In this end-of-the-decade session of the ComixLaunch Podcast, Tyler shares the 10 biggest lessons he’s learned over the past 10 years working on THE RED TEN series, which recently wrapped up with a final successful Kickstarter launch.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • A savvy tip to increase the odds that a collaborator you’d love to work with will say YES!
  • One thing that opens doors for a new series that might otherwise stay closed.
  • What you need to pay special attention to… and how it resulted in the one big domino that helped ComixTribe take off.
  • Plus: Holiday wishes from Tyler

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.com/bluehost


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…

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ComixLauncher [232]

Write down ten creative lessons you’ve learned over the past 10 years.

Fantasy webcomic creator Melissa J Massey is puzzled by the fact that despite creating work that features strong female leads in genres women generally like, most of her fan base is male. She asks the mastermind for ideas on how to attract more female fans and backers.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What kind of things may be turning off potential fans of different genders?
  • Demographic differences among platforms.
  • Strategies for drawing more people to your table at comic conventions.
  • Plus: Did you notice what was special about this season’s MasterMind groups?

This Session is Sponsored by:

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


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Melissa J Massey is writer and and illustrator of fantasy webcomics, whose work include Black Ball, a magical murder mystery in the 1920s; Vatican Assassins, a shonen-inspired adventure about divine demon hunters; and The Alchemist of Aurillia, an Ottoman Empire fantasy about a wizard and her familiar, available on her Patreon. She also works as a digital marketing and communications specialist.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Dawn Griffin is a designer/illustrator and cartoonist specializing in material for kids and young adults, and one of the founding members of Webcomic Alliance, a web resource & podcast for comic creators.
  • Abrian Curington, an illustrator, fantasy cartagropher, and the publisher of Blue Cat Co.
  • Erica Schultz, professional comic book writer for Marvel, DC, Dynamite and Comixology Originals and a writing instructor at The Kubert School.

More About Our Sponsor:

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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And here’s a pro-tip: COMIC FLASH MAILERS slip comfortably into a FLAT RATE LEGAL envelope, which can save you 50% or more on the cost of shipping domestically, depending on the weight.

I reached out to Bryan Kelly at Gemini, told him I was a huge fan of his company, and secured a special deal for ComixLaunch listeners looking to upgrade their shipping game.

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ComixLauncher [231]:

What’s your current gender breakdown in terms of customers? Is it aligned with who you think of as your ideal reader?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

https://www.facebook.com/vaticanassassinscomic
https://www.patreon.com/mjmassey

Professional comic writer Erica Schultz looks for feedback from a mastermind of creator peers on the advantages of getting a literary agent to represent her work and tips for finding one.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How might an agent help push ones career forward?
  • How to go about finding a literary agent beyond what the blogs say to do?
  • How different is it to work for a traditional publisher creating graphic novels vs a comic book publisher?
  • Plus: One messy thing Tyler will be up to this Christmas break!

This Session is Sponsored by:

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 this year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January 2020!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Erica Schultz is a comic book writer best known for 2018’s DAREDEVIL Annual and the award-winning, creator-owned series M3 with artist Vicente Alcázar. Her latest book is the urban fantasy series FORGOTTEN HOME published by ComiXology Originals/Vices Press with artist Marika Cresta.

In 2016, she was chosen by DC Comics to participate in the pilot program of their Talent Development Workshop, collaborating with artist Sonny Liew on a well-received HAWKGIRL story.

She has written for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, 2000AD, and Action Lab, as well as contributed to multiple anthologies including Image Comics’ WHERE WE LIVE for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting (nominated for a 2019 Eisner Award, winner of two 2019 Ringo Awards) and THE 27 CLUB: A COMICS ANTHOLOGY published by Red Stylo Media and Action Lab Danger Zone (nominated for a 2016 Harvey Award).

Erica is a writing instructor at The Kubert School in New Jersey and a lettering instructor for ComicsExperience.com.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Melissa J Massey, a writer, illustrator, fantasy webcomic creator, and digital marketing and communications specialist
  • Dawn Griffin is a designer/illustrator and cartoonist specializing in material for kids and young adults, and one of the founding members of Webcomic Alliance, a web resource & podcast for comic creators.
  • Abrian Curington, an illustrator, fantasy cartagropher, and the publisher of Blue Cat Co.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind
ComicImpressions.com


More About Our Sponsor:

If you’re listening to this and the idea of meeting regularly with a small, focused group of like-minded creators to share resources, sharpen and strengthen your creative business strategies and to support each other in mutually benefical ways, sounds good to you… stop whatever it is you’re doing now and get over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on our interest list.

