The Web Comic Alliance Pod Cast

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Here it is True Believers, If you enjoy the interviews and hearing from web comic creators check out The Web Comic Alliance podcast which can be found here: http://webcomicalliance.com/chat-podcast/alliance-chat-40/

The cast includes

Byron Wilkins, 1977 the comic: http://1977thecomic.com/

Dawn Griffith, Zorbert and Fred: http://zfcomics.com/

Drezz Rodreguez, El Cuervo: the Latin Assassin: http://www.el-cuervo.com/

Chris Flick: Capes and Babes: http://www.capesnbabes.com/

Robin Childs, Ley Lines: http://leylinescomic.com/

Check it out for all the latest web comic news straight from the people who make the news.  Until next time True Belivers, may your mugs always be frosted and your Root Beer always foamy.

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Jon Esparza’s CRAZY Cartoon Experiment

Voted by the Root Beer Party as: Best innovative idea in web comics: The CRAZY cartoon experiment

Jon Esparza is one of the driving forces of the web comic community.  On top of writing, drawing and publishing 2 web comic series Bubblefox http://bubblefox.thecomicseries.com/ and Peppertown http://peppertown.thecomicseries.com/ and doing a weekly blog on comics as well: http://jonscrazystuff.blogspot.com/

He is also one of the most passionate supporters of web comics and their creators.  Every year Jon organizes a CRAZY Cartoon Experiment, where he challenges any web comic artists to make a gag based on a common theme.  The theme last year was Thanksgiving Day Parade: where comic artist could see how their characters would look inflated to enormous proportions and floated down Broadway.  Here they are below:

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Kim Belding, Picpak Dog: http://www.picpak.net/

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Jon Esparza; The man himself

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Thomas Barnett, The Lil Miester: http://lilmiesters.com/

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Warren Frantz, Off Season: http://offseasoncomic.webcomic.ws/

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Tim Green, Vinnie the Vampire:  http://www.vinniethevampire.com/

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Ben Starzec, of Dogs, Ducks & Aliens: http://dogsducksandaliens.com/

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Darrell Toland, Stix and Bones: http://stixandbones.com/

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Jason Platt, Mister & Me:  http://www.mister-and-me.com/

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Jamie Cosley, Cody the Cavalier:  http://codythecavalier.com/

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Scott Warren, Crunchy Bunches: http://www.crunchybunches.com/

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EW Crowe, the Hat and Fat: https://thehatandfat.wordpress.com/

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Matt Gross, CAAATS! : http://www.caaats.com/

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Mark Stokes Zombie Boy Comics: http://www.zombieboycomics.com/

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Bryce Prevatte, Drake the Cool Vampire: http://drakethecoolvampire.com/

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James Point Du Jour, Satchel and Duff: http://www.jmpointdujour.com/

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Jim Haas, Nate The Robot: http://tapastic.com/series/Nate-the-Robot

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Joseph D. Rodriguez, Wacky Monkeys: http://wackymonkeys.com/

This is just the collection from last years batch.  Jon has been doing this for many years and introducing comic artist to new fans.  So how does the hardest working man in comics do it?  I don’t know True Believers, he is a man who is passionate about comics, making them and promoting them.  He is a fixture at comic cons all across California, trying to find new ways and new ideas to get his comics and others to the mainstream.

He is, as we speak, trying to get this years CRAZY cartoon experiment off the ground and show the world some new comics and even help fellow artists view their own creations in a new way.  Here’s to hoping we have many more CRAZY cartoon experiments in the future.

I hope you enjoyed this post from many great comic artists, maybe you were introduced to a few new ones here as well.  So Check out their work, just crack open a bottle or can of your favorite Root Beer and hit the web in search of great toons that will make you laugh, cry, sing and even think.  So until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.

Tune in next week True Believers for another post of the 2013 CRAZY cartoon experiment.

