One of the most challenging tasks that lay ahead for both aspiring and established webcomics is getting the word out to your audience (or potential audience) that you exist. In the past, link exchanges, top links, banner exchanges and webrings were enough to bring a steady flow of visitors. These days however, the dynamics of the web have changed, and creators are forced to look into more commercial methods of marketing, namely advertising. But advertising can be expensive pursuit and what if you want to MAKE money with ads? Read on, and find out how to minimize your advertising costs, while maximizing the value of your own site’s ads.
So recently I came across the site Clients from hell. This site is primarily for Graphic designers and other creative professional types (illustrators, web designers, etc) to share a communal pain at the grief and agony we suffer at the hands of seriously dumbfuck clients. One theme that re-occurs over and over again, which is one that hits home in really sore and tender ways, is the clients reluctance to pay for creative work, and the absolutely retarded ways they try to get out of paying for it. I don’t think I know a single creative professional who hasn’t suffered through this, and I know many who continue to suffer. Why? Because creatives don’t know how to do business. Here’s why.
This originally appeared in my deviant art journal, but that’s not exactly a great place to post this and I thought it was one of the more poignant pieces I’ve ever written on what Webcomic readers can do to support their favorite comics without spending a dime. A lot of webcomic readers are young, and understandably don’t have a lot of cash, but when it comes to support, lifting your favorite comic up doesn’t have to require a credit card or even a bank account. If you are interested in seriously showing webcomic artists some appreciation, read on.
I saw this article posted by a friend called “Just don’t do it: the case against exercise”. It might seem from the title a little politically backwards, considering we are constantly inundated with the calls to the gym. But in reality I think its an insightful look at what is possibly the most dreadful way to physically exert yourself on the planet.
The article talks about ‘movement’ as alternative word for ‘exercise’, but I don’t know if that’s entirely nessisary. I think the key thing I personally took away was something I think I’ve been feeling for years. The gym is a fucking boring place.
Okay, if you’ve never heard of this (and I don’t blame you, you’re probably not into this stuff like I am…) but if you are serious about making any kinda coin with your webcomic (or anything else that’s creatively produced indepentantly in the internet, such as music, fiction, blogging, etc.), its a rather interesting theory.
Originally written by Kevin Kelly, the 1000 true fans theory states in a nutshell that if you want to make a living off your creative genious on the internet, you need to cultivate “1000 true fans”. A true fan being defined as someone who is so zealous about your work, they’d buy everything 10 times over, even your belly button lint if it was sold on Ebay. Basically someone who truely is ‘fanatical’ about what you are doing. This post turned out to be a pretty hot topic across many blogs, which even prompted further posts, against, defending, and comparing to similar theories, even some temperance from reality of doing it. Go ahead, read it, come back. You’ll need to know what I’m talking about for the rest of this post.
Next part of the tutorial series, first part (cuz youtube is a bitch for long videos…) of laying ‘flats’ or base colors for coloring some manga style lineart. View the full article for the video.
Video Tutorial Series I’m working on using Adobe Photoshop to produce webcomics. This particular video addresses preparing lineart after scanning it using a nifty channels trick in photoshop. View full article for embedded video.
My first post on webcomics, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Post about this stuff. Now I can. Woot!
Anyway, I’ve been making webcomics for years, I started way back in the beginning before webcomics were a big deal. Back when the idea was still novel, and having your own website was all the rage. Today, it has evolved into a highly competitive content industry where people can actually making a LIVING doing it. But how do you get started? This is my first in a series of posts about making webcomics. 🙂
Holy crap, its 2010.
And with 2010, I’m sweeping out the old, and turning over the new. A new leaf that is.. well sorta. Read on, as if you are an old time Shadowsden patron, this is going to affect you. If you are here mostly because you like what I do artistically, then you might be pleased.
I like myths and legends, and sometimes I like to write them up and provide them as fodder for creators looking for historical/mythological resources. Its also something I just like. So for your enjoyment, here is a segment on werewolves. Specifically, how to become one. Various methods and rituals said to turn one into a beast.