Australian Graphic novelist Shane W Smith (Triumviratus) shares lessons from recent Kickstarters and an opportunity he had to modify his comic series Un-Dad into a television series and pitch it to a number of broadcasters.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Shane’s lessons learned from the ups and downs of Kickstarter.
  • How Shane saved thousands on printing costs for his latest graphic novel with a few simple actions.
  • Shane’s major takeaways from pitching his series Un-Dad to television studios and broadcasters.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

Shane W Smith is a graphic novelist based in Australia. His creator-owned books have been shortlisted for awards a total of five times, including the fan-favourite “Undad”. Shane has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing, and might be the only person in the world to get a comic published in a refereed academic journal. He lives in Australia with his wife and four young children, and they are his best work.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Shane’s Kickstarter campaign for Triumviratus: http://shanewsmith.com/kickstarter/


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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Download and study the Stranger Things Pitch Bible – https://s3.amazonaws.com/comixlaunch/Stranger_Things_-_Bible.pdf


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Website: http://shanewsmith.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ShaneWSmith.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shane_W_Smith

Have you been putting off your Kickstarter project because you’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of work involved? Imagine all of those complications and objections you have were taken away, could you launch then? In this session, Tyler breaks down what Kickstarter’s new Quickstarter initiative is, and how it just might help you overcome those obstacles holding you back from launching.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why changing the “rules” for your Kickstarter may be just what you need to get funded.
  • The 9 Official Rules for launching a Quickstarter project on Kickstarter
  • 3 Quickstarter campaign ideas you’re welcome to steal.

This Session is Sponsored by

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

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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How happily productive are you?

1: List all the projects you’re currently working on or spending mental energy thinking about.
2: Circle the projects you can reasonably complete in the next 90 days.
3: Divide the number of projects you’ll complete by the number of projects you’re working on.

The closer to 1, the more happily productive you’ll be in the next 90 days.

If you want to be more happily productive… prioritize your list of projects, and move everything by your top 3 projects off your “Working on List.”
Focus on less projects, and you’ll get more done.


QUOTE

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?”
― Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

ComixLaunch gets back to basics as Tyler opens up the Kickstarter Q&A mailbag to answer vexing Kickstarter questions from the ComixLaunch community. Getting backers to answer their surveys, tips for visualizing reward tiers and the pros and cons of backer thank you pages are covered in this session!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to handle premium backers who won’t fill out their surveys?
  • Tips for visualizing your reward tiers.
  • Is a backer thank you page a must?
  • Plus: What’s the Kickstarter success rate for ComixLaunch Course Alumni?

This Session is Sponsored by

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

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

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What’s something you bought recently that you would have happily paid a lot more for?


QUOTE

“Often must remind myself that the # of projects I’m juggling isn’t a success metric, but the # of worthwhile projects I COMPLETE is.” – Tyler James

As creators, we know we need to actively promote our work. But how do we do so in a way that doesn’t leave us completely drained and take all our time from creating? In this mastermind session episode, a group of creators help graphic novelist Geoff Weber navigate the tricky waters of social media systems.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to have a social media strategy that doesn’t sap the life out of you.
  • Instagram tactics that actually work.
  • Applying systems thinking to casual social posting and promotion.
  • Plus: “The Clooney Mindset Shift” – A Bonus lesson from Clay Adams of Fried Comics, a Founding Member of the ComixLaunch Mastermind

This Session is Sponsored by

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


Today’s Featured Guests

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

geminicomicsupply.com


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.


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Look at the last few pieces of content you’ve put out into the world (emails, blog posts, Tweets, Instagram or Facebook posts. Were they centered around you or your ideal reader. What would they look like if they were reframed to solve your readers problems instead of yours.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

https://www.scientistscomic.com/

How do you balance your passion projects with the freelance work that pays the bills? In this special mastermind session, artist Dan Ekis gets help brainstorming ways to increase his monthly comic pages output.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How freelancers can make more or enough time for passion projects.
  • What it takes to be able to produce a complete comic every month.
  • How to hone in on your areas of greatest value.
  • Plus: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Running a MasterMind

This Session is Sponsored by

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. Let’s get you in a creator mastermind group this summer at ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Today’s Featured Guests

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

Tough question time… Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

1. Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

2. Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

3. You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

4. You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine this rockstar group was regularly thinking about how they could support you, include you, collaborate with you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2018.

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


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On a sheet of paper, create two columns labeled A & B.

A Column

  • What are the parts of the creation process that you love the most? – What are the specific parts where you are best at?
  • Where you make the most value?

B Column

  • What do you hate about creating? What are the parts that feel like a chore?
  • What could you do to make it so you spent more time the the A column and less or NO time on the B column.

