If you’ve been a reader of Webcomics.com for a while, you know how much I loathe “magic number” advice. But as much as I detest typing it, this “one weird trick” will almost certainly improve your comic.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
December To-Do List
It’s already December. It’s a month dominated by holidays — both preparing for and celebrating them — and it’s the end of the year. It’s probably the most challenging month for a webcartoonist, so let’s get organized.Read more
ComicLab Ep 311 — Does your comic have an expiration date?
Referring to current events may give your comic an edge today, but it can also make your work harder for future generations to enjoy. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…Read more
Social media and behavioral modification
B.F. Skinner’s research showed that rewards and punishments can alter a subject’s behavior. We can use those same simple techniques to change how our readers interact with us on social media.Read more
How to record a Patreon walk-through video
Patreon has proven to be a game-changer for many people pursuing webcomics. However, some new patrons have difficulty navigating the Patreon interface to get the most out of their patronage. While I don’t mind seeing “my financial situation has changed” and […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Webcomics Confidential: What size should your graphic novel be?
Beginning cartoonists often ask what size they should make their comic. Many are looking for “standard” sizes. The answer is a little more complicated than you’d expect — and it means focusing on what’s important about the comic you’re doing.Read more
ComicLab Ep 310 — ”Critique my work for only a dollar!”
A ComicLab listener would like his friends to give him feedback on his comic — and he wants them to subscribe to his Patreon to do it. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…Read more
When to launch — and conclude — a Kickstarter campaign
While recording an interview for the marvelous Story/Comic podcast, I discussed my strategy for secretly launching a Kickstarter to Patreon backers. The show’s host, Barney Smith, asked, “Does that increase your Kickstarter campaign from 30 to 31 days?” At that […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Nobody wants to buy a T-shirt with your character or your logo on it. It’s not that your original character is bad. Rather, it’s the fact that you don’t understand why people buy (and wear) T-shirts.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Patreon has unveiled a massive update to its service, and we’ll discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly.
ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…
- The user experience has some significant improvements
- eStore — Buy digital goods.
- Find Creators You Love — a somewhat improved attempt at discoverability
- Member Posts section is being sunsetted
- Anemic analytics. Graphtreon still beats Patreon’s own data.
- Patreon’s pivot to social media. I have lots of places to talk to my fans. Social media is where I go to make NEW fans. That means Discoverability. Where’s that??
- Patreon Chat. It’s a straight 50-50 split. Half of my patrons can’t see/access the chat, and the other half don’t care.
- Making a new post: BAD interface. Separates different parts of the process to different screens. It makes it super awkward to select tiers.
- That logo is laughable. Whoever designed it belongs in the Witless Protection Program.
This is an excellent time to start an account on Reddit — or to dust off a profile you haven’t used in ages. With 52 million active users and passionate communities, Reddit can help bolster the engagement you’re losing at Twitter.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Drawing a person with black hair can be tricky. If you’re not careful, you can end up with someone who looks as if a stack of vinyl records melted on their head! This three-minute Clip Studio Paint tutorial shows my method for adding intricate looking (buy easy to do) highlights that will allow color to radiate through — giving you character a textured and nuanced appearance.
Highlights for Black Hair
The effect, when color is added, can be quite beautiful.
Unless you have a granular knowledge of advertising, demographics, and much more, you’re probably wasting money on “plug-and-play” advertising like Google Ads and paid promotion on social media. Here’s why…The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Sure, making comics is fun, but do we ever do serious work, like painting, sculpting, or other classical art forms?
ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…
- Do we ever do “classical” work?
- If tenacity is #1, what’s #2?
- UPDATE: Dave’s booth cost for SDCC ’24
- UPDATE: NCS networking
- UPDATE: Alaska Comics Camp
- Which to work on… popular, fun Series A or almost-done Series B?
- Black gutters
In an earlier post, I talked about incorporating a circular panel into a page design intended to work well on a printed page — without having a negative impact on the vertical-scroll version of the webcomic. Here’s a step-by-step guide on doing exactly that.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.