- The Top 10 Links about Webcomics, Curated by Comic & Games Artist Der-shing Helmer — Der-Shing Helmer’s The Meek is amazing stuff, and she’s been making her own webcomics for 10 years, so you know her advice is good. I would have linked to each of theses ten articles myself, but she saved me the time by putting them all in this nice handy list.
- Self Publish or Perish- a “short” essay. (Or: 4,000 words about boxes and boxes of comic books) — by Becky Cloonan
- Ten mistakes made by amateur letterers
- Self-publishing articles on First Second’s website. Their whole “Behind the Scenes” tag is worth reading, but these articles are especially good:
These essays, despite their age, still hold a lot of truth. They were all quite helpful to me when I was first starting out.
- Jordan Crane’s Guide to Reproduction — For you hard-core hand-made DIYers, here’s an extensive PDF on Xerography, Silkscreening and Offset Printing
- The Poor Man’s Guide to Self Publishing — Pretty extensive list of information by Val Staples
- Lessons Learned — Twenty columns by small-presser Chris Gumprich
- The Comic Pimp — James Sime’s ongoing column about Comics Retailing and Comics Activism. James is one of the most active and forward-thinking retailers in business. Excellent articles about retailing, getting your book into stores, minicomics, and Comics With Monkeys In Them. Oh, and scotch. Lots of scotch.
- The Creators’ Bill of Rights — written in November 1988 for a two day “Summit” of comic book artists held in Northampton, Massachusetts. The meeting had been suggested by Cerebus creator Dave Sim and hosted by local heroes Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Scott McCloud submitted this version to The Comics Journal #137 in 1990. Further reflections on this document, some fifteen years out, from the people who were there, including Denis Kitchen, Dave Sim and Steve Bissette.
- From Jeff Parker, creator of Interman: Convention Table Etiquette, Advice on Speaking to Creators, and Gold Rush Mentality: The Galactus Saga
- What it takes to break into comics — Kurt Busiek, creator of Astro City (and writer of countless other series), once put an impossibly long essay in the now-defunct Warren Ellis Forum detailing the insane amountof persistence it took before he “broke into comics”. He dispenses more advice and wisdom in this long entry than most books. Take the time to read the whole thing; it’s really really worth it.
- Dave Sim’s Memorial Notes from the President Archive — When Dave Sim began publishing his invaluable essays on self-publishing, he publicly stated that they could be circulated copyright-free. Cerebus FanGirl has made them available on her website. Their advice still holds up — anyone who’s even considering making comics on a serious basis should go andread them all, or at least the essays numbered 168-189, which comprise the backbone of the Cerebus Guide to Self-Publishing.
- Essays on Writing — Robert J. Sawyer, the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Hominids, Humans and Hybrids, has a good series of essays on writing:
- What if You Never Became A Writer? — Neil Gaiman, creator of the Sandman series, has written this very important essay that you should read if you’re despairing and thinking of giving up.
Non-Comics Essays: For Writers
Here are some essays written by science-fiction and horror novelists. While they’re not strictly related to comics or self-publishing, the advice is still invaluable.