It's time to make some TUTORIALS!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, April 22, 2016



So…how many of you know that DD has a tutorials section? If you’ve happened to hit that little button near the top of the page at any point, you probably found something more than a little embarrassing…



2013? Yikes.

Genejoke recently had the excellent idea that the tutorials ...







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Why do my characters all speak the same way? (Guest Post by Gunwallace)

HippieVan at 12:00AM, April 15, 2016



Rather than write about something I'm good at I thought I write about something I'm struggling with, and my attempts to resolve it. Writing characters with distinct voices.

Comics are usually conversations between characters. Speech bubbles are the preferred way to tell comic stories, as opposed to large ...



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Healing through Art

HippieVan at 12:00AM, April 8, 2016


Some very calming public art in my city - The Leo Mol sculpture garden.

As part of my degree, I’ve spent the last several months interning at an art gallery to learn hands-on curatorial skills. This particular gallery is fairly unique, because it’s actually located inside of a hospital ...


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Getting involved in your local arts community

HippieVan at 12:00AM, April 1, 2016



I think most of us who live in or near big cities have been to comic conventions. But despite having such a huge concentration of artists here, we seldom seem to talk about broader arts communities. I’ve always been a casual patron of local art galleries, but the curatorial ...

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Our IndieGoGo campaign is FUNDED - thank you!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, March 25, 2016



Our IndieGoGo campaign ended a few days ago, fully funded! It's still open in case some of you feel compelled to give us more of your money, but you'll be happy to hear that we won't be bothering you about it any more. :)

Thank you so much ...



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Wish Fulfillment

HippieVan at 12:00AM, March 18, 2016



I've recently been watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. Phryne Fisher is undoubtedly a wish-fulfillment character – almost unapologetically so. She is sexy, bold, and intelligent. Whenever a new challenge is put before her, she reveals a previously-unmentioned skill that saves the day (see the above image where ...

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International Women’s Day in Webcomics

HippieVan at 12:00AM, March 11, 2016


A lovely illustration from The Pirate Balthasar.

Initially, I had planned this week’s newspost to feature a selection of my favourite women characters on DD. But I realized as I was composing my list for this newspost that I was essentially just making a list of protagonists from my ...


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Black History Month spotlight: The first black superheroine

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Feb. 26, 2016



In 1971, five years after in creation of Black Panther and four years before Marvel introduced Storm, the first black female superhero appeared in Hell-Rider #1.



A trained fighter, Butterfly’s super cool costume included a jetpack, suction cups for climbing, and lights that were capable of permanently blinding her ...





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LAST CHANCE to submit suggestions for fixing DD!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Feb. 19, 2016



We've had a decent number of responses to our survey but not a tremendous amount, so I decided to leave the survey up for a couple more days. It will be open until the end of Tuesday, February 23rd.
The survey is here: http://goo.gl/forms/K6vgUqAjmD

Just ...




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Celebrating Black History Month: Chuck Clayton joins the Archie Gang

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Feb. 5, 2016



Last year for Black History Month I profiled Black Panther, the first black superhero (see that newspost here). This year I’m sticking with the black comic character theme with a mini-history of Chuck Clayton, one of the first non-white characters in Archie comics.

These days Chuck is an established ...



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