A few years ago, Roye Okupe of YouNeek Studios went all in on his dream to become a successful comic book publisher. In this podcast, Roye shares his journey from watching American super hero cartoons as a child in Nigeria to moving to the States and developing a line of books showcasing heroes inspired by his culture, and all the many lessons he’s learned along the way.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Roye’s incredible journey from living inNigeria to becoming a Washington, D.C. based comic book publisher.
  • Roye’s strategies to get featured on major press outlets such as The Washington Post.
  • How Roye grew his Facebook page to over 13,000+ fans
  • Plus: Tips for working with overseas creative teams.

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost.

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Today’s Featured Guest

Roye Okupe is the CEO and Creative Direct of YouNeek Studios, a Washington D.C. based publishing company which produces graphic novels and animated stories inspired by African history, culture & mythology.


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In a moment, I’m going to give you today’s ComixLauncher, but first, we need to thank our sponsor…

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Write the HEADLINE for your story if it were on the cover of the Washington Post?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

You can learn more about YouNeek Studios on the website: youneekstudios.com

You can learn more about Roye on my Washington Post Interview here https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/08/24/he-came-to-d-c-from-nigeria-and-created-his-own-african-comic-book-universe/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.94640c77ab49

Roye has an online course that helps creators learn more about the business side of their art. You can check that out here: https://roye-okupe.mykajabi.com/p/creative-biz-launch

Follow Roye on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
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Creator At Large Jeremy Melloul returns to ComixLaunch to discuss his new comics industry podcast and the difference between breaking in and building a career.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What makes the new Creator At Large Podcast different from all the other comics industry podcast out there?
  • The importance of recognizing your strengths and assets and leaning into them.
  • Why Breaking In is a shortsighted play and how to play the long game when it comes to building a creative career.
  • Plus: Some thoughts on short promotional drives for Patreon and other channels.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

Jeremy Melloul is a marketing consultant who specializes in working with artists and creators, with a true passion for the comic book industry — how it works, where it’s going, and and what it could be. If you’re a longtime listener of the podcast, you’ve heard him on this show several times, and he was instrumental in helping ComixLaunch get off to to a strong start.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

http://www.creatoratlarge.com

ComixLaunch.com/shopify

ComixLaunch.com/patreon


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Go subscribe to the new Creator At Large Podcast.


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The long middle stretch of a Kickstarter campaign, where funding and new backers seem hard to come by, can be one of the most difficult parts of a crowdfunding launch. In this session, Tyler explains why the Kickstarter “Dead Zone” happens and what to do about it.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What is the Kickstarter Dead Zone exactly? What does it look like, feel like, and how does it affect your launch?
  • What causes the Kickstarter Dead Zone and why it’s not your fault?
  • How to think and what to do when you find yourself in the Dead Zone.
  • Plus: 13 Days of Actionable Dead Zone Strategies are available for you now at Patreon.com/comixlaunch

This Session is Sponsored by

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Links Mentioned in this Session:

comixlaunch.com/patreon


More About Our Sponsor

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One of the most overlooked aspects of the Kickstarter process is your shipping materials, which is a shame, because how your package arrives is often the last impression your campaign will make on a backer, and will be a big factor in whether they choose to support you again.

And yet, I can’t tell you how many creators out there are disappointing their backers by shipping comics and graphic novels in shoddy packaging.
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Decide now how you will capture all of your thoughts, ideas, feelings, ups, downs, etc. during your next launch?
Special journal? daily blog or vlog? fav note taking app?


Quote

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson