ComicLab

This episode of ComicLab is sponsored by Wacom! In this week’s show, the ComicLab guys discuss how converting to a digital workflow on Cintiqs improved their time management. Also, how do you balance storytelling tension in a longform comic? Next, the guys talk best practices in newsletters. Later, should you hire a proofreader? Dave Kellett shares an update on his ongoing Kickstarter, and finally, what are the must-have features for a book project?

BUT FIRST… Ensure killed my pappy.

QUESTIONS ASKED…

  • How do you balance storytelling tension in a longform comic?
  • What best practices would you recommend for a webcomic newsletter? (Frequency, what to include, how to get sign-ups, etc.)
  • As self-publishers, do you hire proofreaders before sending out books for print?
  • For printing a book, what extras are “must haves”, “strongly should consider”, “nice to have”, and “pass”.

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Brad Guigar is the creator of Evil Inc and the editor of Webcomics.com
Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

Patreon — What they’re saying

Here are some recent comments from my Patreon backers. For a slideshow of some of the best of what I’m posting for my backers, check out this (cruelly cropped) slideshow.

“Now I want to see a Huntsmistress storyline.”

— DC, commenting on the most-recent Evil Inc After Dark page

“Drat! That link above
caused me to spend a half-hour (or more)
on an archive dive reading
that particular story line!”

— G.S., commenting on a fellow Patreon backer’s reference to an old Evil Inc storyline

“that’s not a butt —
that’s a personal flotation device…”

— G.S., discussing a Courting Disaster comic

“Ain’t gonna lie,
since the gig was already up,
I really wish that Cap
went back to pummeling
that Deshrouder douche.”

— C.R., commenting on the recent Evil Inc storyline

“I’ve said it before,
and I’ll say it again.
Seeing these two together
makes me so ridiculously happy!”

— D.K., discussing the recent love scene between Cap and Miss Match

“It’s definitely Beast.
Wolverine wouldn’t be circumcised;
the foreskin would have regenerated.)”

— C.D., participating in an contest called “Super Schlongs” that asked members to guess the superhero by looking only at his, well… member.

My YouTube Channel

I’m continuing to add content to my YouTube channel — mostly tutorials and advice for comics artists. Check out my Playlists for the different categories. Here’s a look at the latest.

Patreon by the Numbers

I’ve built an archive of over 2,000 exclusive posts since I started — and all of that content is available to new backers the moment they pledge. About half of these fall under the NSFW flag. That’s a lot of content for my Patreon backers.

In September, I posted 30 exclusive posts for my backers. Here’s what you’re missing…

11 — (NSFW) Cape Carnival After Dark cartoons

2 — Evil Inc (full-page version not available anywhere else)

2 — Cape Carnival cartoons

1 — Process video

1 — Commission

1 — Evil Inc eComic

1 — (NSFW) Sketch posts

2 —Evil Inc previews

2 — (NSFW) Evil Inc After Dark pages

2 — (NSFW) Commissions

1 — (NSFW) Courting Disaster

1 — (NSFW) Bonus eComic from Monster Girl Academy

1 — (NSFW) Desktop wallpaper / mobile background package

1 — (NSFW) LEWDcrate, 2-gig monthly reward package

1 — Desktop wallpaper / mobile background package

Sound good? You get instant access to 700+ exclusive NSFW posts the moment you join us on Patreon.

Monthly roundups

Here’s a roundup of what my Patreon backers have gotten over the previous months. Click each month to get a thorough breakdown of the posts uploaded during that time…

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April  April April April
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