Bookplates

Offering an original illustration inside a book — as part of an Artist Edition — is a tremendous way to drive sales and/or Kickstarter pledges. But… have you ever tried to draw a decent drawing on a book’s inside cover […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Feeling awkward about promotion? Talk about your ‘Pride & Jo...

It’s difficult for many of us to promote our creative efforts effectively because it feels like bragging. After all, how are we supposed to extoll the virtues of our work without sounding conceited? I have a strategy for you that […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Webcomics Confidential: Is ‘more’ always better?

Here’s a thought-provoking question: Does the “more is more” philosophy of social media really lead to success? For instance, is it really better to offer hamburgers five times a week instead of steak twice weekly if you want to build […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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ComicLab Ep 335 — How much story is too much story?

How do you know when you’re giving your readers too many details? — or not enough? Where’s the sweet spot between action and exposition? We’re going deep on storycraft this week! PLUS: Zines, gutters, and distribution! THIS WEEK’S SHOW

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Webtoons déjà vu

It’s tough to be an independent cartoonist. There’s only one place to find comic readers online. There’s only one place where you’re able to get paid for your work. And there’s only one place you can be considered a professional […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Building an audience on a post-social-media Internet

I shared the analytics from my recent Kickstarter campaign in a recent post. And the numbers don’t lie: Social media is dead. In a campaign that topped $26k, social media posts netted me a grand total of… drum roll, please… […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Kickstarter post mortem

Using a term like “post-mortem” for my recent Kickstarter is a little inappropriate. Kickstarter is still very much alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving. But there is a death to report: Social media. I’ll share some real numbers and […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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