For many independent comics creators, our income falls under the heading of the “gig economy.” That income must be reported to the IRS. Here’s how to handle those unique tax responsibilities.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
ComicLab Ep 230 — “I can’t make time for Patreon rewards!&...
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about what to do when you just can’t make time to create Patreon rewards. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW… Can’t make time for Patreon rewards? Avoiding overdrawing Update: Pineapple juice Update: Elon Musk’s plan […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Webcomics Confidential: Posting schedule… is more content always...
This is a biggie. Social media tells us that more is more. More posts, more often, more success. But is that true. Can you build a better career offering hamburger five times a week than you can offering steak twice […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Webcomics Confidential: Building a supporting cast of characters
Let’s talk about developing a compelling supporting cast of charactersRead more
ComicLab Ep 229 — “Do I really need fans?”
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar discuss the importance of audience building before a crowdfunding. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW… Do I really need a fan base to launch a Kickstarter? Four-panel longform story comics The Four Cs used by a $1b software […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Webcomics Confidential: Calendars
Should you produce a calendar to sell to your followers? There are some pretty serious pitfalls we should discuss first.Read more
Webcomics Confidential: Ideating on paper
I’m a big believer on ideating on paper. Once I have my plan, I switch to digital, but there’s something about the visceral connection of using paper that connects better for my brain.Read more
Webcomics Confidential: Finding YOUR motivation
I can’t tell you how to get motivated. Neither can anyone else. (Chances are… if someone tells you they can, they’re trying to sell you something.) Your motivation is a part of your personal makeup as an artist. And, truthfully, […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about using exclusive Patreon rewards as merchandise. Today’s show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One!
Questions asked and topics covered…
- When to turn exclusive Patreon rewards into merchandise
- Closing loopholes in a story
- The trials of an Eisner judge
- Planning a new character design
- Surviving the ebb and flow of a freelance life
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Many of us struggle with humor writing. In many cases this boils down to understanding the difference between a joke and a non sequitur. I’m going to use a case study as an example.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
I was surprised when I received a question about a “top webcomics list” site recently. I wrote advice against participating in those back in 2010, and ever since, the entire topic dropped from my radar. Evidently, sites like this are still out there, and cartoonists are still trying to use them for audience building. I’ll tell you why that’s bad.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
You want to write longform stories that are brisk and engaging, and yet you also want to optimize your comic to use social media to build an audience? It feels impossible to write a quality story and succeed on social media at the same time, doesn’t it? It’s not. Welcome to a publishing method I’ve developed called Mutli-Channel Publishing. MCP helps you to do both.
Here’s how it works…
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Questions asked and topics covered…
- Building tension
- What do we WISH our listeners would ask?
- What did Brad learn at newspapers?
- Torn between commissions and comics
- Losing Patreon support
Buying advertising for your comic is a tempting proposition for many independent cartoonists. After all — you need to get your work in front of more people, and sometimes it seems as if social media just isn’t delivering the way it was promised. But before you reach for your wallet, consider a few things.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
When you’re starting a new story, it’s very tempting to deluge your reader with all of the details of this new world you’ve created in your head. After all, you’re excited to share it with them — and there’s a lot to share! But beware the infodump! Like a casual date that gets too clingy too fast, it’s bound to turn off your audience.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Long ago, Patreon revolutionized how independent artists make a living. But many of us are still struggling. And for some, the reason isn’t the quality of their work. Rather, it’s applying bad Patreon strategy — and suffering the consequences.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.