Many creators early in their careers make the mistake of tackling a giant project requiring a longterm creative “marriage” with their collaborators. There’s a better way to do it.

 


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why it’s usually a mistake to pursue your opus at the start of your career?
  • Why creators have trouble thinking small… even though doing so is the key to becoming a finisher.
  • Great examples of creators who are doing it right and winning.
  • Plus: Will I see you at New York Comic Con?

Today’s Session is brought to you by

“Today’s Session is Sponsored by Gorilla my Dreams, a Gorilla Noir webcomic by Ahmed Raafat and Big Tim Stiles. Issue 1 is live on Kickstarter right now! Check out Gorilla my Dreams at gorillamydreams.smackjeeves.com

 


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Gorilla my Dreams is a Gorilla Noir webcomic by Ahmed Raafat and Big Tim Stiles.

It’s Batman: The Animated Series mashed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles if Saturday morning cartoons were on after 10pm.

In Struggle-Town the streets are protected by Knockaround-Guy, a talking gorilla who fancies himself a superhero.
When a street mime is found dead (asphyxiated inside an actual invisible box), Knockaround-GuyG soon finds himself wading through the ugly and dangerous underbelly of the city.
After meeting the beautiful Margot le Dieu, Knockaround-Guy’s investigation spread from The North Poles Strip Club, through a slew of colourful criminals, and finally leads to Lucifer Bim-Bom and his Killer Klown Syndicate.

The Kickstarter for issue 1 is LIVE RIGHT NOW! You can also follow Knockaround-Guy’s adventures for FREE at gorillamydreams.smackjeeves.com.”


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Whatever Idea you’re working on… imagine how long it will take to finish. Now double that. And then double that.
That’s how long it will likely take.
Now, how can you reduce the scope of the project to get to something that you can COMPLETE and put out into the world sooner?
What does the smaller version look like?


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“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones” – Confucius

What’s the difference between pros and amateurs? When the pros finish playing a game, they study film… they examine what worked, what didn’t, and what they can do better next time. The same goes for taking your Kickstarter launches to the next level… this podcast will walk you through how to do a Kickstarter postmortem.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The difference between content and education, and why I do NOT hold back on the ComixLaunch podcast.
  • JD Oliva’s experience returning to Kickstarter after a long hiatus.
  • The one thing JD wishes he took more seriously during his latest launch.
  • Looking at the hard numbers and the feels to get a true picture of a successful Kickstarter launch.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch Bonus Download! Get your Kickstarter Postmortem Worksheet at ComixLaunch.com/postmortem

Today’s Session is brought to you by

The READY FOR LAUNCH Workshop. Register today for this free Kickstarter training at ComixLaunch.com/ready


Today’s Guest – J.D. Oliva

  • J.D. Oliva is an award-winning writer of the books DELUGE and SHUNNED.
  • He’s a graduate of Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience Online Classes and member of the Comics Experience Workshop.
  • He’s directed seven documentary films and coach wrestling at DeKalb High School in suburban Chicago. Former NCAA-ranked college wrestler and two-time AAU Judo National Champion.

ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Download the Kickstarter Postmortem Worksheet –> ComixLaunch.com/postmortem

Fill it out for your last or next launch.

What’s it actually going to take to get your Kickstarter funded? When you know your numbers and you know what metrics to pay attention to when it comes to running a Kickstarter campaign, you’re much more likely to achieve the results you are looking for. This episode will show you what to pay attention to.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The danger of driving a car (or running a Kickstarter) without paying attention to the right dials.
  • Three key metrics that will tell the story of your Kickstarter campaign.
  • Examples of Creators who are getting very clear on what it will actually take to achieve their goals.
  • Plus: Real KPI stats from my biggest Kickstarter campaign ever… and how they changed over the course of the campaign.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

Get your free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus Kickstarter resource at ComixLaunch.com/club.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show
ComixLaunch.com/patreon
ComixLaunch.com/kpi


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.
A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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ComixLaunch.com/kpi

Share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


Two more metrics I was paying attention to throughout the campaign…

Put together a 12 minute training video on those as the Club ComixLaunch VIP resource on Patreon.
CC helps us pay for hosting editing and keeps this show coming out on a weekly basis.
If you’re already a VIP member, make sure you watch the bonus training, which, hopefully you’ll have even more context for thanks to this episode.
And if you haven’t supported us yet, here’s a great extra reason for you to become a Club ComixLaunch member today.
ComixLaunch.com/patreon

