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.


Links Mentioned in this Episode


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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.  

Go to ComixLaunch.com/purebuttons for 10% off your next order of custom buttons.


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


ComixLauncher [147]

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!

Do the words we use control the cash we have in our bank account? In this session, Tyler shares why you might want to get obsessed with copy writing and includes actionable hacks that will add funds to your bottom line by using words that sell.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why copy writing may be the single most powerful skill you can learn.
  • 5 Proven copy writing hacks I’ve used to sell more stuff.
  • 2 Habits of creators looking to up their copy game.
  • Plus: Is there a dark side of being too good with your copy?

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.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Free Guide at ComixLaunch.com/guide

Kickstarter “Dead Zone” Survival Workshop

Learn powerful strategies and proven tactics to survive and thrive during the difficult middle period of a Kickstarter campaign, so you can stay sane, keep the funding coming in, and set yourself up for a big finish to your best campaign ever.

Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/survive


ComixLauncher [146]

Throw a great hook Hook (Headline) and tell a great story in your next email blast or blog post.


Quote

“If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.” – Harvey Mackay

You know Kickstarter campaigns have all-or-nothing funding goals… but imagine if it was DOUBLE or nothing. Well, because of a special grant today’s guest, fantasy illustrator Anthony Christou received, his latest campaign is exactly that.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How Anthony has been able to increase his convention sales and strategies for traveling to lots of conventions.
  • Why Anthony’s next Kickstarter launch doesn’t have a all-or-nothing goal… it has a DOUBLE or nothing goal.
  • Tips for pursuing grant funding for your art.

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.


Today’s Featured Guest

Fantasy illustrator and creator of Luminous Ages, Anthony Christou.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

https://www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au/for-artists-and-arts-organisations/funding-programs/match
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luminousages/volume-1?ref=discovery&term=luminous


ComixLauncher [145]

Take 10 minutes and do a light google search for grants for _____. Blank being what you are or what you do… or want to do?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could raise more Kickstarter funds in less time? Of course it would… and there are a lot more reason why you might want to consider running shorter Kickstarter campaigns. This session of ComixLaunch is a deep dive on shorter campaigns.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why I decided to cut the duration of my last two campaigns in half!
  • 5 Reasons why running a shorter Kickstarter campaign is a great idea.
  • 3 reasons why you shouldn’t run a shorter campaign.
  • Plus: The person who ______ the most usually wins.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixTribe.com/sink

ComixLaunch.com/pro


ComixLauncher [144]

Make a quick pros and cons list for cutting the duration of your next launch in half?


Quote

“If at first you don’t succeed… you’re normal.” – Michael Hyatt

Wondering where to find new readers and fans for your work? Tyler recently surveyed the ComixLaunch community to discover what’s working now when it comes to promoting your work in 2018.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The 5 most common ways that creators are successfully promoting their comics and projects to new readers.
  • 7 under the radar strategies for getting more fans.
  • Why simply posting to your site “doesn’t count” when it comes to reaching new fans.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixTribe.com/SINK
ComixLaunch.com/patreon


ComixLauncher [143]

What ONE new strategy would you like to try to get in front of new readers in 2018?


Quote

“When there’s a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller…”
Anonymous

 

Charlie Stickney, writer and creator of White Ash, shares his innovative campaign and promotion strategies for notching two five figure comic book Kickstarter launches for his new series.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why there’s no substitute for actually delivering on the promise of your Kickstarter page.
  • Why some Kickstarter creators experience a “sophomore slump” and how the White Ash team avoided one with their second campaign.
  • Innovative Kickstarter campaign and reward strategies.
  • Plus: How the White Ash team is harnessing the Twitch platform to generate rabid fans and day one supporters.

This Session is Sponsored by FB ADs Demystified!

How Writers & Artists Can Profitably Use Facebook Ads to GenerateSubscribers, Backers & Sales on Autopilot (Even on a Tiny Budget!) Sign-up for this FREE ComixLaunch Workshop at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

Are you in need of more readers, subscribers, Kickstarter backers and customers for your books and art?

Have you ever wondered if Facebook ads actually work for writers & artists?

Have you tried FB ads, but been frustrated that all you seem to be paying for is “likes” and “engagement” but not getting much in the way of actual subscribers, backers & sales?

Then my new FB ADS DEMYSTIFIED! Workshop is for you!

Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/fbads

In this online training, I’m going to teach you how to steadily and predictably build your audience, grow your email list, drive people to your Kickstarter campaigns and other online promotions, and generate more backers and sales WITHOUT spending all of YOUR time marketing.

In this free workshop, I’ll answer the most common questions creators ask me all the time about Facebook ads, including:

✔ Do Facebook Ads actually work for writers & artists?
✔ How do I get my ads to convert instead of just getting “likes” (meh!) and “engagement” (ugh!)?
✔ How do YOU use Facebook ads and get real results with them for your creative projects?

This is the training I wish existed 5 years ago when I first started dabbling into FB Ads, as it would have cleared up a whole lot of fear and confusion… (and would’ve made me a lot more sales!)
I don’t know anyone else in our space who is teaching this stuff specifically for comic creators, publishers, writers & artists, so I’m excited to demystify FB ads for my tribe!

See the available times and register for the next FREE training today at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

I’l see you at the FB Ads Demystified workshop and can’t wait to see what you launch next!


Today’s Featured Guest

Charlie Stickney is a writer and producer with almost 20 years experience in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry, including animation, film, TV & comics.

He’s worked for Sony Pictures, Revolution Studios, Hulu and Scholastic Productions. He’s developed and created shows like Cosmic Quantum Ray and Horrible Histories.
While in college, he interned in the editorial offices at Marvel.

And he has been building a mighty following for his series WHITE ASH, funded on Kickstarter.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

https://www.twitch.tv/conorhughes

http://bit.ly/chapterTWO


ComixLauncher [142]

Take a little time to explore the Twitch.tv platform.
Could you or someone on your team leverage this platform?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Thanks again, here’s the link to Conor’s Twitch channel. https://www.twitch.tv/conorhughes

If anyone’s interested in White Ash, (and this airs after the campaign is over which I’m assuming it will) they’ll still be able to preorder/order copies here —
http://bit.ly/chapterTWO

Pop quiz: What’s the easiest funding to raise during a Kickstarter launch? Believe it or not, from my own experience and that of my guest, it’s the funding you raise AFTER the campaign is over. Join Tyler James as he interviews Chandler Copenhaver of Crowdox to talk post campaign funding strategies.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Backer upsell strategies that the biggest Kickstarter campaigns are using to raise an average of 12% more funding AFTER the campaign ends.
  • A common mistake creators make with stretch goals and how to easily fix it.
  • When it makes sense to invest in crowdfunding survey software… and when it doesn’t.
  • Plus: A SPECIAL offer just for ComixLaunch Podcast listeners!

This Session is Sponsored by

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

Go to ComixLaunch.com/purebuttons for 10% off your next order of custom buttons.


Today’s Featured Guest

Chandler Copenhaver is director of business development at CrowdOx, a company that provides pledge manager software for crowdfunding campaigns.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/pro
crowdox.com


ComixLauncher [141]

For your next launch, what’s one great add-on product that you could HOLD BACK from the campaign… and offer as a survey upsell add-on to get people excited about filling out their surveys (and providing YOU with more funding!)


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

crowdox.com

Writer and creator of Headmetal Press Christopher Michael Orndoff explains what “CHUNKING” is and how you can use it to make better art.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The psychology of chunking and its affect on memory
  • How chunking, art, and consciousness are intertwined
  • Three stories that highlight how chunking can help you make better art

This Session is Sponsored by FB ADs Demystified!

How Writers & Artists Can Profitably Use Facebook Ads to GenerateSubscribers, Backers & Sales on Autopilot (Even on a Tiny Budget!) Sign-up for this FREE ComixLaunch Workshop at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

Are you in need of more readers, subscribers, Kickstarter backers and customers for your books and art?

Have you ever wondered if Facebook ads actually work for writers & artists?

Have you tried FB ads, but been frustrated that all you seem to be paying for is “likes” and “engagement” but not getting much in the way of actual subscribers, backers & sales?

Then my new FB ADS DEMYSTIFIED! Workshop is for you!

Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/fbads

In this online training, I’m going to teach you how to steadily and predictably build your audience, grow your email list, drive people to your Kickstarter campaigns and other online promotions, and generate more backers and sales WITHOUT spending all of YOUR time marketing.

In this free workshop, I’ll answer the most common questions creators ask me all the time about Facebook ads, including:

✔ Do Facebook Ads actually work for writers & artists?
✔ How do I get my ads to convert instead of just getting “likes” (meh!) and “engagement” (ugh!)?
✔ How do YOU use Facebook ads and get real results with them for your creative projects?

This is the training I wish existed 5 years ago when I first started dabbling into FB Ads, as it would have cleared up a whole lot of fear and confusion… (and would’ve made me a lot more sales!)
I don’t know anyone else in our space who is teaching this stuff specifically for comic creators, publishers, writers & artists, so I’m excited to demystify FB ads for my tribe!

See the available times and register for the next FREE training today at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

I’l see you at the FB Ads Demystified workshop and can’t wait to see what you launch next!


Today’s Featured Guest

Writer and creator of Headmetal Press Christopher Michael Orndoff. Chris is a former Marine, and has worked in all manner of jobs from firefighting to bike messenging, to his my current position as curator for a fine art publisher.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

comixlaunch.com/fbads


ComixLauncher [140]

  • In what aspects of your life are you already CHUNKING?
  • How might you CHUNK in new areas?

How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

http://www.headmetalpress.com

Creator Abrian Curington of Blue Cat Co. stops buy for a guest lesson all about how to create an eye-popping, head-turning, professional-looking book… even if it’s your first one.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • 4 crucial elements that make up a professionally printed book
  • How to draw attention with a minimal cover aesthetic
  • Book Feel and how it can sell your book before the buyer even opens it
  • One important step that even major publishers can neglect
  • Plus: How to minimize overwhelm with your first book printing

This Session is Sponsored by FB ADs Demystified!

How Writers & Artists Can Profitably Use Facebook Ads to GenerateSubscribers, Backers & Sales on Autopilot (Even on a Tiny Budget!) Sign-up for this FREE ComixLaunch Workshop at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

Are you in need of more readers, subscribers, Kickstarter backers and customers for your books and art?

Have you ever wondered if Facebook ads actually work for writers & artists?

Have you tried FB ads, but been frustrated that all you seem to be paying for is “likes” and “engagement” but not getting much in the way of actual subscribers, backers & sales?

Then my new FB ADS DEMYSTIFIED! Workshop is for you!

Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/fbads

In this online training, I’m going to teach you how to steadily and predictably build your audience, grow your email list, drive people to your Kickstarter campaigns and other online promotions, and generate more backers and sales WITHOUT spending all of YOUR time marketing.

In this free workshop, I’ll answer the most common questions creators ask me all the time about Facebook ads, including:

✔ Do Facebook Ads actually work for writers & artists?
✔ How do I get my ads to convert instead of just getting “likes” (meh!) and “engagement” (ugh!)?
✔ How do YOU use Facebook ads and get real results with them for your creative projects?

This is the training I wish existed 5 years ago when I first started dabbling into FB Ads, as it would have cleared up a whole lot of fear and confusion… (and would’ve made me a lot more sales!)
I don’t know anyone else in our space who is teaching this stuff specifically for comic creators, publishers, writers & artists, so I’m excited to demystify FB ads for my tribe!

See the available times and register for the next FREE training today at ComixLaunch.com/fbads

I’l see you at the FB Ads Demystified workshop and can’t wait to see what you launch next!


Today’s Featured Guest

Abrian Curington, an illustrator that builds worlds. She specializes in light-hearted fantasy stories that champion fun, adventure and conquering the obstacles of life. She has a degree in Fine Art from WWU, and is the founder of Blue Cat Co., an independent publishing company dedicated to producing fantastical works that give people an escape from the din of the world. No gore, no mature content. Just fun for everyone!


Links Mentioned in this Episode

facebook.com/abrianc

twitter.com/AbrianCArt


ComixLauncher [139]

  • What’s the best looking book on your book shelf?
  • How can you apply some of that to your next print project?

How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

facebook.com/abrianc

twitter.com/AbrianCArt

Patreon.com/AbrianC

Wondering if Facebook ads actually work for writers & artists?

Are you a creator interested in getting actual subscribers, backers & sales, and could care less about “likes” or “engagement”?

Then my new free live FB ADS DEMYSTIFIED! Workshop is for you! Register for Free –> ComixLaunch.com/fbads


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE LIVE SESSIONS


In this LIVE online workshop, I’m going to teach you how to steadily and predictably build your audience, grow your email list, drive people to your Kickstarter campaigns and other online promotions, and generate more backers and sales WITHOUT spending all of YOUR time marketing.

In this free training, I’ll answer the most common questions creators ask me all the time about Facebook ads, including:

 Do Facebook Ads actually work for writers & artists?

 How do I get my ads to convert instead of just getting “likes” (meh!) and “engagement” (ugh!)?

 How do YOU use Facebook ads and get real results with them for your creative projects?

This is the training I wish existed 5 years ago when I first started dabbling into FB Ads, as it would have cleared up a whole lot of fear and confusion… (and would’ve made me a lot more sales!)

I don’t know anyone else in our space who is teaching this stuff specifically for comic creators, publishers, writers & artists, so I’m excited to demystify FB ads for my tribe!

See you at the LIVE workshop and can’t wait to see what you launch next!

🚀 Tyler James

Sales at conventions, signings, and promotional events are an important part of your success as a comic creator. But, those venues present unique challenges for writers working in this visual medium. Guest host Josh Dahl (makebettercomics.com) walks you through the mindset, strategies, and techniques that can help you turn a profit at live events, even if you aren’t an artist.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What modern con attendees are really looking for?
  • The secret to finding anyone’s favorite topic.
  • Several real techniques for engaging your audience.
  • Why you need to deliver the “Pies”?

This Session is Sponsored by ComixTribe

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Josh Dahl is an educator and independent comic book creator and the writer of Rapid City. He also runs MakeBetterComics.com for creators looking to improve their comics and graphic novels.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

makebettercomics.com


ComixLauncher [138]

The next time you’re compelled to say outloud or to yourself, “I’m just a [blank], so I can’t [blank.] Here’s what I want you to do…

“I’m just a writer so I can’t make any money at conventions.
“I’m just the artist, so I can’t help it if the story is boring.”
“I’m just a newbie, so I can’t get any coverage on any websites…”

SLAP YOURSELF IN THE FACE.

Just kidding.

No, instead, reframe it… “I’m an f’ing [blank], so I can [blank].”

“I’m an f’ing writer so I can share a table with artists and we can both make bank at shows..
“I’m am f’ing artist, so I anything I draw is going to be compelling and dynamic.”
“I’m an f’ing newbie, so all I need is one site to say yes to start climbing publicity mountain.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

makebettercomics.com

belowzerocomic.com/free

Learn how creator Mike Barry turned a notebook of doodles drawn on the commute to his day job into a successfully funded Kickstarter graphic novel for kids.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The first thing Mike did to prepare for Kickstarter success.
  • How Mike tapped into the power of local media during his launch.
  • The 4 Biggest Lessons from Mike’s first launch.
  • Plus: Listener feedback on recent ComixLaunch guest lessons!

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Mike Barry is a writer, artist and all-round nice guy from Sydney, Australia. He created the graphic novel Action Tank because he loves comics and he loves kids, and will take any opportunity to bring those things together.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Action Tank Website –> https://actiontankcomic.com
Mike’s How To Blog Post –> https://actiontankcomic.com/how-i-crowdfunded-my-graphic-novel-through-kickstarter/
Buy Action Tank –> http://mikebarry.bigcartel.com/product/action-tank
How to Write a Kickstarter Pitch – Copy Hackers –> https://copyhackers.com/2015/03/how-to-write-a-kickstarter-pitch/


ComixLauncher [137]

Go on a doodle hunt.
Under the pretext of straightening up your room or office… carve out a little time to look through some of your old notebooks, journals, planners, etc…
Find one doodle or germ of an idea you’ve forgot about that’s worth resurrecting and implementing!


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

https://actiontankcomic.com/

Confused about what should be on your Kickstarter Homepage? Madeleine Holly-Rosing, author of Kickstarter for the Independent Creator and writer/creator of Boston Metaphysical Society walks you through the basics.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why good organization to your Kickstarter page is essential?
  • The importance of telling your story on your page.
  • How to structure your reward tiers.
  • Plus: MHR’s Successful Stretch Goal Strategy

This Session is Sponsored by Club ComixLaunch on Patreon

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.

As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


Today’s Featured Guest

Madeline Holly-Rosing is the author of Kickstarter for the Independent Creator: A Practical and Informative Guide to Crowdfunding, which is now in its second edition and available on Kindle and Paperback at Amazon.She’s the writer of the steampunk supernatural series Boston Metaphysical, and has had many successful Kickstarter campaigns.


