Curtis Clow is a comic book writer and creator whose Kickstarter-serialized series Beastland’s has raised $90,000 on the platform, and just wrapped his biggest launch yet. In this interview, Tyler chats with Curtis about how he was able to quit the day job late last year and make a living through writing and comics, how he landed all of his Kickstarter funded comics with publishers, and the secrets behind his latest breakthrough launch. Considering Curtis’ comics journey started in earnest just a few years ago, this interview should be incredibly inspiring for creators out there.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why and how Curtis ran a “Training Wheels” launch to first learn Kickstarter.
  • Curtis’ keys to 5Xing funding on his last Beastlands launch!
  • Biggest surprises when transitioning to becoming a full-time writer.
  • Plus: A bonus clip from Tyler’s recent interview on the Comics from the Apocalypse Podcast!

This Session is Sponsored By:

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Today’s Featured Guest:

Curtis Clow is the writer/co-creator of comics such as The Wild Cosmos (Scout Comics), The Dragon’s Kin (In Hiatus Studios), Slightly Exaggerated published on Kickstarter. He’s most known for his funded and serialized on Kickstarter series Beastlands, which has raised $90K on the platform to date, and just wrapped his most successful launch yet!


Links Mentioned in this Episode:

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/curtisclow/beastlands-1-5-a-heartful-fantasy-adventure


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What might a “Training Wheels” sized launch look like for you to learn Kickstarter by launching something super small be?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Contact Curtis on Twitter and Instagram @CurtisWriterC or at toinfinitystudios.com

Lone Wolf Comics’ Rob Multari joins Tyler James for a discussion about self-funding comics, crowdfunding comics, and comic book project management, as Rob’s latest launch for Nightwolf #1-4 takes off on Kickstarter.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How Rob rebounded from an unsuccessful Kickstarter back in 2016 and still got his book made.
  • The actions Rob took to have a successful Kickstarter launch the second time around.
  • How to build upon a first successful launch.
  • Plus: The awesome FREE tool Rob uses to manage his comic book projects

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Today’s Featured Guest:

My guest today is Pennsylvania based writer/creator of NIGHT WOLF, the flagship title of his Lone Wolf Comics imprint.

A lifelong comics fan and a progression web and graphic designer, he specializes in digital marketing.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

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Check out Rob’s Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/multari/night-wolf-1-4-urban-fantasy-werewolf-coming-of-age-drama

ComixLaunch.com/roadmap


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Download Trello and see if it might be a good tool for Comic Book Project Management.

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Comic creator Rene Pfitzner has been building a following and having success on Kickstarter, but still feels like he’s struggling to find out where his ideal reader hangs out online, and the best strategies to actually connect with them so that they can discover his books? Tyler and a mastermind roundtable of creators have advice for Rene and share it in this mastermind style session.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Tips to figure out where your audience is hiding.
  • Connection strategies that work!
  • Advice for making the most out of any size audience.
  • Plus: Tips for surveying your audience!

This Session is Sponsored By:

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In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Rene Pfitzner is a comic artist and writer. He has worked in the animation industry, animating for Disney on 10 different films. He was a storyboard artist on Classic Tales and Bob’s Burgers. He has been published in the comic anthologies Monsters and Pulp Crucifiction, and his comics have appeared in The Bizarre Times, Lot’s Wife, Revolver and Mad Magazine. In 2018 he funded his first graphic novel on Kickstarter, Sneaky Goblins: an all-ages story of fantasy mayhem. In 2019 he funded and fulfilled his second comic kickstarter, Sneaky Goblins at College. He’s currently Kickstarting his 3rd comic book project: Mythic Creature Trainer #1. Rene is passionate about creating compelling characters who are thrown into challenging situations. He loves playing tabletop games with his 3 kids, watching movies and playing MMORPG games.


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Matthew Childers (Art Director, Designer, Artist & Comic Creator)
E.N. Ejob (Publisher, Writer)
Bitsy Tandem (Comics & Manga Writer & Artist)


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Ask a simple question to your audience: “Where are the top three places you hang out online to find more [what you create.]”


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

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Webcomics creator Bitsy Tandem has a dilemma on her hands… Should she re-launch her webcomic on Webtoons or go with a new small publisher interested in her work. How to decide between launching on Webtoon or going with a small publisher for my next project? Tyler and a mastermind roundtable of creators have advice for Bitsy and share it in this mastermind style session.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Pros and cons of launching on Webtoons.
  • What to look for when it comes to reviewing offers from small publishers.
  • Key questions to ask yourself before signing any deals.
  • Plus: A follow-up to Tyler’s Fraudulent Customer Issues

This Session is Sponsored by:

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In the Mastermind Hotseat Today:

Bitsy J E Tandem has been fully committed to her calling of becoming a comic book creator since 2012. She’s published 5 books bringing the art & stories of her world Eotera into our reality. Her current focus is Maiden in Disguise, a story about a teenage girl living in the shadow of the notorious online alter ego she plays in a world-popular video game series as she navigates the social perils of high school. Just as well, I’m hard at work bring that very same video-game (Luminarion: Legend of Worlds) into this reality for others to play. In the rare moments that you don’t find her working on her creations, you can find me riding my tandem bike with my husband through the countryside of Japan.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

Matthew Childers (Art Director, Designer, Artist & Comic Creator)
E.N. Ejob (Publisher, Writer)
Rene Pfitzner (Comic Artist, Writer & Animator)


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What would you look for in the perfect publisher for you book?


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