Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 44 – Stephen Bissette

Making Comics Worldwide celebrates its first Halloween with one of best in the horror genre since the ’70s, Stephen Bissette. With his past work on Swamp Thing and Heavy Metal, to name a few, as well as his current teaching position with the Center for Cartoon Studies, Stephen shares his amazing insights and knowledge with Adam and Patrick in topics ranging from comics education to being part of the inception of the 24 hour comic challenge with Scott McCloud.

To begin the podcast, for your Halloween pleasure, enjoy a spectacular reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” by Vincent Price.

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Theory / Philosophy

Artist Comments: Supplement or Essential?

I have always mistrusted the common practice in webcomics where artists include their commentary directly beneath new pages. Often reading this extra material is comparable to watching a movie or television show with the commentary track turned on… and who elects for their first viewing to include commentary? It does a (sometimes minor, sometimes major) disservice to the work when you don’t allow it to speak for itself, and I’ve seen far too many comics lean on those blocks of text to actually convey what’s going on more than the page above does. This is a dangerous trap to fall into. When a comic simply doesn’t make any sense if I ignore the commentary I usually stop reading altogether. “It’s part of the presentation,” some say. So are indexes in books, and like all supplementary materials they should never be required reading to understand what the supplemented work is saying.

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Theory / Inspiration

Unnatural Talent: Roadblocks

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In the last chapter, I compared making a graphic novel to growing a tree. When growing a tree, there are things that can kill its growth, such as drought, floods, insect infestations, etc. Just like those things that can kill a tree, there are things that can stop the progress of your graphic novel. I like to call them roadblocks because they stand in the way of your progress, and sometimes you may not even realize it. In this chapter I’ll talk a bit about these roadblocks and potential ways to get around them. (more…)

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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