White Ash and The Game creator Charlie Stickney returns to the ComixLaunch podcast to share insights from his successful launches over the past three years, as well as his strategy for launching in the direct market.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Charlie’s big lessons learned from 6 successful Kickstarter launches in less than three years that have raised over $100,000 in funding.
  • One campaign decisions that takes a big bite out of profit.
  • Why the launch serialization strategy made a lot of sense for Charlie’s first book.
  • Plus: Checking in on Charlie’s next challenge, launching his Kickstarter funded series in the direct market!

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost:

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.


Today’s Featured Guest

Charlie Stickney is a writer/producer who has worked for Sony Pictures, Revolution Studios, Universal Pictures, Hulu and Scholastic Productions, creating and developing shows like Cosmic Quantum Ray and Horrible Histories. A longtime comic book fan, two years ago he
About two years ago, I brought the modern-day fantasy series White Ash to life on Kickstarter, and by successfully funding all four issues and an hardcover collection, that series has raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter and will soon be available in comic shops worldwide through Scout Comics.


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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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What would a launch serialization strategy look like for your next project?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest

http://whiteashcomic.com/
https://twitter.com/CharlesStickney
https://www.instagram.com/whiteashcomic

Listen in on a coaching call with a freelancer who just launched her first project on Kickstarter and is looking for insight on how to take her career to the next level.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The challenges of living the free lancer life and how to get paid what you’re actually worth.
  • Strategies for getting known as an expert and getting responses from your ideal clients.
  • Ways to keep the funding coming in after a strong launch day.
  • PLUS: Is Kickstarter Anti-Union, and if so, should we boycott?

Today’s Session is Brought to You by:

Gemini Comic Supply. Use discount code “ComixLaunch” at checkout and get 10% off COMIC FLASH MAILERS at geminicomicsupply.com


Today’s Featured Guest

Mindy Indy is an independent cartoonist with wacky humor & a love of sci-fi. She’s transformed a love of anime & manga as a teen into an epic comic series with AER HEAD!

Her industry credits include colorist (Papercutz, Action Lab, Marvel [Kyle Baker’s assistant]) and she is the creator of The TALLY HALL Comic.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

AER HEAD #1: Surfer Hero Sci-fi/Comedy https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mindyindy/aer-head-1-surfer-hero-sci-fi-comedy?ref=discovery&term=aer%20heads


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Hey, are you getting ready to ship rewards to all your awesome backers?

With more than a decade of publishing under my belt, I’ve shipped my fair share of comics and graphic novels over the years… so you bet I was SHOCKED to realize I’d been doing it all wrong!

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.
For the longest time, I was using and recommending rigid stayflat mailers for comics shipping… only to hear back from upset fans that their packages were decimated by a mail carrier who must hate them.

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What’s the worst thing that happened to you in the past 24-48 hours. How can you reinterpret it as something positive or neutral?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

https://www.mindyindy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mindyindy_art/
https://www.patreon.com/mindyindy

Russell Nohelty returns to the ComixLaunch podcast for an open and honest discussion about launching novels and comics as a Complete Creative. Russell opens up about what’s working this year and what definitely is not working, and how he’s pivoting to continue to grow his business, while also returning to one of his earliest and most beloved comic creations for another run on Kickstarter.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Challenges of variable income as a creative
  • How Russell wrote so many books last year and the unexpected challenges launching them to the market
  • Advice for creators thinking about starting anthologies.
  • Plus: What to do if you feel like you’re banging your head against the social media brick wall.

This Session is Sponsored by…

Comic Impressions, a US based comic and graphic novel printer specializing in BOTH small digital AND large offset print runs. Go to ComicImpressions.com to to submit a quote or request a FREE printing sample and when you mention ComixLaunch you’ll get 5% off your next order!


Today’s Featured Guest:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter #5 + Volume 1 Re-release https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/ichabod-jones-monster-hunter-5-volume-1-re-release?ref=discovery&term=ichabod%20jones
thecompletecreative.com
Russellnohelty.com/viralbuilders


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

I’m really excited about this comic and graphic novel printer that can service comic orders big and small, digital and off-set.

And because they’re located in the United States, they can get most of my listeners their books fast!

While new to comic scene, this printing company has been in the business of expertly putting ink on paper for over 30 years.

Comic Impressions is already printing books for successful Kickstarter creators and direct market publishers like Scout Comics, and they recently knocked the first printing project I sent sent their way for ComixTribe out of the park!

Comic Impressions is one of the few comic printers using the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press which lets them digitally print comics that nearly indistinguishable from offset print runs at affordable prices, even for smaller runs.

Seriously, I’m a big print quality snob and these are some of the best digitally printed books I’ve ever flipped through.

But don’t take my word for it… what I want you to do is go right now and request a COMPLIMENTARY sample pack from ComicImpressions Team at ComicImpressions.com.

I asked Rich Boye at Comic Impressionsto put together a bunch of FREE sample packs for ComixLaunch listeners showcasing both their digital and offset printing capabilities and ship them at no charge to creators who ask for them… and he said no problem.

I know you’re going to be impressed.

And while you’re at it, if submit a quote for your next printing project and I think you’re going to find there pricing extremely competitive as well.

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Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


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Reach out to a creator peer and schedule a join live stream. Then take turns asking each other questions.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Check out Russell’s new site “The Complete Creative” –> ComixLaunch.com/sellmore

Facebook: @RussellNohelty
Twitter: @RussellNohelty
Instagram: @RussellNohelty

Get Russell’s book, Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career at GoSellYourSoul.com

And find more about Russell at RussellNohelty.com

Rich Boye of Comic Impressions joins Tyler for discussion about how their company is making a strong push into the comic printing market and how they are poised to serve the independent creator as well as large scale publishers.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Digital vs offset printing and why Rich thinks that’s not a question that creators should have to worry about any more.
  • How after 30 years in the print business Comic Impressions is having more fun than ever working with comic creators on their books.
  • Technology improvements that are making high quality books affordable to any creator at any size print run.
  • Plus: A special offer just for ComixLaunch listeners!

This Session is Sponsored by…

Comic Impressions, a US based comic and graphic novel printer specializing in BOTH small digital AND large offset print runs. Go to ComicImpressions.com to to submit a quote or request a FREE printing sample and when you mention ComixLaunch you’ll get 5% off your next order!


Today’s Featured Guest:

Richard Boye is the direct of Sales & Marketing for Direct Impressions and Comic Impressions, a Florida-based full-service printing company with over 30 years of experience putting ink on paper for clients of all sizes.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComicImpressions.com


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

I’m really excited about this comic and graphic novel printer that can service comic orders big and small, digital and off-set.

And because they’re located in the United States, they can get most of my listeners their books fast!

While new to comic scene, this printing company has been in the business of expertly putting ink on paper for over 30 years.

Comic Impressions is already printing books for successful Kickstarter creators and direct market publishers like Scout Comics, and they recently knocked the first printing project I sent sent their way for ComixTribe out of the park!

Comic Impressions is one of the few comic printers using the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press which lets them digitally print comics that nearly indistinguishable from offset print runs at affordable prices, even for smaller runs.

Seriously, I’m a big print quality snob and these are some of the best digitally printed books I’ve ever flipped through.

But don’t take my word for it… what I want you to do is go right now and request a COMPLIMENTARY sample pack from ComicImpressions Team at ComicImpressions.com.

I asked Rich Boye at Comic Impressionsto put together a bunch of FREE sample packs for ComixLaunch listeners showcasing both their digital and offset printing capabilities and ship them at no charge to creators who ask for them… and he said no problem.

I know you’re going to be impressed.

And while you’re at it, if submit a quote for your next printing project and I think you’re going to find there pricing extremely competitive as well.

Plus, if you mention ComixLaunch and you’ll get an additional 5% off your next order!

Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


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Head on over to ComicImpressions.com or shoot Richard Boye an email and order their sample pack!


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

[email protected]
www.DirectImpressions.com
239.549.4484 Office

If you’re a creator who isn’t launching on Kickstarter due to fear of failure, Tyler has the cure for you in this session of ComixLaunch. In this episode, he’ll share one of his big failures this year, and why he actually doesn’t see it as a failure at all.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Take a long hard look at the FEAR of Failure as a reason stopping creators from launching.
  • Hear about one of Tyler’s “failed” launches this year, and what he learned from it
  • Also: What happened to KrakenPrint?
  • Plus: Colin Devinshire is in the ComixLaunch Spotlight This Month

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost:

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch 010 – The Agony & the Ecstasy of Kickstarter: From Failure to Success with Wes Locher http://www.comixlaunch.com/session010/


More About Our Featured Resource:

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

Let me ask you a question… are you master of your own domain?

No, this isn’t a dated Seinfeld reference… I’m talking about your web domain.

And Bluehost is an all in one web hosting solution that will help you master your domain.

I own the domains for ComixTribe.com, ComixLaunch.com and many more… but I know many of you are trying to save a few pennies a day by NOT paying for domains you’re trying to build brands around.

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

  • More professional.
  • More credible.
  • More memorable.

When you own the dot com for your brand, it’ll help you protect it.

If you’re building your empire on someone else land, your comic @facebook or @tumblr or remember @myspace God forbid… you don’t control those platforms.

Own your own domain…

You can use the ComixLaunch affiliate link to get a special introductory offer and 30-day money back guarantee at Bluehost by going to Comixlaunch.com/bluehost today.

Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites world wide and makes it super simple to get a WordPress hosted website up in just one click.

Master Your Domain, go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost and lock it in today.


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Tell me something in your past that was a major flop or failure that you are GRATEFUL for now because of the lesson you learned from it? Then imagine you NEVER learned that lesson. Now, how silly does letting fear of failure stop you from going after what you want?


Quote:

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” – C. S. Lewis