I’ve been running these mastermind groups for over a year now, and I’ve seen how powerful they can be for the right creators.

Everybody has blindspots.

We ALL have things in our creative lives we can’t see from the inside.

We all struggle with self doubt and paralysis, and we are all prone to getting stuck.

Albert Einstein said “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

If you’re ready to get new perspectives and solutions on your challenges from creators who have overcome them, a mastermind can provide that.

The right mastermind will support you, not let you fail, and push you to new heights.

Now, I realize many of you have gotten to this point largely on your own and may even be proud of that.

(And you should be!)

But at a certain point, what got you here, won’t get you there.

Your network may be your single greatest asset, and being a part of a dedicated mastermind group will quickly become the most invaluable part of your network.

Joining a MasterMInd may be just what you’re looking for IF…

…if you’re overwhelmed by all of the possible projects you could do and need CLARITY on what you should be doing to actually achieve your creative goals.

…you’re looking to create your biggest launch ever and have a breakthrough year.

…you feel like strategy, coaching, community and support are currently missing in your creative life and business.

…you’re ready to grow your network of quality peers to include serious creators with whom you can talk strategy, growth, and taking your creative business to the next level.

If that sounds like you, go over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind today, and I can’t wait to start working with you!


ComixLauncher [230]:

If you could add one person to your team, who would that person be and what would they do?

How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Website: http://www.ericaschultzwrites.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EricaSchultz42

Abrian Curington is a multi-talented creator who, over the past few years has crowdfunded both fiction and non-fiction projects. Now she’s wrestling with whether or not she needs to rebrand herself to be more inclusive of everything she does or to split her branding to serve the different fanbases she appeals to.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Tips for creators serving multiple audiences.
  • The power of a “one project at a time” approach to your creative business.
  • How segmentation can be powerful, but you might not require two completely different brands.
  • Plus: The Difference between pop-up masterminds and true masterminds.

This Session is Sponsored by:

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 this year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January 2020!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Abrian Curington is an illustrator and fantasy cartogropher, specializing in light-hearted fantasy stories that champion fun, adventure, and conquering the obstacles of life. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from WWU, I started Blue Cat Co., an independent publishing company dedicated to producing fantastical works that give people an escape from the din of the world. She has successfully crowdfunded and published “Notes Vol. 1: An Undersea Expedition Travelogue”, “Bellmage,” “Woolmancy”, and several digital books. Aside from my work with Blue Cat Co., I am a tai chi instructor, and I often go on real-life journeys in nature reserves.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Dawn Griffin is a designer/illustrator and cartoonist specializing in material for kids and young adults, and one of the founding members of Webcomic Alliance, a web resource & podcast for comic creators.
  • Melissa J Massey, a writer, illustrator, fantasy webcomic creator, and digital marketing and communications specialist.
  • Erica Shultz, professional comic book writer for Marvel, DC, Dynamite and Comixology Originals and a writing instructor at The Kubert School.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


More About Our Sponsor:

If you’re listening to this and the idea of meeting regularly with a small, focused group of like-minded creators to share resources, sharpen and strengthen your creative business strategies and to support each other in mutually benefical ways, sounds good to you… stop whatever it is you’re doing now and get over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on our interest list.

I’ve been running these mastermind groups for over a year now, and I’ve seen how powerful they can be for the right creators.

Everybody has blindspots.

We ALL have things in our creative lives we can’t see from the inside.

We all struggle with self doubt and paralysis, and we are all prone to getting stuck.

Albert Einstein said “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

If you’re ready to get new perspectives and solutions on your challenges from creators who have overcome them, a mastermind can provide that.

The right mastermind will support you, not let you fail, and push you to new heights.

Now, I realize many of you have gotten to this point largely on your own and may even be proud of that.

(And you should be!)

But at a certain point, what got you here, won’t get you there.

Your network may be your single greatest asset, and being a part of a dedicated mastermind group will quickly become the most invaluable part of your network.

