25 Apr

Episode 3: Retcon & Reboot

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Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but sometimes, an artist realises that they’ve gone so far in the wrong direction. that they need to make a bigger change than usual. How do they handle it when this happens? And what if they feel like they need to make the ultimate change, and go all the way back to square one?

In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Karin Rindevall, creator of the action/adventure webcomic The Din, about launching a comic and then deciding to rework it to make the story better, making changes based on reader feedback, and reboots in general.

Then, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), G Pike (Title Unrelated) and KEZ (What it Takes) about rebooting a comic, coping with feedback, and making improvements and changes to a comic already in progress.

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11 Apr

Episode 2: Creature Comforts

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Comics that call for fantastic creatures and alien races can be some of the most fascinating to read, and comics are among the best media for stories of this type, but sitting down and making these creatures believable is one of the most challenging parts of writing a comic. Where does an artist start with this task, and how do they make the impossible seem real?

In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Zoe Maxine, creator of the sci-fi webcomic The Queen Candidate, about sci-fi worldbuilding and designing alien characters.

Then, Kat Feete of Sunset Grill leads a roundtable discussion with Alyssa Laraine Steele (The Ferrin), Alli Perry (Out of my Element and My Hero) and Sophie Pfrötzschner (Soul’s Journey) about the design of non-human characters and species in both science fiction and fantasy contexts.

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28 Mar

Episode 1: The Elements of Style

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What is style? What does it mean for comics? How does an artist choose a style and develop it, and what do they do when time has come to change it?

In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Braden Hallett, creator of the sci-fi webcomic Cato’s Apprenticeship, about adapting his short story to comic format, using webcomics to experiment and practice art, and how he arrives at his unique style.

Then, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), Robin Childs (LeyLines) and Ally Rom Colthoff (Chirault) about their own style experimentation, how readers react to stylistic changes mid-comic, and their own stories as they learn, accept critique, experiment with new tools, and push forward.

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