ComixLauncher [136]

  1. Hop on Kickstarter Discover.
  2. Search for projects in your category and genre.
  3. Find one project that’s doing awesome.
  4. Study their page… find 3 things they’re doing very well. And 1 thing that they could improve.

How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

BostonMetaphysicalSociety.com

Boston Metaphysical: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men on Kickstarter

All of us are building something in this game, but what foundations are we dropping down first? The start of the year is a good time to think broadly about what you want out of the coming 12 months and this is why I always lay down an Annual Theme for things first. In this session, Ryan K Lindsay unpacks what an Annual Theme is, how it can build clarity for your mind, and what avenues it might help you explore.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Annual Themes explained, and why they will matter to you?
  • Ryan takes you through his last 4 Annual Themes and what they mean to him.
  • Analysing other pros through the Thematic Prism: How would you describe the journey of others?
  • Knuckling down in 2018: How to choose your theme and what to do with it?

This Session is Sponsored by ComixTribe

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


Today’s Featured Guest

My guest today is the acclaimed writer of Eternal from Black Mask Studios, as well as Beautiful Canvas, Negative Space from Dark Horse, and many other outstanding comic titles, including the ComixTribe mini-series, CHUM.


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When you think about the year you want to have, what words come to mind?
If you had to choose just one… what would it be?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Subscribe to Ryan’s insightful weekly newsletter –> http://tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay

Independent comic creator Dan Ekis shares how you can get your next 1000 followers who will pay for your comics.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to get your next paying customer in the next 7 days even if you don’t have a comic to sell yet.
  • How you can build a following that will pay for your comics (and save time doing it).
  • How Dan grew his email newsletter from 0 to 1000+ subscribers in a few short months.
  • How Dan got over 200 real followers overnight without spending a dime.

This Session is Sponsored by ComixTribe

Go to ComixTribe.com/subscribe for 5 Free Comics


Today’s Featured Guest

Dan Ekis an independent animator and illustrator, and creator of the upcoming fantasy comic Soul of the World. He also hosts the Kid Millionaire Clubhouse on Facebook, and Kid Millionaire Chats with comic creators.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Tyler’s Interview with Dan Ekis for Kid Millionaire Chats –> http://danekis.com/blog/2017/12/21/how-to-build-a-following-who-will-buy-your-comics-with-tyler-james-podcast


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Test one new strategy for growing your following? Pick one platform. One strategy. Set a time limit. See what happens. And tell ME (or your audience) the results.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Check out Dan’s website: http://DanEkis.com/

For an example of one of Dan’s landing pages, go to DanEkis.com/Free

In this guest lesson, comic creator Evan Waterman shares 5 proven tips that will help you turn procrastination into productivity so you can get more done this year and take your creative career to new heights.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to identify the causes of procrastination and cut them out of your life.
  • How to train your brain to know it’s time to get to work.
  • Tools and strategies to crush distractions and get more done.
  • Plus: Why adding urgency to your work is a key to creating more.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Evan Waterman is a comic book writer and letterer and the creator of the comic book series “More Than Men” a series that asks the question, what if only the rich had superpowers?


Links Mentioned in this Episode

comixlaunch.com/ready

getcoldturkey.com

rememberthemilk.com

omnigroup.com/omnifocus

wunderlist.com

en.todoist.com

habitica.com

workflowy.com

process.st


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What are you procrastinating on RIGHT now? What is it costing you NOW? Would could it cost you in the future? What’s one TINY action you could do TODAY that would move you closer to getting it done?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

You can follow Evan on Twitter @Evan_Waterman.

You can also get the tips discussed in this episode and more at evanjwaterman.com/guide

Does your entire creative career feel like a struggle? Do you constantly feel like no matter how hard you work, you’ll never measure up? In this session of ComixLaunch, writer and editor James Powell (Ten31 Publishing) opens up about his own struggles with creative insecurity and how he’s fought back against them.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How the pressures put on ourselves to be great can be the very thing that’s holding back greatness.
  • Is suffering for our art really necessary?
  • Juggling your creative life with life life.
  • Plus: The power of giving up (for a while.)

This Session is Sponsored by Club ComixLaunch on Patreon

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


Today’s Featured Guest

James Powell is the creator of House of Fear and Ten31 Publishing, which specializes in scary comics for kids.  He’s a writer, journalist and editor whose work has been published by Image and Dark Horse.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

James has a special offer ComixLaunch listeners: Receive three free House of Fear comics when you sign up for his email list. Check out it out here: http://ten31publishing.com/comixlaunch/

comixlaunch.com/patreon
Comixlaunch.com/club


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What is ONE negative thing you often say to yourself that you’d like to eliminate forever?When that thought occurs, what’s a NEW, BETTER thought you can immediately replace it with?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Check out ten31publishing.com for Scary Comics for Kids with the House of Fear series.

In this guest session, Russell Nohelty (Wannabe Press) shares the three limiting beliefs that prevent creators from being great at selling their comics, and how to overcome them so you can get more of your art in the hands of people who genuinely want it.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How lessons learned from failure were the key to Russel’s success.
  • A small shift that will take away the “gross” feeling that many creators have when selling.
  • A new way to think about rejection that will make you more money.
  • Plus: Conquering creators money myths.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Russell Nohelty, publisher of Wannabe press, author of Pixie Dust, Katrina Hates the Dead, and Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Check out Russell’s new site “The Complete Creative” –> ComixLaunch.com/sellmore


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Imagine selling was EASY and FUN for you? What would that look like? How would you need to show up? What would you need to start doing? What would you need to STOP doing?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

Check out Russell’s new site “The Complete Creative” –> ComixLaunch.com/sellmore

Facebook: @RussellNohelty
Twitter: @RussellNohelty
Instagram: @RussellNohelty

Get Russell’s book, Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career at GoSellYourSoul.com

And find more about Russell at RussellNohelty.com


 

It’s a new year and that usually means new resolutions and big goals for creative entrepreneurs. In this session, Tyler shares some actionable tips for making yours rock solid in 2018.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why this is the LAST training show for Tyler (for a while) and what you’ll be hearing on the podcast each week instead?
  • 6 keys to finally sticking with your goals & forming winning habits in the new year.
  • One surprising (and easy) element you can add to any goal, habit or resolution that makes it significantly more likely to succeed.
  • Plus: I’ll share the single resolution I believe makes any and all resolutions, habits or goals more likely to be accomplished.

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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

Go to ComixLaunch.com/purebuttons for 10% off your next order of custom buttons.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt – https://fullfocusplanner.com/
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt – http://amzn.to/2qFLvrH
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – http://amzn.to/2FfxDHO
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff – http://amzn.to/2CPcyWB
The One Thing by Gary Keller – http://amzn.to/2CR1JmM


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Write down ONE outcome based goal and ONE related performance based or habit goal you have this year. Put it someplace you’ll see it every day. How can you make it more fun?


Quote

“It always seems impossible… until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

To kick off the new year, Tyler shares four more of big and profitable lessons learned from the many successful launches he ran in 2017. Plus, you’ll hear some of the biggest launch lessons of ComixLaunch listeners.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • One simple tip for making emailing your list easier and more engaging.
  • Why one and done is one and dumb.
  • The power of cloning yourself.
  • Plus: Why BIG launches are NOT my goal in 2018.

This Session is Sponsored by Club ComixLaunch on Patreon

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


Links Mentioned in this Episode

comixlaunch.com/guide
comixlaunch.com/patreon


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What would you do to help your creative career if you had 2 extra hours in the day? What are some things that you know you should be doing, but just never seem to get to? What stuff that’s important, but never urgent? What are you procrastinating on or what do you hate doing or aren’t great at doing?


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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

2017 was a big year for launches. In this year-end session of ComixLaunch, Tyler shares his biggest and most profitably lessons learned from the many successful launches he’s been a part of this year.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why doing an end-of-the-year review will unlock powerful insights in your creative business.
  • How getting your list to “renew their vows” can power your launches?
  • Why detaching from your results and “caring less” can actually improve your launches.
  • Where the profit REALLY is? (HINT: It’s NOT in the launch.)
  • Plus: 5 big ComixLaunch changes to look forward to in the New Year.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


This Session is Sponsored by Club ComixLaunch on Patreon

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


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What is ONE new launch lesson that YOU learned this year? How did you learn it? How will you take action on that lesson in the new year?


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“You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

Throw a log on the fire, spike your egg nog and curl up to a special holiday episode of ComixLaunch. In this session, Tyler opens up the ComixLaunch mailbag and also answers some festive questions. Plus, an update on Patreon’s decision to walk back their big fee structure change.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Patreon walks back it’s fee change and what creators can learn from the controversy.
  • How to get off the Kickstarter rollercoaster after a launch?
  • To Pseudonym or Not to Pseudonym on Kickstarter?
  • How to make ME a fan of yours.
  • Plus: My answers to some great holiday questions.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch.com/patreon
ComixLaunch.com/session126
ComixLaunch.com/session103


This Session is Sponsored by ComixTribe

Go to ComixTribe.com/subscribe for 5 Free Comics


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What’s one thing on your list that will help you grow as a creator in 2018?


Quote

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

Find out what popular ongoing crowdfunding platfrom Patreon did to anger most of it’s creators and learn about a competing service owned by Kickstarter that may be coming to try to eat Patreon’s lunch. Plus, the most important take-aways from these developments that independent creators must keep front and center.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How a small change in Patreon’s fee structure to “benefit creators” earned almost universal ire and condemnation.
  • If Patrons and Creators aren’t happy, why did Patreon do this?
  • Is the new Kickstarter owned competitor DRIP a viable alternative for creators unhappy with Patreon’s decision.
  • Plus: The danger of building your entire platform on rented land.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


This session is sponsored by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


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Imagine you have a Patreon. What could you do to add $1 more in value a month to $1 patrons who just saw their $1 pledges go up by $0.38 cents though no fault of theirs or yours?


Quote

“Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black

What do King Arthur, Franklin Delanore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Bill Gates all have in common? They all attribute some of their success to being a part of a mastermind group as a key to their success. In this session, you’ll learn what is a mastermind, what the benefits to joining one are, and how to find one to help you succeed in the new year.

Highlights of this Session include:

  • What Mastermind groups have in common with Marvel and DC’s blockbuster franchises.
  • 7 benefits of joining a Mastermind group.
  • Free vs Paid Mastermind groups: The Pros & Cons of Each
  • Plus: How you can join a ComixLaunch Mastermind in 2018

Special Info Session on the new ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up this week!

InfoSession –> Wednesday13 December 2017, at 8:00 PM

Click here to register for the free info session.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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  • Take a minute and imagine you had to assemble your own Avengers team… not to save the world… but to take your creative business to the next level. Who would be on it? Could be specific people. Could be people with specific traits, characteristics or skill sets.  Who would you assemble?
  • You’re invited to share your results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Quote:

“The MasterMind is the principle through which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence, and perhaps the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life. It is the principle through which you can accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without it in a lifetime if you depended entirely on your own efforts for success.” – Napoleon Hill


Learn more at the Info Session.  Register Here.

Simon Birks of Blue Fox Comics has launched over a dozen successful Kickstarter campaigns. In this session, Tyler picks his brain on the keys to his success. Plus: How to handle negative feedback on your offers.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • A simple strategy for handling negative feedback on yoru offers.
  • What Simon Birks learned from starting and running a comic book convention.
  • Keys to successfully launching multiple campaigns in one year… without going insane.

Today’s Featured Guest

Simon Birks is an actor, director and producer who also writes comics, novels, plays, poetry, and award winning film scripts. With his wife Marielle, he co-founded Blue Fox Comics and together they have successfully crowdfunded numerous comics, including Hexes, Gone, Sinners, Robyn, and The Girl in the Midnight Gown.

bluefoxcomics.com
Twitter @bluefoxcomics


This session’s featured resource is Bluehost.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.

Sponsor BLUEHOST

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.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

comixlaunch.com/patreon
comixlaunch.com/concasestudy
bluefoxcomics.com
comixlaunch.com/organize


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  • What would your dream convention look like?
  • Share your thoughts @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

The tables are turned and Tyler James is on the hotseat, as Clay Adams digs into the secret origins of ComixTribe and ComixLaunch and Kickstarter questions get asked and answered on this replay of a Kickstarter Live broadcast.

Highlights of this Session include:

  • Unpacking the secret origin stories behind ComixTribe and ComixLaunch.
  • Kickstarter goal setting basics.
  • Where the profit is usually found in a launch.
  • Plus: Tyler answers his own speed round questions!

Today’s Session is Sponsored by Luminous Ages a Surreal Fantasy Comic filled with dragons. Issue 1-3 is live on Kickstarter until December 1.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


Today’s Sponsor:
Luminous Ages 1-3 Kickstarter

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

Luminous Ages is a comic book series with an expanding universe of dragons and dream magic

Imagine Captain Planet mashed up with Game of Thrones, The Labyrinth and Harry Potter.

The first three issue of the series by Anthony Christou is complete and jam packed with characters, action, story and more.

The universe is filled with dragons, dream magic and surreal like wonder. Thirteen gods have been fighting for control and the nightmare forces crave power and dominance and threaten all existence.

The Kickstarter is for Luminous Ages 1-3 with the possibility to unlock issue 4 is LIVE until December 1.

Here’s the link –> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luminousages/luminous-ages-a-dragon-comic-1-3-and-fantasy-commi?ref=discovery#

This is also a special commissions kickstarter where you ca have some original art with the comic and also be in the comic book itself in the labyrinth markets.

You can also follow the daily posts at https://www.facebook.com/LuminousAges/


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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  • Whatever project you’re preparing to launch, what’s a secondary, remixed launch that you could do? Jot down some ideas and talk them over with a creative friend. If it’s a strategy that’s good enough for Apple, it’s good enough for us.
  • You’re invited to share your results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

 

Is Kickstarter a sustainable long-term platform or are we in a bubble that’s soon to burst? How creators respond to this question reveals a ton about how they see the world, and in particular, whether they are operating from a mindset of scarcity or abundance.

Highlights of this Session include:

  • 7 Things Creators Say About Kickstarter that reveal a scarcity mindset
  • 3 steps to building your creative media empire.
  • Do we need a new indie distribution platform for comics?
  • Plus: Tyler answers a voicemail question by sharing a strategy Kickstarter creators should borrow from J.K. Rowling.

This Session’s Featured Resource

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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  • Think about some things that you’ve told yourself in the past that reveal a scarcity mindset. Something based on a belief that there’s not enough for you. Then, try to reframe, as is there way more than enough for you.
  • You’re invited to share your results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Clay Adams of Fried Comics returns to the show to talk about jumping into Kickstarter commissions month, the best time to launch a holiday camera and how to cozy up to the camera for your Kickstarter video shoot.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Lessons learned from launching holiday themed Kickstarter projects.
  • A new way to look at your email newsletter that comic creators especially will love.
  • How to “make friends with the camera” to create more effective Kickstarter videos.
  • Plus: One simple habit that can make a huge impact on your bottom line.

Today’s Session is Sponsored by Luminous Ages a Surreal Fantasy Comic filled with dragons. Issue 1-3 is live on Kickstarter until December 1.


Listener Feedback

“I’ve been following the podcast for a while and you’ve got some awesome resources 🙂

You’ve actually been an inspiration to me in how you’re constantly giving back to the comics community so I wanted to do the same!

I made a guide to making comics that covers everything from idea creation to art to printing and more. In case you’re interested, you can check it out here:

http://www.evanjwaterman.com/guide “

Check out Evan’s guide!


Today’s Featured Guest: Clay Adams

Clay Adams is the publisher of Fried Comics / writer of Red Xmas: O Holy Crap on Kickstarter. He’s a professional voice actor, coach and instructor, and also works as TA for THE COMIXLAUNCH COURSE.

Sharing what he’s learned in that capacity, jumping onboard KS commissions month, tips for more professional audio and video, and more.

Check out some of Clay’s comics at friedcomics.com/free

Check out his Kickstarter here –> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/900595556/red-xmas-o-holy-crap-a-yuletide-special-for-holida


Today’s Sponsor: Luminous Ages 1-3 Kickstarter

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

Luminous Ages is a comic book series with an expanding universe of dragons and dream magic

Imagine Captain Planet mashed up with Game of Thrones, The Labyrinth and Harry Potter.

THe first three issue of the series by Anthony Christou is complete and jam packed with characters, action, story and more.

The universe is filled with dragons, dream magic and surreal like wonder. Thirteen gods have been fighting for control and the nightmare forces crave power and dominance and threaten all existence.

The kickstarter is for Luminous Ages 1-3 with the possibility to unlock issue 4 is LIVE until December 1.

Here’s the link –> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luminousages/luminous-ages-a-dragon-comic-1-3-and-fantasy-commi?ref=discovery#

This is also a special commissions kickstarter where you ca have some original art with the comic and also be in the comic book itself in the labyrinth markets.

You can also follow the daily posts at https://www.facebook.com/LuminousAges/


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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Make a secondary offer.

The next time someone asks you for anything (con, online, in person) offer it and then offer them something else.