What would that look like?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

https://www.facebook.com/groups/283329768714486/

https://www.instagram.com/ekisdan/

In this mastermind style session of the ComixLaunch podcast, a panel of creators help writer Will Allred navigate time management issues so that he can stay focused on producing the projects that truly matter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to set honest expectations with yourself reguarding productivity.
  • The difference between off-stage, backstage and frontstage time, and how introverts especially need to be wary about what they schedule on “frontstage days”
  • Some book suggestions for night owls
  • Plus: Three ways to find a MasterMind group to join!

This Session is Sponsored by

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. Let’s get you in a creator mastermind group this summer at ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Today’s Featured Guests

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

Tough question time… Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

1. Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

2. Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

3. You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

4. You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine this rockstar group was regularly thinking about how they could support you, include you, collaborate with you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2018.

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


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If you only had six months to live (and you’ve dealt with that grief/shock/stages)…
What would you be working on creatively?
What would you STOP working on?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

http://diaryofnight.com/ 

ComixLaunch celebrates its 150th episode with an all-new format. Welcome to the MasterMind Sessions, featuring creators Jamie Gambell, Dan Ekis, Will Allred & Geoff Weber, tackling real issues in a creator roundtable mastermind discussion. In today’s session, the group helps Jamie Gambell rethink his convention strategy for more fun and profit at his next convention.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Convention Pricing strategies
  • Table set up to maximize interest and return on investment
  • Honing in on Profitability at cons
  • Plus: A bonus mini-lesson from Kevin Joseph about the unexpected power of telling that story that won’t go away.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Want to Join a Comic Creator MasterMind Group This Summer?

New groups are forming this month.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to find out more!


Today’s Featured Guests

Jamie Gambell is profession Production sound engineer for film & tv by day, and a comic book writer by night. His self-published work includes Omnitarium, The Hero Code & Department O. Jamie is also the host of the Who I Am Podcast, a fortnightly interview show which DISCUSSES WHAT INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, AND DRIVES the creator’s Jamie interviews.

Dan Ekis is a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist. He recently funded his his first creator owned title, Soul of the World, which he writes and draws, on Kickstarter. Dan runs the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse Facebook group, and interviews artists and creatives on his YouTube channel. Dan also contributed a Guest Lesson on ComixLaunch 134 – How to Get Your First (or Next) 1,000 Fans Who Will Actually Buy Your Comic

Geoff Weber is an artist, magician, inventor, teacher, husband, and father of 4 boys.

He’s created art for gaming books by Skirmisher Publishing and for the multi-issue comic anthology series, Strange Tales from Spooktown.

A number of his original magic tricks have been published as dvds and booklets.

And he recently funded The Scientists on Kickstarter, his first graphic novel, inspired by his love of 80s sci-fi/adventure.

Will Allred is a writer, professor, and technologist.

He created and wrote Diary of Night for BloodFire Studios which recently funded on Kickstarter, contributed to the Eisner-nominated “Comics through Time” book on comic history, and multiple other academic books on comics, and is writing a second novel.

Will received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas and is a longtime member of the nonprofit Grand Comics Database Project, having served for several years on its Board of Directors.

Will is also a member of the ComixLaunch MasterMind, and I’ve been meeting with will monthly.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch MasterMind is re-opening for enrollment this month!
ComixLaunch.com/mastermind

Get on the Interest List

Sign-up for the LIVE info session.

ComixLaunch.com/session125 What is a Mastermind and Why Joining One Might Be the Key to Your Breakout Year

whoiampodcast.com
https://www.whoiampodcast.com/blog/2018/5/22/who-i-am-037-tyler-james


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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Who are the 5 people in your life you’re most likely to go to if you have a challenge in your creative business?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you could get the counsel, support, and guidance you need for every challenge you face from that group of 5.

If you’re less than a 9, you might want to consider joining a mastermind.

 

Comic creator Becca Hillburn, sponsor of the National Art & Trade Tuition Opportunity, a scholarship for sequential artists of all ages interested in getting funding to pursue contining education in the arts joins Tyler for a free-wheeling conversation and shares how ComixLaunch listeners can apply for funding to advance their artistic pursuits.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Becca’s most valuable lessons from a formal education in the arts… as well as the things NOT taught in school that should have been.
  • The ups and downs of starting a webcomic collective.
  • An interesting conversation about mental health and resources for creators, especially those with ADHD.
  • Plus: Becca shares the details on the NATTO Scholarship, a cool tuition opportunity that is open for ALL ComixLaunch listeners.

This Session is Sponsored by

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Becca Hillburn is graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she focused on sequential art, and is now an online graphic novelist and creator of 7 Inch Kara. She is an active blogger and Youtuber and is the sponsor of the NATTO Scholarship for aspiring sequential artists.


