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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158240870X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408705
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brad Guigar is a Philadelphia-based cartoonist who has been creating a daily comic strip for over 12 years. His strip, Evil Inc, is about a corporation that is run for super-villains *by* super-villains. It appears in newspapers such as the Philadelphia Daily News and updates every day at evil-inc.com. An Eisner Award nominee, he has also written a comprehensive tutorial on general cartooning, "The Everything Cartooning Book," and co-wrote the seminal independent-cartooning guide, "How To Make Webcomics."

Customer Reviews

Great work & thanks for sharing, guys!
BoneHead
This book covers the basics of what you have to know to get a webcomic up and rolling.
Eric Royal
I'd highly recommend it to anyone starting out in the webcomic industry.
Poopin McDoopin

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lupien on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Anyone with a comic and a website to promote it on has a webcomic. But these four artists combine their artistic and marketing strengths (kind of like Captain Planet) to show people how to make a successful webcomic. It's not a how-to-draw book; these guys are assuming you know how to draw already. This is a book talking about font legibility and character design and the difference between web quality and print quality resolution. I think this book should be alongside Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art" on any comic artist's bookshelf.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Olaf M. Solstrand on May 27, 2008
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Not many books manage to give a decent introduction to combining being an artist and a businessman. Guigar, Kellett, Kurtz and Straub do this excellently. I bought this book because I'm writing a Master's thesis on webcomics -- and "How to make webcomics" will definitely be quoted heavily in it -- but reading this book also gave me a renewed interest in making my *own* webcomic.

The best authors for books on how to make webcomics are definitely webcomics creators who love what they do. Guigar, Kellett, Kurtz and Straub show an enthusiasm in this book that rubs off, and in a wonderful mix of creative chapters (writing, creating your characters), practical chapters (scanning your comic, making a website) and business-related chapters (making an income out of your webcomic), it becomes very clear that the authors love what they do, and that anyone who loves webcomics may one day compete with them on the webcomics arena. You learn that you have to love webcomics to make one, as they won't give you much income the first couple of years, but you also learn to not feel guilty for monetizing on your work. This is the perfect combination of a "how-to-be-creative"-book and "how-to-sell-your-art"-book.

If there is one thing I hope will change in the second edition, I wish for a more global perspective. The book is great, but many of the points stated in it aren't really that useful for non-Americans. For instance, when I make a webcomic in Norwegian, I will probably never get ten thousand readers. I could write it in English, but that would create problems with a store, since I'm still physically based in Norway and won't be able to send books and T-shirts to USA or UK without charging a lot for sending them -- probably more than my readers want to pay.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BoneHead on May 29, 2008
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As someone who's been creating a webcomic for many years (Pewfell), I found this book to be very well put together, helpful and inspirational. I would definitely cite it as being essential reading for anyone hoping to monetize their own webcomic. Though much of it was stuff I already knew, I still found very many useful insights from these four guys who've actually walked the walk. All the information is put together in a fun, lighthearted, easy-to-read and well-thought-out way with lots of practical examples, great illustrations and comic strips. Great work & thanks for sharing, guys!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 22, 2011
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This book definitely has some useful information in some areas, though it is lacking in others. There's a great section on image preparation and decent advice on how to set up your booth for a convention, but not much on actually obtaining said booth (unless you want to attend the con as a guest) or what to do if something goes wrong with your reservation. There's some good (albeit very general) business advice, emphasizing the importance of having multiple income sources and networking with people. The authors also correctly predict the failure of the micropayment model, so they clearly know what they're talking about. However, I have to STRONGLY disagree with the 5 to 10% sales estimate (Anyone with sales experience in ANY industry will tell you that about 1% of people you advertise to will buy your products. Read the book, "The Economics of Webcomics" for some more thorough facts on the business of webcomics.), and I feel like the book will set people's income expectations a little high.

While much of the information is very simplified, you will finish this book feeling motivated to get to work on your comic. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is starting out in comics, as it will bring up issues and challenges that many won't think of at first. Unfortunately, you'll have to learn most of the little details on your own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Heberling on February 15, 2009
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I picked this book up after listening to the archives of Webcomics Weekly, the podcast produced by the four authors. Much of what they talked about in the episodes was then represented in the book, so if you want to get a feel for the voice and experiences of the creators before spending money on How to Make Webcomics, I recommend listening to some of the podcast episodes.

That said, I would definitely recommend that all webcomic creators, old and new, read this book. I myself have been doing my own webcomics for just over five years, and in many cases I've reinvented the wheel, so to speak, and it was informative and interesting to read the advice given by these established cartoonists. The book contained many things I already knew, such as web publishing products and image formatting, but also covered topics I've had little guidance or advice on, like the workings of comic conventions.

Even if you disagree with the advice given by the authors, I'd still recommend owning a copy of this for reference, and at the very least, check it out from the library and read it cover to cover. The additional resources in the back of the book is also an excellent list of publications you can read to build up your knowledge of cartooning, the web, and small business management.
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