How does it feel? What was the results?

If you’d like to share your thoughts, please contact me @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Horror writer Dirk Manning takes a break from his busy con schedule to talk his latest successful Kickstarter campaign, crowdfunding growing pains and more. Pull up a chair and dive in.


Dirk’s Latest Campaign


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How Dirk’s latest campaign got off to a Rhee-ly strong start.
  • Launching dilemmas – How Dirk navigated the tricky business of launching a new Kickstarter while his previous Kickstarter is still awaiting fulfillment.
  • Keys to building longterm trust with a loyal audience.
  • Plus: What’s changing on the convention circuit and Dirk’s prediction for where shows are going.

This session’s featured resource is Bluehost.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.

Sponsor BLUEHOST

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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  • What can you offer as Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE for your next launch?
  • Share your thoughts @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

In this awesome interview with Kevin Joseph of Kechal Comics, you’ll learn the power and importance of communication with your collaborators and your fans.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Importance of communication
  • Having the tough conversations — with collaborators and with supporters
  • Lessons from Launching
  • Plus: An inspiring action Kevin took to show his daughter that its okay to be bad at something at first, and that if you practice you’ll get better

ComixLaunch.com/patreon


Today’s Guest: Kevin Joseph

My guest today is the writer of Tart, UnderWars, Morte and The Poodles of Potter’s Peak.

As a creator, he’s successfully delivered on five Kickstarter campaigns, and is back with this SIXTH, for TART #6 which looks to be his biggest campaign yet!

He loves reading comics, writing comics and sharing comics… and I’m excited to have him on the ComixLaunch Podcast

Welcome, Mr. Kevin Joseph


This Session’s Featured Resource

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 three things you’re awful at that you’d like to get better at?
  • Could you pick one of them and carve an hour a day x 5 days a week to improve there?
  • Why So Important
  • Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Keep Up With Kevin Joseph!

Kevin can be reached at @bnokj on Twitter, and you can read TART for free by checking out his email list at kechalcomics.com/readtart

Tyler answers great questions from inside the private ComixLaunch communities and shares the answers with all of ComixLaunch.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Best practices for turning backers into email list subscribers.
  • Is it a good idea to make a fool of yourself for pledges?
  • What’s the best day to END a Kickstarter campaign?
  • Plus: Why you want to grab this month’s Club ComixLaunch VIP resource!

Links Mentioned


Today’s Session is brought to you by…

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

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

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

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


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  • What’s something silly you could do as a stretch goal that would be free, funny and yet STILL on brand for your book and your audience?
  • Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Quote

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

Kickstarter wants you to create with your fans in the month of November. Comissions month is coming on Kickstarter and in this session, Tyler lays out all the details you need to know to participate and offers strategies and protips to dramatically increase your commission sales.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The 411 On Kickstarter’s Latest Themed Month focused all on Commissions
  • FAQs on How to Take Part in Commission Month
  • 4 Smart Commission Ideas for Comic Creators
  • Plus: 4 ComixLaunch Protips to Quadruple Your Commission Sales

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Commissions: Create Collaboratively

  • Kickstarter’s November Initiative — Invite backers into your creative process.
  • Use their input to inspire custom artworks, one-of-a-kind experiences, and more.

How to Take Part

  • Invite backers to collaborate on or customize a reward in a creative way
  • Launch your project between November 1 and November 30
  • Use “Commissions” in your project’s title or short blurb
  • Once your project is live, email it to [email protected]

This Session’s Featured Resource

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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    • Come up with Three Ideas for themed commissions you could offer your fans in November on Kickstarter
    • You’re invited to share ideas @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

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

 


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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

 


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

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

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

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

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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


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

Two habits. One is extremely common among creators and not only worthless… but actually will cost you. The other, far less common, though simple to practice, and yet is extremely valuable. Tyler unpacks them both and shares some great news at the end!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • I’m going to share two habits with you… one is the least valuable and the other is the most valuable…
  • Daily Practices to eliminate the bad habit and strengthen the good one
  • Some book recommendations
  • Plus: A special announcement at the end of the show.

Links Mentioned

Facebook.com/comixlaunch


This Session’s Featured Resource

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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24 Hour Challenge

Knock off ONE THING you’ve been procrastinating on.

Write down 10 things you’re grateful for.

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


Quote

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

Discover the many benefits of planning, launching and funding a successful Kickstarter campaign working alongside a fellow creator who is doing the same with Ryan Kroboth (Sunmaker) and John Edingfield II (Rancidville.)


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How launching alongside a fellow a creator helped make Kickstarter easier to manage for two first-time creators.
  • How John got over his challenge of creating a Kickstarter video.
  • An awesome Kickstarter page power-up tip that more comic creators should be using from Ryan.
  • Plus: This week only… The ComixLaunch Course is open for enrollment!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


Today’s Guests

Ryan Kroboth

Ryan is a comic writer and artist, as well as an alum from the Comics Experience School and The ComixLaunch Course. When not drawing or doing anything comic related, he’s an accomplished martial arts instructor.

John Edingfield II

John is an illustrator, painter and the creator of the all-ages comic Rancidville, available at rancidville.com. A proud husband, father and grandfather, John’s worked as a political cartoonist, graphic designer, and printer, and is happy to now be following his lifelong dream to make comic books.


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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  • Who could be your Launch Buddy?

Quote

African proverb…

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

 

In this session, Tyler crushes three persistent myths about crowdfunding on Kickstarter that will derail your launch. Plus, go behind the scenes on ComixTribe’s biggest one-day comic book sales on their online store…EVER!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Inside ComixTribe’s insane direct market launch week for SINK #1.
  • 3 myths that once crushed will take your crowdfunding efforts to new heights.
  • One word to NEVER say when launching a Kickstarter.
  • Plus: There’s still time to sign up for the ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge

Sponsor: The ComixLaunch 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge

Are you a writer, artist or publisher who could use some help launching a Kickstarter?

Up for a challenge that will make your first or next campaign your best launch ever?

Then join the free ComixLaunch 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge –> ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge

The live challenge runs from Sep 18- Sep 22, 2017 and features daily lessons and actionable challenges designed to level up your Kickstarter project so you can fund your dream project.

Plan your next campaign, network with fellow creators, and get your Kickstarter questions answered!

Find out more and sign-up today at ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge

 


Links Mentioned in This Session

SINK Kickstarter

Sink Landing Page to Build the Audience

Shop.ComixTribe.com

ComixLaunch 5-Day Challenge

The ComixLaunch Assessment – Find out if you’ll be a good fit for The ComixLaunch Course


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5 Day Kickstarter Challenge, Inktober, 30 characters Challenge… what’s something you’re passionate about that you could someday build a challenge around? 

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


Quote

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” – Charles Swindell

Ever had an idea for an anthology project? In this session, Tyler sits down with writer James E. Roche as he’s about to launch his first anthology project on Kickstarter, raise awareness for social issues.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to bring your idea for an anthology project to life and recruit creators to make it happen?
  • The challenges of organizing and launching an anthology project on Kickstarter.
  • How to make comics about causes and issues you’re passionate about.
  • Plus: A special invitation to the ComixLaunch Workshop!

New Live WorkShop – 7 Keys to Your Best Launch Ever!

Want to know what’s working on Kickstarter?

Then sign-up for my live workshop “7 Keys to Your Best Kickstarter Launch Ever” featuring new tools & tactics for 2017!

Register for free –> comixlaunch.com/workshop

In this training, you will learn seven proven steps to making your first or next Kickstarter launch a hit, as well as what’s new on the Kickstarter platform in 2017 that creators need to be aware of.

There will be TWO Live Online Workshop Sessions for you to choose from this month:

> Monday, September 11, 2017 | 3:00 PM EDT

> Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 8:00 PM EDT

Attendees of This FREE Live Workshop Will Receive:

🚀 7 keys to running a successful Kickstarter campaign from start to funded.

🚀 Hard won insight from analyzing hundreds of successful campaigns.

🚀 Valuable resources that will save you time and money on your next Kickstarter campaign.

🚀🚀 Plus awesome crowdfunding bonuses for live attendees!

After the presentation, I’ll stick around for a live Q&A session to answer all of your outstanding Kickstarter questions and get you ready for your next launch!

Spots are limited to just 100 attendees per session.

Register Now at –> ComixLaunch.com/workshop

If you’re getting ready to launch, this is the workshop for you!

Hope to see you there and can’t wait to see what you launch next!

ComixLaunch.com/workshop


5-Day Fall Kickstarter Challenge

Are you a writer, artist or publisher who could use some help launching a Kickstarter?

Up for a challenge that will make your first or next campaign your best launch ever?

Then join the free ComixLaunch 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge –> ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge

The live challenge runs from Sep 18- Sep 22, 2017 and features daily lessons and actionable challenges designed to level up your Kickstarter project so you can fund your dream project.

Plan your next campaign, network with fellow creators, and get your Kickstarter questions answered!

Find out more and sign-up today at ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge


Guest Introduction

My guest today is a New Jersey-based Comic book writer. He’s successfully Kickstarted a sci-fi series called wretches and is a WRETCHES and has contributed to the Alterna comics IF anthology.

He’s currently organizing and about to Kickstart The 4th Monkey, a comic book anthology featuring stories to raise awareness about environmental and social issues.

Welcome to ComixLaunch James E. Roche


This session is sponsored by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


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What’s a social issue or cause you believe in that could inspire a story or piece of work?

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

Get in the know about some of the latest software updates relevant to crowdfunders, including recent developments at Dropbox, Kickbooster, Backerkit and Crowdox.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why a change at Dropbox has Tyler scrambling to replace broken links all over his online presence. {Grrrr…}
  • Changes at Kickbooster that add power and a monthly recurring fee to that crowdfunding affiliate management tool.
  • What’s new at Backerkit and when survey management and add-on support tools make sense for Kickstarter creators.
  • Plus: An early report on my experience with CrowdOx, a lower-cost alternative to BackerKit.

This session’s featured resource is Bluehost.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.


Show Updates

We have a date for the next ComixLaunch 5 Day Kickstarter Challenge!

The new free challenge begins September 18!

Register today at: ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


Bonus Video Tutorial -The Dropbox Change and Instant Download Trick


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

BLUEHOST

Let me ask you a question… are you master of your own domain?

No, this isn’t a dated Seinfeld reference… I’m talking about your web domain.

And Bluehost is an all in one web hosting solution that will help you master your domain.

I own the domains for ComixTribe.com, ComixLaunch.com and many more… but I know many of you are trying to save a few pennies a day by NOT paying for domains you’re trying to build brands around.

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

  • More professional.
  • More credible.
  • More memorable.

When you own the dot com for your brand, it’ll help you protect it.

If you’re building your empire on someone else land, your comic @facebook or @tumblr or remember @myspace God forbid… you don’t control those platforms.

Own your own domain…

You can use the ComixLaunch affiliate link to get a special introductory offer and 30-day money back guarantee at Bluehost by going to Comixlaunch.com/bluehost today.

Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites world wide and makes it super simple to get a wordpress hosted website up in just one click.

Master Your Domain, go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost and lock it in today.


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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What one new tool will you invest in to help you crush the last third of 2017?

  • Protip: Every successful KS… invest in one new tool.
  • Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Quote

“I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffet

Is it cool to reach out to Kickstarter creators whose projects you’ve backed in the past to ask them to help you with your project? Tyler answers this ComixLaunch listener question and more in this “Ask ComixLaunch” Q&A style show.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Is it considered bad form to contact creators of projects that I have backed to see if they will mention my project once it launches?
  • What happens when you get more money pledged than the amount you set up initially?
  • All of this sounds good but before all of this, you also have to make sure that the project is 100% ready to be talked about and presented
  • Do I need to have a finished book before a launch or is it acceptable to try to get funding to get the time to complete the book?
  • Plus: Can I really do this if I’m cash strapped?

This session’s featured resource is Shopify. If you’re ready to launch a professional, mobile friendly, high-coverting online shop for your creative business, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify for a 14-day free trial.


Show Updates

We have a date for the next ComixLaunch 5 Day Kickstarter Challenge!

The new free challenge begins September 18!

Register today at: ComixLaunch.com/fallchallenge


This Session’s ComixLaunch Listener Questions

1) Is it considered bad form to contact creators of projects that I have backed to see if they will mention my project once it launches? – Will

2) What happens when you get more money pledged than the amount you set up initially? – Ross

3) Do you have to make sure that your project is 100% ready to be talked about and presented before you start building an audience for it? – Joey

4) Do I need to have a finished book before a launch or is it acceptable to try to get funding to get the time to complete the book? – Solomon


This Session’s Featured Resource

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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1.) Go through the list of projects that you’ve backed.

2.) Flag the ones whose audience would most enjoy your book.

After doing this exercise, you’ll either discover a number of creators who you should try to engage and build connections with. Or you’ll realize you need to be supporting more projects and creators who are serving a similar audience as you.


Quote

“Things may come those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

Tyler opens the ComixLaunch mailbag and answers listener’s biggest questions about launching an email list the right way.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • When you should start a list for your comic project… and when your list should be for YOU?
  • How to handle multiple different audiences on your list?
  • Comparing email list building tech tools.
  • Plus: What you should be doing even if you don’t have anything to promote right now.

Questions Answered in this ComixLaunch Mailbag Episode…

1.) Should I start my list for ME or my comic?

2.) What if I have multiple audiences I’m trying to serve?

3.) What websites should we try to gain an audience on that aren’t primarily artist based (like deviantart/tumblr)?

4.) What tech tools should I use? Can you tell me a better distinction between TinyLetter v Mailchimp?

5.) I live in Scotland. Is the list building advice the same for me?

6.) What if I might not be ready for this?

7.) What if I don’t have anything to promote right now?

8.) What if I don’t think it’ll work for me?

9.) Can you build my list for me?


Links Mentioned

ConvertKit – This is the email list service I use and recommend. Get a 30 Day Free Trial at ComixLaunch.com/convertkit


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why good projections are necessary to run an effective creative business?
  • How the type of project affects your Kickstarter funding potential?
  • The elements of your platform and which areas will convert the best for your next campaign?
  • Should you expect to reach a new audience by being on Kickstarter? It’ll depend on this…
  • Plus: Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator


Sponsor

Today’s session is proudly sponsored by “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith, remastered and relaunched on Kickstarter.

Get all one thousand pages for just five dollars by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/

When war rips apart your world and your family, what becomes of your life and your dreams?

That’s the question facing the main characters of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith.

These books, opening a series twice shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards, have been remastered and are launching on Kickstarter until August 24.

Pick up “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” – a total of a thousand pages – for just five dollars.

All backers will also receive a 30 page preview of Shane’s forthcoming work, “The Winds of Change”, years ahead of its publication.

This preview is Kickstarter-exclusive, and will not be available anywhere else.

Pre-order your copies of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” today by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/


ComixLauncher

Take a minute and think about what creative projects you were working on 1 year ago? 3 years ago? And 5 years ago?

Check your journal, blog, Facebook, Twitter, or email to jog your memory.

What’s changed about your creative projects? What’s stayed the same?

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


 

Every year, creators are raising hundreds, thousands, even tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for their dream projects.

But who cares what’s possible for them… how much funding are YOU likely to raise for your crowdfunding campaign?

In this session, Tyler will share how to predict with “scary” accuracy, how much funding you’re likely to raise on Kickstarter and will give you access to a new free ComixLaunch tool to predict the funding potential of your next Kickstarter.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why good projections are necessary to run an effective creative business?
  • How the type of project affects your Kickstarter funding potential?
  • The elements of your platform and which areas will convert the best for your next campaign?
  • Should you expect to reach a new audience by being on Kickstarter? It’ll depend on this…
  • Plus: Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator


Sponsor

Today’s session is proudly sponsored by “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith, remastered and relaunched on Kickstarter.

Get all one thousand pages for just five dollars by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/

When war rips apart your world and your family, what becomes of your life and your dreams?

That’s the question facing the main characters of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows”, two epic sci-fi graphic novels by Shane W Smith.

These books, opening a series twice shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards, have been remastered and are launching on Kickstarter until August 24.

Pick up “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” – a total of a thousand pages – for just five dollars.

All backers will also receive a 30 page preview of Shane’s forthcoming work, “The Winds of Change”, years ahead of its publication.

This preview is Kickstarter-exclusive, and will not be available anywhere else.

Pre-order your copies of “The Lesser Evil” and “Peaceful Tomorrows” today by searching Kickstarter for “Peaceful Tomorrows” or visiting shanewsmith.com/TLEPT/


ComixLauncher

Get an exact projection YOUR next Kickstarter project by using the new free ComixLaunch Comic Book Calculator Tool at ComixLaunch.com/calculator

Let me know what you think!

