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Mainstream vs Original artwork: What to expect at comic cons.

By ToddFriday - January 24th, 2014Categories: Articles, News
In last week’s article, I talked about a bunch of miscellaneous topics related to comic cons, including defining what makes a con a success for you, people asking if you made your work, giving away free milk, and trading artwork. This week I will talk about original versus mainstream comic art, and what you should [...]
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“Did you make this?” and other miscellaneous convention topics to consider!

By ToddFriday - January 17th, 2014Categories: Articles, News
In the last article, I talked about the psychology of people who attend comic conventions and how and when to engage them. This time around I will focus on a variety of subjects to help you prepare for your first comic convention behind a table, including defining what makes a con a success for you, [...]
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Understanding people who attend comic cons

By ToddFriday - January 3rd, 2014Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about how to prepare and practice your sales pitch for conventions. This week, I’ll discuss understanding people who attend comic cons. This is based on my experience behind a table at cons, so hopefully it will at least give you some insight into what is going on. (continue reading…)
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How to practice your pitch for comic conventions

By ToddFriday - December 27th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about two important bookkeeping things you should being doing during and after your first convention, which are keeping a sales sheet and a profit summary sheet for each convention. I also gave sample sheets that I use to help get you going! This time I will be talking about [...]
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How to track sales and figure out your profit at comic conventions

By ToddFriday - December 20th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about how to price your comic books appropriately to sell them at comic conventions. This week I’ll discuss bookkeeping for your conventions. I know, exciting stuff, but it will help you out a lot when you start doing comic conventions. (continue reading…)
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How to properly price your comic books

By ToddFriday - December 13th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In the last article, I talked about the importance of printing out a mockup of your comic before you send it to print, that way you can check for layout issues and grammatical errors. This week, I’ll cover how to properly price your comic and give an example from my own experience figuring all this [...]
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Prepping for print – Making a comic mockup of your work

By ToddFriday - December 6th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I discussed whether you should buy business cards to use as handouts at conventions. This week I’ll focus on something I didn’t touch on earlier in this series, and that is getting ready for print with a comic mockup. This will apply to traditional comics as well as webcomics, so hopefully [...]
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Prepping for your first convention – Business cards and handouts

By ToddFriday - November 22nd, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about various kinds of Table Displays for your first convention as well as revealing mistakes I had made with my first con. Today I will continue talking about preparing for your first convention, and I’ll focus on support items for your table like business cards and hand outs. (continue [...]
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Prepping for your first convention – Display Stands

By ToddFriday - November 15th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about prepping for your first convention, specifically about banners and getting prints made of your work. This week I’ll talk about various table display stands. This will definitely be more of a “learn from my mistakes” sort of article, so I hope you get something out of it. (continue [...]
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Prepping for your first convention – Prints and Banners

By ToddFriday - November 8th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talked about The 180 degree rule and how to apply it to the shot composition of your comics. This and the next couple of articles, I’ll discuss prepping for your first comic convention. There’s a lot of things you need to consider before you even set foot inside the convention [...]
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Shot composition (The 180 degree rule)

By ToddFriday - November 1st, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I focused on over the shoulder shots, up and down angles, and whether to center your content or not. This week I’ll talk about something that most people don’t even think about in comics, and that’s the ‘180 degree rule’ for shot composition. Out of all the things I’ve talked about [...]
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Shot composition (Over the shoulder, down and up angle, to center or not center)

By ToddFriday - October 25th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article on how to make comics, I discussed shot composition with wide, medium, and close up shots, and all the variations in between. In this installment, I will talk about the over the shoulder shot, as well as utilizing up and down angled shots, and whether to center your subject or not. [...]
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Shot composition in comics (Wide,Medium,Close Up shots)

By ToddFriday - October 11th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In the last article, “Shot Composition (Establishing shot)”, we discuss the importance of setting the scene so readers know where it’s taking place. In this article, I will discuss wide, medium, and closeup shots and how they could be used. This guide is more geared towards people just starting out creating their comic, but hopefully [...]
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Shot composition in comics (Establishing shot)

By ToddFriday - October 4th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In the last article, “How to use character model sheets”, I discussed the various ways you can use a model sheet and why it will benefit you long term. In the next couple of articles, I will break down shot composition so you can start thinking of ways to tell your story from one panel [...]
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How to use character model sheets

By ToddFriday - September 27th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In the last article, we talked about “How to write dialogue for your characters”. Today we’ll start working on bringing your characters to life on paper. This article is geared more towards people who are learning how to make comics, not those already doing it. Also, I will focus more around my own comic and [...]
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How to write dialogue for your comic

By ToddFriday - September 20th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article, I talk about how to write a script, and in this one we’ll be tackling dialogue! Possibly one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in comic creation is writing dialogue. It’s one thing to set a scene and drop characters into it, but it’s another thing to give each character [...]
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How to write a script for comics

By ToddFriday - September 13th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In my last article: “How to write an outline”, we covered the importance of creating story outlines for your comic and ideas on how to do it. This issue we’ll learn how to write a script for comics. These articles are geared more towards beginners than people who already have experience writing scripts. This is [...]
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How to write an outline for your comic

By ToddFriday - September 6th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
In the last article: How to write a story for your comic, we covered some basics of how to write a comic, including foundation principles as well as figuring out what your story is and writing down character bios. This time we’ll get more into how to write an outline for comics. These guides are [...]
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How to write a story for your comic

By ToddFriday - August 30th, 2013Categories: Articles, News
After my introduction to this series, these next few articles are for people who always wanted to create a comic but were either too timid or didn’t know how to go about it. In this article, I will explain the basics on how to write a story for your comic. There’s no ‘one right way’ [...]
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How to make a comic (Introduction)

By ToddFriday - August 23rd, 2013Categories: Articles, News
INTRODUCTION In under a month I’ll have a table at Project Comic Con in St. Louis, Missouri for the second year in a row. Just over a year ago, PCC was my first convention ever behind a table selling my Frik’in Hell comic. At that time I only had two volumes completed and was working [...]
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