‘Tis the season of annual goal setting, but many creators have been frustrated with setting goals in the past. In this session, Tyler will help you reframe your relationship with goal setting and get you primed to achieve big things in 2020 by following a few simple actions.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • If you LOVE setting and achieving goals, you’re going to learn some new strategies to making your success inevitable.
  • If you HATE setting goals, then you’re going to hear some new perspectives that will prime you for achievement, whether or not you choose to set any goals this year.
  • A behind the curtain look at Tyler’s 2019 goals — the successes, failures, and lessons learned.
  • Plus: Top book and resource recommendations for creators determined to crush their goals this year!

This Session is Sponsored by:

Comic Impressions, a US based comic and graphic novel printer specializing in BOTH small digital AND large offset print runs. Go to ComicImpressions.com to to submit a quote or request a FREE printing sample and when you mention ComixLaunch you’ll get 5% off your next order!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Two Book Recommendations:
Finish by Jon Acuff – ComixLaunch.com/audible
Full Focus Planner – ComixLaunch.com/focus $10 special

Previous Podcasts on Goal Setting:
NOVEMBER 10, 2019: Big Goals Past, Present, Future http://www.comixlaunch.com/session225/
NOVEMBER 25, 2018: How to Set the Perfect Kickstarter Funding Goal [MasterMind Session] http://www.comixlaunch.com/session175/
JANUARY 14, 2018: 130 – The One Resolution to Rule Them All and How to Finally Hit Your Goals This Year http://www.comixlaunch.com/session130/
JANUARY 22, 2017: 079 – Looking Back to Move Forward: Tyler’s End of the Year Review Process http://www.comixlaunch.com/session079/


Audible Impact Recommendation

FINISH: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

As a ComixLaunch listener, you can get FINISH today for FREE by going to ComixLaunch.com/audible and signing up for a 30 Day Free Trial.


More About Our Sponsor:

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

I’m really excited about this comic and graphic novel printer that can service comic orders big and small, digital and off-set.

And because they’re located in the United States, they can get most of my listeners their books fast!

While new to comic scene, this printing company has been in the business of expertly putting ink on paper for over 30 years.

Comic Impressions is already printing books for successful Kickstarter creators and direct market publishers like Scout Comics, and they recently knocked the first printing project I sent sent their way for ComixTribe out of the park!

Comic Impressions is one of the few comic printers using the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press which lets them digitally print comics that nearly indistinguishable from offset print runs at affordable prices, even for smaller runs.

Seriously, I’m a big print quality snob and these are some of the best digitally printed books I’ve ever flipped through.

But don’t take my word for it… what I want you to do is go right now and request a COMPLIMENTARY sample pack from ComicImpressions Team at ComicImpressions.com.

I asked Rich Boye at Comic Impressionsto put together a bunch of FREE sample packs for ComixLaunch listeners showcasing both their digital and offset printing capabilities and ship them at no charge to creators who ask for them… and he said no problem.

I know you’re going to be impressed.

And while you’re at it, if submit a quote for your next printing project and I think you’re going to find there pricing extremely competitive as well.

Plus, if you mention ComixLaunch and you’ll get an additional 5% off your next order!

Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


ComixLauncher [235]

Take one of your annual goals and break it out into OUTCOME and ACTION goals. Remember, your ACTION goals are 100% in your control.


Quote:

“I believe you can speak things into existence.”

Jay-Z

Could 2020 be the year that Kickstarter finally stops working for comic creators and crowdfunders? In this session, Tyler looks at 5 common concerns creators have about the sustainability of the #1 crowdfunding platform… and shares his own insights on the future of the platform.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Will will the oversaturation of comics on Kickstarter hurt creators?
  • Are shipping rate hikes finally going to cause fans to stop backing?
  • Climate, Fire, War, Economic Collapse… What happens to Kickstarter if the world goes to hell?!
  • Plus: 3 Things I think I Think About Kickstarter in 2020

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

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


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What are the top three things you fear could cause Kickstarter to stop working?

After 3 days of (successfully!) potty training his toddler, ComixLaunch host Tyler James as popped back up with 10 lessons comic creators and crowdfunders can learn from the process and apply to their successful 2020.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The power of a proven system and why figuring it all out yourself is frustrating and messy.
  • Why clearing the decks, eliminating distractions and focusing on one important thing may be the most important thing in fast growth.
  • How growth always happens in unexpected ways when pursuing a worthwhile goal.
  • Plus: Shout outs to some Make100 Projects on Kickstarter this month.