Behind every successful project is a great idea. And yet, many creators who launch on Kickstarter quickly discover that a great idea alone isn’t enough to get funded. In this session, Robots vs. Princesses creator Todd Matthy shares lessons learned after an unsuccessful first Kickstarter, and the action steps he’s taken to help make his relaunch a success.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The unlikely origin of Todd’s graphic novel project.
  • What Todd didn’t know he didn’t know when he launched his first Kickstarter.
  • The road to relaunch: What Todd did to come back stronger the second time around.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch listener feedback!

Links Mentioned in This Session

Robots vs. Princesses Kickstarter

Comixlaunch.com/listlaunch

ComixLaunch.com/2017guide

ComixLaunch.com/course


Sponsor

Fight of the Century Is a 120 page biopunk, Mixed Martial Arts original graphic novel.

FOTC is a fist-flying, biopunk sports story on steroids.

Literally.

In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized!

Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL).

Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.

FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanity’s desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential.

With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

If you’re looking for a book with Evil Pharmaceutical companies! An uphill battle for redemption! The future of Brazilian MMA on the line! You’re looking for the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11!

You can also follow their posts at facebook.com/FotCComic


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Minute Mash-Up

  • Fold paper in half
  • Take 20 Seconds Write Down As Many MASCULINE Words as you can think of… GO!
  • Flip to the other half of the paper.
  • Take 20 Seconds and Write down as many FEMININE words as you can think of… Go!
  • Now, open it up so you can see both lists, and for 20 seconds, make connections between any words from each list that combine in an interesting way.
  • Any novel concepts or spark of an idea?

Activities like this “train the brain” and work the creativity muscule. Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

You’re invited to share results or great ideas @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Building a large and engaged email list is the key to launching successfully on Kickstarter and beyond. So why are so many creators still procrastinating on starting or growing their list? This mini-training episode will break down the myths and mistakes that are keeping you from a bigger fan list and a better relationship with your audience.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why an email list beats social media when it comes to funding your projects?
  • If you don’t have a big email list, it’s probably one of these three reasons…
  • Three big mindset mistakes that paralyze creators from starting and growing their email lists… and how to crush them.
  • Do This Today! An easy email you can and should send right away to get you engaging with your list, no matter how big or small.
  • Plus: A special anniversary invitation to join ListLaunch!

Links Mentioned

ComixLaunch.com/listlaunch1


Sponsor

The Wild Cosmos is a sci-fi adventure comic. Issue 1 is live on kickstarter now until August 10th. Check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

The Wild Cosmos is a 6 issue Sci-Fi adventure comic series.

Think Firefly meets Avatar.

Set in a ‘wild west like’ version of space.

You’ll explore derelict space stations to lush alien rainforests with Captain Cooper and his crew of five scavengers.

Every decision Cooper makes carries weight, when it comes down to keeping his crew safe versus risking their lives to retrieve supplies that are essential for survival as he and his crew travel through the galaxy.

The book is 8×12 and softcover bound.

It’s live on kickstarter now until August 10th.

You can check it out at THEWILDCOSMOS.COM

While most listeners of ComixLaunch are willing to blaze their own paths to independently plan, launch, fund and fulfill their creative projects, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also open to the idea of working with publishers to reach a broader audience. In this session, comics lawyer Dirk Vanover returns with some sage advice on some things creators should consider before signing a contract with publishers.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Something that’s been popping up more and more in comic publisher’s contacts that Dirk HATES!
  • When it’s time to pull in legal help to review a contract.
  • Tips for entering into contracts you won’t regret in the future.

Today’s Session is brought to you by Fight of the Century a biopunk, MMA OGN. The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11. Follow them at facebook.com/FotcComic/


Today’s Guest

My guest today is the founder of Vanover Legal, LLC, a company committed to delivering legal advice and guidance to clients quickly and effectively, and without unnecessary expense.  He’s also an avid comic book fan, and loves diving deep into trademark, copyright, and right of publicity issues, which we all know pop up often in the world of comics.  He also blogs about business and legal issues affecting the comics and entertainment industries at ComicsLawyer.com

Welcome to ComixLauch, Mr. Dirk Vanover


Sponsor

Fight of the Century Is a 120 page biopunk, Mixed Martial Arts original graphic novel.

FOTC is a fist-flying, biopunk sports story on steroids.

Literally.

In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized!

Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL).

Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.

FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanity’s desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential.

With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

If you’re looking for a book with Evil Pharmaceutical companies! An uphill battle for redemption! The future of Brazilian MMA on the line! You’re looking for the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11!

You can also follow their posts at facebook.com/FotCComic


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Read your contracts!

‘Nuff said.

 

How do we get press coverage for our projects, especially if we’re not a big name in the industry or have the backing of large publishers or PR teams? In this session, writer and comics journalist Forrest Helvie (Newsarama, Marvel.com) shares actionable tips and strategies for getting more reviews, interviews and press coverage for your projects.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Step inside the shoes of a comic book journalist and learn how they think about who and what gets published?
  • Big NO NOs when it comes to reaching out to comics
  • Examples of creators who knocked their press outreach out of the park, and how you can model what worked for them with your projects.
  • Plus: ComixLaunch celebrates it’s 2 year anniversary! Look how far we’ve come!

ComixLaunch Turns 2!

This week, the ComixLaunch podcast is celebrating its 2-Year Anniversary

The success rate for the Comics Category in Kickstarter was 49.95% when we started.

Today, it’s 53.14%. That’s an increase of + 3.19%!

In that same time, the overall Kickstarter success rate has dropped from 38.02 to 35.83%.

Our community is making an impact and getting it done!  

That’s not me… THAT’S YOU!

Thank you for helping share the show. Our monthly downloads are up 220% since this time last year.

And since April 2017, the ComixLaunch Podcast’s costs have been 100% covered by Club ComixLaunch Patrons!

Whether you’re a $1, $4, $10, or $70 Club ComixLaunch Patron, thank you so much for keeping this show weekly. 


Today’s Guest: Forrest Helvie

My guest today is a CT based author and creator of Whiz Bang the Boy Robot and Amelia the Adventure Bear.

He is an English professor at Norwalk Community College and regularly writes for Marvel.com and Newsarama as a comics journalist in addition to serving as an academic editor and reviewer for various journals and publications.

He has also stacked up writing credits for indie publishers such as GrayHaven Comics, Red Stylo, and TPub, and is a contributor to the Eric Palicki-helmed project This Nightmare Kills Fascists – A Comics Anthology on Kickstarter as of this recording.


Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Put us in the shoes of a comics press journalist. What’s it like? What’s the best part? What’s the worst part?

2) What are some strategies creators can use to get the attention and interest of a comic or pop or geek culture journalist?

3) What are some big DO NOTs or common mistakes you see creators making?

4) What’s one or two examples of pitches that came your way, or that you’ve seen that really knocked it out of the park?

5) You were in the pilot version of the ComixLaunch Course… but you’ve also stayed very active in the community (which is awesome).  What’s been the biggest ahas or breakthroughs for you since joining the ComixLaunch Pro community?


Sponsor: Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.

Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


ComixLauncher

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

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Reach out to someone in the comic book press using some of the tips in this episode to get coverage for your project.

I invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email to me at [email protected]

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Today’s Guest – J.D. Oliva

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

ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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

Fill it out for your last or next launch.

Friend of the podcast and author of Kickstarter for the Independent Creator Madeliene Holly-Rosing returns to the show to talk about what’s new in the updated addition of her crowdfunding book and lessons learned from recent campaigns.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How quickly the crowdfunding environment changes and how Madeleine knew it was time to update her popular book.
  • A new crowdfunding platform that filmmakers are very excited about.
  • The top lessons Madeleine learned AFTER writing her first book.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Ready for Launch Workshop

Want to launch a comic book Kickstarter project? Wondering if your audience is big enough to succeed?

Then join me for my upcoming FREE online Kickstarter workshop and I’ll teach you how to get your project funded, even if you don’t have a large audience or a huge social media following.

CLAIM YOUR SPOT –> ComixLaunch.com/ready

On this FREE workshop, I’m going to teach you…

🚀 Why a big social media following is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success… but what definitely is.

🚀 Where Kickstarter backers REALLY come from… and a step-by-step process to get them to support you on Day One.

🚀 The #1 mistake that 90% of most failed Kickstarters make… and what successful project creators do differently.

🚀 How to figure out how big your audience needs to be to have success on Kickstarter… and exactly what to do to energize them before you launch.

PLUS: I’ll give you my Top Tech Tool recommendations for building and engaging with your growing audience in preparation for your launch.

This online workshop is absolutely free and is packed with actionable tips from host Tyler James’ experience launching campaigns that have collectively raised over $325,000.00 in funding on Kickstarter, as well the best strategies from the top minds in comics and crowdfunding that he’s interviewed on ComixLaunch, the #1 crowdfunding podcast for writers, artists & publishers.

Stay for the full training and receive two special bonus resources to help you fund your dream project!

The next workshop is starting soon.

Reserve your seat now at ComixLaunch.com/ready


Kickstarter for the Independent Creator


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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What’s the area of running a Kickstarter campaign that you could level up?

Invite you to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email tyler.james @ comixtribe.com

Tyler picks the brain of Khierstyn Ross, host of the top podcast Crowdfunding Uncut, who shares lessons learned about building a winning Kickstarter launch team from successful projects that have raised over 2 million dollars in funding.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How to building the right launch team to get your project funded.
  • The importance of the validating process before you launch.
  • Where creators go wrong with crowdfunding.
  • Plus: One book Khierstyn is obsessed with right now.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show


Have You Signed Up for the Beyond Kickstarter Master Class

Sell More Books and Reach More Readers After Your Campaign is Over!

Kickstarter is the #1 platform for funding creative projects in the world and should be a part of every independent creator’s business plan. But Kickstarter alone is not enough…

Are you ready to amplify your comics crowdfunding success BEYOND KICKSTARTER?

Learn how to leverage success on Kickstarter into increased sales on other channels and platforms, such as the direct market, online, conventions, Amazon, Patreon, and more so that you can reach a broader audience and sell more of your art during the 92% of the year when you aren’t launching a Kickstarter.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond

Will eventually be its own full stand-alone course for sale…

But, because it’s the first time I’m presenting this material, and to celebrate you all who have kept me going for 100 episodes, I’m making the live session of the master class FREE to anyone who attends live.

Live Master Class | Thursday, June 29 7:30 PM EDT

Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn from This Master Class…

  • Where to start when it comes to building upon your Kickstarter success in other channels?
  • How to pick the right next channel to focus on for your creative business?
  • Why most creators online stores fail and what to do differently to see steady book sales in e-commerce?
  • What it takes to get your Kickstarter funded books into brick & mortar stores and the best plan to make that happen?
  • The pros, cons, common mistakes, and best practices for sales growth on channels outside of Kickstarter.
  • The exact next steps you should be taking to expand your sales and grow your audience in channels Beyond Kickstarter.

Now, if you can’t attend live, or know you’ll want access to this material, after the fact, there is a GOLD option that you can purchase that will give you access to the recordings, plus a number of bonus trainings that won’t fit into the 2-2.5 hour master class session.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond

 


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
  • Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
  • Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
  • Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


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  • Who do you need on your launch team?

 

ComixLaunch celebrates its landmark 100th podcast episode by answering ComixLaunch listeners’ top questions related to Kickstarter, crowdfunding and building a creative career. Plus, details and an invitation to the upcoming Beyond Kickstarter Master Class.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • How Tyler manages to answer every question creators have before they know they have it? Is there a ComixLaunch crystal ball?
  • The Top 3 things a brand new property can do to maximize success on its first campaign.
  • What’s the best way to layout a Kickstarter page.
  • What’s the next model for indies beyond Kickstarter and Patreon?
  • Plus: How you can attend the new Beyond Kickstarter Workshop FREE!

Welcome Baby Madeleine to the World!

ComixLaunch Podcast editor Katie Nagengast (my talented sister) had a surprise in Baby Madeleine coming two months early!

I guess she just couldn’t wait any longer to bring that smile to the world. (We sure need it!)

Please have a good thought for Katie and Baby M.

This show would not have been weekly for 100 episodes without Katie’s hard work.


Have You Signed Up for the Beyond Kickstarter Master Class

Sell More Books and Reach More Readers After Your Campaign is Over!

Kickstarter is the #1 platform for funding creative projects in the world and should be a part of every independent creator’s business plan. But Kickstarter alone is not enough…

Are you ready to amplify your comics crowdfunding success BEYOND KICKSTARTER?

Learn how to leverage success on Kickstarter into increased sales on other channels and platforms, such as the direct market, online, conventions, Amazon, Patreon, and more so that you can reach a broader audience and sell more of your art during the 92% of the year when you aren’t launching a Kickstarter.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond

Will eventually be its own full stand-alone course for sale…

But, because it’s the first time I’m presenting this material, and to celebrate you all who have kept me going for 100 episodes, I’m making the live session of the master class FREE to anyone who attends live.

Live Master Class | Thursday, June 29 7:30 PM EDT

Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn from This Master Class…

  • Where to start when it comes to building upon your Kickstarter success in other channels?
  • How to pick the right next channel to focus on for your creative business?
  • Why most creators online stores fail and what to do differently to see steady book sales in e-commerce?
  • What it takes to get your Kickstarter funded books into brick & mortar stores and the best plan to make that happen?
  • The pros, cons, common mistakes, and best practices for sales growth on channels outside of Kickstarter.
  • The exact next steps you should be taking to expand your sales and grow your audience in channels Beyond Kickstarter.

Now, if you can’t attend live, or know you’ll want access to this material, after the fact, there is a GOLD option that you can purchase that will give you access to the recordings, plus a number of bonus trainings that won’t fit into the 2-2.5 hour master class session.

http://comixlaunch.com/beyond


Sponsor

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?

If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…

See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.

Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go to ComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!

I’ll see you inside the Club!


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What question would YOU ask me over coffee?

Let me know @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


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“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Take a walk with Tyler James in a totally different episode of the ComixLaunch podcast, pondering higher quality questions creators should be asking themselves.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The simple power of asking the question “What if?”
  • How asking better questions is the key to getting better results.
  • Ways to reframing (and even embrace) rejection.
  • Plus: A few details about the upcoming BEYOND KICKSTARTER Master Class

Today’s episode is sponsored by Ghost Island a supernatural horror comic. Issue 2 is live on Kickstarter May 29th. Follow them at facebook.com/ghostislandcomic


This Show’s Sponsor

Ghost Island is a 5 issue supernatural horror comic series.

Imagine Jurassic Park… but with ghosts!

On a remote island a wealthy entrepreneur has secretly created a theme park full of imprisoned ghosts he has collected over time.

Before opening the attraction to the public he enlists the help of a small group of people to assist him.

One of them being Josh Evans a troubled psychic with a dark past.

Whilst he battles his own personal demons over the disappearance of his fiancé,Josh is scheduled the task of crossing over in to the spirit world & exploring some of the evil minds that are imprisoned on the island, but at what cost?

The kickstarter for issue 2 is going LIVE on May 29th! You can also follow their daily posts at facebook.com/ghostislandcomic

Will you take a visit to Ghost Island?


It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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Go for a walk and generate what if questions that are relevant for your own life, projects, and creative career.

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


New Workshop: BEYOND KICKSTARTER

Are you ready to amplify your comics crowdfunding success BEYOND KICKSTARTER?

Learn how to leverage success on Kickstarter into increased sales on other channels and platforms, such as the direct market, online, conventions, Amazon, Patreon, and more so that you can reach a broader audience and sell more of your art during the 92% of the year when you aren’t launching a Kickstarter.

Interested –> ComixLaunch.com/beyond


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“Creativity is Intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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

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


ComixLauncher

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

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ComixLaunch.com/kpi

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


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

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

Every Kickstarter project creator must include a professional bio with his or her profile. But all bios are NOT created equal. In this session, Tyler will give you four essential elements your Kickstarter biography MUST include.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Four easy to answer, yet critical questions you’ll need to tackle in order to craft an impressive and credible Kickstarter bio.
  • How to establish yourself as a trustworthy creator, even if you have no professional credits to your name.
  • Examples of great creator bios!
  • Plus: An update on the ComixLaunch Course and my biggest Kickstarter launch ever.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Ghost Island a supernatural horror comic. Issue 2 is live on Kickstarter May 29th. Follow them at facebook.com/ghostislandcomic

This Show’s Sponsor

Ghost Island is a 5 issue supernatural horror comic series.

Imagine Jurassic Park… but with ghosts!

On a remote island a wealthy entrepreneur has secretly created a theme park full of imprisoned ghosts he has collected over time.

Before opening the attraction to the public he enlists the help of a small group of people to assist him.

One of them being Josh Evans a troubled psychic with a dark past.

Whilst he battles his own personal demons over the disappearance of his fiancé,Josh is scheduled the task of crossing over in to the spirit world & exploring some of the evil minds that are imprisoned on the island, but at what cost?

The kickstarter for issue 2 is going LIVE on May 29th! You can also follow their daily posts at facebook.com/ghostislandcomic

Will you take a visit to Ghost Island?


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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Check your public bios? Do they contain all elements? If not, give them a make over.


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“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

Absolutely nothing wrong with working for others (publishers, teams, etc… but don’t put all your best work into someone else’s vision.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.

