WA Podcast 125 – Long Form Ret-cons

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… When to ret-con? Mike Gourdin‬ of Blank Scroll had some questions for our latest Long Form Take-over about ret-cons and art changes: 1) I have made some pretty drastic changes to my artwork for season 2 of my comic, is this a MAJOR problem or will most […]

Mini-Interview #3: Liz Staley

Mini-Interviews for our 7 Year Anniversary Kickstarter! Robin’s chatting with Liz about how to overhaul a Patreon to work for you instead of working you to exhaustion, Liz’s patent pending shovel workout routine, and if you RT this within 5 minutes the money sloth will grant you great prosperity. It’s true! Just listen to the […]

WA Podcast 115 – RETURN of the LONG-FORM TAKEOVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Liz Staley (AdrastusComic.com), and Christina Major (Sombulus.com) have once again wrested control of the microphone for their own long, convoluted, plot-and-character-driven SCHEMES.  Fiendish!  Today we’re discussing a reader question from Krystina of SoulBound-Comic.com: “What’s a good way to deal with a text/plot […]

WA Podcast 112 – Long-form TAKE-OVER

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… The long-form ladies HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PODCAST!  It seems like when people say, “webcomics” they often mean, “the funny strips,” ignoring all the amazing creators making sequential stories.  While there’s a lot of cross-over between these two types of comics, there are also some key differences.  […]

WA Podcast 100 – Starting your Story

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face. Today’s discussion… Starting a story can be intimidating.  There are so many different things to consider!  The plot, the characters, the theme…Where to begin?  Robin (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn (DawnGriffinStudios.com), Chris (CapesNBabes.com), and Liz (AdrastusComic.com) share their favorite resources and techniques for developing your stories and getting started. People, […]

Creating Opportunity: A Venn Diagram

Chasing a creative dream is a complicated matter. Deep down, we know it’s not a simple as “step 1, step 2, step 3, SUCCESS!”. Deep down, we know it’s all a crapshoot, and there’s so many determining factors of what could lead to success (however you may define that), it can feel like a big […]

A Scrummy Cartoonist

(Editor note: This is a guest article by John Bintz) Introduction When I first started making comics, I was working on a single series with a single product type — minicomics that eventually became books. I knew what had to be done in this case: draw comics, print books, make advertising material, go to shows. […]

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1 Secret to Writing a Satisfying Ending

There is an art to endings.  They can make or break a story.  Good endings elevate a work and evoke a emotion that lingers for days.  Some endings leave you breathless, eager for more.  Others fill us with a deep sense of well-being and comfort.  Occasionally an ending will rattle us, prompting deep thought and […]

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Managing Tension

A humor strip has a well-established formula for getting readers hooked, and it can be as simple as a Set-Up and a Punchline. Quick, easy to digest, and entertaining. If a person finds it funny, they’ll be back again, and they might comb through the archives for more chuckles and laughs. Done! Reader Caught! But […]

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Finding Your Happy Workspace

Ah yes. Start up the ol’ computer in a beach chair on the Caribbean and have the waiter bring you a Pina Colada to help inspire the next comic….Yeah, right. It’d be nice, but most of us have to deal with make-shift bookshelves, Ikea desks that included a migraine upon assembly, and a hand-me-down scanner […]

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How to Un-Block Writer’s Block

We have all been there, haven’t we? Whether we have written ourselves into a corner and cannot come up with a clever punchline to save our lives, or are staring at a blank screen/piece of paper with no inspiration whatsoever, Writer’s Block is brutal. And for those of us with no buffers (*ahem* ME *ahem*), […]

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Webcomic Workshop – X-File code 1A

This unscheduled Podcast is a very special one! While DAwn was getting married, we invited David Reddick of “Legend of Bill” and covers the following: David: Writing, and what happens if/when you start to write yourself into either a corner, AND/OR you start to have to many loose threads running that you might lose track […]

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Mastering the Comic Balloon

If there was a defining symbol of comics as a medium, it’s the comic balloon.. bubble… Holding shape for the text. Heck, we even plopped one in our Webcomic Alliance logo. So, at some point as a cartoonist, you need to master the balloon. But not just the balloon itself, but the flow of the […]