Building a large and engaged email list is the key to launching successfully on Kickstarter and beyond. So why are so many creators still procrastinating on starting or growing their list? This mini-training episode will break down the myths and mistakes that are keeping you from a bigger fan list and a better relationship with your audience.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why an email list beats social media when it comes to funding your projects?
  • If you don’t have a big email list, it’s probably one of these three reasons…
  • Three big mindset mistakes that paralyze creators from starting and growing their email lists… and how to crush them.
  • Do This Today! An easy email you can and should send right away to get you engaging with your list, no matter how big or small.
  • Plus: A special anniversary invitation to join ListLaunch!

Links Mentioned


The Wild Cosmos is a sci-fi adventure comic. Issue 1 is live on kickstarter now until August 10th. Check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

The Wild Cosmos is a 6 issue Sci-Fi adventure comic series.

Think Firefly meets Avatar.

Set in a ‘wild west like’ version of space.

You’ll explore derelict space stations to lush alien rainforests with Captain Cooper and his crew of five scavengers.

Every decision Cooper makes carries weight, when it comes down to keeping his crew safe versus risking their lives to retrieve supplies that are essential for survival as he and his crew travel through the galaxy.

The book is 8×12 and softcover bound.

It’s live on kickstarter now until August 10th.

You can check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

While most listeners of ComixLaunch are willing to blaze their own paths to independently plan, launch, fund and fulfill their creative projects, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also open to the idea of working with publishers to reach a broader audience. In this session, comics lawyer Dirk Vanover returns with some sage advice on some things creators should consider before signing a contract with publishers.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Something that’s been popping up more and more in comic publisher’s contacts that Dirk HATES!
  • When it’s time to pull in legal help to review a contract.
  • Tips for entering into contracts you won’t regret in the future.

Today’s Session is brought to you by Fight of the Century a biopunk, MMA OGN. The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11. Follow them at

Today’s Guest

My guest today is the founder of Vanover Legal, LLC, a company committed to delivering legal advice and guidance to clients quickly and effectively, and without unnecessary expense.  He’s also an avid comic book fan, and loves diving deep into trademark, copyright, and right of publicity issues, which we all know pop up often in the world of comics.  He also blogs about business and legal issues affecting the comics and entertainment industries at

Welcome to ComixLauch, Mr. Dirk Vanover


Fight of the Century Is a 120 page biopunk, Mixed Martial Arts original graphic novel.

FOTC is a fist-flying, biopunk sports story on steroids.


In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized!

Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL).

Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.

FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanity’s desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential.

With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

If you’re looking for a book with Evil Pharmaceutical companies! An uphill battle for redemption! The future of Brazilian MMA on the line! You’re looking for the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11!

You can also follow their posts at

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Read your contracts!

‘Nuff said.


How do we get press coverage for our projects, especially if we’re not a big name in the industry or have the backing of large publishers or PR teams? In this session, writer and comics journalist Forrest Helvie (Newsarama, shares actionable tips and strategies for getting more reviews, interviews and press coverage for your projects.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Step inside the shoes of a comic book journalist and learn how they think about who and what gets published?
  • Big NO NOs when it comes to reaching out to comics
  • Examples of creators who knocked their press outreach out of the park, and how you can model what worked for them with your projects.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch celebrates it’s 2 year anniversary! Look how far we’ve come!

ComixLaunch Turns 2!

This week, the ComixLaunch podcast is celebrating its 2-Year Anniversary

The success rate for the Comics Category in Kickstarter was 49.95% when we started.

Today, it’s 53.14%. That’s an increase of + 3.19%!

In that same time, the overall Kickstarter success rate has dropped from 38.02 to 35.83%.

Our community is making an impact and getting it done!  

That’s not me… THAT’S YOU!

Thank you for helping share the show. Our monthly downloads are up 220% since this time last year.

And since April 2017, the ComixLaunch Podcast’s costs have been 100% covered by Club ComixLaunch Patrons!

Whether you’re a $1, $4, $10, or $70 Club ComixLaunch Patron, thank you so much for keeping this show weekly. 

Today’s Guest: Forrest Helvie

My guest today is a CT based author and creator of Whiz Bang the Boy Robot and Amelia the Adventure Bear.

He is an English professor at Norwalk Community College and regularly writes for and Newsarama as a comics journalist in addition to serving as an academic editor and reviewer for various journals and publications.

He has also stacked up writing credits for indie publishers such as GrayHaven Comics, Red Stylo, and TPub, and is a contributor to the Eric Palicki-helmed project This Nightmare Kills Fascists – A Comics Anthology on Kickstarter as of this recording.

Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Put us in the shoes of a comics press journalist. What’s it like? What’s the best part? What’s the worst part?

2) What are some strategies creators can use to get the attention and interest of a comic or pop or geek culture journalist?

3) What are some big DO NOTs or common mistakes you see creators making?

4) What’s one or two examples of pitches that came your way, or that you’ve seen that really knocked it out of the park?

5) You were in the pilot version of the ComixLaunch Course… but you’ve also stayed very active in the community (which is awesome).  What’s been the biggest ahas or breakthroughs for you since joining the ComixLaunch Pro community?

Sponsor: Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.

Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Reach out to someone in the comic book press using some of the tips in this episode to get coverage for your project.

I invite to share results @ or in an email to me at [email protected]

What’s the difference between pros and amateurs? When the pros finish playing a game, they study film… they examine what worked, what didn’t, and what they can do better next time. The same goes for taking your Kickstarter launches to the next level… this podcast will walk you through how to do a Kickstarter postmortem.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The difference between content and education, and why I do NOT hold back on the ComixLaunch podcast.
  • JD Oliva’s experience returning to Kickstarter after a long hiatus.
  • The one thing JD wishes he took more seriously during his latest launch.
  • Looking at the hard numbers and the feels to get a true picture of a successful Kickstarter launch.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch Bonus Download! Get your Kickstarter Postmortem Worksheet at

Today’s Session is brought to you by

The READY FOR LAUNCH Workshop. Register today for this free Kickstarter training at

Today’s Guest – J.D. Oliva

  • J.D. Oliva is an award-winning writer of the books DELUGE and SHUNNED.
  • He’s a graduate of Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience Online Classes and member of the Comics Experience Workshop.
  • He’s directed seven documentary films and coach wrestling at DeKalb High School in suburban Chicago. Former NCAA-ranked college wrestler and two-time AAU Judo National Champion.


It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Download the Kickstarter Postmortem Worksheet –>

Fill it out for your last or next launch.

Friend of the podcast and author of Kickstarter for the Independent Creator Madeliene Holly-Rosing returns to the show to talk about what’s new in the updated addition of her crowdfunding book and lessons learned from recent campaigns.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How quickly the crowdfunding environment changes and how Madeleine knew it was time to update her popular book.
  • A new crowdfunding platform that filmmakers are very excited about.
  • The top lessons Madeleine learned AFTER writing her first book.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Ready for Launch Workshop

Want to launch a comic book Kickstarter project? Wondering if your audience is big enough to succeed?

Then join me for my upcoming FREE online Kickstarter workshop and I’ll teach you how to get your project funded, even if you don’t have a large audience or a huge social media following.


On this FREE workshop, I’m going to teach you…

🚀 Why a big social media following is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success… but what definitely is.

🚀 Where Kickstarter backers REALLY come from… and a step-by-step process to get them to support you on Day One.

🚀 The #1 mistake that 90% of most failed Kickstarters make… and what successful project creators do differently.

🚀 How to figure out how big your audience needs to be to have success on Kickstarter… and exactly what to do to energize them before you launch.

PLUS: I’ll give you my Top Tech Tool recommendations for building and engaging with your growing audience in preparation for your launch.

This online workshop is absolutely free and is packed with actionable tips from host Tyler James’ experience launching campaigns that have collectively raised over $325,000.00 in funding on Kickstarter, as well the best strategies from the top minds in comics and crowdfunding that he’s interviewed on ComixLaunch, the #1 crowdfunding podcast for writers, artists & publishers.

Stay for the full training and receive two special bonus resources to help you fund your dream project!

The next workshop is starting soon.

Reserve your seat now at

Kickstarter for the Independent Creator


It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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What’s the area of running a Kickstarter campaign that you could level up?

Invite you to share results @ or in an email tyler.james @