 

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

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

This Show’s Sponsor

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

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

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

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

Just go to ComixLaunch.com/NEB

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

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

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


Links mentioned in today’s episode:

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

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

Enroll in The ComixLaunch Course — ComixLaunch.com/course


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Go Checkout Dirk’s Book on Amazon —

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

In this session of the ComixLaunch podcast, Tyler James shares 10 reasons why there’s never been a better time to launch a project on Kickstarter. If you’ve been on the fence about launching, this session might just give you the final nudge to take the plunge.

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Why it’s good to be a comic creator on Kickstarter.
  • Changes in the Kickstarter platform that make now an incredible time to launch.
  • The unexpected benefits of launching.
  • Plus: An invitation to an all new 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge at ComixLaunch.com/springchallenge

This Show’s Sponsor


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

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

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

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

Just go to ComixLaunch.com/NEB

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

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

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

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 Join the ComixLaunch 5-Day Kickstarter Challenge at ComixLaunch.com/springchallenge

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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

comixlaunch.com/2017guide

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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

Review the strategies.

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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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


 

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


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

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


ComixLauncher

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

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


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

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

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


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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


Guest Introduction

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

busycomiccreators.wordpress.com


ComixLauncher

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

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

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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

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

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

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


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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

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

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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

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

Apps for better Instagram images.

Platform Showdown – Instagram Live vs Kickstarter Live

Plus: How Instagram can impact a Kickstarter campaign.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Guiding Discussion Questions

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


ComixLauncher

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

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

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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

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


Highlights of this Session Include:

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

Links Mentioned

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


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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

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


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“All the world’s a stage”

– Shakespeare


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

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

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

In today’s show, veteran webcartoonist Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.) drops an onslaught of mega-ton knowledge bombs on everything from Kickstarter to Patreon to creating better comics. You’re going to want to listen to this session at least twice!


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • The state of the webcomics business model in 2017 from the guy who literally wrote the book on webcomics.
  • What Brad wishes he focused more on in the early days.
  • How Brad’s entire business almost went belly up a few years ago… and the crowdfunding platform that saved it. (Spoiler: He’s not talking about Kickstarter.)
  • Plus: The art of the pivot.

Today’s Session is brought to you by…

This is the next big phase of ComixLaunch, and I’m excited to be taking this next step… and in the process, getting a better understanding of the Patreon platform, which we’re currently diving deep into on the podcast.


CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CLUB


What Is Club ComixLaunch?

Club ComixLaunch is a way to help us continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission, and add even more value for creators like you who are looking to harness the power of crowdfunding to bring creative projects to life.

Membership has its privileges, and Club ComixLaunch members may receive:

  • Shout outs to you and your projects on the show.
  • Access to bonus lessons on the Club Exclusive Patreon Feed.
  • A VIP INSIDER Bonus resource (Guide, cheat sheet, checklist, video, template, etc.) designed to help you launch.
  • Advance looks at future ComixLaunch books and resources.
  • Priority placement and discounts in ComixLaunch courses,
  • And much, much more!

Join the Club and Get Your Welcome Kit

As soon as you join the Club at any pledge level, you’ll be able to instantly download the Club ComixLaunch Welcome Kit, which includes:

  • 5 Things You Must Do Before You Launch a Kickstarter [Checklist – PDF]
  • How to Choose Paper Stock for Your Book with Kraken Print [Guide – PDF]
  • Kickstarter Update Guide: 19 Types of Updates That Add Excitement & Funding to Kickstarter Campaigns [Guide – PDF]
  • 7 Keys to Your Best Launch Ever [Workshop – MP3]

 

Click here to join the club!


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Jot down 10 ideas for exclusive content that your audience might be willing to pay for?

It’s okay if you don’t know… Brad didn’t when he started.

What’s not okay is if you’re not actively trying to find out.

Share your thoughts with me @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


Get More from Brag Guigar

Brad runs the community at Webcomics.com.

Buy The Webcomics Handbook at Amazon.

Check out Brad’s webcomic Evil Inc.

And check out Brad’s Patreon page.

And there are just a few days left in Brad’s latest Kickstarter campaign.

Evil Inc After Dark — NSFW comics with smutty superheroes project video thumbnail


April is Audience Building Month on ComixLaunch.

The biggest reason creators don’t launch is fear of failure.

The biggest reason projects fail is failure to build and ready an audience for the project.

(Brad has a great line about that in this episode.)

So, in the month of April we’ll do episodes and interviews focused building your audience in different areas and on different platforms.

There will also be audience building Facebook ComixLunch live streams over at Facebook.com/comixlaunch all throughout April.

There will be extra bonus strategies for Club ComixLaunch members, so if you’re not yet a member ComixLaunch.com/patreon.

And, I may even put together another challenge… Either late April or early May for those of you who want a little extra support in getting this thing rolling.

Either late April or early May for those of you who want a little extra support in getting this audience growth thing turbo-charged.

 

This month, Kickstarter is encouraging creators to launch one-week campaigns? We’ll talk the whys, the hows and whether the #Allin1 initiative is right for you.

 

 


Highlights of this Session Include:

Why I think Kickstarter has launched the Allin1 initiative, and how it fits into an overall focus for Kickstarter this year.
Kickstarter’s advice to Creator’s launching Allin1 Projects.
4 Killer ideas for great allin1 projects for comic book creators.
Plus: Why Allin1 isn’t right for everyone.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


ComixLauncher

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

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Send me an idea for a one week Kickstarter campaign that you will not use.

Comixlaunch.com/voicemail

 


Quote

“You maintain interest in that what you are invested in.”

– Michael Hyatt


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Want to Learn How to Easily Create a Kickstarter Page Backers Will Trust, Fund & Spread Like Wildfire?

Learn the step-by-step blueprint I use to create effective, eye-catching, pro-looking Kickstarter pages that include all the right information in exactly the right sequence to make backers scream “Take my money!”… WITHOUT costing a fortune or taking forever to build.

I’m teaching a live Master Class on Kickstarter Page Design Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 PM EDT.

Get all the details and sign-up at:

ComixLaunch.com/blueprintclass

Every Kickstarter campaign reveals multiple creative lessons and business breakthroughs. In this session, Tyler James shares the top lesson learned from each of his first 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns.


Highlights of this Session Include:

The power of adding a premium offer to your campaign.
Rules for adding buffer to your fulfillment time-table.
The huge mistake of not following your own advice.
Plus: Reliably adding 9% extra in funding AFTER your campaign has ended.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


ComixLauncher

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

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Sketch out your next 5 campaign ideas.
Invite to share results @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]

Quote
“Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants” – David Brooks


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Every Kickstarter campaign reveals multiple creative lessons and business breakthroughs. In this session, Tyler James shares the top lesson learned from each of his first 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns that raised over $100,000.00 in funding with the support of over 2,500 backers.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • A Super Simple, Super Easy thing to do during every project or campaign you work on
  • 5 Biggest Lessons from my first 5 Successful Kickstarter Raised over $100K 2500 backers
  • Major wins, epic stumbles…
  • Plus: A few live Qs sprinkled in.

Today’s Session is brought to you by Club ComixLaunch

This is the next big phase of ComixLaunch, and I’m excited to be taking this next step… and in the process, getting a better understanding of the Patreon platform, which we’re currently diving deep into on the podcast.


CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CLUB


What Is Club ComixLaunch?

Club ComixLaunch is a way to help us continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission, and add even more value for creators like you who are looking to harness the power of crowdfunding to bring creative projects to life.

Membership has its privileges, and Club ComixLaunch members may receive:

  • Shout outs to you and your projects on the show.
  • Access to bonus lessons on the Club Exclusive Patreon Feed.
  • A VIP INSIDER Bonus resource (Guide, cheat sheet, checklist, video, template, etc.) designed to help you launch.
  • Advance looks at future ComixLaunch books and resources.
  • Priority placement and discounts in ComixLaunch courses,
  • And much, much more!

Join the Club and Get Your Welcome Kit

As soon as you join the Club at any pledge level, you’ll be able to instantly download the Club ComixLaunch Welcome Kit, which includes:

  • 5 Things You Must Do Before You Launch a Kickstarter [Checklist – PDF]
  • How to Choose Paper Stock for Your Book with Kraken Print [Guide – PDF]
  • Kickstarter Update Guide: 19 Types of Updates That Add Excitement & Funding to Kickstarter Campaigns [Guide – PDF]
  • 7 Keys to Your Best Launch Ever [Workshop – MP3]

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  • What are you doing every week that you should be documenting?
  • What would you, two years ago, want to read about?
  • What would you, two years from now, want a record of?

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“High-Quality Work = Time Spent x Intensity of Focus” from the book Deep Work by Cal Newport.

Andrew Pawley of GalaXaFreaks swings by ComixLaunch to talk about his experience successfully launching multiple projects on both Kickstarter AND Indiegogo. Andrew will also share some of the ways he’s leveled up his audience growth after joining the ListLaunch program.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Turning lessons from failure into success in crowdfunding.
Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo, and which platform Andrew plans on sticking with.
Cool and unconventional ways Andrew delivers a freaky amount of value to his audience.
Plus: You’re invited to take the ComixLaunch Kickstarter Page Survey at ComixLaunch.com/pagesurvey


Today’s Session is brought to you by

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

Go to ComixLaunch.com/purebuttons for 10% off your next order of custom buttons.


Guest Introduction: Andrew Pawley

My guest today brings the world psychadelic science fiction and cosmic comic capers at Galaxafreaks.com. He’s a talented artist and designer and has managed several successful campaigns both on Kickstarter and Indigiegog to bring the Galaxfreaks to freaky folks around the world.

Galaxafreaks Timesongs Kickstarter — https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/galaxafreaks/galaxafreaks-time-songs-issue-1?ref=nav_search


ComixLauncher

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

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Ask your audience a question.

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

ListLaunch: Step-By-Step System Learn to how to start, grow and energize an email list of fans big enough to successfully launch your project on Kickstarter… and beyond!
ComixLaunch.com/ListLaunch

ListLaunch is a program for you if…
– Wish you new how to start an email list from scratch and communicate without feeling like a nuisance or that you’re bothering them.
– Wish you were building your email list faster and more automatically.
– Lack confidence in drumming up interest for your work.
If you’ve had success on Kickstarter but are concerned that most of your funding comes from friends and family and you’re struggling to grow beyond that.”
– How the hell do you find your auidence… and once you find them, how to you keep them energized, even when you have nothing launch?
– How do maximize the small audience you do have?
– Getting the word out beyond just your own reach.
– How do you get your audience to spread your work for you so you can attract more people like them.

Enrollment is open, but it will be closing soon. Why?
– Want to make it even better. Add more trainings… more creators I work with, more people in the community, more ideas for making it even more awesome.
– So, it’ll shut down for a bit…
– When we reopen, the price will go up, because the value will have gone up.
– If you’re interested in getting in before that happens, ComixLaunch.com/listlaunch to check it out.
– Get in there with myself, Andrew, and more awesome, hardworking creators building audience, building a peer network, and launching their art into the world.


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

One of the drums I beat all the time to any creators who’ll listen is the importance of not creating your art in a vacuum.

Whether it be through social media, your email list, your blogs and websites, or even in-person groups…

It’s important to talk about projects well before you launch them, so that you have a receptive audience when you DO launch.

But, I realized that I’ve not been taking my own advice.

(I guess this is the wisdom that comes with age. Today is my 38th b-day after all.)

Now, I’ve mentioned a few times the Kickstarter Page Design Blueprint book that I’m working on. The book is pulling together my own experience, that of my brilliant ComixLaunch guests, as well as crunching the numbers on thousands of successful campaigns to crack the code on Kickstarter page design.
Now, while I’ll be working closely with 20 creators to build their Kickstarter pages inside The ComixLaunch Course this spring, I realized I should probably get some more input from the wider creator community.
After all, the time to get input on a book or a product is BEFORE, not AFTER it comes out!
So, I’d love to invite you to go to ComixLaunch.com/pagesurvey to answer a very short survey where I ask you a few questions about Kickstarter page design.

This survey is for all creators, not just those with Kickstarter experience, and I really want to hear from you.

 


Click here to Take the Short Kickstarter Page Survey


A Few Bonuses for Your Time

I always want to respect the time of my audience, so one of the things that I’m working on is a new for 2017 Kickstarter Page Design Checklist.
Everyone who fills out the survey will get my updated checklist free as soon as it’s ready.
And I’ll also pull one name from the survey participants and hook them up with a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Again, I appreciate your input.

I’ll consider you taking a few moments to knock out the survey as an incredibly generous birthday present. (Thanks in advance.)

ComixLaunch.com/pagesurvey

I want ComixLaunch to be the absolute best resource for writers, artists, & self-publishers looking to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform.
The only way to make that happen is to listen to you.

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  1. Identify one creative decision you’re having trouble making (cover design, next project, title, character design, etc.)
  2. Poll your audience (any size audience will do) for feedback on the decision.

Russell Nohelty of Wannabe Press and the Monsters and Other Scary Sh*t anthology returns to ComixLaunch to discuss the ups and downs and lessons learned from running 4 Kickstarter campaigns in a 12 month.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


Highlights of this session include:

– Highlights and lowlights of 4 Kickstarters in 12 Months.
– Best and worst conventions of 2016, and lessons learned.
– Picking the brains of comics brights on comic convention panels.
– Experiments in other platforms.

Russell has a Kickstarter going on at MonsterAnthologyComic.com


ComixLauncher

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

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How many Kickstarters will you launch this year?
What would adding just one more launch in the next 12 months look like?
Could you do it? Why or why not?
If you HAD to do it… what else would you launch?


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

SINK, the latest horror Kickstarter from John Lees, Alex Cormack and ComixTribe was funded in just 12 hours. In this fly-on-the-wall conversation session, you’ll hear the SINK team discuss openly and honestly the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of this new project, and how they put the game plan together for such a big project.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Dust off my favorite quick KS planning tool, the SWOT matrix, and show it in action.
How weaknesses and threats can be turned into Kickstarter opportunities.
Alex Cormack’s top tips for drawing super scary clowns.
John’s “secret” to writing genuinely scary comics.
Plus: More great comics are launching on Kickstarter every day. Some of the best are shared on this podcast!
Today’s Session is brought to you by ComixTribe
Get 5 free comics at ComixTribe.com/subscribe

 

Guest Introduction

My guest today is John Lees, an award-winning comic book writer of THE STANDARD, AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE and QUILTE from ComixTribe. He was the co-writer, with yours truly, on the acclaimed mini-series OXYMORON: The Loveliest Nightmare, and recently knocked his first licensed property gig writing an issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe for IDW. He hails from Glasgow, Scotland, which is the locale of his latest and greatest thriller, SINK, a new mini-series which, as of this podcasts airing is now on Kickstarter.
ComixTribe.com/SINK
johnleescomics.com

One of the things I recommend all creators do prior to launching a KS is a SWOT analysis for their project.
We first talked about the SWOT exercise here — http://www.comixlaunch.com/session003/

 


ComixLauncher

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

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Identify Two Weaknesses – Turn them into a two strengths.

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


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

In this session, Tyler recaps the recent 6-Day Kickstarter Challenge, and shares insights from dozens of creators who participated. Including clips from every lesson shared during the challenge, this is a must-listen episode for anyone interested in taking their crowdfunding to the next level this year.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Clips from EVERY value-packed lesson taught during the challenge.
The biggest takeaways from dozens of creators like you who participated in the challenge.
Thoughts on the future of the challenge.
Plus: Comics Projects JUST LAUNCHED on Kickstarter!


Today’s Session is brought to you by

ToInfinity Studios Mini-Issue: Training Wheels, a 11×15 high quality print, on Kickstarter now.

More info at toinfinitystudios.com,
Thanks – Curtis


ComixLauncher

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

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Share this episode.

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


Quote

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Although ComixLaunch has almost exclusively focused on the Kickstarter platform, it is not the only game in town. Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform that hundreds of comic creators have chosen to fund their projects. In this guest lesson episode, creator Jen Finelli makes the case for Indiegogo, and why she chose it over Kickstarter for her current launch.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Why a creator might choose Indiegogo over Kickstarter?
Crunching the numbers on success rates between the two platforms.
Bells and whistles Indiegogo has that Kickstarter does not.
Plus: My take on the case for Indiegogo vs. Kickstarter


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Today’s Session is Sponsored by ToInfinity Studios Mini-Issue:

Training Wheels, a 11×15 high quality print, on Kickstarter now. More info at toinfinitystudios.com,

Thanks – Curtis

ToInfinity Studios mini-issue: Training Wheels, a 11×15 print, is a project live on Kickstarter. What’s cool about Training Wheels is that it’s a single page story with meaning and heart, evoking the kind of stories Curtis Clow and the ToInfinity Team intend to create.

