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Alliance Chat 17

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before! In this podcast, we’re chatting about tagging you comic’s site so new visitors can quickly identify what your comic (and your website) is all about. This can be in the header image or in a top level sidebar widget, but many artists forget to do this […]

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Criticism – How it hurts so good.

Long ago, in the beginning,  once upon a time… a nomadic prehistoric human painted a picture on a cave wall.  It depicted an event:  a great hunt.  Charging wild beasts being chased by other wild beasts with spears and axes.  The reason for the painting could have been for any number of reasons: Maybe to […]

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In praise of R. Crumb

I like to drink coffee, but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur. I limit myself to just one cup a day: large, black, one or two sugars. Many times, I’ll opt for black only.  People who know my coffee preference cannot fathom drinking it damn near straight like that.  No creamer?  No cinnamon? No […]

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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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Finding the Typical Webcomic Reader

  They’re out there. Passionate, dedicated, willing to support indie creators, and yet so very elusive: The Typical Webcomic Reader. As we have discussed on this site and on our podcasts, although we can easily find fellow creators quite easily on social media, finding the READERS… you know, the ones who keep up with every update […]

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Webcomic Artists as Subway Musicians

­­­ by Steve Ogden and Tom Dell’Aringa   In a previous article, Dawn already talked about the broken webcomic “business model” , but there might be something in all this that’s even worse than a simple broken model. The web is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a direct route to a potential multi-billion-person […]

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Open for Debate: Using the Term Webcomic

Question: Do we still need to refer to our work as a webcomic now that there is an increase in digital versions of standard comics & new opportunities emerging through Comixology and other promotion and publication apps? Before you answer that, read this article and do some heavy thinking. (You should have had ample time […]

News Round-up: Fall/Winter 2012

To Reboot or not to Reboot? So, everyone was all flustered (and often just seething with hatred out of jealousy, angst, disgust, or whatever the reason) about Tim Buckley’s decision to reboot his uber-popular comic CTRL+ALT+DELETE. He wanted a better way to tell the gaming stories and jokes, so he killed off his characters and […]

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Alliance Chat 3

Alliance Chat, where no topic has gone before! Welcome to the Alliance Chat! This podcast will be about various topics in not only the comic industry, but nearly anything that effects creators of all types. And sometimes just plain old life issues; like stinky feet or that Drezz pees in pools. In this podcast, we […]

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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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Webcomic News Round-up: Early 2012

If you’re a business-minded creator, you know it’s best to keep up with the latest news in our ever-growing field. The Webcomics business is still very much in it’s early stages, and while the technology-based media (like, say, PC Mag) will run articles on the latest-and-greatest webcomics out there, most of the country is still […]

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Open for Debate: Should We Kill ‘Webcomics’?

I’m revisiting a post I did earlier in the year about the name ‘Webcomic’ and I stated that I would stop using the word and start using Comic Strip. I stopped short from calling for ‘Webcomic’s’ death. Until now. Kill it. Let it die. In my original article I made some really good points, some […]

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Stop Procrastinating! Start Working!

Ken’s previous article “Starting from Scratch“, talked about how to put your ideas to paper instead of just keeping them locked away in your head. This article is a follow-up, and its going to act as the kick in the rear you need to do what he’s talking about. I had a high school gym […]

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Font Factor: Ascenders, Descenders, Widows and Orphans

Ascenders and Descenders, Widows and Orphans and why should you care? Let’s start with the easy part. You use them every day. Or at least anytime you write something. And I mean write – type or handwritten. Same difference. Ascenders and descenders are more common because they are part of letters. Most of us don’t […]

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Open for Debate: Webcomics, Comics or Cartoons?

What’s wrong with simply using the word comics? Why webcomics? With apologies to Scott McCloud, ‘Sequential Art’ is difficult to spell and well, kind of snooty. Generally, just slapping a prefix or letter onto an existing word is silly. Ebook? Ecommerce? Even blog is a mashup of web and log.

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Font Factor: Types of Fonts

Not many people are intimidated with picking a font – but they should be. We’re going to present a series of articles that are geared towards helping you make an educated decision – without having to send you to typography school.

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Fair Use for Webcomics

As comic creators, there are do’s and don’ts on how we can handle the usage of copyrighted material in our comics under the name of parody.  The biggest question I get asked is “Do I have to get permission to use another creator’s characters in my comic?” The short answer is no. Here’s why, and, […]

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Comic Brand-Aid

This is an ongoing series where we take a look at the concept of branding and how it applies to your comic.