Byron Wilkins goes to KomiKon in Manila

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As you know true believers, we here at the Root Beer Party are as much about web comics as about Root Beer so we are here to bring to you the news of web comic creator Byron Wilkins and his hope of attending a big international KomiKon convention in Manila. Byron’s current comic is 1977 the comic a semi-autobiographical comic.  (It would be biographical except for all the stuff he made up cause he couldn’t remember what really happened.)  which you can check out here: http://1977thecomic.com/

Byron is trying to raise money for the trip to Manila, which as any web comic creator knows is the hardest thing to come to terms with in the business, is that money and art do not live in the same area code, so he is covering all the expenses for the event itself, room/board, convention fees, food/drink etc. but is hoping to get some help with the cost of the flight.

So this is our chance to step up and help make a difference in the world of art.  Byron has established a go fund me page and is asking for help, there are rewards and prizes to those that help him make this happen.  it is not easy for someone to break out in this business as many of you true believer’s know, all the work that the comic creators put out there is done at their own expense of time and materials for us to enjoy free of charge.

This would be a big opportunity for Byron to go and he needs our help to do it, so check out his website and then if you like what you see and appreciate what he is doing then you can help him and his comic get international exposure at KomiKon here:  https://www.gofundme.com/byronrocks

The choice is yours true believers.  We all enjoy free comics everyday from countless sources, if you can think about giving something back to the web comic world and lend a hand.  Every dollar helps.

I hope you think about helping out and until next time true believers: May your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.

My 2 Cents, for what it’s worth: A great way to learn to draw comics

What is the best way to learn to draw comics?  There are all sorts of books on drawing as well as videos and even whole academic programs dedicated to the craft of Art.  The best way I learned was to learn from the masters.  Learning how to draw comics is not an easy thing, you have to learn to look at the world in a completely new way.    I am still learning to draw comics myself and studying the art and craft of other cartoonists has taught me more than any other way I have tried.

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During the process, I tried all sorts of tools and papers to see what effects could be achieved.  I used ink and nib pens to watercolor pencils and cheap sketch books to watercolor paper post cards, to Bristol board.  I have used various pens from sharpies to Crayola markers to Microns and Prismacolor markers.  Sometimes the tools make a huge difference, for instance the color of the markers is very different on different types of paper and the color achieved by markers compared to pastels or colored pencils is much deeper and richer and I feel much more appropriate to comics.

I have also noted the difference between using just black and white to adding color, there is a stark divide between using one or the other and they both can have powerful effects.  I really think it depends on the atmosphere you are trying to create in you drawing.  Some of my more technical drawings, I felt, were better before I added the color.

So the answer is:  How do you become a better artist:  You have to actually do it and then do it over and over again, there is no shortcut, no natural god given ability that only a few are born with, it is a learned skill, just like anything else.  There is an old Japanese saying that goes: an artist is a man who has drawn twenty thousand pictures and thrown away all but one.

I still have a long way to go myself before I get to the 20,000 mark, but I got a new sketch pad, an old pen and pencil and a fridge full of Root Beer, so I am all set to give myself another lesson in the world of Art.  I hope this helps you out if you are interested in pursuing Art as a hobby or a career, We have several interviews with real artists here on the site, where they explain their own approaches to the craft,  Until next time, may you mug always be frosty and your root beer foamy.

Mr. Blob is back and at it again!

That crazy Mr. Blob just won’t stop.  He was out in force this weekend doing his daily sketches and delighting the world with his crazy antics.  Here’s what he has been up to.

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As you can see Mr. Blob had a great weekend and I hope all you true believer’s out there did too.  Until next time.  May your mug always be frosty and your root beer always foamy.

A hint of things to come: Harmon Killebrew root beer ad

20 questions with web comic creators vol. 3 is ready to launch next week, but the surprise guest won’t be revealed until then, but if you want a hint.  Here is an ad for his favorite root beer. Named after the Baseball Hall of famer Harmon “The Killer ” Killebrew

Can you guess the web comic artist which represents this root beer?  Probably not, but you know his web comic.  Tune in Monday, true believers, to find out who it is.