Sam Johnson is preparing for his biggest Kickstarter launch yet, and is asking Tyler’s advice how to continue to grow and excite his fanbase during his next launch.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What do you do when your comic alone is not enough to grow a large fan base?
  • How to add some extra heat to proven pre-launch strategies
  • Tyler’s “Top 25” Question will give you the key to where you should be focusing your networking efforts.
  • Plus: Kickstarter has Unionized!

Today’s Session is Sponsored by…

Shark of War, the comic book that dares to cross Jaws with Robocop. Issue 1 is live on Kickstarter February 3. Follow them at SharkofWar.BitingComics.com.


Today’s Featured Guest:

Sam Johnson is a comics writer/editor. Sam has a Masters in Creative Writing for Film & TV; he created CABRA CINI: VOODOO JUNKIE HITWOMAN, which had a strip annually in the Halloween issue of H!M Comics’ IF-X anthology; he has self-published two THE ALMIGHTIES one-shots (a comedy super-team co-created with Mike Gagnon); released the 4-issue GEEK-GIRL Mini-Series through publisher Markosia monthly from Nov 2016 and ran a successful Kickstarter for its TPB.

Sam is passionate about the Geek-Girl series, and invested in its world – and one of the aims with the SECOND Kickstarter in Oct 2018 was to get GG’s audience big enough to warrant making the series ongoing. This was successful, and the whole creative team are already signed up for the ongoing! 🙂

Sam’s favorite comic and biggest influence is DC’s super-team book, Doom Patrol – Grant Morrison’s bizarre run back in the day – now successfully returned under My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way. When he’s not writing comics he most enjoys hanging with friends and watching comedy shows with drinks and take out.


More About Our Sponsor:

Did you love the movie Jaws but were secretly rooting for the shark? Shark of War is Jaws if the shark were the hero. It’s Robocop if the cop were a shark. Preprogrammed to enforce US law, when a massive bioengineered shark escapes a secret military lab, he makes himself the law of the sea. Able to fly, bullet proof, and armed with guns and teeth, he cuts a swath thru the bad guys. But the Mob and the evil scientist who created him have a plan to stop him – make even more dangerous creatures. The Kickstarter for the first issue is going live on February 3. Go to SharkofWar.BitingComics.com to get all the updates. Be a shark. Get in the shark tank and back Shark of War.

http://kck.st/392vPA7

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What else can you create that your ideal readers would value above and beyond your comic?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

geekgirlcomics.com
facebook.com/geekgirlcomic/
twitter.com/daSamJohnson
samjohnson-comics.blogspot.co.uk

A group of comic creators have joined forces to create an anthology book of art and short stories, titled ‘Australia Burns: Tales of Devastation and Courage Under Fire’ with all proceeds to be donated to the firefighters who are still out there right now, and the families who have lost everything in the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season. In this session, Tyler talks to a supergroup of creators including Tim Stiles, Clay Adams, Shaun Keenan and Shane Walsh-Smith about the devastating situation on the ground in Australia and how this charity anthology was pulled together in record time to respond.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How the situation in Australia is affecting creators in our ComixLaunch community?
  • How Big Tim was able to rally the troops for this anthology projects and figure things out on the go.
  • Surprising results from a crowdfunding launch NOT run on any crowdfunding page.
  • Plus: How YOU can help the situation in Australia.

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 Guests:

Big Tim Stiles is a writer, podcaster, and award winning actor who has worked in the creative arts for over two decades. After four years of writing comic book reviews he dove into writing comics. Big Tim’s struggles with depression and chronic pain have informed and fueled his series GORILLA MY DREAMS.

www.bigtimsfunnybooks.bigcartel.com

Shane W Smith is an award-winning Australian graphic novelist and screenwriter working across a broad spectrum of genre fiction. He 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. Shane lives in Australia with his wife and four young children.

Key links:
http://shanewsmith.com
https://www.facebook.com/ShaneWSmith.Author/

Shaun Keenan (Paulet) is an entrepreneur and business owner of COMICS2MOVIES the highly successful Australian comic book publishing house. He has created Australia’s #1 independent comic book series the Xtreme Champion Tournament with over 5500 copies sold and is also the co-creator of the awesome Sci-Fi series Terralympus which was awarded a government grant in 2018.

He also publishes other successful creators graphic novels like Spartacus actor, Barry Duffield’s, Deadman’s Land.

