4 issues this week are all issues submitted by you guys! This podcast we discuss: Byron – Brought by Marie Tary of http://www.brymstone.net/ and http://shifters.comicgenesis.com/ How […]

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Webcomic Workshop #14

Less Swearing, More Talking. Coming to you for a whopping 78 minutes this time! This podcast we discuss: Byron: How to use your RSS, i.e. ads, tracking stats, etc. Antoine: Pros & Cons of resizing or removing your comic for RSS feed Ken: How much time do you spend and how far do you go […]

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Webcomic Workshop #13

Less Swearing, More Talking. Coming to you for a whopping 95 minutes this time! This podcast we discuss: Antoine: I’m going to ask you, with all the cons you’ve been and seen. What would you suggest a rookie that is getting ready for his first Artist Alley table, and more specifically, what to offer at […]

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Webcomic Workshop #12

This podcast we discuss: Byron:  Printing locally vs. on-line services Antoine: What do you do to try to slow yourself down when you want to do too much things at the same time? Dawn:  What to do when you can’t afford mass production? Ken:   When you guys see something you think is awesome – do […]

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Webcomic Workshop #11

This podcast we review the C2E2 Comic Convention held March 18 – 20, 2011, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Byron talks about comparing how we set up our tables this year compared to last year’s show, Ken covers working on your “pitch” for your comic and products and Dawn goes over her fear of public speaking […]

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Webcomic Workshop #10

This podcast we cover: Podcast #10 is a review of issues we’ve brought to the table and we chat about the results of our actions suggested in the podcast.  Some of the results were very interesting!  And Antoine is fine form with his swearing and kazoo, Dawn is drunk on White Russians while Ken just […]

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Webcomic Workshop #9

This podcast we cover: Ken: What do you do when you run up against one of your limitations? (not specifically but as an example: drawing hands and feet, characters at specific angles, from behind 3/4 view, etc)? Dawn: Where do you draw the line at “shameless” self-promotion? (not on twitter, or at cons.. just regular […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 4D

This podcast is not censored and may have some language not suitable for work.  You’ve been warned. This podcast we cover: Byron: Doing what your comic needs vs. what you want it to need (I struggle with what format and update schedule). Dawn: Pay-walls and subscriptions to get bonus material. Good or bad idea? And […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 3C

This podcast we cover: Tyler: The quest for profitability! What are you guys doing this year to increase revenue and/or decrease costs vs. last year? Ken: How often should you update the look of the site? Are tweaks enough? Dawn: What are some cheap promo items to pass out at a con, that won’t just […]

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Webcomic Workshop X-File code 2B

This podcast we cover: Ryan: How to respond when your blog posts trigger a heated debate (i.e. kill them with kindness…) Dawn: The “female” demographic: merchandise, comics geared towards women, and “business” vs. “being PC” Byron: What to do when you have fallen off the Social Networking radar. Ken: Is having a “clique” or two […]

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Webcomic Workshop #8

This podcast we cover: Dawn: I tend to over-do-it on the artwork. How do you know when your artwork on any particular comic is done? Byron: Using Comic Ranking thingies on your site & should you use a Tip Jar? Ken: Considering the creative direction/writing of your comic: Do you follow your instincts and do […]

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Webcomic Workshop #7

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Links, ads, icons, social medias, etc… When do we draw the line? What is “Too much” stuff on your website? Dawn: Dealing with critical family members or significant others who don’t “get” what we do. Balancing loved ones and aspirations. Ken: How much effort do you […]

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Webcomic Workshop #6

The topics we cover in this podcast are: Antoine: Brand Parody? What are we allowed to do, law and copyright wise? Dawn: Project Wonderful – better to manually bid on a couple big-name sites, or set up a campaign for lots of smaller sites with similar subject matter? Ken: What metrics are you guys using […]