Over the past several years, Ryan K Lindsay has heard the word “yes” from Black Mask, IDW, Dark Horse, DC, ComixTribe and many more. On this special session of the ComixLaunch Podcast, Tyler picks Ryan’s brain on how he’s managed to perfect his pitching process to attract the interest of artists, editors and fans.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Ryan’s process for determining what projects he’ll pitch around to publishers and what projects he’ll self-publish?
  • How to make your pitch stand out above the standard slush pile submissions.
  • Hope for creators who don’t live in the comic book meccas of New York or LA and can’t attend every convention, yet still want to get pitches accepted.
  • How geeking out on D&D lately is making Ryan a better writer?
  • Plus: Don’t Miss out on Break Kickstarter Month!

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest:

Ryan is a comic book writer and educator, and over the past several years, he’s accumulated more publishing credits that we have time to cover.

His work has been published by Black Mask, MonkeyBrain, IDW, Dark Horse, Vertigo and ComixTribe to name a few.

He was selected as a participant in the highly coveted DC Writing Workshop group of 2016, learning advanced comic writing from Scott Snyder.

He’s also self-published several Kickstarter-funded titles under his own Four Colour Ray Gun imprint, with a focus on digital-only campaigns for books such as DEER EDITOR, EIR, INK ISLAND and STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET.

Always one to heap massive praise on his artist partners and collaborators, Ryan has worked with artists including Eric Zawadzki, Sebastian Piriz, Sami Kivela, Owen Gieni, Tommy Lee, Edwards, Alex Cormack and more…

He is an extreme process junkie and writes one of the most thoughtful weekly newletters in comics called “The Two Fisted Homeopape” https://tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify
break.kickstarter.com
https://tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay
ComixLaunch.com/club


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Go sign up for Ryan K Lindsay’s newsletter for process, tips, advice, book recommendations and more–> https://tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

https://tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay
twitter.com/ryanklindsay
https://ryanklindsay.com/

Tables are turned and ComixLaunch Host Tyler James finds himself in the hotseat. In this session, Tyler talks about a calling and vision for a live, in-person professional development conference for comic creators and gets some feedback and great questions to think about from a mastermind of creator peers. And the best part… YOU get to be a fly on the wall for this conversation!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Tyler’s (less than clear) vision for an event for comic creators that’s NOT a comic convention but instead an opportunity for learning, growth, networking, professional development and inspiration
  • Similar events to look at and model and the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities here
  • What it would take to get creators like Karl Kesel, Dirk Manning and Russell Nohelty to be interested in an event like this.
  • Plus: Good luck to all new ComixLaunch MasterMind applicants!

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


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Tyler James, host of ComixLaunch and publisher of ComixTribe


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Karl Kesel is a professional writer, inker and occassional penciler, whose credits include Superman, Super Boy, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Captain America and more. He has also co-created SECTION ZERO with Tom Grummett, a series brought back to life with the magic of Kickstarter (Session #202 Hotseat)
  • Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE (Devil’s Due), NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics/Shadowline), WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber) and more. (Session #204 Hotseat)
  • Russell Nohelty, author of comics and prose, launched mulitple five-figure anthology projects, and creates courses and other resources for creatives at thecompletecreative.com.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Crowdox.com

Karl Kesel’s latest Kickstarter
IMPOSSIBLE JONES: GRIN & GRITTY! A Graphic Novel https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227066666/impossible-jones-grin-and-gritty-a-graphic-novel


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.

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

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ComixLauncher [205]:

What would YOU like to see in a professional development conference for comic creators?

As his writing demands increase, Nightmare World creator Dirk Manning realizes he’s going to need to cut back on his convention schedule. However, he’s worried about losing connection with the fans who’ve supported him along the way if he’s out of sight and out of mind. Hear the counsel Dirk receives from a mastermind of creator peers.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What are the ramifications of dramatically reducing the number of conventions you do in a year?
  • How to stay connected with your fans who you’ll no longer be seeing at shows?
  • Reframing negatives into positives… and how absence can make the heart grow fonder.
  • Plus: Have you applied to the ComixLaunch MasterMind Yet?

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the ComixLaunch MasterMind.

