Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 43 – Re-issue #8 (Doug TenNapel & Ethan Nicolle, Part 1)

Even though we on the inside have access to these Jason Brubaker podcasts from a few years ago, it’s still a surprise how jam-packed they are with pure gold. Trust us when we say it’s a struggle to not binge-listen to the entire library. Today’s episode is the first half of a sit down between three fantastic artists: Jason Brubaker, Doug TenNapel, and Ethan Nicolle. Before that, Adam and Patrick discuss a few of the more finer points.

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Theory / Philosophy

I’ll Have A Grain of Salt With Those Comments, Please

There are three types of comments you will receive when you start your webcomic (well, four if you count no response at all.): The short affirmation, the critique or constructive criticism, and the nasty remark.

The short affirmation is what you will get most of the time. It is when you ask your friends or family what they think of your comics and is usually only a few words that basically mean, “I like your work and you should keep doing it if it makes you happy.” The short affirmation can also come from fans that read your comics and want to tell you how much they like it. These comments are the most wonderful thing you can receive as a comic artist, especially if you receive one every other day. Cherish them. Whatever you do, no matter how busy you are, you should try to respond to every single one of these even if it is just to say “Thank you.”

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FAQ

What is the royalty percentage for creator-owned comics?

Creator-owned comics are making a solid resurgence in the comic book world – from Ben Templesmith’s crowd-funded Squidder, to Jim Zub’s Skullkickers. With their successes proving that it can be done, we were asked what kinds of royalties creators see after they send their comic babies out into the world. Michael Yakutis snagged this question and gave us a great answer. (more…)

Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 42 – Michael Yakutis

The moment Comic Underdogs partnered up with Making Comics Worldwide, it was only inevitable the co-founder, Michael Yakutis, would be on the show. However, when Adam sat down one on one with Michael, this news had not broken yet. Adam knew this, too. Still, toeing that line in this conversation made for good drama. Join Adam and Michael as they discuss everything from webcomics to withholding secrets.

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Distribution / Digital

How Google Analytics Can Help You Market Your Webcomic

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of data that Google Analytics gives you? You likely signed up for it to see how many people read your webcomic and now you’re sorting through page views, bounce rates and tons of other numbers that you’re not sure what to do with. It all seems interesting, but how can these numbers be used for something other than entertainment and ego boosting? One of the most powerful things you can do with Google Analytics is use the statistics it provides to find out if the way you’re marketing your webcomic is achieving the results you want.

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 41 – Elaine Tipping

There’s nothing we at Making Comics Worldwide like more than when an artist shares their creative process. In fact, that’s really what’s at the heart of these podcasts. So when an artist is willing to give others a backstage pass into their creative process and not just talk about the process but provide pictures of it, too,  we get excited because of how much of a visual educational tool that is for others. Plus, it’s just really cool of the artist to be that open. So when Elaine Tipping, artist and co-creator of Dubious Company and others, sent over the images of her process, we weren’t sure if we could wait long enough to share the podcast and pictures. Join Adam and Marisa as they sit down with Elaine to discuss everything from kotatsu to her current Kickstarter project.

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Theory / Philosophy

What’s In A Name? Choosing An Effective Title For Your Webcomic

Consider this; 2.5 billion people are known internet users worldwide, with more people adding to that number every day. It’s a truly enormous pool of potential webcomic readers, but reaching them isn’t easy. Marketing strategies and networking help, but no single method is completely effective on its own. Part of the reason for this is the competition for attention, with over 22,000 competing webcomics monitored by The Webcomic List alone–and thousands more beyond that. All this free content means that for a webcomic to attract a large crowd, it needs to not only be appealing to its audience, it needs to be good at being noticed in the first place. Ads and banners can help with that, but nothing represents the identity of a story quite like its title. There are several things to consider when choosing a title for a webcomic.

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FAQ

How can I warn readers about mature content in my comic?

How can I warn readers about mature content in my comic?

One of the questions we received recently dealt with drafting a rating system for comics whose subject material might be a little too graphic for younger audiences.

Not all comics are appropriate for all audiences or age groups. If your comic contains material that is of a mature nature you may want to consider giving it a rating. Many online comics follow this rating system:

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 40 – Bizhan Khodabandeh

Gutter Talk goes over the hill in Episode 40 with artist, illustrator, and activist, Bizhan Khodabandeh. Join Adam and co-host Kevin as they discuss with Bizhan socio-politics in comics to the architecture of the infinite canvas.

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