Most creative people will tell you that one of the hardest parts of the job is finding honest and objective criticism of their work. Sure, all the positive feedback from Mom and your friends is great, but it doesn’t really do much to help the work itself. In order to grow as an artist or writer or whatever, you need feedback and critiques from not only other creative types, but from people who are considered experts in their field.
I think it’s safe to assume that when it comes to webcomics, Brad Guigar has expert written all over him.
Brad Guigar has been working in webcomics for over 12 years, delivering Evil Inc. to computer screens as both a comic strip and a downloadable comic book. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Webcomics.com, probably the best resources out there for both new and experienced webcartoonists and one of the authors of the webcomic bible How to Make Webcomics. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, he is also the winner of last year’s Philly Geek Award for Comic Book Artist of the Year.
So the man knows what he’s talking about.
And at this years Wizard World Philly, he is going to share some of that knowledge and experience with up and coming webcartoonists at his Webcomics Bootcamp.
For $29.99, you can submit your work to Brad and he will go over it, in detail, in a presentation he will be giving May 31st, 5 to 6:30 PM. He will cover everything about your comic, from the writing to the art to how your site functions, and offer you some frank and constructive criticism. It’s the kind of feedback most artists would kill for, and it’s all there for the taking. And everyone gets a free copy of his How To Make Webcomics book.
Don’t have that kind of cash? Or are you an aspiring cartoonist who thinks the web might be the place for you? Lucky for you, the presentation is open to everyone at no cost, you only have to pay if you want your work critiqued. If you are just looking for a lot of knowledge and maybe some inspiration, show up and soak it all in.
When I asked Brad about why he’s doing this, he told me “This is a natural outgrowth of the work I do at Webcomics.com. I post updates throughout the week that share tutorials, advice, opinions, news and techniques aimed specifically at independent cartoonists working on the Web. I know from that site that one of the most important thing that a creative person can get — at any stage of his or her career development — is an honest perspective on the work they’re doing. I’ve been doing webcomics for 13 years, and I think I can offer some valuable insight.”
So if valuable insight sounds like something you might want concerning your comic, head over to his website and register. I can guarantee you will learn something and have a great time too boot.