If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in June and start meeting in July!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE (Devil’s Due), NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics/Shadowline), WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber) and more.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Karl Kesel is a professional writer, inker and occassional penciler, whose credits include Superman, Super Boy, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Captain America and more. He has also co-created SECTION ZERO with Tom Grummett, a series brought back to life with the magic of Kickstarter (Session #202 Hotseat)
  • Russell Nohelty, author of comics and prose, launched mulitple five-figure anthology projects, and creates courses and other resources for creatives at thecompletecreative.com.
  • Tyler James (Session #205 Hotseat)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind
conventionscene.com


ComixLauncher [204]:

Take a page out of Dirk Manning’s playbook and start planning out your convention schedule for the next 12-18 months. Need to know dates for cons? Go to conventionscene.com to get the latest and greatest cons from around the country.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hotseat Creator:

dirkmanning.com
facebook.com/groups/dirkmanning
Twitter @dirkmanning
Instagram @dirkmanning

Advice is in no short supply. Good advice though? It’s rare and it’s priceless.

Applications are Open for July 2019 ComixLaunch MasterMind.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY

Russell Nohelty has made more money every year he’s been a creator and 2019 is on track to being his best year ever. So, why does it feel like things are getting harder and not easier? Dirk Manning, Karl Kesel and Tyler James counsel Russell in a hotseat that all creators should hear.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The Distraction of Gross Revenue vs True Profit
  • Identifying the areas of one’s business that drain you.
  • Areas to offload so that you can focus on what truly lights you up.
  • Plus: Listener Feedback!

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the ComixLaunch MasterMind.

If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in June and start meeting in July!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Russell Nohelty is a USA-Today bestselling author of comics and prose, launched multiple five-figure anthology projects on Kickstarter, and creates courses and other resources for creatives at thecompletecreative.com.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Karl Kesel is a professional writer, inker and occassional penciler, whose credits include Superman, Super Boy, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Captain America and more. He has also co-created SECTION ZERO with Tom Grummett, a series brought back to life with the magic of Kickstarter (Session #202 Hotseat)
  • Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE (Devil’s Due), NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics/Shadowline), WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber) and more. (Session #204 Hotseat)
  • Tyler James (Session #205 Hotseat)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


ComixLauncher [203]:

Take a minute and do an inventory to see if there’s anything that you’re doing creatively or in your life that now feels heavy and it is weighing you down… and it’s time to let it go.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hotseat Creator:

thecompletecreative.com



After forming several MasterMind Groups over the years, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Here are four tips if you’re thinking of starting your own group for mutual support and accountability.

Interested in joining a creator mastermind group this summer?

New ComixLaunch MasterMind groups forming soon: http://comixlaunch.com/mastermind



Karl Kesel’s (Section Zero) projects have raised over $100,000.00 on Kickstarter, but he’s struggling to grow his fan base and reach a new audience for his work. In this session, he’s joined by fellow members of the “six-figures in funding” club including Russell Nohelty, Dirk Manning and Tyler James to brainstorm golden opportunities and new strategies for Karl to build upon his fan base and take it to new heights!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What Karl has done to build up his audience to this point, and why he’ll need to adjust his strategy to keep going?
  • One of the most powerful tools to get to know your audience and where to find more people like them.
  • The power of adding a personal touch to your social media posts.
  • Plus: Are you looking to join a creator MasterMind group this year? Then you’re in luck!

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the ComixLaunch MasterMind.

If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in June and start meeting in July!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Karl Kesel loves his job far more than he has any right to. He has written, inked, and occasionally penciled: Superman, Superboy, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Captain America and many others— although he has an inexplicable fondness for obscure characters no one else really remembers. His oddly endearing love of zombies led him to create JOHNNY ZOMBIE— a maybe-mythical-maybe-not zombie fighter. In 2000 he co-created SECTION ZERO with Tom Grummett, a labor of love that they were able to bring back thanks to the miracle of Kickstarter! Waiting in the wings: IMPOSSIBLE JONES! He lives with his amazing wife Myrna, joyful son Isaac, cute-as-a-bug daughter Eliza, and exuberant corgi Sprocket in Portland, Oregon. He really can’t complain about much.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Russell Nohelty, author of comics and prose, launched mulitple five-figure anthology projects, and creates courses and other resources for creatives at thecompletecreative.com. (Session #203 Hotseat)
  • Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE (Devil’s Due), NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics/Shadowline), WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber) and more. (Session #204 Hotseat)
  • Tyler James (Session #205 Hotseat)

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


ComixLauncher [202]:

Go take a long, hard look at your own social media feed. How social are they? Are you getting discussions going? Are you sharing any of YOU there?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hotseat Creator:

sectionzerocomic.com
panicbuttonpress.com
impossiblejones.com