Comic creator Becca Hillburn, sponsor of the National Art & Trade Tuition Opportunity, a scholarship for sequential artists of all ages interested in getting funding to pursue contining education in the arts joins Tyler for a free-wheeling conversation and shares how ComixLaunch listeners can apply for funding to advance their artistic pursuits.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Becca’s most valuable lessons from a formal education in the arts… as well as the things NOT taught in school that should have been.
  • The ups and downs of starting a webcomic collective.
  • An interesting conversation about mental health and resources for creators, especially those with ADHD.
  • Plus: Becca shares the details on the NATTO Scholarship, a cool tuition opportunity that is open for ALL ComixLaunch listeners.

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s session is brought to you by CrowdOx, software that helps you take control of your crowdfunding campaign, save time and raise more funding. ComixLaunch listeners get 10% off per backer pricing at Crowdox.com


Today’s Featured Guest

Becca Hillburn is graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she focused on sequential art, and is now an online graphic novelist and creator of 7 Inch Kara. She is an active blogger and Youtuber and is the sponsor of the NATTO Scholarship for aspiring sequential artists.


More About Our Sponsor

On this podcast back in 2017, I told you all I was shooting for a six-figure launch for the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign.

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

But thanks to CrowdOx, we were able to shoot way past the six figure mark…

And it was the easiest funding to raise in the entire campaign.

See, CrowdOx helps crowdfunding project creators increase funding, manage their campaigns, and save time.

How does it work?

Well, CrowdOx helps creators take a successful campaign and keep the funds coming in by:

Selling Upgrades, Add-ons & Extras during the survey process with just a couple clicks.

Accepting pre-orders on a beautiful CrowdOx store to keep the funding coming in.

Collecting funding that Kickstarter couldn’t from backers unable to fix their CC in time.

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

CrowdOx Customers are raising on average an extra 12% of funding after their original campaign is over…

My first CrowdOx turbocharged launch, we raised an extra 18% and enabled us to hit that six figure goal.

CrowdOx is an alternative to BackerKit, and while I’ve used and recommended both companies, I prefer CrowdOx because it offers:

A per BACKER pricing model vs. a per Funds Raised, which usually works out better for creators.

An easier interface for creators and survey/checkout experience for backers.

Faster funding… Backers are charged immediately for their pledges, so there’s no risk that credit cards won’t clear when its time to fulfill.

And now, as a ComixLaunch sponsor, CrowdOx is offering creators an additional 10% off their per backer pricing at Crowdox.com.

So check them out and raise more funding after your next successful launch with CrowdOx at Crowdox.com.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

National Art & Trade Tuition Opportunity
https://nattosoup.com/scholarship
More info about the NATTO Scholarship: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2018/04/our-artist-scholarship-natto-national.html
Becca’s Blog (mainly art supply reviews, comic and watercolor tutorials, but there’s a lot about my time at SCAD in the archives): https://nattosoup.blogspot.com
Becca’s Youtube (similar to the blog, but with convention recaps, convention artist interviews, and vlogs that focus on artist life): https://youtube.com/nattosoup
Becca’s webcomic (began as a print comic, was launched as part of a webcomic collective launch) https://7inchkara.tumblr.com
Becca’s kidlit art portfolio: http://becca-hillburn-illustration.webflow.io/


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Go to Nattosoup.com/scholarship read the scholarship application, and apply.
$1,000 for art education! That could get you a ComixLaunch Pro membership, ComicsExperience Course and an serious library upgrade!
YOU are your best asset. Invest in YOU.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Becca’s Blog (mainly art supply reviews, comic and watercolor tutorials, but there’s a lot about my time at SCAD in the archives): https://nattosoup.blogspot.com

What are the key components you need to build a strong audience? Find out in today’s session.


Highlights of this Session Include

  • 4 Platform Elements
  • A Platform Action Plan Template
  • Platform Resource Recommendations
  • Plus: ComixLaunch Listener GDPR Questions Answered

This Session is Sponsored by Website Legal Forms

Today’s Featured Resource is the Website Legal Forms Pack from Your Online Genius. Get the legal policy templates you need to protect your website at ComixLaunch.com/legal

Hey, we just updated our online privacy policy, which covers ComixLaunch, ComixTribe and the C is for Cthulhu brands with the help of Robert Klinck at Your Online Genius.

You can check out our updated policy at ComixTribe.com/privacy.

Now, if you don’t have a privacy policy for your website or need to update yours to say GDPR compliant, you can grab one today.

You need one via both EU and California law.

Our affiliate link is ComixLaunch.com/legal and the template pack includes:

The 3 Key Policies you need to protect your biz online

Drafted by a Harvard-educated lawyer and business person

Includes instructional videos to walk you through how to customize them to meet your own needs

Comes with a 30-day, money back guarantee.

