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!


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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!


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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

Writer/artist/MC? Mike Barry returns to the ComixLaunch Podcast sharing the success of his all-ages graphic novel Action Tank since funding on Kickstarter in 2017.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • An all-ages graphic novel’s life after a successfully funded Kickstarter
  • Breaking the mold of what’s expected in a Kickstarter video
  • How Mike is balancing work, family and creative life.
  • Plus: Cool new Kickstarter Platform Updates

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!


Today’s Featured Guest:

Mike Barry hails from Sydney Australia and is the the writer and artist of Action Tank, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2017, and returns to the platform this month.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

THE RED TEN Kickstarter: ComixTribe.com/theredtenlaunch

Action Tank 2 Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikebarry/action-tank-book-2-and-also-book-1

Kickstarter Product Upgrades: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/product-upgrades-a-batch-of-improvements-for-creators

ComicImpressions.com


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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Make a list of 2-3 ideas for something unique you can do to make your Kickstarter project video stand out.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Mike Barry
actiontankcomic.com

Tyler revisits his big career goal from a decade ago and discusses the power of setting big, audacious goals… even if you never hit them!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The importance of setting not just goals but big goals.
  • My 5 big thoughts revisiting the big comic career goal I set for myself over a decade ago.
  • Why achieving your big goal isn’t all that important as long as it takes you in positive direction.
  • Plus: A New Podcast Recommendation

Today’s Session is Sponsored by…

Rob Multari, creator of Night Wolf: A Horrific Urban Werewolf Coming of Age Drama published by Lone Wolf Comics. Night Wolf #1-3 is live on Kickstarter October 23rd. Follow them at facebook.com/lonewolfcomics


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

The Complete Creative Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-complete-creative/id1073117997

Tyler’s Creating Comics! The Art + Craft Columns Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20150908043155/http://comicrelated.com/categories.php?column=Tyler%20James:%20Creating%20Comics!

Tyler’s very first Creating Comics! Article 1 Big Goals https://web.archive.org/web/20150921160608/http://comicrelated.com/news/1588/creating-comics-tyler-james


More About Our Sponsor:

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

Night Wolf is an ongoing supernatural horror comic book series created by Rob Multari and published by Lone Wolf Comics.

Born into the outcast breed of werewolves known as the Monoki, eighteen-year-old Rodney Marcelli is reluctantly thrown into an ancient war between good and evil in today’s world where the line has blurred.

With the help of Snow Paw, the Pureblood Monoki, and the supernatural evil slayer, Night Hunter, Rodney must learn to master his newly found lycanthropy and mysterious kinetic energy power that only he possesses.

Rodney must fight the Dark Covenant in order to avenge his friends and family, and to save the girl he loves from the master vampire, Lord Malice.

Rodney Marcelli is Night Wolf!

The Kickstarter for Night Wolf issues 1-3 is going LIVE on October 23rd! You can also follow the Lone Wolf Comics updates at
facebook.com/lonewolfcomics

Will you join the WOLF PACK?


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Write down your big audacious career goal and post it somewhere you’ll see every time you work!

Are you trying to get something for nothing in pursuit of your creative endeavors?


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What quid pro quo really means for us (not talking politics here!)
  • An eye opening message I received from a converted hater
  • Where free and premium offers fit in an overall business strategy
  • Plus: Check out who is in this months’ ComixLaunch Pro Creator Spotlight

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

comicimpressions.com
https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/andrew-guilde


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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Is there anyone you’re holding a long term grudge against that you can choose to simply let go of? If so… do it!

Tyler looks back at three distinct strategies he employed at three different stages of his creative career that helped him dramatically expand his online audience, and as a result, his network and his launches.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Key strategies he used to dramatically increase his online audience over the years.
  • What’s even better than participating in an online challenge?
  • How 1200 books sitting in storage forced Tyler’s hand to do something new?
  • Plus: A new reason to submit your Kickstarter projects for review earlier than you normally would.

Today’s Session is Sponsored by…

Rob Multari, creator of Night Wolf: A Horrific Urban Werewolf Coming of Age Drama published by Lone Wolf Comics. Night Wolf #1-3 is live on Kickstarter October 23rd. Follow them at facebook.com/lonewolfcomics


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

facebook.com/lonewolfcomics


More About Our Sponsor:

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

Night Wolf is an ongoing supernatural horror comic book series created by Rob Multari and published by Lone Wolf Comics.

Born into the outcast breed of werewolves known as the Monoki, eighteen-year-old Rodney Marcelli is reluctantly thrown into an ancient war between good and evil in today’s world where the line has blurred.

With the help of Snow Paw, the Pureblood Monoki, and the supernatural evil slayer, Night Hunter, Rodney must learn to master his newly found lycanthropy and mysterious kinetic energy power that only he possesses.

Rodney must fight the Dark Covenant in order to avenge his friends and family, and to save the girl he loves from the master vampire, Lord Malice.

Rodney Marcelli is Night Wolf!

The Kickstarter for Night Wolf issues 1-3 is going LIVE on October 23rd! You can also follow the Lone Wolf Comics updates at
facebook.com/lonewolfcomics

Will you join the WOLF PACK?


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If you could write a column for any online site, what site would you write for, what would your column be called, and what would you write about?

What do you do when it feels like the bottom has fallen out of your launch and failure is imminent? Whether you’re a first timer or a ComixLaunch Veteran, you may still find yourself in an emotional freefall when your launch doesn’t match your expectations. In this training, Tyler provides a simple 5 step plan to stop the freefall and hit the ground running toward a successful launch.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How I helped a creator stop his free fall dead in its tracks with one powerful question.
  • The instant action anyone can take to immediately pull him or herself out of free fall mode.
  • What to focus on instead of funding and backer totals when the free fall occurs.
  • PLUS: An Update on the Kickstarter Union controversy and advice for creators wondering if Kickstarter is still the best place to crowdfund their comics.

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

https://kickstarterunited.org/action/

https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/faq-about-recent-events-at-kickstarter


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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My invitation to you is to write yourself a small letter, checklist, or sketch, titled “In case I find myself in a launch freefall… here’s what I will do.” Put together this action plan NOW, when you’re not in a launch, so you can dispassionately take action… regardless of emotional state and so you have clarity. Time to do that is not while the building is on fire!

Would you love to launch a Kickstarter, but you’re afraid to hit that green button because you’re worried your audience isn’t big enough? This episode will show you why a big audience is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why you DO need an audience to successfully launch, but why that audience does NOT have to be huge.
  • Which audience metrics really matter.
  • The real reason you don’t have a big enough audience right now.
    Plus: An easy tip to boost your chances of funding significantly.

Today’s Session is Brought to You by:

Gemini Comic Supply. Use discount code “ComixLaunch” at checkout and get 10% off COMIC FLASH MAILERS at geminicomicsupply.com


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

comixlaunch.com/workshop
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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.


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Go get a firm commitment from someone ANYONE who will agree to be your first backer when you launch. Do that and you’re already ahead of 19% of people who fail… and put your chances of success at odds a lot better than Vegas.