As we near the end of 2023, it’s clear that Twitter is dying. What was once a dominant force in social media communication is now a virtual ghost town. That means that independent comics artists must start preparing for a post-Twitter future. I have some thoughts I’d like to share about that.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
You want to write longform stories that are brisk and engaging, and yet you also want to optimize your comic to use social media to build an audience. It feels impossible to write a quality story and succeed on social […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Joke vs. Non sequiturs
Many of us struggle with humor writing. In many cases this boils down to understanding the difference between a joke and a non sequitur. I’m going to use a case study as an example.Read more
March To-Do List
Get out your calendar and start circling dates. It’s time to do a little webcomics planning.Read more
ComicLab Ep 324: Using animation to promote
TikTok and Instagram reels are moving to the forefront of social media. Is it time to learn video/animation so you can promote your webcomic? ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…Read more
Crisis management for creators
In a Surviving Creativity podcast a few years ago, Scott Kurtz, Cory Casoni, and I discussed how creator reaction to the Patreon service fee announcement spiraled out of control — and had some pretty nasty consequences. During that conversation, we […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Writing an effective book title
What’s in a name? Quite a bit if you’re trying to name your book. Crafting the right title can have a significant effect on everything from Kickåstarter pledges to audience response. And there are some very real pitfalls to avoid.Read more
Line breaks in word balloons
Lettering is crucially important — especially if you’re trying to write a humor comic. Comedy is about timing, and bad lettering kills timing. So let’s look at a seldom discussed aspect of lettering — line breaks.Read more
I got a Facebook friend request from a cartoonist, and, as usual, I accepted. Within seconds I got a “thanks for the add” direct message. Friending is not exactly an “add,” but I decided not to split semantic hairs. I sent him a thumbs-up icon as an acknowledgment.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Steven Spielberg was rejected TWICE by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Walt Disney’s newspaper editor told him he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’. A perceived failure often tends to be the gateway to a bigger success. That’s why we spend too much time worrying about what happens if our Kickstarter fails.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
While we were at the National Cartoonists Society Rueben Awards Weekend, we stopped cartoonists and asked them one question: When you need to spark creativity — and nothing is happening — how do you find ideas? Today’s show is a compilation of those responses.
A webcartoonist with a hefty archive was once in an enviable position. In an ad-driven business model, that large archive translated directly into paid ad views. But now that advertising is nearly nonexistent, how does a comics creator monetize their archive?The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
If you want to build out your comics-font library, be sure to mark this on your calendar. Comicraft traditionally holds a sale on Jan 1 every year in which the price of each of their fonts is based on the year. This New Year’s Day, every ComiCraft font will be $20.24 apiece.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
This is a time when many of us start daydreaming about the coming year. We have hopes, plans, goals, and dreams. We have so much we want to accomplish. And yet, it’s going to seem like this year — like the one before it — will whoosh past us, leaving so much stuff left undone. And there we’ll be, the following December, daydreaming goals for the next year.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Patreon unveiled a free membership tier, and it’s really throwing a monkey wrench into things.
ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW…
- It’s official. We hate Patreon’s Free Membership Tier
- Understanding Parody & Free Use
- Do Dave and Brad ever fight?!
As we head into December, it’s likely that you may be considering producing a 2024 calendar to sell to your audience. We’ll talk about whether this is a smart business move. (Here’s a hint: It’s probably not.)The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
With Twitter going down the tubes, I’ve been re-focusing my efforts on social media — trying to see if I can get traction on one of the new platforms before my next Kickstarter. That has resulted in a weekly spreadsheet of scheduled posts so I can organize my efforts over several different platforms. I also redoubled my efforts at engaging on social media. And in doing so, I discovered something startling.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.