More About Our Sponsor

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

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Links Mentioned in this Episode

National Art & Trade Tuition Opportunity
https://nattosoup.com/scholarship
More info about the NATTO Scholarship: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2018/04/our-artist-scholarship-natto-national.html
Becca’s Blog (mainly art supply reviews, comic and watercolor tutorials, but there’s a lot about my time at SCAD in the archives): https://nattosoup.blogspot.com
Becca’s Youtube (similar to the blog, but with convention recaps, convention artist interviews, and vlogs that focus on artist life): https://youtube.com/nattosoup
Becca’s webcomic (began as a print comic, was launched as part of a webcomic collective launch) https://7inchkara.tumblr.com
Becca’s kidlit art portfolio: http://becca-hillburn-illustration.webflow.io/


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Go to Nattosoup.com/scholarship read the scholarship application, and apply.
$1,000 for art education! That could get you a ComixLaunch Pro membership, ComicsExperience Course and an serious library upgrade!
YOU are your best asset. Invest in YOU.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Becca’s Blog (mainly art supply reviews, comic and watercolor tutorials, but there’s a lot about my time at SCAD in the archives): https://nattosoup.blogspot.com

What are the key components you need to build a strong audience? Find out in today’s session.


Highlights of this Session Include

  • 4 Platform Elements
  • A Platform Action Plan Template
  • Platform Resource Recommendations
  • Plus: ComixLaunch Listener GDPR Questions Answered

This Session is Sponsored by Website Legal Forms

Today’s Featured Resource is the Website Legal Forms Pack from Your Online Genius. Get the legal policy templates you need to protect your website at ComixLaunch.com/legal

Hey, we just updated our online privacy policy, which covers ComixLaunch, ComixTribe and the C is for Cthulhu brands with the help of Robert Klinck at Your Online Genius.

You can check out our updated policy at ComixTribe.com/privacy.

Now, if you don’t have a privacy policy for your website or need to update yours to say GDPR compliant, you can grab one today.

You need one via both EU and California law.

Our affiliate link is ComixLaunch.com/legal and the template pack includes:

The 3 Key Policies you need to protect your biz online

Drafted by a Harvard-educated lawyer and business person

Includes instructional videos to walk you through how to customize them to meet your own needs

Comes with a 30-day, money back guarantee.

Not everything in building a brand and business is fun, but there is a peace of mind that comes with treating your business and your fans with the seriousness it deserves.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/legal and get the legal policies you need to protect your website today.


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Give yourself one point for each element:

  1. A website domain you control
  2. A business email address with that domain
  3. An email management service.
  4. A landing page builder
  5. An online shop.

If you scored a 5, awesome? What can you improve or do more with?

If you scored less than a 5, what one element can you add in the next month?

The General Data Protection Regulation, a privacy law from the European Union, goes into effect May 25, 2018, and has major consequences for creatives like us. Tyler breaks down what you need to know about GDPR and how to get compliant before the deadline. If you want support getting GDPR compliant, join ComixLaunch.com/springcleaning


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What is the new GDPR regulation all about and why we as writers, artists, publishers and crowdfunders need to care?
  • Who the new law applies to. (SPOILER: If you’re listening to this, it probably applies to you.)
  • Specific Actions creators like us need to take NOW and in the future to get GDPR compliant and avoid penalties.
  • Plus: An free invitation to make this whole GDPR thing a whole lot easier and more manageable for you with my help!

This Session is Sponsored by

Purebuttons, your go-to resource for custom buttons of all shapes and sizes.  

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Links Mentioned in this Episode

Join the new challenge –> comixlaunch.com/springcleaning

Want built in landing pages with your marketing service provider? Check out Mailer Lite –> ComixLaunch.com/mailer

Do a lot of automated email sequences and tagging? Check out ComixLaunch.com/convertkit


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Go to ComixLaunch.com/springcleaning and register for the FREE 5 day challenge.

Finally clean up your existing fan list (or start a new one) and get GDPR-compliant in time for the May 25th deadline in a stress-free, easy-to-follow, free 5 day challenge, so that you can improve your email open rate and engage your fans in compliance with the new law.

By the end of this free five day challenge you will have:
– Made the necessary changes to your audience building platform so that you’re in compliance with the new law and can confidently continue to grow your audience without the stress of hefty GDPR fines.
– Made sure that your current audience building tech solutions are the best ones for you current situation.
– Cleaned your email list of cold subscribers to increase your open rates and improve your standing with your email service provider.
– Added even more value to your fan base to continue your growth towards 1000+ true fans.
– Networked with creators on a similar journey as you and been supported along the way!