How do you get everyone on your creative team rowing in the same direction when it comes to promoting a big Kickstarter launch? And what does it take to build a strong collaborative relationship to create something truly unique? Those topics and more are up for discussion when L.U.C.H.A. writer C.W. Cooke and artist Travis Hymel stop by the ComixLaunch Podcast.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Tips for a productive collaborative relationship with your creative partners before, during and after a Kickstarter launch.
  • A frank discussion about roles of writers and artists when it comes time to promote a crowdfunding launch.
  • Tips for mashing genres to create something truly innovative.
  • Plus: How to get access to a new training featuring 13 Days of Proven Kickstarter Dead Zone Busting Strategies

Sponsor

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.


Today’s Featured Guests

Comic book writer CW Cooke. CW has been writing comics for over a decade, with credits at Big Dog Ink, Devel’s Due, Image, Action Lab and more. His first Kickstarter funded super hero prison drama, Solitary, is currently in development for film and television. His current project L.U.C.H.A, a wrestling sci-fi thriller, is funding on Kickstarter.

Travis Hymel is a Colorado based graphic designer, illustrator, and comic book artist and the co-creator of L.U.C.H.A.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/patreon 
ComixLaunch.com/deadzoneebook
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1016350946/lucha-a-wrestling-sci-fi-thriller?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=l.u.c.h.a. 


More About Our Sponsor

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.

Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


ComixLauncher [171]

Write down your expectations for what your collaborators will do during your next launch. Then share those expectations with your team to see how well they match with what they had in mind?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Have you noticed the Kickstarter Follower Conversion Rate metric on your project dashboard? A ComixLaunch listener has, and wants to know what a good conversion rate is, plus more great questions from the ComixLaunch mailbag!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What’s a good Project Follower conversion rate?
  • What kind of Kickstarter video should I make?
  • Kickstarter changed it’s reward creation interface to not allow time based reward limits. How do we create early backer rewards now?
  • Plus: How, for the second year in a row, ComixTribe’s best sales day at New York Comic Con was not actually at New York Comic Con

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


More About Our Sponsor

Are you thinking about starting or upgrading your online shop so you can sell more of your art?

Are you tired wasting time and energy hacking together cheap, limited solutions that aren’t serving you or your potential customers very well?

Instead of spinning your wheels only looking at free or dirt-cheap store options, why not grab an affordable full-service online sales platform optimized for sales like Shopify?

With Shopify…

  • You don’t need Design skills. Shopify has dozens of beautiful, fully-customizable, mobile-friendly templates to get a perfectly branded look and an online stop you’ll be proud of.
  • You don’t Coding skills. With Shopify, setting up your store is simple, and you’ll be selling in no time at all, even if technology hates you.
  • And you don’t even need a Credit Card to get started. With this ComixLaunch offer, you can try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required.

What you get with Shopify is a…

  • Fully customizable website, online store, and blog… your store can be your website!
  • Unlimited products!
  • Smooth integration to sell on channels like Facebook, Amazon and Pinterest.
  • 24-7 Customer support!

More than 500,000 creative businesses are powered by Shopify, including the CisforCthulhu.com store which I manage… and couldn’t be happier with it.

Stop messing around with subpar online shop solutions and try Shopify.

To start your 14-day free trial of Shopify, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify


ComixLauncher [170]

What metrics are you paying attention to? Do they really matter?

Successful Kickstarter creator Simon Amadeus Pillario stops by the ComixLaunch podcast to share lessons learned bringing a massive passion project of Biblical proportions to life through Kickstarter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Top Kickstarter tips from a seasoned graphic novelist crowdfunder.
  • How Simon found a unique take on bible comics to stand out from the crowd.
  • Finding unique sales channels outside of Kickstarter for your niche comics.
  • Plus: The Winners of recent ComixLaunch Contests Announced!

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s session is brought to you by CrowdOx, software that helps you take control of your crowdfunding campaign, save time and raise more funding. ComixLaunch listeners get 10% off per backer pricing at Crowdox.com


Today’s Featured Guest

Simon Amadeus Pillario is a UK based professional illustrator with degrees graphic and 3D Design. He’s worked on Children’s Book covers and magazines, and has successfully funded three Kickstarter projects for his epic Word for Word Bible Comic project, a passion project tied to his high view of scripture and faith.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Crowdox.com
wordforwordbiblecomic.com


More About Our Sponsor

On this podcast back in 2017, I told you all I was shooting for a six-figure launch for the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign.

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

But thanks to CrowdOx, we were able to shoot way past the six figure mark…

And it was the easiest funding to raise in the entire campaign.

See, CrowdOx helps crowdfunding project creators increase funding, manage their campaigns, and save time.

How does it work?

Well, CrowdOx helps creators take a successful campaign and keep the funds coming in by:

Selling Upgrades, Add-ons & Extras during the survey process with just a couple clicks.

Accepting pre-orders on a beautiful CrowdOx store to keep the funding coming in.

Collecting funding that Kickstarter couldn’t from backers unable to fix their CC in time.

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

CrowdOx Customers are raising on average an extra 12% of funding after their original campaign is over…

My first CrowdOx turbocharged launch, we raised an extra 18% and enabled us to hit that six figure goal.

CrowdOx is an alternative to BackerKit, and while I’ve used and recommended both companies, I prefer CrowdOx because it offers:

A per BACKER pricing model vs. a per Funds Raised, which usually works out better for creators.

An easier interface for creators and survey/checkout experience for backers.

Faster funding… Backers are charged immediately for their pledges, so there’s no risk that credit cards won’t clear when its time to fulfill.

And now, as a ComixLaunch sponsor, CrowdOx is offering creators an additional 10% off their per backer pricing at Crowdox.com.

So check them out and raise more funding after your next successful launch with CrowdOx at Crowdox.com.


ComixLauncher [169]

What is the biggest project idea you have? If you could only do one small piece of that project this year, what would that piece look like?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

wordforwordbiblecomic.com

Jacob Way, CEO of KrakenPrint returns to the podcast to talk about new developments in printing for crowdfunders, as well as lessons he’s learned by launching his own Kickstarter projects.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to make smarter printing decisions before, during and after your Kickstarter campaigns.
  • How KrakenPrint has shifted to become a printing company FOR creators RUN BY creators.
  • Trends in printing and new ideas and options for creating standout products for your audience.
  • Plus: New insights from Jacob as he’s seen what Kickstarter is like from the creator’s side.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.


Today’s Featured Guest

My guest today is the Founder & CEO of KrakenPrint, Jacob Way


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/kraken
ComixLaunch.com/fbads


More About Our Sponsor

In 2016, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
  • Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
  • Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
  • Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


ComixLauncher [168]

Check out the new quote calculator at Krakenprint.com


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

krakenprint.com

In every creative life and business, there are some aspects that are less then perfect. Check that… that are straight up broken, messy or not working at all. In this behind the curtains episode of ComixLaunch, Tyler shares five areas in his creative life that are far from perfect, and what, if anything he plans on doing to correct them in the near future.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • One thing that completely changed Tyler’s life for the better that he has stopped doing
  • Something that Tyler has completely neglected… for well over a year!
  • The myth that a day job is holding your creativity back.
  • Plus: Have you entered the ComixLaunch.com/win contest with a $600.00+ grand prize yet?

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 this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/win


More About Our Featured Resource

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.


ComixLauncher [167]

Make your hot-mess list.


Quote

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is to relax.” – Mark Black

Question: How do you choose the right creative path to go down when you’re inspired and intrigued by so many different projects and possibilities? Answer: You talk to someone who’s traveled those roads before! In this coaching call, Tyler talks to creator Anthony Latiker to help him choose the right moves for his creative business.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to strategically sort through lots of great ideas for what to do in your creative business and pick the right one?
  • Why building too many bridges at once will get your no where?
  • The key to creating a course that people actually want
  • Plus: Learn how you can get a free coaching session WITH ME just like you’ve been hearing for the past 4 episodes.

This Session is Sponsored by

Today’s Session is Sponsored by THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED, 25 pages of public domain, superhero silliness re-written by Big Tim Stiles. THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 is live on Kickstarter right now!


Today’s Featured Guest

Creator, artist and e-learning creator, Anthony Latiker.


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, I want to make sure you all know about a project on Kickstarter right now by my pal Big Tim Stiles.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED is a 25-page superhero comic featuring the public domain hero THE FLAME.