Comics Lawyer and Comics Start-up 101 author Dirk Vanover returns to the ComixLaunch podcast to share what independent creators need to know about work-for-hire contracts and collaborator agreements.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What to do when a client won’t pay you?
  • How to craft better contracts?
  • Key things you should think about before crafting an agreement with your collaborators.
  • Plus: An invitation to join THE COMIXLAUNCH COURSE – Summer Session. Find out more and enroll at ComixLaunch.com/course

Today’s episode is sponsored by Never-Ending Battle, a superhero audio drama by Playwrights Haven on Kickstarter. Check it out at comixlaunch.com/NEB

This Show’s Sponsor

Never-Ending Battle is an audio drama about two former sidekicks and takes place in a world where most of the greatest heroes and villains died in battle years ago.

The series will be five Twenty minute episodes and will be released on iTunes for free.

The Playwrights Haven team have already finished the first episode, but they need your help to create the rest of the series.

If you like comic books, supporting fellow creators, or listening to audio dramas, check out the Never-Ending Battle campaign on Kickstarter.

Just go to ComixLaunch.com/NEB

By pledging just $19, you’ll get a digital copy of the music created for the series, an eBook about the history and making of the show, and your name will be listed in the description of an episode on iTunes.

Higher rewards also include posters, t-shirts, and a chance to have your name appear within an episode.

Follow them on twitter @playwrighthaven and don’t forget to check out the Never-Ending Battle on Kickstarter at ComixLaunch.com/NEB. Tell them Comixlaunch sent you.


Links mentioned in today’s episode:

ComixLaunch 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge — ComixLaunch.com/springchallenge

New Workshop: The 15-Minute Kickstarter Plane — ComixLaunch.com/15minuteworkshop

Enroll in The ComixLaunch Course — ComixLaunch.com/course


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Go Checkout Dirk’s Book on Amazon —

Comics Startup 101: Key Legal and Business Issues for Comic Book Creators

It’s not often Tyler talks to a guest who has spent more time thinking about, studying, analyzing and interviewing experts in crowdfunding than he has. But Sal Briggman of Crowdcrux.com and the Crowdfunding Demystified podcast is such a person. Tyler and Sal geek out about the wide world of crowdfunding in this next level launching interview episode.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How Sal saw a gap in the marketplace and filled it with Crowdcrux.
  • Sal’s best tips for choosing between the ever expanding crowdfunding options.
  • Crucial mistakes that are still holding creators back from success on Kickstarter and beyond.
  • Plus: Sal’s free gift for listeners interested in upgrading their PR game.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

Get your free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus Kickstarter resource at ComixLaunch.com/club.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

comixlaunch.com/2017guide

http://www.crowdcrux.com/battle-tested-kickstarter-launch-plan-comics-graphic-novels/


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Go download the new 2017 Strategy Guide. ComixLaunch.com/2017guide

Review the strategies.

Then shoot me a voicemail with one idea on how you can apply to your next launch.


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Hot on the heels of the C is for Cthulhu Team’s biggest launch ever, Tyler breaks down the three pieces of pre-launch content strategy the team crafted to energize current fans and attract more just like them, powering a $21,000.00+ launch day.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Inside the $21K+ launch day for Sweet Dreams Cthulhu, including the secret to launching bigger.
  • The three pieces of pre-launch content that lead to our best launch day ever.
  • How to work backwards to break down a massive goal into an attainable plan.
  • Plus: Better questions to ask when planning and executing your launch.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

StickerMule custom stickers and more. Go to ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and get a $10 credit on your next order.


3 Pieces of Pre-Launch Content that We created as a part of our pre-launch.

1) The Watch Magnet
2) The Lead Magnet
3) The Viral Contest


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.
A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Ask yourself:
Does my currently level of commitment my goal match what’s actually required to make it happen?
Do I even know?


In the month of May, I have some great things coming up…

including a new free strategy guide, an all-new 5 day challenge, and we will also be opening the doors once again to the ComixLaunch Course Summer Session.

If you’d like to get on the advanced review list for The ComixLaunch Course, please go to ComixLaunch.com/course
And keep an eye on your inbox for good stuff coming from me.


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“There is no such thing as a happy ending to an unhappy journey.”
– Abraham Hicks


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

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In this session, Tyler chats with Andrea Purcell, a professional assistant who helps busy comic creators focus on what they do best. Learn how to get some help making your creative dreams happen.


