Makeshift Musings and Comic Book Bliss: Web Money and the Creative Mind

There’s been a lot of talk about webcomics as a business lately. More than ever before, webcomics are sustaining themselves and their authors through their hard work and promotion. Exciting times seem to be right around the corner for the industry as a whole.

But if you’re not a webcomic guru with tens of thousands of readers, what then?

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Makeshift Musings and Comic Book Bliss: A Buffer Against The Ravages Of The Web

Last column I stressed the importance of starting, of making that push and getting the momentum to start your own comic project. If you don’t start, then you’ll never know what’s possible. But, there’s no need to throw caution completely out the window.

For the love of all that’s holy, create a buffer of strips/pages BEFORE you start posting them on the web.

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Makeshift Musings and Comic Book Bliss: Making the Leap

Over the last few columns we’ve talked about building your plot, creating a cast of characters, and we’ve been moving forward at each step to the real deal: writing the comic. All these pieces of the foundation have been laid and now it’s time to build on top of it with our real story. It’s time to stop analyzing and start doing.

You sit down relaxed, all ready to write Chapter 1 Page 1 and then…

And then…

…and then…

Fear sets in.

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Makeshift Musings and Comic Book Bliss: Story Triplets: Summary, Genre & Theme

Continuing with our theme from last month’s column, we’re delving into the core of telling stories and making sure that the foundation we’re building is strong, instead of trying to create a comic from thin air. Making a good story means doing a lot of thinking up front, but don’t be intimidated, because once the ideas start flowing, you won’t be able to stop! Continue Reading

Makeshift Musings and Comic Book Bliss by Jim Zubkavich

Expanding Your Comic-Reading Horizons

It’s easy to let your comic-reading patterns become stagnant after a while. Everyone has their favorite comics that they read every month in print or multiple times a week on the web. These are familiar characters, reassuring faces, and a standard that you can count on. But with that set pattern comes a slippery slope: You stop looking for anything else.
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