20 year comics veteran Jim Rugg has launched a wildly successful Kickstarter for what could be the worlds first blacklight comic book with fluorescent ink, OCTOBRIANA 1976. In this ComixLaunch Interview, Tyler will talk to the Eisner and Ignatz award-winning cartoonist about pushing the boundaries of the print medium, his work as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, and co-founding YouTube’s Cartoonist Kayfabe comics channel with Ed Piskor, and more.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Jim’s thoughts on the philosophy that “different is better than better?”
  • Striking the balance between style and skill.
  • 20 years in, what still has Jim fired up about the comics industry?
  • Plus: How Jim’s Cartoonist Kayfabe YouTube Channel has grown so quickly and how it contributes to his Kickstarter’s success.

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Today’s Featured Guest:

Jim Rugg is an Eisner and Ignatz award-winning cartoonist. His books include The PLAIN Janes, Street Angel, Afrodisiac, and Notebook Drawings. He’s also the co-creator of YouTube’s Cartoonist Kayfabe comics channel and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts.

His stunning and innovative comic blacklight comic with flourescent ink, Octobriana 1976 absolutely crushed it on Kickstarter this month!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/bluehost

Jim’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jimrugg/fluorescent-blacklight-outlaw-comic-book

Jim’s YouTube Channel, Cartoonist Kayfabe: https://www.youtube.com/c/cartoonistkayfabe

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Put together a package of some of your best work and send it to Cartoonist Kayfabe on YouTube.

How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

https://www.youtube.com/c/cartoonistkayfabe

Zebra Comics publisher E.N. Ejob has one successful Kickstarter campaign under his belt, but has been nervous about launching another one. His challenge: How do you keep your past backers engaged and get them to come back for more and at the same time appeal to new readers when you launch again? Tyler and a mastermind roundtable of creators have advice for E.N. and share it in this mastermind style session.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Unpacking the real fears holding creators back from launching again.
  • How to stay in touch with backers after the campaign is over.
  • When and why the launch serialization strategy makes sense for creators?
  • Plus: The ComixLaunch Mastermind is enrolling again!

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In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

E.N. Ejob is the founder of Zebra Comics, the first comic book publishing company in Central African Region in the country of Cameroon. Zebra Comics has a mobile application and has over 20 titles.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

Matthew Childers (Art Director, Designer, Artist & Comic Creator)
Bitsy Tandem (Comics & Manga Writer & Artist)
Rene Pfitzner (Comic Artist, Writer & Animator)


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

comixlaunch.com/mastermind
comixlaunch.com/roadmap
comicimpressions.com
www.facebook.com/ZebraComicsInc


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If you had to plan your next 5 project launches right now, what would they be?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

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Artist & Comic Creator Matthew Childers is having trouble recreating the success he has selling prints at conventions on his own online shop. In this mastermind style roundtable session, Tyler and a group of talented creators give him a series of valuable strategies to boost sales online.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What to do when it seems like the content you create and the stuff you want to sell is out of alignment?
  • What actually makes a difference when it comes to boosting sales online?
  • The “Sell Less to Sell More” strategy.
  • Plus: Tyler’s Feelings on the Murder of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter

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 July 2020!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Matthew Childers is an artist and comic book creator living in East Tennessee. He is known for his work in fantasy and horror and his custom cover commissions. He has contributed to Cthulhu Is Hard To Spell 1 & 2, created the Adventures In Pulp anthology, and drawn for Dynamite Comics. He also works as a digital art director and designer.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

E.N. Ejob (Publisher, Writer)
Bitsy Tandem (Comics & Manga Writer & Artist)
Rene Pfitzner (Comic Artist, Writer & Animator)


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind
Http://MatthewChilders.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!


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How aligned is what you sell with the content you create and the people you’re attracting?

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

Http://MatthewChilders.com

For the first time ever, listen in on clips from the ComixLaunch Mastermind sessions this year that help lead to Clay Adams of Fried Comics most successful Kickstarter launch ever… for a project that he had been sitting on for years!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why minor criticisms should not be a reason to NOT launch your projects or lose passion for them.
  • How best to breathe life into an older project on Kickstarter
  • How to quickly ramp your audience up for a new Kickstarter project that they didn’t know was coming.
  • Plus: Clay’s extraordinary results from his latest launch and insight as a creator who has committed himself to leveling up.

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the ComixLaunch MasterMind. Fighting isolation and staying connected with others is more important than ever right now…

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 June and start meeting in July!


In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Clay Adams, co-fry cook in chief at Fried Comics, a professional writer and actor.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Will Allred – Comic Book Writer, Diary of Night
  • Brant Fowler – Comic Writer & Publisher, Graphic Designer & Letterer, Last Ember Press
  • Nigel Twumasi – British manga publisher & writer, Mayamada​
  • Bill Coulombe – Comic book writer (Kinetic), publisher, Y Comics
  • Tyler Chin-Tanner – Comic Book Publisher (A Wave Blue World), writer & anthology editor, All We Ever Wanted, Deadbeats

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Get on the ComixLaunch Mastermind Interest List comixlaunch.com/mastermind

DEADSKINS! 1-2. A horror comedy western for mature readers
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/900595556/deadskins-1-2-a-horror-comedy-western-for-mature-readers


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!


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What projects are you sitting on that you could breathe new life into with a launch?


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

friedcomics.com