Chicago Comic Con: Aug 8-11It’s hard to believe, but Chicago Comic Con is this weekend! This will be the first time I’ve been back to that show in years and I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ll be in Artists Alley (lower level) at Table H31.

Besides having the Evil Inc books and original art on hand, I’ll also have copies of the classic “How To Make Webcomics” book, and I’ll be spending a lot of time talking about the upcoming “Webcomics Handbook.”

Additionally, I’ll be hosting two panel discussions:

Webcomic 101
Friday, August 9
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Room 50

Webcomics Bootcamp
Saturday, August 10
4:00 – 5:30pm
Room 50

Webcomics 101

Fri., 2 p.m.: This is for everybody who wants to take their comic to the next step. We’re going to do a step-by-step tutorial covering the installing of a Content Management System (Comic Easel for Word Press). Your CMS is one of the most important aspects of your webcomic, and many of us avoid working on this because it seems so complicated. I’m gonna try to de-mystify it and show you how you can have a sleek, classy Web site operational in no time at all.

Webcomics Bootcamp

Sat., 4 p.m.: This is actually two panels in one. For starters, you can sign up for a personal one-on-one consultation with me. We’ll go over your work, identify strengths and find ways to improve. It’s a private discussing, and I won’t be using any of the stuff we discussed in the public panel. But spaces are limited, so if you want to jump it, do it now.

Then, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, I’m going to do a panel in which I run down ten things that you can do right now to improve your webcomic. We’ll be talking art, writing, site design, social media — the whole ball of wax. Having lead critiques at since 2009, I see the same basic mistakes done repeatedly. We’re gonna go through ’em one-by-one and show you how to do it better.