Joining a MasterMInd may be just what you’re looking for IF…

…if you’re overwhelmed by all of the possible projects you could do and need CLARITY on what you should be doing to actually achieve your creative goals.

…you’re looking to create your biggest launch ever and have a breakthrough year.

…you feel like strategy, coaching, community and support are currently missing in your creative life and business.

…you’re ready to grow your network of quality peers to include serious creators with whom you can talk strategy, growth, and taking your creative business to the next level.

If that sounds like you, go over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind today, and I can’t wait to start working with you!


ComixLauncher [229]:

How many different audiences are you currently serving? How well are you communicating with each of those audiences.

How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

BlueCatCo.com

Drawing has never been a problem for illustrator Dawn Griffin. However, she’s now finding it challenging to sit down and write out her first graphic novel and looks to a pop-up ComixLaunch Mastermind group facilitated by Tyler James including creators Erica Shultz, Abrian Curington and Melissa J Massey to help her build better writing habits.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Tips for artists who are looking to transition into writing full scripts for graphic novels
  • How to find the time for your passion project when freelance work always seems to calling
  • Simple strategies for building better writing habits
  • Plus: Make100 is Back on Kickstarter in January

This Session is Sponsored by:

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 this year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.

New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January 2020!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Dawn Griffin, of Havertown PA, is a designer/illustrator/cartoonist specializing in kids and young adult material. Her properties include the sci-fi/humor comic “Zorphbert & Fred”, and the self-esteem kids book series “Abby’s Adventures” published under Eifrig Publishing.

She has also contributed to multiple anthologies such as “Team Cul de Sac” from Andrews McMeel Publishing, and “RISE: Comics Against Bullying” from Northwest Press. Recently she and two authors successfully kickstarted a children’s book entitled “Ida Finds Her Voice”, which helps parents and kids discuss tough topics like intolerance and racism. Dawn is also a co-founder of Webcomic Alliance, a 9 year-running web resource & popular podcast for comic creators. “Creative Workhorse” may be an understatement.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Abrian Curington, an illustrator, fantasy cartagropher, and the publisher of Blue Cat Co.
  • Melissa J Massey, a writer, illustrator, fantasy webcomic creator, and digital marketing and communications specialist
  • Erica Shultz, professional comic book writer for Marvel, DC, Dynamite and Comixology Originals and a writing instructor at The Kubert School.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind

Kickstarter.com/make100

ComixLaunch 077 – Kickstarter Wants YOU to Make 100 This Month http://www.comixlaunch.com/session077/

ComicImpressions.com


More About Our Sponsor:

If you’re listening to this and the idea of meeting regularly with a small, focused group of like-minded creators to share resources, sharpen and strengthen your creative business strategies and to support each other in mutually benefical ways, sounds good to you… stop whatever it is you’re doing now and get over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on our interest list.

I’ve been running these mastermind groups for over a year now, and I’ve seen how powerful they can be for the right creators.

Everybody has blindspots.

We ALL have things in our creative lives we can’t see from the inside.

We all struggle with self doubt and paralysis, and we are all prone to getting stuck.

Albert Einstein said “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

If you’re ready to get new perspectives and solutions on your challenges from creators who have overcome them, a mastermind can provide that.

The right mastermind will support you, not let you fail, and push you to new heights.

Now, I realize many of you have gotten to this point largely on your own and may even be proud of that.

(And you should be!)

But at a certain point, what got you here, won’t get you there.

Your network may be your single greatest asset, and being a part of a dedicated mastermind group will quickly become the most invaluable part of your network.

Joining a MasterMInd may be just what you’re looking for IF…

…if you’re overwhelmed by all of the possible projects you could do and need CLARITY on what you should be doing to actually achieve your creative goals.

…you’re looking to create your biggest launch ever and have a breakthrough year.

…you feel like strategy, coaching, community and support are currently missing in your creative life and business.

…you’re ready to grow your network of quality peers to include serious creators with whom you can talk strategy, growth, and taking your creative business to the next level.

If that sounds like you, go over to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind today, and I can’t wait to start working with you!


ComixLauncher [228]:

Write down your current writing process.

How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Portfolio http://dawngriffinstudios.com/
Comic Series http://www.zfcomics.com/
Kids Book Series http://www.abbysfanclub.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/dgriffstudios/
Twitter https://twitter.com/dgriffstudios
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dgriff13/