Webcomics.com: The Year in Review
It was an amazing year at Webcomics.com. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
The Webcomics.com Awards were announced
When Howard Tayler received cease-and-desist for his “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates” comic (and accompanying merchandise), he sat with Webcomics.com for a Q&A of his handling of the issue.
Are you a spammer? Here’s how to tell.
A member shared information on reducing your comic’s load time.
Scott Kurtz shared some thoughts on how he’s approached improving his writing
Great strategies for using QR codes
Noting air fare increases since Dec. 2010, Webcomics.com advised members to book their convention travel as soon as possible to lock in prices that were bound to increase over the course of the year.
Dave Kellett’s address at the Festival of Cartoon Arts
Accessing brick-and-mortar opportunities
Working with a walk cycle to improve your figure drawing
The pre-Square guide to accepting credit-cards at conventions
T-shirt tutorial: From spot colors to percentages of each size to order.
You asked Scott Kurtz anything. And he answered.
My story about not listening to well-intentioned advice: “Enjoy Obscurity.”
When are the best times to tweet?
Will Disney/Marvel merger change comic-con commissioned sketch culture?
Art 101: Draw large and reduce
How to share a convention booth
Using Square for credit-card transactions
Making the leap from POD to offset
Disadvantages of a Sole Proprietorship
The Hitch It / Ditch It critiques rewarded each participant for something they’re doing right, and pointed out one area of improvement
Scott Kurtz, Robert Khoo and I announced a special meet-up after hours at Comic-Con.
Empire City Marketing announced its services to help cartoonists with marketing and PR, offering such things as access to Zuda (which had closed shop months earlier) and Act-I-Vate (whose founder had never heard of them).
I experimented with Scribol, and got some admirable results.
The Kickstarter vs IndiGOGO comparison brought to light some very troubling facts about IndieGOGO’s methodology
Brand the comic or the cartoonist?
Mary Cagle offered some critiques on coloring
Tutorial on drawing kids
Jim Shooter: An inside look at comics contracts
We discussed how Assetbar handled its failure
I ticked a whole lot of you off by sharing how much I disliked 24-Hour Comics Day (and discouraging your participation)
Using Klout to gauge your social-media outreach
Scott Kurtz shared some thoughts on critical self-examination
Adapting on the fly at a comic convention
Kachingle started accepting donations on behalf of owners of Web sites — without the opt-in of those sites! We issued a member adisory
Member Benny Powell shared some thoughts on how packaging matters
I had a few warnings about participating in a charity
I shared a good idea for next year: Digital Advent calendars
My personal word-balloon journey