Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 35 – Re-Issue #6 (Petersen & Kaniuga)

Even though every day is a day to make comics, we here at Making Comics Worldwide like Fridays best. Ok, maybe just Adam likes Fridays best. Still, if you like making comics AND listening to amazing artists on podcasts, then Fridays are definitely the best day of the week because that’s exactly what you get with Gutter Talk. Today, as we’ve been doing every last Friday of the month, we crank up the time traveling machine and dip back to a time when Jason Brubaker was the host and the guests were just as awesome as the ones we have now.

This episode is a sit-down with not just the creator of Twilight Monk, Trent Kaniuga, but also the mastermind behind Mouse Guard, David Petersen. We open, though, with a brief set-up chat with Adam and Marisa Brenizer to get things warmed up.

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Making / Creating / Articles

10 Pieces of Advice for Freelancers

This article applies to more than just the comics industry. I’ve been working as a freelance artist since 1998 and this is some of what I learned along the way.  These are my ten best pieces of advice for working independently.

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 34 – Josh Hood

It’s not often we get to use that 20/20 hindsight but sometimes, after hitting the reset button, that clear vision comes in very handy. In this episode, Adam sits down with Josh Hood, an amazing artist who has worked for both DC and Marvel, among others, who did just that, hit the reset button and came back with a fresh perspective. Take a listen and see what lessons he learned when he came back.

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Making / Creating / Articles

Unnatural Talent

Making Comics is proud to present the first chapter of Jason Brubaker’s book, Unnatural Talent, for all to enjoy! If you’re looking to get into comics, are already pursuing your stories, or looking for some solid resources to add to your already impressive collection of knowledge, then Jason’s book should be at the top of your list! If you like what you see, you can purchase the entire book in ebook or good old paperback forms on Amazon by clicking here!

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 33 – Doug Hills

Sure, it took a little while for us to get a manga artist (let alone manga expert) on the Gutter Talk podcast but we did it. And man, did we do it. Adam sits down one on one with Doug Hills, an artist, a teacher, and he also wrote Manga Studios for Dummies in 2008. While the topic of self-doubt came up, this conversation leaves no doubt that many things the artist experiences, from unnecessary self-doubt to misguided confidence, are a normal part of the process. You are not alone, all you random reading and listening artists out there. You are not alone.

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FAQ

#FAQDevin – Where can I find collaborators/jobs?

Anyone else have a Comic-Con hangover? Anyway—our latest question comes from T. Perran M:

I’m a writer and letterer who is still in the early stages of my comic book career. I’ve been using the money I make lettering other people comics to fund my own projects. Besides Digital Webbing and DeviantArt, where are some good place to find jobs and collaborators? I’m getting close to needing to find an artist for my next project. (Some more paying gigs wouldn’t hurt either.)

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Distribution / Digital / Tutorials

SO YOU WANNA PUBLISH A WEBCOMIC? – PART 5

Plugins for WordPress – making your like easier
In the last post, we started to add pages and widgets to the website so it would be a little more functional. Now we need to take advantage of the WordPress developer community and install some plugins to make our site more effective. (more…)

Distribution / Printing / Theory

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 32 – Dan Mashburn (Haichris Inc.)

The Gutter Talk syndicate moves forward into its eighth month and yeah, we also feel like this thing just started yesterday, too. And in those eight months, we’ve had a mind-blowing array of guests, from artists to writers to editors to publishers. Still, there’s one area of making comics that we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about, marketing and printing your comic. Even if your main avenue is webcomics, there’s something in here for you. How so? Listen and find out.

Adam takes the podcast on the road and heads to the site of Haichris Inc., a local San Diego marketing and print shop, to talk to the president of the company, Dan Mashburn. Listen in as Dan discusses building relationships with the Comic Making Guys (CMGs) and even defines happiness.

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