As creators, we know we need to actively promote our work. But how do we do so in a way that doesn’t leave us completely drained and take all our time from creating? In this mastermind session episode, a group of creators help graphic novelist Geoff Weber navigate the tricky waters of social media systems.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to have a social media strategy that doesn’t sap the life out of you.
  • Instagram tactics that actually work.
  • Applying systems thinking to casual social posting and promotion.
  • Plus: “The Clooney Mindset Shift” – A Bonus lesson from Clay Adams of Fried Comics, a Founding Member of the ComixLaunch Mastermind

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Today’s Featured Guests

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


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Look at the last few pieces of content you’ve put out into the world (emails, blog posts, Tweets, Instagram or Facebook posts. Were they centered around you or your ideal reader. What would they look like if they were reframed to solve your readers problems instead of yours.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

https://www.scientistscomic.com/

How do you balance your passion projects with the freelance work that pays the bills? In this special mastermind session, artist Dan Ekis gets help brainstorming ways to increase his monthly comic pages output.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How freelancers can make more or enough time for passion projects.
  • What it takes to be able to produce a complete comic every month.
  • How to hone in on your areas of greatest value.
  • Plus: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Running a MasterMind

This Session is Sponsored by

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. Let’s get you in a creator mastermind group this summer at ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Today’s Featured Guests

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

Tough question time… Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

1. Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

2. Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

3. You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

4. You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine this rockstar group was regularly thinking about how they could support you, include you, collaborate with you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2018.

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


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On a sheet of paper, create two columns labeled A & B.

A Column

  • What are the parts of the creation process that you love the most? – What are the specific parts where you are best at?
  • Where you make the most value?

B Column

  • What do you hate about creating? What are the parts that feel like a chore?
  • What could you do to make it so you spent more time the the A column and less or NO time on the B column.

What would that look like?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

https://www.facebook.com/groups/283329768714486/

https://www.instagram.com/ekisdan/

In this mastermind style session of the ComixLaunch podcast, a panel of creators help writer Will Allred navigate time management issues so that he can stay focused on producing the projects that truly matter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to set honest expectations with yourself reguarding productivity.
  • The difference between off-stage, backstage and frontstage time, and how introverts especially need to be wary about what they schedule on “frontstage days”
  • Some book suggestions for night owls
  • Plus: Three ways to find a MasterMind group to join!

This Session is Sponsored by

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. Let’s get you in a creator mastermind group this summer at ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Today’s Featured Guests

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

Tough question time… Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

1. Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

2. Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

3. You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

4. You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine this rockstar group was regularly thinking about how they could support you, include you, collaborate with you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2018.

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


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If you only had six months to live (and you’ve dealt with that grief/shock/stages)…
What would you be working on creatively?
What would you STOP working on?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

http://diaryofnight.com/ 

ComixLaunch celebrates its 150th episode with an all-new format. Welcome to the MasterMind Sessions, featuring creators Jamie Gambell, Dan Ekis, Will Allred & Geoff Weber, tackling real issues in a creator roundtable mastermind discussion. In today’s session, the group helps Jamie Gambell rethink his convention strategy for more fun and profit at his next convention.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Convention Pricing strategies
  • Table set up to maximize interest and return on investment
  • Honing in on Profitability at cons
  • Plus: A bonus mini-lesson from Kevin Joseph about the unexpected power of telling that story that won’t go away.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

New groups are forming this month.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to find out more!


Today’s Featured Guests

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch MasterMind is re-opening for enrollment this month!
ComixLaunch.com/mastermind

Get on the Interest List

Sign-up for the LIVE info session.

ComixLaunch.com/session125 What is a Mastermind and Why Joining One Might Be the Key to Your Breakout Year

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Who are the 5 people in your life you’re most likely to go to if you have a challenge in your creative business?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you could get the counsel, support, and guidance you need for every challenge you face from that group of 5.

If you’re less than a 9, you might want to consider joining a mastermind.