2016 Has Not Gone Well

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 in Creativity

Thanksgiving is always a good break for me. I get four days free from work (mostly). That time off gives me room to breathe, gather my thoughts and take stock of the year. And deal with a minor medical emergency1. But like most people, I think we can all agree 2016 was the absolute worse. […]

Inktober and the Chicago Cubs

Inktober and the Chicago Cubs

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Diary Comics

I decided to try Inktober this year. I’ve never participated before. I was usually drawing comics in October and didn’t feel like I needed more to do. But this year, I found that I have been so busy building websites that I haven’t had much time for comics at all. Plus I wanted to try […]

How To Draw Comics

How To Draw Comics

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Process

Last month I was invited to write a “How to Draw Comics” guide for an incredible local event, Panel Explorations. It was a comics symposium featuring the likes of Stan Sakai, Phil Hester, Cullen Bunn, Eric Gapstur, Jeff Koterba, Allen Passalaqua and my good friend, Bruce McCorkindale. My work was featured in the program. I consider this […]

Using Shopify and WordPress for Selling Comics and Art

Using Shopify and WordPress for Selling Comics and Art

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in Business

What happened to summer? I wrote a blog post for the B² Interactive blog about using the Shopify plugin for WordPress back at the end of July. I went on a quick working vacation and dived head on into a giant web project that I’m just now wrapping up. It took up so much of […]

How To Build A Professional Cartoonist Website Quickly

How To Build A Professional Cartoonist Website Quickly

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Business

I recently wrote about how webcomics are good for content marketing and why cartoonists should be doing them. But I’ve since been receiving questions about simply getting online with a professional cartoonist website. The cartoonists asking me these questions are usually posting a bit on Tumblr and that’s about it. If you were paying me […]

Fear of Dying…Content

Fear of Dying…Content

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Advice

I’ve been thinking about reboots. Sequels. Relaunches. We are living in a culture of constant recycling, remixing, never dying content. Zombie content. And I find myself wishing for new, original voices and stories. Of course, there is the argument that nothing is ever new, not really. And I agree with that. Every story is influenced […]

In Defense of Resting

In Defense of Resting

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Advice

When I get on Facebook, I see posts from other cartoonists exclaiming how busy they are, and how tired they are. And if you also work in tech or in a startup, you know that being tired is a badge of honor. It was for me too. I’ve been working in web for 20 years […]

How To Create Your Own Comic Art Template

How To Create Your Own Comic Art Template

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in Tools

I make my own comic art template, complete with a lettering guide. It’s easy to do. You can buy bristol board that have panel guidelines built into them, but they are usually on inferior bristol. I like to use 300 Strathmore smooth. And I have a printer that will take that through the manual feed. Here’s […]

In The Weeds

In The Weeds

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 in Storytelling

This is going to be a different type of post. I’m “in the weeds” right now. One of my favorite sayings. I’m too focused on some big projects, so I’m going to write about what I’m thinking about, especially in regards to storytelling. It all connects. But this represents how I think. This is a […]

Why Webcomics Are Content Marketing

Why Webcomics Are Content Marketing

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 in Business

The two biggest issues facing a cartoonist today are finding an audience and making a living. It’s hard to find either in today’s marketplace. In every other industry, the way to seperate your business from your competitors1 is through marketing. And cartoonists are horrible at marketing themselves. But there is a way to help themselves […]