Patreon tier images

To be honest, it was a tip that I passed along, but personally dismissed. Patreon had been insisting that they had a simple way I could improve my ability to earn backers, but it was so simple, I decided it […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Writing a good beginning

The beginning of your story should hook your readers. If a story starts off boring, why would anyone want to keep reading? That’s why it’s so important to take a little time and craft the opening pages of your comic. […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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ComicLab Ep 55: Pro No Tip

Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! In this episode, they discuss best practices for sound effects and promoting longform comics on social media. NEXT, they discuss “Chapter Zero” — what it is, and whether it’s right for you. […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Seven stories — Understanding narrative archetypes

According to author/journalist Christopher Booker, there are seven basic plot types that recur throughout every kind of storytelling. It’s a pretty amazing theory. We’ve been telling the same seven stories over and over again — just with different characters and […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Writing stories — plotting a route

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing a story isn’t coming up with a grand arc that challenges and changes your main character. Sometimes the devil is in those little details along the way — all of those myriad decisions you have […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Rethinking the Webcartoonist’s “Secret Weapon”

FOver the past several weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the future of webcomics. We’re in a period of significant upheaval, and rather than be frightened, I’m focusing on the opportunities that present themselves in such times. […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Stop being so original on social media

A while back, I made the point that many creative people underperform on social media because they’re creative people. Ironically, the thing that makes them amazing creators makes them horrible social-media managers — originality. Let’s talk about why that is […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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