He is a keen traveler and a mad Australian Rules Football fan and loves watching all types of movies and TV shows.

https://www.comics2movies.com.au/

Clay Adams is best known as a voice actor, with lead roles on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: FAST FORWARD and several seasons of YU-GI-OH (GX, 5Ds and ARC-V). His directorial debut, THE BOY SCOUT, was nominated for Best Short at the Golden Egg Film Festival in Los Angeles, and his feature script, THE ECLIPSE, placed second in the horror category of the FADEIn Awards. He has written and directed for television and holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Read his work for free at friedcomics.com/free


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Pre-order the Australia Burns Anthology here –> ComixLaunch.com/ab

Want offset and digital printing in the US –> ComicImpressions.com

Here’s the Facebook Group for Creators Interested in Contributing –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/598877357544408/


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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Pre-order or share the Australia Burns Anothlogy Fundraiser project which you can find at ComixLaunch.com/ab

In this session, Tyler walks you step by step through a simple, proven, free strategy to add your first or next 100 subscribers to your email list in the next three days or less. This strategy has a 100% success rate for creators who follow it to the letter.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why having grandma on your email list is a good thing!
  • The “grand opening strategy” for priming your email list with people who know, like and trust you.
  • Warning: What’s easy to do is also ___.
  • Plus: A cool update for creators on Patreon!

Today’s Session is Sponsored By:

‘Anubis: Dog of Death’, a supernatural action comedy. Issue 1 is live on Kickstarter February 4th.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Anubis: Dog of Death on Facebook facebook.com/sindrelf
Free Kickstarter Strategy Call: ComixLaunch.com/success


More About Our Sponsor:

‘Anubis: Dog of Death’ is a supernatural action comedy series.

As the name indicates, it stars Anubis, the Egyptian god of death. But while he was once a feared and respected deity, in today’s modern world he has lost most of his believers, and thus most of his power.

He now has to navigate his new life as a tiny disgruntled purse dog in L.A., along with gods from all kinds of different religions who have suffered similar faiths.

Imagine American Gods, but with a dog Garfield as the main lead.

The kickstarter for issue 1 is going LIVE on February 4th! You can also follow the creator at facebook.com/sindrelf for updates on the project.

Will you adopt Anubis, the dog of death, into your comic book collection?


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Execute the Grand Opening List Building Strategy


Quote:

What is easy to do is easy not to do.

Jim Rohn

Most creators listening to ComixLaunch have been trying to build an audience for a while now. In this second of three focused trainings on audience growth, you’ll learn six big mistakes creators often make that stops them from building an engaged subscriber base.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The three biggest mistakes creators without an email list are making that holds them back from growing and connecting with an audience.
  • The big misteps creators who HAVE an email list are making… and how to fix them.
  • The exact email you should send this week to your list… even if you don’t have a list yet!
  • Plus: How Tyler is lazily upping his fashion game in 2020.

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:

Book a free 30 minute Kickstarter strategy call with Tyler –> ComixLaunch.com/success

Up your fashion game this year without spending any time shopping –> ComixLaunch.com/stitch

For affordable offset and digital printing & fulfillment in the US –> Comicimpression.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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SEND THIS EMAIL to your list this week:

SUBJECT

What should I be ? {reading, watching, listening to, cooking, streaming, etc.}

BODY

Hey, you probably know I’m a huge ____ fan… but I’ve been so busy lately working on [your project — Link to where people can check out] that I’m behind. Will you help fill up my queue with awesome. If you can just hit reply and give me a few recommendation for ____ I’d be super grateful.

Your Pal,
X

P.S. The last three ____ I loved were X, Y, Z, so if you haven’t checked those out, do it and thank me later!

ComixLaunch gets backs to basics for the new year, and that means building a big, engaged audience ready to support your project launches on Kickstarter and beyond! In this first of three focused mini-trainings, you’ll learn how to clear out all the obstacles standing in the way of a rabid fanbase and where to put your focus this decade to maximize your results.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How five years can go by in the blink of an eye… and change EVERYTHING!
  • What comixlaunchers really want when it comes to audience growth this year?
  • All of the many obstacles standing in the way of growing a following… and how to crush every single one.
  • Plus: The ONE thing to focus on if you want to build an audience that supports what you create on Kickstarter and beyond.

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 for website hosting

If you want some one-on-one help this month planning your next launch, I have some GREAT news for a few of you…

I’d like to offer you a special FREE one-on-one 30 minute ComixLaunch Success Strategy Calls to talk with me about your next launch, just for being a ComixLaunch Podcast Listener.

If you’d like to book one of these free sessions with me, just go to ComixLaunch.com/success and follow the instructions to book a complimentary strategy session to get help with your next launch.

Tim Stiles, creator, and writer of ‘Gorilla my Dreams’ has organized an anthology book of art and short stories, titled ‘Australia Burns: Tales of Devastation and Courage Under Fire’ with all proceeds to be donated to the firefighters who are still out there right now, and the families who have lost everything in the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.

https://australiaburns.bigcartel.com/product/australiaburns-anthology-single-issue

The book will feature some real-life accounts from the firefront and will give a real sense of what it’s like fighting for homes and lives. Guys such as Darren Close of Killeroo fame and writer Ryan K. Lindsay are contributing to the book.

At the moment the team behind the book is taking pre-orders which I believe is shaping up to be around 80 pages, in full colour and will be sponsored by Jeffries Printing here in Australia.


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.


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Create an Email List Building Goal for Yourself. What is your email list size RIGHT NOW, and what would you like it to be by December 31, 2020?

‘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.


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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.


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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.

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