This Session is Sponsored by:

Comic Impressions, a US based comic and graphic novel printer specializing in BOTH small digital AND large offset print runs. Go to ComicImpressions.com to to submit a quote or request a FREE printing sample and when you mention ComixLaunch you’ll get 5% off your next order!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Comic Impressions ComicImpressions.com

Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step-by-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers by Brandi Brucks https://www.amazon.com/Potty-Training-Days-Step-Step/dp/1623157900/


More About Our Sponsor:

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

I’m really excited about this comic and graphic novel printer that can service comic orders big and small, digital and off-set.

And because they’re located in the United States, they can get most of my listeners their books fast!

While new to comic scene, this printing company has been in the business of expertly putting ink on paper for over 30 years.

Comic Impressions is already printing books for successful Kickstarter creators and direct market publishers like Scout Comics, and they recently knocked the first printing project I sent sent their way for ComixTribe out of the park!

Comic Impressions is one of the few comic printers using the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press which lets them digitally print comics that nearly indistinguishable from offset print runs at affordable prices, even for smaller runs.

Seriously, I’m a big print quality snob and these are some of the best digitally printed books I’ve ever flipped through.

But don’t take my word for it… what I want you to do is go right now and request a COMPLIMENTARY sample pack from ComicImpressions Team at ComicImpressions.com.

I asked Rich Boye at Comic Impressionsto put together a bunch of FREE sample packs for ComixLaunch listeners showcasing both their digital and offset printing capabilities and ship them at no charge to creators who ask for them… and he said no problem.

I know you’re going to be impressed.

And while you’re at it, if submit a quote for your next printing project and I think you’re going to find there pricing extremely competitive as well.

Plus, if you mention ComixLaunch and you’ll get an additional 5% off your next order!

Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


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What’s the ONE SKILL you want to focus on learning and what’s the SYSTEM you’ll follow in 2020 to learn it?


Quote:

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” – Zig Ziglar

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…

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 [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.

No more though.

I now use COMIC FLASH MAILERS from Gemini Comic Supply and the shipping complaints have all gone away.

COMIC FLASH MAILERS are engineered specifically to secure your comics and graphic novels.

They are constructed with high quality durable corrugated paper, while still being lightweight to reduce shipping costs.

Each mailer has a flexible capacity and is perfect for shipping single bagged and boarded issues or up to 12 comics or a few graphic novels in a single package.

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.

Just use COUPON CODE “ComixLaunch” at checkout at geminicomicsupply.com for 10% off your very first order at Gemini and treat your books and backers with the care they deserve.


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/

Gamal Hennessy is an experienced entertainment transactions attorney with an expertise in comic book publishing and comic IP licensing. In this session, Gamal answers key questions comic creators have around the topic of protecting their intellectual property.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What to do when you’ve signed a bad contract?
  • Questions to answer before signing away your digital distribution rights?
  • Essential elements of any IP contract.
  • Plus: Handling ten dollar, one hundred dollar, one thousand dollar and ten-thousand dollar problems.

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest:

Gamal Hennessy, Esq. is an experienced entertainment transactions attorney with an expertise in comic book publishing and comic IP licensing. Gamal has represented major corporate clients including AfterShock, Amazon, Mad Cave, and Marvel, as well as individual creators and small publishers, and is currently working on a book called “Independent Comic Book Publishing.”


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:


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


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Go join The Business of Independent Comic Book Publishing public Facebook group run by Gamal Hennessy https://www.facebook.com/groups/495408384282419/


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:h

Visit Creative Contract Consulting http://www.creativecontractconsulting.com/

Is this all taking too darn long?

It can feel like that some times.

Hell, it can feel like that all the freaking time.

As creators, ideas often come to us in an instant.

One moment, we’re minding our own business going about our day, and than BANG!

A flash of inspiration.

A brilliant idea.

Something we MUST create.

The spark of an idea takes no time at all.

Hell, I can remember when that flash of inspiration hit me a decade ago for THE RED TEN.

I was complaining to a fellow comic fan about the overuse of killing off of beloved characters for short term sales boosts, when I made the off-handed comment, “Maybe it should be Big Two corporate policy going forward that someone must die in every issue!”

And then it hit me…

Wait a minute.

What if that was a part of the hook?

How would I do a series like that… and make it fun?

Like I said… one second THE RED TEN didn’t exist.

The next it did.

Well, the idea for it at least.

As you probably know fully well by now, a great idea for a series is both everything…

…and nothing at all.

Independent creators will have a hard time selling ideas alone… because there are no shortage of those in the world.

What there IS a shortage of is a fully realized execution of a great idea.

Because doing that

TAKES

SO…

MUCH…

TIME…

When Cesar Feliciano and I started working on THE RED TEN series, neither of us had any idea that we’d be working on it for the better part of a decade.

(Probably a good thing, too… because a project that daunting might have scared us away!)

When we started working on the series, ComixTribe was also just an idea, but not a fully realized graphic novel publisher with worldwide distribution and hundreds of thousands of copies of books in print as it is today.

Kickstarter was also just an idea, and not a platform that is closing in on raising over $100 million dollars for independent comic projects as it is today.

None of these ideas are executed over night.

And none of these ideas are executed without dedication and commitment to building them one tiny step at a time.

THE RED TEN series took a lot longer to complete than I would have liked.

If we’re being honest, I carry a little bit of embarrassment about that.

Growing up as a passionate comic fan, there was nothing tougher for me than the long wait for those early Image books that came out on an erratic schedule…

Every trip to the comic shop had me asking the annoyed clerk:

“Is it out yet? Is it out yet? Is it out yet?”

And yet, as a creator, I soon discovered that it can take a lot longer to produce a comic series than you initially imagine… especially if it’s not the only or even the main thing you’re working on.

THE RED TEN was a project that definitely took longer than I wanted it to.

But now that the series is 100% complete and we’re collecting the final volume into a stunning graphic novel that I’m hoping to get into backers hands before the year is out, I’ve decided to do something I don’t do enough of…

I’m going to give myself a break.

After all, I had never produced a ten-issue maxi-series before this book… so I had no idea how long it was going to take!

Why keep punishing myself for that?

Instead of holding onto the guilt around how long it took vs how long it would have taken in some perfect world, I’m simply going to be grateful for the long, eventful journey of creating this book with my friends and for all the fans we’ve been able to share it with.

Grateful for the awesome creative partnership with Cesar who breathed life and passion into every page.

Grateful for all the brilliant edits from Steve Forbes that helped make me a better writer.

Grateful for the additional insight and careful catches from editors Steve Colle and Sam LeBas.

Grateful for all the stunning covers from CP Wilson, III.

Grateful for the brilliant colors from Gus Ucha, who hit every deadline and made the book shine.

And grateful for every fan who took a little time to hear what THE RED TEN series was about at conventions, store signings and online over the years… and especially those who took a chance on it and bought an issue to help us fund this series.

Finally, I’m grateful that the experience of creating this book has lead to so many lessons that I’ve been able to share with other aspiring comic creators who I’ve been able to advise, coach and connect with over the years.

But perhaps no lesson is greater than this one…

Give yourself a break!

Creative projects, especially those at a scope and scale you’ve never attempted before, take time.

Usually more time than you expect.

Often ten times as long as you think it will when you start it.

And so, if there’s a project you’re working on that’s taking longer than you’d like, I want to invite you to accept it and release any guilt you might have around that reality.

And instead, open yourself up to some new possibilities…

What if your project actually is NOT taking longer than it should be?

What if it’s taking EXACTLY as long as it needs to be to teach you all the valuable lessons you need to learn from it?

Whether that’s true or not… I don’t know.

But I do know that holding on to guilt or beating yourself up about not being where you think you should be isn’t going to get it done any faster.

So, let it go.

As long as you’re committed to seeing it through, in the grand scheme of things, the exact amount of time it took won’t matter.

But you know what will matter?

The people you’ve met along the way.

And the person you’ve become through the process.

– Tyler

P.S. If you’ve been getting value from the ComixLaunch Podcast or the resources we put out for creators, but have just realized you’ve never actually read a Tyler James book… I would love to invite you participate in THE RED TEN Vol 1-2 Kickstarter launch.

Click here to view the Campaign. 10 Days only on Kickstarter