Is this all taking too darn long?

It can feel like that some times.

Hell, it can feel like that all the freaking time.

As creators, ideas often come to us in an instant.

One moment, we’re minding our own business going about our day, and than BANG!

A flash of inspiration.

A brilliant idea.

Something we MUST create.

The spark of an idea takes no time at all.

Hell, I can remember when that flash of inspiration hit me a decade ago for THE RED TEN.

I was complaining to a fellow comic fan about the overuse of killing off of beloved characters for short term sales boosts, when I made the off-handed comment, “Maybe it should be Big Two corporate policy going forward that someone must die in every issue!”

And then it hit me…

Wait a minute.

What if that was a part of the hook?

How would I do a series like that… and make it fun?

Like I said… one second THE RED TEN didn’t exist.

The next it did.

Well, the idea for it at least.

As you probably know fully well by now, a great idea for a series is both everything…

…and nothing at all.

Independent creators will have a hard time selling ideas alone… because there are no shortage of those in the world.

What there IS a shortage of is a fully realized execution of a great idea.

Because doing that

TAKES

SO…

MUCH…

TIME…

When Cesar Feliciano and I started working on THE RED TEN series, neither of us had any idea that we’d be working on it for the better part of a decade.

(Probably a good thing, too… because a project that daunting might have scared us away!)

When we started working on the series, ComixTribe was also just an idea, but not a fully realized graphic novel publisher with worldwide distribution and hundreds of thousands of copies of books in print as it is today.

Kickstarter was also just an idea, and not a platform that is closing in on raising over $100 million dollars for independent comic projects as it is today.

None of these ideas are executed over night.

And none of these ideas are executed without dedication and commitment to building them one tiny step at a time.

THE RED TEN series took a lot longer to complete than I would have liked.

If we’re being honest, I carry a little bit of embarrassment about that.

Growing up as a passionate comic fan, there was nothing tougher for me than the long wait for those early Image books that came out on an erratic schedule…

Every trip to the comic shop had me asking the annoyed clerk:

“Is it out yet? Is it out yet? Is it out yet?”

And yet, as a creator, I soon discovered that it can take a lot longer to produce a comic series than you initially imagine… especially if it’s not the only or even the main thing you’re working on.

THE RED TEN was a project that definitely took longer than I wanted it to.

But now that the series is 100% complete and we’re collecting the final volume into a stunning graphic novel that I’m hoping to get into backers hands before the year is out, I’ve decided to do something I don’t do enough of…

I’m going to give myself a break.

After all, I had never produced a ten-issue maxi-series before this book… so I had no idea how long it was going to take!

Why keep punishing myself for that?

Instead of holding onto the guilt around how long it took vs how long it would have taken in some perfect world, I’m simply going to be grateful for the long, eventful journey of creating this book with my friends and for all the fans we’ve been able to share it with.

Grateful for the awesome creative partnership with Cesar who breathed life and passion into every page.

Grateful for all the brilliant edits from Steve Forbes that helped make me a better writer.

Grateful for the additional insight and careful catches from editors Steve Colle and Sam LeBas.

Grateful for all the stunning covers from CP Wilson, III.

Grateful for the brilliant colors from Gus Ucha, who hit every deadline and made the book shine.

And grateful for every fan who took a little time to hear what THE RED TEN series was about at conventions, store signings and online over the years… and especially those who took a chance on it and bought an issue to help us fund this series.

Finally, I’m grateful that the experience of creating this book has lead to so many lessons that I’ve been able to share with other aspiring comic creators who I’ve been able to advise, coach and connect with over the years.

But perhaps no lesson is greater than this one…

Give yourself a break!

Creative projects, especially those at a scope and scale you’ve never attempted before, take time.

Usually more time than you expect.

Often ten times as long as you think it will when you start it.

And so, if there’s a project you’re working on that’s taking longer than you’d like, I want to invite you to accept it and release any guilt you might have around that reality.

And instead, open yourself up to some new possibilities…

What if your project actually is NOT taking longer than it should be?

What if it’s taking EXACTLY as long as it needs to be to teach you all the valuable lessons you need to learn from it?