Big Tim Stiles took two of the original 1942 stories and re-wrote the balloons to create all-new stories.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 tells the story of the original hero’s great grandson in the utopian, retro-futurist Australia of the year 2055.

If you grew up on superheroes like The Tick and Earthworm Jim, and enjoy stoner comedies like Pauly Shore’s “Bio-Dome” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, then I think you’ll dig this ADULTS ONLY comic.

Big Tim is highly regarded as a talented creator in the Australian comic scene and I’m excited to see his work get more recognition world-wide.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 is live on Kickstarter right now!”


ComixLauncher [166]

Create an F-it List! These are things you’re going to let yourself not care about or suck at for the time being so you can focus on your current priorities.


One-On-One Coaching Call Contest!

If you’ve been listening to these sessions and thinking, “You know, I could see how talking to Tyler would be extremely helpful in helping me sort through something in my creative life…” well guess what? You’re in luck!

I’m going to be offering up a FREE one-on-one coaching call to ONE ComixLaunch listener.

I do not do a lot of one-on-one… and when I do, I have to charge a lot of money for it, because, as much as I love it… it’s takes time and energy, and I can have a bigger impact when I do things that can help more creators vs just one.

That said, I do love doing it, and I want to thank you all for letting me experiment with this new show format…

So here’s the deal… to ENTER to win a free one-on-one coaching call with me, here’s what you’ll need to do:

Step 1: Leave an honest rating and review of the ComixLaunch Podcast on iTunes.
Step 2: In the review, be sure to mention at least one specific episode of the podcast that was your favorite.
Step 3: Take a screenshot of your review and email it to me at [email protected]

That’s it… those three steps is all it takes.

Easiest way to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch Apple’s Podcast app.
  2. Tap the Search tab.
  3. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review.
  4. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  5. Tap the album art for the podcast.
  6. Tap the Reviews tab.
  7. Tap Write a Review at the bottom.

I’ll pick a winner… at random from those who submit and I’ll announce the winner in ComixLaunch Session 168, so you have a few weeks to get it in.

If you’re thinking, “Nah, I never win anything… Honestly, there’s a good chance you might be the ONLY one to do all the steps.)

And it will be up to you whether you want this podcast recorded for the potential to air on a future podcast… or if you just want it to be an off the record coaching conversation between just the two of us.

Over the past few years, creator James Mascia had a number of successful Kickstarter launches. Now, he’s planning his next moves in order to continue to play a bigger game on Kickstarter and beyond. James sorts through his options in this coaching call session with Tyler.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Getting sales going on a new online store.
  • The ups and downs of Amazon Kindle sales.
  • Options and opportunities for selling Audio book options.
  • Plus: Two new awesome ComixLaunch podcast milestones.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

James Mascia Comic Writer, Novelist, Writer, and publisher of Dren Productions.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


More About Our Sponsor

Are you thinking about starting or upgrading your online shop so you can sell more of your art?

Are you tired wasting time and energy hacking together cheap, limited solutions that aren’t serving you or your potential customers very well?

Instead of spinning your wheels only looking at free or dirt-cheap store options, why not grab an affordable full-service online sales platform optimized for sales like Shopify?

With Shopify…

  • You don’t need Design skills. Shopify has dozens of beautiful, fully-customizable, mobile-friendly templates to get a perfectly branded look and an online stop you’ll be proud of.
  • You don’t Coding skills. With Shopify, setting up your store is simple, and you’ll be selling in no time at all, even if technology hates you.
  • And you don’t even need a Credit Card to get started. With this ComixLaunch offer, you can try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required.

What you get with Shopify is a…

  • Fully customizable website, online store, and blog… your store can be your website!
  • Unlimited products!
  • Smooth integration to sell on channels like Facebook, Amazon and Pinterest.
  • 24-7 Customer support!

More than 500,000 creative businesses are powered by Shopify, including the CisforCthulhu.com store which I manage… and couldn’t be happier with it.

Stop messing around with subpar online shop solutions and try Shopify.