Not everything in building a brand and business is fun, but there is a peace of mind that comes with treating your business and your fans with the seriousness it deserves.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/legal and get the legal policies you need to protect your website today.


Links Mentioned in this Episode


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Give yourself one point for each element:

  1. A website domain you control
  2. A business email address with that domain
  3. An email management service.
  4. A landing page builder
  5. An online shop.

If you scored a 5, awesome? What can you improve or do more with?

If you scored less than a 5, what one element can you add in the next month?

The General Data Protection Regulation, a privacy law from the European Union, goes into effect May 25, 2018, and has major consequences for creatives like us. Tyler breaks down what you need to know about GDPR and how to get compliant before the deadline. If you want support getting GDPR compliant, join ComixLaunch.com/springcleaning


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What is the new GDPR regulation all about and why we as writers, artists, publishers and crowdfunders need to care?
  • Who the new law applies to. (SPOILER: If you’re listening to this, it probably applies to you.)
  • Specific Actions creators like us need to take NOW and in the future to get GDPR compliant and avoid penalties.
  • Plus: An free invitation to make this whole GDPR thing a whole lot easier and more manageable for you with my help!

This Session is Sponsored by

Purebuttons, your go-to resource for custom buttons of all shapes and sizes.  

Go to ComixLaunch.com/purebuttons for 10% off your next order of custom buttons.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Join the new challenge –> comixlaunch.com/springcleaning

Want built in landing pages with your marketing service provider? Check out Mailer Lite –> ComixLaunch.com/mailer

Do a lot of automated email sequences and tagging? Check out ComixLaunch.com/convertkit


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Go to ComixLaunch.com/springcleaning and register for the FREE 5 day challenge.

Finally clean up your existing fan list (or start a new one) and get GDPR-compliant in time for the May 25th deadline in a stress-free, easy-to-follow, free 5 day challenge, so that you can improve your email open rate and engage your fans in compliance with the new law.

By the end of this free five day challenge you will have:
– Made the necessary changes to your audience building platform so that you’re in compliance with the new law and can confidently continue to grow your audience without the stress of hefty GDPR fines.
– Made sure that your current audience building tech solutions are the best ones for you current situation.
– Cleaned your email list of cold subscribers to increase your open rates and improve your standing with your email service provider.
– Added even more value to your fan base to continue your growth towards 1000+ true fans.
– Networked with creators on a similar journey as you and been supported along the way!

Do the words we use control the cash we have in our bank account? In this session, Tyler shares why you might want to get obsessed with copy writing and includes actionable hacks that will add funds to your bottom line by using words that sell.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why copy writing may be the single most powerful skill you can learn.
  • 5 Proven copy writing hacks I’ve used to sell more stuff.
  • 2 Habits of creators looking to up their copy game.
  • Plus: Is there a dark side of being too good with your copy?

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s session is brought to you by CrowdOx, software that helps you take control of your crowdfunding campaign, save time and raise more funding. ComixLaunch listeners get 10% off per backer pricing at Crowdox.com

On this podcast back in 2017, I told you all I was shooting for a six-figure launch for the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign.

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

But thanks to CrowdOx, we were able to shoot way past the six figure mark…

And it was the easiest funding to raise in the entire campaign.

See, CrowdOx helps crowdfunding project creators increase funding, manage their campaigns, and save time.

How does it work?

Well, CrowdOx helps creators take a successful campaign and keep the funds coming in by:

Selling Upgrades, Add-ons & Extras during the survey process with just a couple clicks.

Accepting pre-orders on a beautiful CrowdOx store to keep the funding coming in.

Collecting funding that Kickstarter couldn’t from backers unable to fix their CC in time.

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

CrowdOx Customers are raising on average an extra 12% of funding after their original campaign is over…

My first CrowdOx turbocharged launch, we raised an extra 18% and enabled us to hit that six figure goal.

CrowdOx is an alternative to BackerKit, and while I’ve used and recommended both companies, I prefer CrowdOx because it offers:

A per BACKER pricing model vs. a per Funds Raised, which usually works out better for creators.

An easier interface for creators and survey/checkout experience for backers.

Faster funding… Backers are charged immediately for their pledges, so there’s no risk that credit cards won’t clear when its time to fulfill.

And now, as a ComixLaunch sponsor, CrowdOx is offering creators an additional 10% off their per backer pricing at Crowdox.com.

So check them out and raise more funding after your next successful launch with CrowdOx at Crowdox.com.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Free Guide at ComixLaunch.com/guide

Kickstarter “Dead Zone” Survival Workshop

Learn powerful strategies and proven tactics to survive and thrive during the difficult middle period of a Kickstarter campaign, so you can stay sane, keep the funding coming in, and set yourself up for a big finish to your best campaign ever.

Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/survive


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Throw a great hook Hook (Headline) and tell a great story in your next email blast or blog post.


Quote

“If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.” – Harvey Mackay