Whether that’s true or not… I don’t know.

But I do know that holding on to guilt or beating yourself up about not being where you think you should be isn’t going to get it done any faster.

So, let it go.

As long as you’re committed to seeing it through, in the grand scheme of things, the exact amount of time it took won’t matter.

But you know what will matter?

The people you’ve met along the way.

And the person you’ve become through the process.

– Tyler

P.S. If you’ve been getting value from the ComixLaunch Podcast or the resources we put out for creators, but have just realized you’ve never actually read a Tyler James book… I would love to invite you participate in THE RED TEN Vol 1-2 Kickstarter launch.

Click here to view the Campaign. 10 Days only on Kickstarter

Writer/artist/MC? Mike Barry returns to the ComixLaunch Podcast sharing the success of his all-ages graphic novel Action Tank since funding on Kickstarter in 2017.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • An all-ages graphic novel’s life after a successfully funded Kickstarter
  • Breaking the mold of what’s expected in a Kickstarter video
  • How Mike is balancing work, family and creative life.
  • Plus: Cool new Kickstarter Platform Updates

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:

Mike Barry hails from Sydney Australia and is the the writer and artist of Action Tank, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2017, and returns to the platform this month.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

THE RED TEN Kickstarter: ComixTribe.com/theredtenlaunch

Action Tank 2 Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikebarry/action-tank-book-2-and-also-book-1

Kickstarter Product Upgrades: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/product-upgrades-a-batch-of-improvements-for-creators

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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Make a list of 2-3 ideas for something unique you can do to make your Kickstarter project video stand out.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Mike Barry
actiontankcomic.com

Tyler revisits his big career goal from a decade ago and discusses the power of setting big, audacious goals… even if you never hit them!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The importance of setting not just goals but big goals.
  • My 5 big thoughts revisiting the big comic career goal I set for myself over a decade ago.
  • Why achieving your big goal isn’t all that important as long as it takes you in positive direction.
  • Plus: A New Podcast Recommendation

Today’s Session is Sponsored by…

Rob Multari, creator of Night Wolf: A Horrific Urban Werewolf Coming of Age Drama published by Lone Wolf Comics. Night Wolf #1-3 is live on Kickstarter October 23rd. Follow them at facebook.com/lonewolfcomics


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

The Complete Creative Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-complete-creative/id1073117997

Tyler’s Creating Comics! The Art + Craft Columns Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20150908043155/http://comicrelated.com/categories.php?column=Tyler%20James:%20Creating%20Comics!

Tyler’s very first Creating Comics! Article 1 Big Goals https://web.archive.org/web/20150921160608/http://comicrelated.com/news/1588/creating-comics-tyler-james


More About Our Sponsor:

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

Night Wolf is an ongoing supernatural horror comic book series created by Rob Multari and published by Lone Wolf Comics.

Born into the outcast breed of werewolves known as the Monoki, eighteen-year-old Rodney Marcelli is reluctantly thrown into an ancient war between good and evil in today’s world where the line has blurred.

With the help of Snow Paw, the Pureblood Monoki, and the supernatural evil slayer, Night Hunter, Rodney must learn to master his newly found lycanthropy and mysterious kinetic energy power that only he possesses.

Rodney must fight the Dark Covenant in order to avenge his friends and family, and to save the girl he loves from the master vampire, Lord Malice.

Rodney Marcelli is Night Wolf!

The Kickstarter for Night Wolf issues 1-3 is going LIVE on October 23rd! You can also follow the Lone Wolf Comics updates at
facebook.com/lonewolfcomics

Will you join the WOLF PACK?


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Write down your big audacious career goal and post it somewhere you’ll see every time you work!

Are you trying to get something for nothing in pursuit of your creative endeavors?


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What quid pro quo really means for us (not talking politics here!)
  • An eye opening message I received from a converted hater
  • Where free and premium offers fit in an overall business strategy
  • Plus: Check out who is in this months’ ComixLaunch Pro Creator Spotlight

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!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

comicimpressions.com
https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/andrew-guilde


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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Is there anyone you’re holding a long term grudge against that you can choose to simply let go of? If so… do it!