A part of Kickstarter’s January MAKE/100 initiative, by backing Training Wheels, you’re supporting a passionate creative team and helping them get one step closer to finishing their first book. This one page story is being produced as a high quality print, on 120lb paper with a gloss finish. And if they hit their stretch goal, every backer will get an additional poster for free in their order. Check out Training Wheels on Kickststarter tday, and go to toinfinitystudios.com to see what else Curtis and the ToInfinity Studios team is working on.


ComixLauncher

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

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Back a Project for a Buck at Indiegogo.

Risk mitigation.
All eggs in one basket.


Quote

“Failure is only failure if it happens in the last chapter. Otherwise, it’s a plot twist.” – Danny Iny


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

2017 is already well underway, and many of us are already locked and loaded and moving forward on achieving our big goals for this year. But if you haven’t carved out some time to review the year that just wrapped, you’re making a mistake. In this session, Tyler shares his system for taking stock of the year that was in order to crush the year that’s yet to be.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Why an end-of-the-year review is so valuable.
Tools for putting together an end of the year review.
Key categories to review each year.
Plus: A few of Tyler’s biggest takeaways from 2016.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


ComixLauncher

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

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Find an hour or two that you can block off to recap your 2016 if you haven’t already. And schedule it. (That’s it. If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done.)

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

Quote
“One idea properly exploited is worth more than ten lifetimes of hard work…” – Gary Halbert


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Pay it forward. Give value first. Do unto others. We hear this advice pexels-photo-95425all the time and many of us practice it. But you won’t believe what one ComixLaunch listener did to really live this principle…


Highlights of this Session Include:

The 10X Rule and How It was so darn true when it came to the 6-Day Kickstarter Challenge

When speed of implementation pays… and when it doesn’t

The Power of Paying it Forward: You won’t believe what this ComixLaunch listener did for another

Plus: How you can share your 6-Day Kickstarter Challenge win and be on the podcast.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go toComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

The ComixLaunch Course – Get on the interest list – ComixLaunch.com/course

The ComixLaunch Kickstarter Assessment – Get your Kickstarter score – ComixLaunch.com/assessment

ListLaunch – ComixLaunch.com/listlaunch

Ready for Launch Workshop – How to Get your Comic Funded… WITHOUT a big social media following – ComixLaunch.com/ready

House of Fear: A 24-page ghost story for kids and adults – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/642151601/house-of-fear-a-24-page-ghost-story-for-kids-and-a?ref=nav_search


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

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Creators, have you heard about Kickstarter’s Make/100 initiative 100imagerolling out in January? They’re challenging you to launch a Kickstarter with a special reward capped and limited to just 100 backers.


Highlights of this Session Include:

Get the scoop on Kickstarter’s brand new initiative that encourages creators to Make 100 of something

The REAL reasons I think Kickstarter is doing this.

Inside the resources Kickstarter has made available for creators to Make/100.

Plus: Steal this Make/100 Kickstarter plan.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go toComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Kickstarter’s Make/100 planning guide –

https://emails.kickstarter.com/mpss/c/6QA/VCw/t.23h/Qr1l04VLTt6_KoWp3G1l4g/h3/uhBClM5-2BkUi-2Bo-2Fqg3oECjbuyxHaDoUO770Mqu8w-2FcLqYW6hhkjUIIG-2BakZF6-2BOGpSVbozYBdlR6-2FzVwYk0KuhyP7YGpSa51mzLLvgTDdKRM-3D


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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I want you to come up with the idea for a limited Make 100 Reward tier for your current or next project.

Even if you aren’t going to actually launch, I’d encourage you to do this exercise, because if it’s successful, KS might do it again.
Plus, experimenting with creative and limited reward tiers is always a good idea.

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

Quote
“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Make/100 is an opportunity to take a step toward future crowdfunding success.

Give it a shot… or 100.


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

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Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Launching a Kickstarter in 2017? Are you up for a Challenge? Thenjoin-the-6-day-kickstarter-challenge ComixLaunch has one for you. Join Tyler James and five special guest instructors in completing six powerful challenges designed to level up your next Kickstarter project to make it your best launch ever!


Hightlights of this Session Include:

You’re invited to join Tyler James, five guest instructors, and over 100 of your fellow creators to take part in the free ComixLaunch 6-Day Kickstarter Challenge.

Why Tyler is running this challenge and how it fits squarely in with the mission and vision of ComixLaunch.

The three reasons you should join this first ComixLaunch challenge.

Plus: Tyler shares exactly what he’ll be teaching in the challenge and why it’s the very first thing you should do when starting a new campaign, whether you’re a Kickstarter novice or a seasoned veteran.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

 

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.


Wrap Up

Quote

“To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge.” – Summer Sanders (Olympic Swimmer)

I’ve got a challenge for you.
Are you in?


In future sessions…

We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.

Coming up, an interview with Russell Nohelty of Wannabe Press who will be a guest instructor in the challenge and he’ll be talking about running 4 KS in a 12 month span and living to tell about it. It’s a good one.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.


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If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

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Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

In this year-end session, the ComixLaunch podcast refines and file-dec-13-10-29-06-amrededicates itself to the mission of making the comics the category on Kickstarter with the highest success rate. Tyler connects the process of expanding your mission to making a greater impact on the world with your art… and leaving a legacy.


In this session:

Sincere thanks to the listeners for being with us for 75 sessions and all the support along the way.

Revising and SMARTening the ComixLaunch Mission.

Kickstarter creators who have achieved greater impact by expanding their mission.

Mortality, Legacy, and not going with your music still in you.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

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Go to ComixLaunch.com/voicemail
Scroll down the page and click the START RECORDING Button
Leave me a message in this format: “Hey, ComixLaunch, this is [your name] and I’m on a mission to [your big mission.] And so in 2017, I’m going to create [your next big project in service of that mission.]

When you attach yourself and your project to something bigger than yourself, it BECOMES bigger than anything you could do by yourself.
Trust me on this one…
Hope to hear from you.

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


Wrap Up

Quote
“Ideas have a shelf life. Use them before they expire.” – Nathalie Lussier


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

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

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

In this session, Daniel Brodie of the comedy comic Morgan’s Organscomixlaunch_green016 shares lessons learned jumping head first into the world of comics and crowdfunding. You’ll hear about Daniel’s process of developing Morgan’s Organs from an idea in his head to a book that found a fan base and support on Kickstarter.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

KrakenPrint

Need a reliable printer for your next comic book or graphic novel print run? Then you need to unleash the Kraken. Head to ComixLaunch.com/Kraken for 5% off your entire first order.

Featured Resource – FreshBooks


Session Table Setting

Guest Introduction

My guest today is a Toronto, Canada writer, Creator and writer of Morgan’s Organs comic book series It’s like Inside Out but for grown-ups!
About a year ago…
February 1, 2016Project launched
March 3, 2016 – Successfully raised CA$ 5,631 with 176 backers

Welcome to ComixLaunch, Daniel Brodie

 

Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Origin Story for Morgan’s Organs… the idea didn’t start as a comic, correct?

Initially conceived the idea of Morgan’s Organs on a backpacking trip in August 2013 as a television series
found the motivation/inspiration to try writing the pilot script of this series in February 2014
a few months later, I found a screenwriter networking site called www.talentville.com which is where the concept really grew and my writing developed
concept went through many reiterations over a period of 1-2 years, and my script went from scoring in the low 40s on the site to the mid-70s (putting my script into the top 10 on the site)
the founder of the site tried to help me find success in Hollywood, even connecting me with producers, but they felt the concept was too mature and the writing wasn’t strong enough yet
realizing that it was unlikely I would find success as an amateur writer in such a powerful and well-connecting industry that is Hollywood, I decided to PIVOT

2) How did Morgan’s Organs become a comic book series?

“Pivot” is a word that has really stuck with me as I changed my vision from writing a television show to a comic book series. I’d enjoy explaining further why this word is important to me if you are interested to discuss it on the podcast
with no previous experience in comic books, working with an artist, comic book production or crowdfunding, I got to work doing plenty of research, there were ups and downs, mistakes and lessons. I initially worked with one art production agency, but the partnership was not what I had hoped for, so I cancelled the agreement. It might have felt like a waste of money, but really it was a learning experience to help me understand what I am really looking for in an artist.
I found my current artist on a website for freelancers. He was the only person I contacted. After seeing just one of his sketches of my main character, Bran the brain, I knew he was the artist for this project

3) What did you do to Preparing for Kickstarter launch?

Robert and I came to an agreement, and I commissioned him to complete 4 preview pages of Book 1 plus the cover art for the Kickstarter campaign, with the understanding that the success of the campaign would dictate whether the project continued.
While Robert worked on art, I spent much of my time researching the keys to a successful Kickstarter campaign, determing my rewards, creating my Kickstarter campaign page, setting up my budget, and more planning tasks.
One of my regrets looking back is that I didn’t start marketing my project sooner. The problem is that I was a bit ashamed/nervous/doubtful of my project because of its overly mature content. I had thoughts like “is this something I really want to attach my name to? Will people even like it? Find it funny?” And more. I had decided to wait until the preview pages were complete before I really began marketing activities, or even telling my friends and family about what I do in my spare time.
The preview pages were complete in December 2015 and I set a plan to launch in February 2016, giving me a month-and-half to promote. I set-up social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and Imgur. I began posting the work across these channels. I set-up a landing page where people could join a launch email list. All of these activities helped me create an initial fan base of about 90 emails (not an amazing number, but I felt it was enough to achieve my goal).
Another key activity I did pre-launch was press outreach. I created a press release that I distributed to over 40 journalists and comic/crowdfunding websites. This helped me get attention from over 10 media soures before and during the campaign, including Bleeding Cool, Comics Alliance and more. Some sites simply reposted my press release, some did an email Q&A interview with me, and some I did a live interview over Skype.
I also ran Facebook ads which helped increase my Facebook fans by about 30-40 pre-launch (cost was about $0.50 per new follower).

4) What was the Kickstarter launch like?

I chose February 1, 2016 as the day to launch my campaign. It was important to me that I didn’t waver on this date as I had been communicating it to my audience. After I hit launch, I sent a launch email to my email list, and posted across social media channels.
One important thing I learned during the campaign is that it is okay to rely on friends and family for support. Even though my personal network was only about 20% of my total fans, they had contributed almost 50% of campaign funds raised. It was important that I secured a few close friends/family willing to contribute very early in the campaign to help build hype. This helped me hit 40% of campaign goal within 24 hours, and 90% of my goal within the first week.
Probably the most important things that I did during my campaign was personal outreach. I made sure to send a personal message to every single person who backed my campaign. I also made sure to send personalized messages to all potential backers who engaged with me via other channels like social media or Reddit. As well, I chose certain Kickstarter campaigns running during mine that I supported with no strings attached, while also reaching out to these people to share ideas and tell them about my campaign.
I was amazed how many people from my writing site, Talentville, also pitched in to the campaign. These were people who were already fans of my writing for Morgan’s Organs, who had read prior versions of my script. This just goes to show why it is important to always be networking. I highly recommend all writers, whether for screenplays or comics, to join community websites like Reddit (i.e., r/comicbookcollabs) or Talentville and build a professioanl network.

5) Let’s talk about Post Kickstarter campaign

Results of Kickstarter: $5.5K raised (140% of goal) by 175 backers
Set up an account on BackerKit which helped me raise another $150-200 dollars from already backers. This site also helped me streamline my survey and fulfilment process. Highly recommend this service to others.
Did extensive work looking for the right printer. Tough to find a good quote in Canada, and with the volatility of the dollar at the time, it was expensive to print in the US. I decided to print in China, which was a risky move because I would have to print more than double what I was fulfilling in my campaign. However, the price per unit dropped significantly. I created a partnership with my selected Chinese printer, even getting a discounted rate in exchange for including their contact details on the inside cover of my book.
Knowing that I would be over-printing, I decided to also invest in an Artist Alley booth at Toronto’s Fan Expo in September. This was one of the best decisions I made. I more than doubled my email list from initial. Between my current Kickstarter fans and the new ones I gained at Fan Expo, my list is now about 400 highly engaged fans. I am well positioned for success in my next Kickstarter. I’d be happy to talk more about this experience in the podcast as I think its a great thing for people to consider post-Kickstarter campaign. I made over $1,000 over a 4-day event, selling over 150 books. The key to the success was personal selling. I wasn’t just sitting, waiting for people to come to my booth. I was talking to people as they walked by and really trying to drive interest.
One thing I did to save costs for backers in my first campaign, which helped make my campaign more appealing, was actually driving over the Canada/U.S. border to ship packages to U.S. backers. This allowed me to charge minimal amount to U.S. backers during the campaign. While it’s not a strategy that can work for everyone, I think the main takeaway here is that KS creators should always consider how they can go above-and-beyond to drive down costs and deliver more value to backers.

6) What’s Next Next steps

Book 2 script is now complete and the preview pages are in art production (likely are complete by the time of the podcast). We are completing 5 preview pages and cover art for the Kickstarter campaign page.
Planning to launch the next Kickstrater to fund the completion of Book 2 in early January.
Looking how I can deliver greater value in my next KS campaign from what I did before. I reached out to one of my favorite artists who draws for Image Comics and they are actually contributing a print poster to my campaign. As well, I am bringing on a new artist to draw the book sleeve for Book 2.
Again I will be engaging media before and during launch, and will continue to post across social media.

Speed Round

1) How would you finish the sentence, “Kickstarter is _______”

A testing ground.

2) Let’s the pretend the powers that be at Kickstarter are listening (which you know they are)… if you could change one thing about the Kickstarter platform, what would it be?

Have add-ons with each specific rewards tier.

3) What’s your secret weapon? (Meaning a tool, resource, app, etc. that you couldn’t make comics without?)

Dropbox

4) Fulfillment is one area that trips up many creators. Do you have a fulfillment tip for our audience?

Look for shortcuts and money savers, and printing in China

5) Can you recommend one comic or book (not done by you) more people need to check out?

“Saints”


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Last year, ComixTribe spent nearly $85,000 on printing.

While we rely on a number of printers to get our books to market, one printer I can strongly recommend is KrakenPrint

Our friends Jacob Way and Sam Amborn at Kraken Print offer:

  • Competitive pricing.
    Great customer service, especially for your first offset print run.
    Monthly storage if you do not want to store hundreds or thousands of books at home.
    Distribution options, including breaking down orders and shipping direct to Diamond or comic stores at their specially negotiated discounted rates on shipping.
  • And NOW they even offer Kickstarter fulfillment!
  • Kraken will pick, pack, and ship out orders for your backers.

If you want to unleash the Kraken, go to comixlaunch.com/kraken, mention the ComixLaunch podcast, and they’re going to knock 5% off your first print run…and they’re going to hook us up with a 5% credit.

It’s a classic win/win/win/win – You get a great price on printing, your backers get a beautiful offset printed book, you help the podcast out, and Kraken gets your business.

That’s comixlaunch.com/kraken for 5% off your entire first print run.

 

ComixLaunch Featured Resource: FreshBooks

Are you keeping good track of the finances for your creative business?

And if so, are you trying to do it with rough spreadsheets you created yourself in Excel that you’re undisciplined about keeping up to date?

Take it from me, who did that for waaay too long, you need to stop wasting time and start using Freshbooks.

Accounting can be frustrating… but FreshBooks makes it EASY.

FreshBooks_1-300x300FreshBooks is specially designed for small businesses and creative entreprenuers like us.

Freshbooks saves you TIME by letting you Import expenses automatically from linked accounts and attach receipts to invoices so that come tax time, you’ll be organized and ready, not scrambling and in a full on panic.

FreshBooks also makes you look more professional and gets you paid faster with their fast branded invoicing options, and the ability to accept payments online.

FreshBooks keeps you up to date on your numbers, with beautiful automatically generated profit and loss statements, tax summaries, expense reports and more.

If you believe you add the most value to the world when you’re spending your time creating your next masterpiece rather than bean counting, then you owe it to yourself to give Freshbooks a try.

I’ve secured a special offer for ComixLaunch listeners…

Go to ComixLaunch.com/freshbooks and you will enjoy a 30-day free trial—no credit card required to try it out.

To get your time back and take control of your creative business finances once and for all, go toComixLaunch.com/freshbooks for a free-30 day trial, and I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.


ComixLauncher

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

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Ask yourself “Do I have the right people around me to get constructive feedback from?” If not, make this a priority.

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


Wrap Up

Quote

“The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who’ve maximized 1 or 2 strengths. Humans are imperfect creatures. You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about… Everyone struggles. Take solace in that.” – Tim Ferriss

Thanks for Listening.

We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.

Wrap Up Questions
1) One final piece of advice
2) What has you most excited?
3) What’s the best way for listeners to connect?


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

We did it. We survived the 2016 US Presidential Election. (Knock onchoice-1685841_1280-1140x314 wood.) In this non-partisan episode featuring a guest lesson from Clay Adams of Fried Comics, we’ll breakdown actionable and positive lessons Kickstarter creators can take away from the nastiest campaign ever.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

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


Session Table Setting

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear view.
Politics out…

So, we are going to talk a kitten it about the elections in this podcast, but in a non-partisan way.

Reactive vs Active — way too many of my initial post election stuff was reaction.

Special guest training courtesy of Clay Adams from Fried Comics.
Clay is doing great stuff, working with him in the ListLaunch course, he pitched me this idea. Can read a version at the ComixLaunch blog as well.

 

Course Updates / Shoutouts

ListLaunch is Closed Down for a Bit.
Ready for Launch workshop

ComixLaunch Course — Will open in January. Join Mastery Students.
ComixLaunch.com/Course to get on the advanced notification list.

 


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

This episode’s featured vendor is StickerMule custom stickers and more. Go to ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and get a $10 credit on your next order.

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So, I just re-ordered another batch of custom diecut C is for Cthulhu refrigerator magnets from the fine folks at StickerMule… and our fans have gone absolutely nuts for these things. Who knew.
When you’re planning your Kickstarter rewards you definitely want to consider unique swag and custom items.

Backers love them…
And you’ll love them because they add perceived value and higher margins to your campaigns.

StickerMule is one of my favorite vendors for Stickers, Labels, Magnets and more. We’re talking:

  • Diecut stickers
  • circle, square, rectangular and oval stickers.
  • Bumper stickers
  • Clear stickers
  • Kiss Cut Sktckers
  • Transfer stickers
  • Sticker sheets — (Doing these for your characters is awesome.
  • Even Giant sized wall and floor graphics.

Check out the website and I guarantee you’re going to get some ideas… and it’s a great company to just try out because they allow really small orders with super fast turnaround times.

Use our referral link at ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and you’ll get $10.00 to put towards your next order when you try them out.
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ComixLauncher

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

ComixLauncher [073]
List 3 things that you absolutely hate.  Then write one reason you are grateful for each of those things. 

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


Wrap Up

Show Summary / Final Lessons

I know this is a very emotional topic.  It caused me to come to terms with not just how divided, but how bipolar this country truly is.  That we could elect Barack Obama in historic numbers, twice, and then elect as his successor a man who in embodies the polar opposite of him, and who also rose to political prominence discounting his legitimacy… it’s baffling to me.
I’m concerned we opened Pandora’s box in this election and there are some things we won’t ever be able to undo…
At the same time, I believe in the goodness of most people and that the arc of human history bends toward the light not the darkness.

A few bonus lessons

1) Challenge conventional wisdom and the status quo
Can’t bring myself to praise the president elect, but he did this.
Don’t want to release your taxes… dont
Don’t spend money on ads when the media will put you on for free…
What assumptions and status quo are we accepting? Maybe price? Maybe size or format? Maybe ways to market?

2) Never count chickens. Only count eggs.
Clinton campaign won on every metric (polls, get out the vote effort, ad spending, fundraising, volunteers)… except the one that ultimately counted– votes in the battleground states
We can spend a lot of time focusing on things that really don’t matter— likes, hearts, page views… what matters is customers, diehard fans

3) Define yourself before someone else does
The key to Trumps victory in the primary was his ability to define his opponents and himself in contrast to them.
Spent too much time trying to define him, without selling herself and her message.
What are you all about? What do you bring to the table that no one else does? What are you known for or do you want to be known for?

Any special announcements
Club ComixLaunch
Really cool stuff coming up!
ComixLaunch.com/Patreon

Special thanks to:

Kirk Lindo
Daniel Brodie
Tyler Walpole
Tyler Walpole Illustration
Blood of Dragons
So good!

Launched his Patreon last month!
https://www.patreon.com/bloodofdragons

Quote
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abe Lincoln

Control the controllables. Smile. Laugh. Love. Make art.

Thanks for Listening.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.


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

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In this session, Tyler and Searnold of Completely Different Comics 30daylaunchchallengediscuss their experience keeping a Patreon Launch Journal for 30 Days, where they committed to taking action and tracking results for their respective Patreon launches for a month. Lots of insight on what works when it comes to building your Patronage.


Today’s Session is brought to you by

Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.

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


Session Table Setting

30 Day Patreon Launch Challenge
How you can kickoff a challenge for yourself.
Interview with a creator who took me up on the Challenge… took action, got results.
http://www.comixlaunch.com/patreonlaunchjournal/
Show Updates

One more READY FOR LAUNCH workshop — How to get your comic & graphic novel funded WITHOUT a big following on social media.
ComixLaunch.com/ready
Just Launched

What is Today’s Episode About?

Guest Introduction

My guest today is the creative force behind Complete Different Comics, where he delivers up a new stand-alone comic short on the first of every month, giving him the opportunity to work with lots of talented artists. He recently jumped head first into the Patreon platform and kept a 30-Day Launch Journal which he shared publicly charting his actions and results to get his Patreon off the ground. Growing the audience and reach of CDC and launching a successful Kickstarter are in the cards for him in 2017.

Welcome to Comixlaunch, Searnold!

What is Today’s Episode About?

Big theme or topic for discussion
http://www.comixlaunch.com/patreonlaunchjournal/

Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Before we get started, tell me a little bit about Completely Different Comics and your work?

2) Okay, so, let’s dig into the Patreon Launch 30 Day challenge. What was it about the challenge that inspired you to take action on it? What was your initial goal? And how were you feeling about it before you launched?

3) What did you find out when creating your Patreon page and planning your launch that surprised you?

4) Where did your first Patrons come from? How did you get them to your page, and what did seeing that first pledge come through feel like.

5) 30 Days focused on anything can be tough… how tough was this challenge for you? What would you have liked to have done better or would you do differently in the future?

6) Where are you now with Patreon, and what do you see for your Patreon Page going forward?

Speed Round

1) Let’s the pretend the powers that be at Patreon are listening (which you know they are)… if you could change one thing about the Patreon platform, what would it be?

To be able to interact with people on Patreon who follow you and receive updates but haven’t yet backed you.

2) What’s your secret weapon? (Meaning a tool, resource, app, etc. that you couldn’t make comics without?)

A program called Gimp. Like a free Photoshop

3) Do you have a tip for finding artists to collaborate with?

Offer them money.

4) Can you recommend one comic or book (not done by you) more people need to check out?

Ryan North “Dinosaur Comics”

Brian Clevenger’s “Atomic Robo”

Aganan Beck “Space Corps”

 Ben Templesmith “Black Holers”

All on Patreon

Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Club ComixLaunch

ComixLaunch listeners, are you ready to take your crowdfunding game to the next level?
If so, I’d love for you to join me and your fellow creators inside Club ComixLaunch on Patreon.
I’ve opened Club ComixLaunch to help continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission of increasing the number of creators equipped to harness the power of the Kickstarter platform to bring amazing independent projects to life.
As a Club ComixLaunch member, you’ll have access to a number of exclusive perks and privileges, such as:

  • A shout out on the ComixLaunch Podcast for you and your project.
  • Access to the ComixLaunch Club exclusive Patreon feed for even more mindset, strategies and tactics to get your project funded.
  • The ComixLaunch Club Insider Monthly Kickstarter Resource which might be a guide, checklist, cheat sheet, template, or bonus training video designed to help you launch.
  • Priority enrollment in ComixLaunch Courses
  • Discounts on Courses, Books and Upcoming Premium Products
  • You can even sponsor an episode of the ComixLaunch podcast through Patreon.

And as the Club Grows, so do the perks…
See, there is a direct correlation between listener support and the value ComixLaunch can provide, and as the club expands, we hope to offer:

  • Monthly Kickstarter Page Critiques
  • Club Exclusive Chats and Q&As
  • Bonus Sessions of the ComixLaunch Podcast.
  • Full podcast transcripts for every episode.
  • And much more!

For as little as a dollar a month, you can access Club ComixLaunch today, help keep the podcast going and improving, and take your crowdfunding game to the next level.
Membership has its privileges, and to get a taste of them absolutely free, please go toComixLaunch.com/club and download a free Club ComixLaunch VIP Insider bonus resources today.

Let’s get you ready for your best launch yet!
I’ll see you inside the Club!


ComixLauncher

It’s time for today’s ComixLauncher.

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

ComixLauncher [072]
What’s something measurable that you want to improve?

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


Wrap Up

Quote
“We are not creatures of circumstance, we are creators of circumstance.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Thanks for Listening.

We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.
Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.
Wrap Up Questions
1) One final piece of advice
2) What has you most excited?
3) What’s the best way for listeners to connect?


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

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Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

“NOW is the best time in the entire history of the comic book the-comic-industry-solar-system-1994-vs-2016-smallindustry to be a self-publisher.” At least that’s the perspective of Kirk Lindo, who brings more than 25 years of comics publishing experience to the table. Tyler and Kirk talk the evolution of comics publishing in this session, and Kirk also shares one tip that has doubled his productivity this year.


This session’s featured resource is Bluehost.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost for a special discount on domain registration and website hosting.


Session Table Setting

Would you like to know how self-publishing has changed over the past twenty years from a creator who has been in the trenches since the early 90s?
I have an absolutely KILLER interview with a creator who brings a great perspective on the past, present, and bright future of comics… you’re going to love this one. I know I did.

 

Listener Feedback

“We ended up launching All the King’s Men on Kickstarter, smashed through our modest goal in the first five hours, and are now sitting pretty at 220% funded after just one day. Obviously having a good product at a good price is an important part of the equation, but I credit a great deal of this campaign’s easy-come success and reduced-stress process to the advice I’ve soaked up from the ComixLaunch podcast. The podcast got me thinking about accessible logos, the content of the project’s by-line, different options for standing out, and what information is most critical when writing a project description. It’s made the whole process much easier than my previous campaigns, almost intuitive.” (Shane W Smith, All the King’s Men)

 

Show Updates

Ready For Launch Workshop

Having a blast with them… I’m going to do one more in 2016!
Free Online Workshop
How to Get your Comic Book or GN Project funded WITHOUT a Large following on social media.
ComixLaunch.com/ready to register.
Tech worked wonderfully! My beautiful slides worked!

Club ComixLaunch

VIP Resource – A Ninja software tool that I designed makes it super easy and quick to take Comic book pages and cut them into single panels.  A while back, I mentioned the idea aloud to a few of the engineers at the game design studio I’ve worked for.
The next day, one of the engineers came in and had a working prototype.  Especially useful for creating quick social media sharing images.  Useful for chopping up good resolution panels for making comic teaser trailers and Kickstarter videos.  All VIPs have access to it right now!
ComixLaunch.com/patreon to support the show and get access.

Super Cool, Super Secret December / Holiday bonus resource.
I will be acknowledging some new Patrons at the end of this show.

Platform Updates

Kickstarter Live
Gamechanger.
Will be doing a dedicated show about it.
Encourage you to go to live.kickstarter.com sometime this week to get a feel for it and for the possibilities.

Patreon Scheduled Posts
Patreon now supports the ability to schedule posts.
Before you could publish or draft… anyone with a blog knows the scheduled post feature is super desirable.

 

What is Today’s Episode About?

Guest Introduction
My guest today has been making comics and selling comics since the 4th grade.
He studied comics and sequential art under Will Eisner at The School of Visual Arts in Manhatten, and was Editor-In-Chief at Personality Comics in the Early 90s where he worked with creators including Jimmy Palmiotti, Adam Hughes, Jason Pearson & Brian Stelfreeze among others.
He also has experience as an art director for an Ad agency and Marketing Director for a large sportwear company.
Over the past three years, he’s returned to comics with a vengeance, publishing 33 books, and harnessing the power of the Kickstarter platform.

Welcome to ComixLaunch, Kirk Lindo.

I’m really excited to talk to you because… you bring a wealth of experience and hard won insight, and have a perspective that many of our younger listeners do not.
What is Today’s Episode About?
We’re going to talk about self-publishing past and present.

Guiding Discussion Questions

1) You recently gave a lecture on a publishing panel in which you opened it up with the bold statement that “NOW is the best time in the entire history of the comic book industry to be a self publisher.” You are someone who has been doing this a long time, and bring a long perspective on this… I happen to agree with you by the way, but I’ll ask you to lay out the case for your argument.

Speed Round

1) How would you finish this sentence: “Kickstarter is _____”

A life changer if you do it right

2) Let’s the pretend the powers that be at Kickstarter are listening (which you know they are)… if you could change one thing about the Kickstarter platform, what would it be?

A customizable backer thank you page 

3) What’s your secret weapon? (Meaning a tool, resource, app, etc. that you couldn’t make comics without?)

Adobe creator suite

4) Fulfillment is an area where even successful Kickstarter creators often drop the ball. Do you have a fulfillment tip for our listeners?

Pack nicely

5) Can you recommend one comic or book (not done by you) more people need to check out?

Star Power


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

BLUEHOST

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.
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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.
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More professional.
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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.

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Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites world wide and makes it super simple to get a wordpress hosted website up in just one click.

Master Your Domain, go to ComixLaunch.com/bluehost and lock it in today.


ComixLauncher

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

ComixLauncher [071]

Now, this ComixLauncher is going to make more sense to you when you hear the rest of the interview with Kirk… but here’s what I want you to do.

When you thinking about your productivity… imagine a scale from 0 to Four.

0 being NOT productive at all.
4 Being BEAST MODE productivity.
1, 2, 3 being in between.

Now, write out.. a quick sentence or two for what each level of productivity looks like for each level.
How many pages scripted is a 1?
How many panels drawn in a day is a 2?
How many editors contacted is a 3?
Whatever thing you’re measuring… or judging yourself on, think about what each of those levels actually looks like.
And then the last thing…
One a scale of 0-4, what was yesterday?
What was or will today be?
And what does tomorrow look like?

Invite to share your scale with me @ comixlaunch.com/voicemail or in an email [email protected]


Wrap Up Questions

1) One final piece of advice
2) What has you most excited?
3) What’s the best way for listeners to connect?

Special Thanks to Patrons

Philip from Leviathan Studo and House of Imagi, is a GOLD VIP Club ComixLaunch Insider.
Also working with Philip inside the ComixLaunch Mastery Program… excited to be working with him.
You can check out his comic Requiem for a Grieving hero over at line Webtoons, where it’s being serialized.
Cody Stewart.
Cody Stewart upcoming Kickstarter for The Slip.
Cody was in the pilot version of the ComixLaunch Course, and will be launching in January I believe.
Working hard and it shows.
M.K. Palmer (Meraki) and James Whiting (Margo Integalactic Trash Collecter), also from the ComixLaunch Course pilot, and I’ve sung their praises on this show before. Thanks again for your support in helping the show continue to come out like clock work.
Big Tim
My name is Big Tim. I am an independent comic book writer.
His book Cthulhu Williams… gotta check it out on name alone.
Has a Patreon over at patreon.com/bigtim
James Powell
James is writer of Ten31 Publishing. Horror comics for Kids.
Been working with James a lot inside the ListLaunch Course, and I know he has some Kickstarters in the works for 2017… excited for him to get into the game.
Recently had shoulder surgery and is on the mend.

There are more to call out… but we’re out of time. So until next time…

We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.

Next up: The Return of the Patreon Launch series… we’ll talk to a creator who took me up on the 30 Day Patreon Launch challenge… he took action, he got results, and we’re going to share them with you next week.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.


Have You Subscribed, Rated, or Reviewed ComixLaunch Yet?

If you’ve enjoyed this Session of ComixLaunch, I need you to do me a favor… actually, I need three favors. Please Subscribe, Rate and Review ComixLaunch on iTunes.

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

>>> CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON iTUNES <<<

Provide a rating, 1-5 stars and leave an honest review.

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

Today’s guest is a writer, model, cosplayer, and host of the podcast comixlaunch_green007Vodka O’Clock. Tyler and Amber discuss a wide range of topics, including releasing books via Kindle and Amazon Createspace, the challenges of making big changes to your Patreon format, what it takes to do NANOWRIMO, and how to build a better, more inclusive comic book industry.


Today’s Session is Sponsored by

Luminous Ages, a fantasy comic and art book now on Patreon. Visit ComixLaunch.com/luminous to find out more.


Session Table Setting

Show Updates
Ready For Launch Workshop

In the ComixLaunch Podcast, I’ve been talking a lot about “building an audience” lately and how absolutely important that is to crowdfunding success.

But some of my listeners have taken me to task for it lately, and I’ve been hit with a bunch of “Yeah, buts…”

“Yeah, but how big an audience do I actually need to launch a Kickstarter?”
“Yeah, but how to do I get started building an audience when no one knows I exist?”
“Yeah, but what if I [hate, suck at, don’t know how] to promote my work?”

I get it.
And honestly, I LOVE the “Yeah, buts…”
Because “yeah, but…” is an indicator that the very next thing that follows is a pothole in a creator’s road to success.
And that’s largely how I view my job here at ComixLaunch…
I’m looking for the potholes creators like us are hitting and I’m trying to fill them to the absolute best of my ability.

