Wes Locher: Breaking into Alterna, writing what you love and the glory of sci-fi comedy

Wes Locher has not one but two dream jobs: First, he earns a liveing as a writer for video games, including for such developers as Pocket Gems, Nanobit Software and FableLabs. And in his spare time? He’s built a busy career in the world of independent comics, writing scripts for comics publishers Titan Comics, Markosia Enterprises and Arcana Studios.

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Don’t want characters talking from their crotches? Then don’t skimp on the letterer

Unknown comic writers have it tough. To get something published they have to hire a penciller. Then they have to spend extra on an inker. That’s a lot of money right there. For a comic of 22 pages? You’re talking upwards of $2,000 — and probably more — for good artistic talent.

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That lightning-in-a-bottle idea and the art of marketing indy comics

Sometimes you need a great idea for inspiration to strike. Just ask comics team Timothy Compton and Aaron Nicholson. The Chicago-area residents had their own big idea: Why not create a black-and-white noir-flavored comic series about a mob war in which the mobs are headed by classic film monsters such as Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera?

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Looking for an artist? Follow these four tips for a smoother collaboration

The best tool for a comics writer? A full-time job that leaves some extra spending money. That way, writers can actually pay an artist to draw their pages. But if you don’t have money to spare and you can’t draw? Getting a comic published becomes a lot more difficult. Not impossible … but challenging.

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Comics artist Andrew Wales: Not every comic book has to be dark

The characters that fill Andrew Wales’ comics are decidedly goofy. And Wales, an artist from the town of Athens, Pennsylvania, would want it no other way. He lists Mad Magazine as one of his greatest influences, and says that his goofy professors, students, time travelers and superheroes help him point out just how silly life can be.

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