To start your 14-day free trial of Shopify, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify


ComixLauncher [165]

What’s one NEW sales channel you’re most interested in adding to your current sales strategy?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

islandofdren.com

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch his latest series Skies Over Superior, creator Josh Dahl is interested in moving his series to Patreon for ongoing crowdfunding. Tyler asks Josh to walk through his Patreon launch strategy and helps him refine it.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Making the transition from a successful Kickstarter to an ongoing Patreon
  • The Paywall Problem (and Opportunity)
  • Understanding the mentality of the Patron

This Session is Sponsored by

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED, 25 pages of public domain, superhero silliness re-written by Big Tim Stiles. THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 is live on Kickstarter right now!


Today’s Featured Guest

Josh Dahl is a writer and educator living in Boston. He also runs makebettercomics.com .


Links Mentioned in this Episode

makebettercomics.com


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, I want to make sure you all know about a project on Kickstarter right now by my pal Big Tim Stiles.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED is a 25-page superhero comic featuring the public domain hero THE FLAME.

Big Tim Stiles took two of the original 1942 stories and re-wrote the balloons to create all-new stories.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 tells the story of the original hero’s great grandson in the utopian, retro-futurist Australia of the year 2055.

If you grew up on superheroes like The Tick and Earthworm Jim, and enjoy stoner comedies like Pauly Shore’s “Bio-Dome” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, then I think you’ll dig this ADULTS ONLY comic.

Big Tim is highly regarded as a talented creator in the Australian comic scene and I’m excited to see his work get more recognition world-wide.

THE FLAME: RE-BLAZED #1 is live on Kickstarter right now!”


ComixLauncher [164]

Take a few minutes and map out your profit plan for the project you’re working on. Once you have a plan, find one person to review it with.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

makebettercomics.com

For the past year, writer/artist Michael Mauro has been focused on steadily producing and building an audience for his webcomic, Atom Bug. In this coaching call, Tyler helps him refine and refocus the business model that supports his comic.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • One creator’s moves to make webcomics work in 2018.
  • Why business is actually super simple (and it’s we humans that complicate things)
  • The hole in most webcomic creators’ model, and how to start plugging it.
  • Plus: A rant on how many comics you need to release before your make a profit.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

Michael Mauro is a writer and artist and the creator of the webcomic Atom Bug, available at https://www.atombug.net.


Links Mentioned in this Episode


More About Our Sponsor

Are you thinking about starting or upgrading your online shop so you can sell more of your art?

Are you tired wasting time and energy hacking together cheap, limited solutions that aren’t serving you or your potential customers very well?

Instead of spinning your wheels only looking at free or dirt-cheap store options, why not grab an affordable full-service online sales platform optimized for sales like Shopify?

With Shopify…

  • You don’t need Design skills. Shopify has dozens of beautiful, fully-customizable, mobile-friendly templates to get a perfectly branded look and an online stop you’ll be proud of.
  • You don’t Coding skills. With Shopify, setting up your store is simple, and you’ll be selling in no time at all, even if technology hates you.
  • And you don’t even need a Credit Card to get started. With this ComixLaunch offer, you can try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required.

What you get with Shopify is a…

  • Fully customizable website, online store, and blog… your store can be your website!
  • Unlimited products!
  • Smooth integration to sell on channels like Facebook, Amazon and Pinterest.
  • 24-7 Customer support!

More than 500,000 creative businesses are powered by Shopify, including the CisforCthulhu.com store which I manage… and couldn’t be happier with it.

Stop messing around with subpar online shop solutions and try Shopify.

To start your 14-day free trial of Shopify, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify


ComixLauncher [163]

  • Is there a past failure in your life that still has power over you now?
  • What was it? What did you make it mean?
  • What would it look like if you chose to make it mean something else completely?

How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

In this special “ComixLaunch Coaching” Session, Tyler coaches comic book writer Jay D’Ici (Conceptual Heist) through plans for his next launch, one in which he’d like to significantly increase funding from his last successful campaign.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What does it take to triple your Kickstarter funding from one launch to the next?
  • What you need to do if you want to have bigger results?
  • Tips for getting more out of your advertising budget?
  • Plus: When it makes sense to break a big project into smaller pieces?

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

Jay D’Ici is the writer and creator of multiple webcomics, and has worked in both film and video games. He has a BA In english literature. He successfully funded CONCEPTUAL HEIST #1: The Sci-fi, Jazzpunk, Art Heist Comic on Kickstarter last year.


Links Mentioned in this Episode


More About Our Featured Resource

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.


ComixLauncher [162]

What are you scared of right now business or creative wise?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest