What is This?

This is Cory Allan, the webcomic! It updates as often as possible and my goal is to one day return to daily updates.

Cory Allan, is sometimes drawn entirely in ink without any rough draft phase, but often it is roughed out with a blue pencil, inked, scanned, and tuned-up digitally. I usually color digitally, and sometimes I’ll use other hardware if it improves my workflow (WACOM drawing tablets, for instance). The most important part to me is that the visuals convey a feeling — believe it or not, making a comic look too good can be distracting.

Cory Allan will always be free to read online, and I have a staunch dislike of uncurated advertising. If you care about the comic’s continuation, you can support me on Patreon, donate to my Paypal, or (eventually) buy something.

Who is Cory Allan?

My name is Cory Allan, and you can call me either of those names whenever you’d like!

I’ve been making webcomics since I was in junior high. I started out just sharing them with classmates who were mostly bemused and confused, but I received enough support to continue exploring the medium, and once I figured out Photoshop, I began scanning my work and started exploring online art/comic communities like Neoseeker, Drunk Duck (now The Duck Webcomics), Nightgig, and Smackjeeves.

I started Allan when I was in high school and chronicled my journey throughout and around my academic career. It was originally available to read on Drunk Duck, and later, I procured independent hosting for “allancomic.com” at the now defunct Rampage Network, managed by John Hernandez. There, Allan lived and gained popularity from 2008 to 2013, until Rampage Network abruptly went offline. Due to an incomplete archive system and one or two corrupt hard drives, a majority of old allancomics were taken and remain offline, and a good portion of content was lost forever.

Further, Hernandez had insisted on purchasing the domain names of all the artists when their hosting began, and despite having lost his server, refused to relinquish my domain for four years. Essentially, allancomic.com was dead, and my online presence faded while I invested in personal development and smaller side projects. I began considering my personal portfolio, and purchased the domains comicmess.com and coryallan.com.

Once I graduated, Allan unofficially transitioned into Cory Allan, and sometime into my first post-collegiate job, I put coryallan.com to use. Eventually, Hernandez let me buy allancomic.com back from him (once I paid for the years he had “held onto it for me”), and I put it to work mirroring coryallan.com. Nowadays, I still get the occasional hit from an old friend’s plug.

 

When are We Talkin’?

So right now, I’ve got a job as a Tech Writer at a tech company in Silicon Valley (mid-northern California). I qualify for low income in the city I work in. I’m living with my girlfriend’s parents while I pay off my student loans, which is a struggle, but definitely a gift horse. Rent and a solid student loan payment is a little outside my financial wheelhouse, so to speak. At my job, I’m not so much building “a career” insomuch as I’m “swapping my youth to repay debt.” Beyond that, I try my hardest to make as much art as possible while smoking more weed than I should and exercising in between.

If you wanna message me personally, I think twitter or email is the best way.