Highlights of this Session Include:

What kind of professional assistance is available for busy comic creators?
How getting assistance at conventions can mean the difference between lackluster and blockbuster sales.
Social media tips for comic creators.
Plus: Hot (and profitable) merchandise ideas.


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.

 

Last year, 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.


Guest Introduction

My guest today has been working in the comics industry since 2010, first as a retailer, and currently as a part of the marketing team at Diamond Comic Distributors. She also works as a freelance assistant, I provide services for comic creators such as Patreon & social media management, creative marketing solutions, event assistance, and more, allowing them to focus on their writing and art.
Welcome to ComixLaunch Andrea Purcell

busycomiccreators.wordpress.com


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.
A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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– Three Things You Love Doing
– Three Things You Hate Doing
– One thing that would be possible to
– How much would it be worth to you for someone else   to do it, if it meant you had more time to do one of the   three things you love.

Share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


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They’re the rocket fuel this show is running on, and the sooner you do it, the more powerful your action will be. Don’t wait to give us some love!

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Building excitement for a new project is something most of us are used to. But how to you dust off an older project to give it a second chance on Kickstarter? And how to you re-energize the audience you have and attract its “new to you” fans to power crowdfunding success. In this session, Tyler chats with Clay Adams about taking his series Pregnant Bitches of War to Kickstarter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

How Clay warmed up a cold audience to give an older project new life on Kickstarter.

Clay’s best advice for creators just getting started building their publishing line.

What Clay’s found the most valuable from joining ListLaunch and the ComixLaunch course…and what surprised him about the community.

Plus: How Clay held his own in direct competition with Marvel, DC, and Nickelodeon at San Diego Comic Con.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

Get your free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus Kickstarter resource atComixLaunch.com/club.


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Ask someone for something that makes you a little nervous to ask for.

Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

30 Days of Audience Building Strategies – ComixLaunch.com/patreon – Click on updates.


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Interested in growing and connecting with a large audience on Instagram? Then this session of the ComixLaunch podcast is your blueprint, as Russell Nohelty of Wannabe Press shares his strategies for growing a following of 10,000+ on Instagram in under two years.


Highlights of this Session Include:

What is Instagram and why it’s worth using for writers, artists, and self-publishers?

How to get started with Instagram and grow your following with the right kind of people fast.

Apps for better Instagram images.

Platform Showdown – Instagram Live vs Kickstarter Live

Plus: How Instagram can impact a Kickstarter campaign.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

StickerMule custom stickers and more. Go to ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and get a $10 credit on your next order.


Guiding Discussion Questions

1) What is Instagram? How does it work? What’s it for What’s it Not for?
2) How do you use Instagram as a creator and publisher?
3) What specific benefits or results have you seen from using Instagram?
4) What are the biggest mistakes creators (writers, artists, self-publishers) make on Instagram?
5) How should a creator use Instagram in the ramp up to and actual execution of a Kickstarter campaign?
6) If you were coaching a creator who was starting from scratch, just downloading the Instagram app today, and who wants to get to 10K followers in, say, 12 months… what’s would that process look like?


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.
A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Double Your Hashtags on All your Instagram Posts for a Week.

Share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


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This can be done in less than 2 minutes and could make HUGE difference to the show.

April is Audience Building month at ComixLaunch and this session sets the stage. If you’re ready to build a large audience to launch incredible projects to on Kickstarter and beyond, you need to put a solid foundation in place. Tyler gives you that foundation piece by piece in this podcast.


Highlights of this Session Include:

The necessary elements for building a large and loyal audience.
Two questions you need to answer before you’ll attract an audience.
Why less may be more when it comes to actively building your tribe.
One pillar you absolutely need to have in place to engage with your fan base (that 90% of aspiring creators are missing.)
Plus: A bonus writing strategy that will help readers connect with your main character in just a few pages.

Links Mentioned

ComixLaunch.com/Listlaunch
ComixLaunch.com/patreon
Ready For Launch Workshop – ComixLaunch.com/READY


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

Get your free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus Kickstarter resource atComixLaunch.com/club.


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

A ComixLauncher is a short, actionable activity you can do immediately after listening to the show. They’re all activities I’ve done myself, and will get you one step closer to a successful ComixLaunch. They’ll transform this Podcast from a passive, lean back activity centered around Tyler James, into an active, lean-forward activity centered around YOU and your projects.

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Where are you going to show up week in and week out?
Home?
Work?
Play?

Share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


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“All the world’s a stage”

– Shakespeare


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

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