ComixLaunch.com/ready

Ready for Launch: How to Get Your Comic Book & Graphic Novel Project Funded on Kickstarter… Without a Big Social Media Following

Workshop attendees will learn:

✔ Why a big social media following is NOT a prerequisite to Kickstarter success… and what definitely is.
✔ Where Kickstarter backers really come from and the best way to get them to support you on Day One.
✔ The #1 mistake that most failed Kickstarters make, and what successful project creators do differently.
✔ How to figure out how big your audience needs to be to have success on Kickstarter, and what to do to prepare them for your upcoming campaign.
✔ My Top Tech Tool recommendations for building and engaging with your growing audience in preparation for your launch.

Plus: Special Bonuses for Live Attendees & a Q&A Session to get your Kickstarter questions answered.

Note: Prior registration is required. Unfortunately, there will not be a replay available for this training, so hope you can make it live. (If there’s demand, I may do an encore at some point.)
I’m going to do a few more Workshops between now and the end of the year… pick a time that works for you and join me!


Guest Introduction

My guest today is a writer, model, cosplayer, and host of the podcast Vodka O’Clock.

ealHer journalistic and op-ed writing has been published at Women Write About Comics and Femsplain.com, as well as her blog AmberUnmasked.com.

Her comic book fiction work has appeared in the Rise: Comics Against Bullying and Shakespeare Shaken anthologies among others.
And her latest novel, Full Body Manslaughter, the 2nd book in her Farrah Wethers Mystery series, was just released in Kindle and Paperback format on Amazon.

Welcome to ComixLaunch, Amber Love.

What is Today’s Episode About?

Guiding Discussion Questions

1) Creatively, you keep a lot of plates spinning, and that’s something I resonate with. When I’m being hard on myself I call it “creative ADD” and when I’m being generous I might say I’m a “Renaissance Man.” I think the term “Renaissance Woman” would apply nicely to you… but I’m wondering if you could tell us a bit about your journey as a writer/creator and what aspects of your art are you most passionate about now?

2) On the ComixLaunch podcast, we primarily talk about Crowdfunding Comics & Graphic Novels on Kickstarter… but in the title of the show, I included “…and Beyond!” because I knew I’d want to talk about other platforms… You’ve published work on the Amazon platform, using both Kindle and CreateSpace. Can you tell us about that experience?

3) You have a Patreon set up to help support your creative work. What’s your approach to Patreon been? https://www.patreon.com/amberunmasked

4) Making the comic book industry and comics internet a better place for female creators is an issue you’re passionate about… and have been since you started blogging and writing in 2006. As we’re ending 2016, how do you think that progress is going? Are things getting better, worse, or unchanged for female creators? And what 1-2 things would you like to see happen over the next few years that could make a better industry for everyone.

5)NANOWRIMO is this month… and you’re doing it again! What’s that experience like, and why does that grueling challenge to write a novel in a month keep pulling you back in!

Speed Round

1) Let’s the pretend the powers that be at Patreon are listening (which you know they are)… if you could change one thing about the Kickstarter platform, what would it be?

2) What’s your secret weapon? (Meaning a tool, resource, app, etc. that you couldn’t make comics without?)

3) NANOWRIMO Tip for First Timers?

4) Can you recommend one comic or book (not done by you) more people need to check out?


Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

Luminous Ages

photo-original

Luminous Ages is a fantasy comic set in a universe where dragons, humans, gods, titans, demons, angels and beasts have the ability to control dream magic!
Created by Australian writer/artist Anthony Christou, the adventure begins with a young farm boy, Thrakos, going through a painful transformation to become a Mage of the Mark. What path will he choose? What secret has his father been hiding from him? And why are dragons hunting him in the dreamworld?

It’s a full-color paperback comic available now on Kickstarter, and includes a bonus concept art book full of dragons and magic, that expands on existing and future characters and environments in the comic!

The first issue of Luminous Ages and the Concept Artbook is finished and can be ordered now.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/luminous to find out more.

Be sure to leave Anthony a comment so he knows that we sent you!


ComixLauncher

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

ComixLauncher [070]
The next time you read something outrageous in your head online that sends your lizard brain wild… stop. Remind yourself that this clearly WRONG person was once a baby… and imagine just a few big moments in his/her life that resulted in that comment or action.
One, it’s a good thought exercise for the writers out there.
Two, it’ll train that all important often underveloped part of the emotional spectrum… Empathy.

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


Wrap Up

Hope you enjoyed that conversation. I know I did.

Check out Amber’s Book

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And Connect with Amber here:
Vodka O’Clock is on iTunes, Stitcher, and AmberUnmasked.com
Twitter: @elizabethamber
Instagram: @amberunmasked

Any special announcements

ComixLunch
Comics, Kickstarter, and Lunch!
Facebook.com/ComixLaunch

Ready for Launch
ComixLaunch.com/ready
It’s like a Live version of the podcast!

Thanks for Listening.

In future episodes we’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.

Bringing on a self-publisher who first started making and selling comics in the 4th grade, was a veteran of the 90s boom and bust of independent publishing, and after a long hiatus, is back with a vengence and feels now is the GREATEST TIME to be a creator.

You’re going to enjoy that interview!

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.

How do you get the people within your reach off the fence and into how-to-get-backers-off-sidelinesyour campaign as an engaged backer? In this second part of a two-part mini-training, Tyler shares a load of ideas on how to encourage the 4 different types of “sideliners” to support your project.


This episode’s featured vendor is StickerMule custom stickers and more. Go to ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and get a $10 credit on your next order.


Session Table Setting

Welcome back.
Here’s Part 2 of a Two Part Training that, especially if you’re in the middle of a Kickstarter right now, or are about to launch one, could be the most important training you need right now.

In you haven’t listened to Part One, ComixLaunch.com/session068 Hit pause on this one and go listen to that now. It’s good!
We lay the groundwork, the foundation and cover the psychology of the sideliners in Part 1. In part 2, we’re going to talk about how that understanding gets put into practice, with loads of examples.

Acknowledge

Sam Costello
Split Lip Kickstarter – Sam joined us ComixLaunch.com/session063 to talk about the relaunch of his Kickstarter campaign.
Sam discussed his relaunch plan on this show, and we brainstormed together some ideas.
Happy to report that Sam’s relaunch was a success… and in fact, earned the support of more backers than his previous failed Kickstarter launch.
So, we’re thrilled for Sam, and again, we love stories like this… not about never getting knocked down, it’s about picking yourself back up, learning lessons, making changes, and trying again.

 

Jenny Wood

Flutter Kickstarter a success!
We heard from Jenny on ComixLaunch.com/session065
Exceeded her goal which will help bring her series to a close and to print.

Joe Schmalke
Whore of Babylon campaign – wrapped up recently.
3rd campaign… first time he broke into the 5 Figure level, raising over 11K in funding.
Joe a friend of the show and semi-local creator.
Could be wrong, but I think he put a few ideas in the ComixLaunch Kickstarter Update Guide to tremendous use.
ComixLaunch.com/Club to get free copy of that guide, and also a taste of what being a member of Club ComixLaunch on Patreon is like.

 

Listener Feedback

My favorite time… Negative Feedback

Review Posted on iTunes

Good, but too much filler – 2 Stars

Okay, I want to say just a few things about this.
Last time I shared a negative review, I heard from a few listeners who said that review made them angry, and we had a good laugh about that.  I share the review, though, not to get sympathy, empathy, or as a call to arms for listeners to come to my defense or anything.  I share it because it’s an opportunity for a bit of a teachable moment…

When you create anything and put it out into the world, it is no longer just yours.

Your art is your art, and other people’s reception, interpretation, acceptance, or in the case of this reviewers rejection of it is theirs.
There was a time when reading a review like that about something that I’ve created would have consumed me. Would have forced me to curl up into a little ball and question every single thing I’ve done on this show since the very beginning. Would have paralyzed me and derailed me and would have caused me to stop going.

Thankfully, now is not that time, and I’ve gotten better at dealing with and accepting criticism for what it is… one person’s truth a given moment in time.

And I want you guys listening to this to know that this will happen to you too if you’re brave enough to do what, frankly, most people in this world are not… and that’s to put yourself and your work and your art out there into the world for judgement, for acceptance, and yes, for rejection.
Criticism is never easy to hear, but it isn’t something to fear.

But I will be perfectly honest… getting a review like that gets a whole lot easier to take when the very next review is:

Required Listening – 5 Stars
Tyler James and the ComixLaunch podcast are indespensible…

All that said, CC Lia, I do want to thank you for a few points:

1) I do want to up my podcasting game.
I’m about a year and a half into this thing… and there are a ton of things I want to improve and get better at as a podcaster/broadcaster.
I’ve recorded roughly 60 hours of episodes… which is a long, long way from my 10K hours.
And in-particular, I want to make sure that this show is a good use of my listeners precious time… and I’m certainly always considering ways to make it more efficient, more actionable, and more effective for my listeners.

2) I do want to let you know that there’s a reason why I take my time on some of these things. Sure, most of the episode of ComixLaunch I could bullet the main ideas and take aways on post-it note. And maybe there’s an alternate reality version of this show that’s a minute long as an episode. At the same time, as an educator with a M.Ed from Harvard, I know that most learners don’t learn and retain bullet points… unless they’re grounded in story, and explained in some depth, and misconceptions are debunked, and examples are given, and so on. So, that’s why it’s not just bullets and tips and see you next week. Can I get better at delivering the content efficiently. You bet I hope so. But for me personally, I tend to like the 30-60 minutes of podcasting… and I know listeners like Enrica Jang of Crossing and Red Stylo Media listens to this show on the treadmill and I can’t cut her runs too short now, can I?

3) And as far as time on the podcast spent talking about the other things of value I have to offer you and the rest of my listeners, be they my projects, comics, the books and projects of my guests, and the courses that are helping creators like you take their games to the next level and get results and bring more art bravely into this world, well, I’m going to give that a #sorrynotsorry. Because I believe in what I’m doing, I’m passionate about it, and I believe it would be a disservice not to tell my listeners about it.
And if you, CC Lia, are creating art that you believe in and are passionate about and think will make the world and the lives of your audience and the people within your reach better… and hope you will have the bravery to tell us about it, too.
Again, though, I appreciate your truth, and you taking the time to review the show. ComixLaunch.com/review

I did get a huge kick out of the suggestion that I’ve brainwashed the listeners and made them drink the ComixLaunch Kool-aid over here for those 5 star reviews… but as Rick and Joe and Sam and so many others who have put the ComixLaunch principles to good use in their own creative life are killing it show,
“If the Kool-Aid works, keep drinking it.”
I might have to put that on a t-shirt.

 

What is Today’s Episode About?

Training Show

  • Recap Part 1
    • Derek Halpern SocialTriggers.com for the framework.
    • Your Reach
      • Take My Money
      • Not Interested
      • Sideliners
        • Indifferent
          • Don’t care
        • Skeptical
          • Don’t believe you
        • Worrier
          • Don’t believe in themselves
        • Procrastinator
          • Don’t want to act now.
    • Everyone Else – Ignore
  • 1. How to Make the Indifferent care
    • The Indifferent’s biggest barrier is that they don’t care about what you’re selling.
    • That doesn’t mean they aren’t a fit, it just means you need to show them why they should care.
      • Key Idea – Why is your project important and who is it important for? Why are you the right person to tell it? Why now? Why does it matter?
      • Example 1
        • The Mighty Titan
          • Joe Martino – Tapped into his Why
      • Example 2
        • Align you project with a cause, and idea, a pain point, a troublespot…
        • Pick an edge – Vanilla sells by established brands and market leaders, but YOU will never break into the icecream market with vanilla as your selling point.
        • What do your ideal readers care about?
        • Biggest Publishing project of all-time, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls tapped into this brilliantly.
        • Concept of a storybook with short biographies about women is not a revolutionary concept…
          • 100 bedtime storiesabout the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 100 female artists from every corner of the globe.
          • we unlocked our Surprise Stretch Goal! Which means that next January 2017 we will fly to Rwanda for 7 days of workshops for children and grown ups about female leadership. We are partnering with The Art House Rwanda, a local collective of artists based in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and one of the most vibrant cities in East Africa.
          • “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” will not only be an opportunity to inspire young girls through the adventures of these unconventional women,
    • And that’s what you have to do when you’re dealing with The Indifferent.
      • You need to figure out what they really care about and then show them how your product will help them get it.
    • ComixLaunch Podcasts to Listen to follow up on this:
      • Kwanza
      • Jenny ComixLaunch.com/session065
  • #2 How to Make The Skeptic Trust You
    • The Skeptic’s biggest barrier is that they don’t trust you. They don’t trust that you’ll deliver what you’re promising, or that it’ll be as good as you say it is. They may even go so far as to think you’re a scammer.
    • Like with The Indifferent, sometimes we blame The Skeptics for their attitude and get defensive. You might be tempted to say, “No, you’re wrong! I’ll prove it to you!”
    • This will scare them away. It will put them on the defensive, and make them think you’ve got something to hide.
    • And that’s why you should welcome skepticism openly.
    • Even if you readily say, “I can relate. I used to think… But now I have a new way of looking at things. And here’s why…”
      • Do you see how that calmly switches their skepticism into a story about why they should buy?
      • The trick?
      • You meet the skeptic where they are, whether you tell a story about yourself or one of your fans, and gently take them towards your desired end result…the sale.
    • The longer you’ve been at this, assuming you’ve been doing things the right way, the less the ammunition the Skeptics have to work with.
      • Guys like Joe Schmalke or Jenny Wood are going to have less skeptics with 2 previous successful KS under their belt than someone like Rick Marks, who’s doing his first creator owned book and first Kickstater.
        • For those reasons, Rick made the very smart decision to set a relatively small and attainable Kickstarter goal and focus on digital rewards.
        • When Rick delivers… he’s going to have what all of us should be working on every single day… a track record of success.
        • Rick is earning the right to go after and set bigger goals on KS and elsewhere.
    • This is why Skin in the game is key?
      • Who are you more likely to support.
        • Kickstarter from a guy with an idea a few sketches and 100 words of copy on a KS page?
        • Kickstarter with a guy with an idea, a team, 25% finished, a clear and detailed time-table for finishing, a detailed budget breakdow, a well written FAQ and Risks section?
    • In practice, social proof is what you’re looking to add to your campaigns to help make the skeptics believe you’re good for it.
      • John Lees – At NYCC SINK #1. Videos. Gold.
      • Critical reviews from established sites.
      • Blurbs from known creators in same space.
      • Actual customers.
      • Sales of previous books.
        • #1 determination of whether or not a book will sell in the book market. Did the last book by the author sell?
  • #3 How to Make the Worrier Believe In Themselves 
    • The Worrier’s biggest barrier is themselves. They can’t stop WORRYING. They always think, “I’m not the type of person who can back this. What if I try and then I fail? Will I feel stupid later if I back this?”
      • The bottom line is: Worriers don’t think they’re the kind of person who can benefit from your product or service. And that’s what keeps them from buying.
    • Now, most people think that the best way to deal with The Worrier is to tell them not to worry.
    • But instead of getting The Worrier to stop worrying, it pushes them away.
      • Detail the process step by step.
      • Offer a satisfaction guarantee.
      • Give a free sample.
      • Offer a range of pledges.
    • But the point is that you MUST anticipate and address the worry before your prospect even thinks of it.
  • #4 How to Make the Procrastinator Stop Procrastinating
    • The Procrastinator’s biggest barrier is procrastination.
      • Unlike The Indifferent, these Sideliners already want what you’re promising. Unlike The Skeptics, they already trust you. And unlike The Worriers, they believe that they can benefit from what you’re selling…
      • …But there’s still something holding them back.
      • They think, “Do I really need this now? Can I wait and see if something better comes along?”
      • For whatever reason, they don’t see why a purchase has to happen right now, so they put it off forever.
    • How can you get The Procrastinator to act now?
      • Wrong Move
        • Kickstarter Exclusive!!!!
          • And then you make it available after the Kickstarter. (Even worse, at a discount)
          • Scammy.
          • Doesn’t Kickstart.
          • Kickstarter should be the start of selling season for your projects not the end of it.
      • No one likes to feel pressured or manipulated.
      • The good news is that you can get Procrastinators to act now without being sleazy. How? Show them how acting now is in their benefit.
        • Truly limited pledges.
          • Original art or covers.
          • Limited # of script critiques.
          • 2 spots to be a character in the book.
      • The antidote to Procrastination is FOMO.
        • So, there need to be something they miss out on.
      • The Standard Campaign
        • – John Lees live workshop on horror writing.
        • Backers only invite.
        • Truly limited, because can’t go back in time.
        • Only Live once.
      • The Clockticking Bonus
        • Day One Bonuses
          • Ryan K Lindsay – $3+ Level Bundle of 4 bonus comics from him or creators he’s worked with or networked with. Believe there’s a ComixTribe title in there as well.
          • Ryan will be coming on the show for a Digital Comics Kickstarter Masterclass soon… a 201 session to the 101 we did last year.
          • Great strategy… if you have access to great bonus rewards like Ryan. But what if you don’t?
          • One of the problems I’m trying to solve within the ComixLaunch Course… ComixLaunch Exchange.
          • ComixLaunch.com/course
        • Mid-Campaign /Deadzone bonuses.
          • Don’t ever punish your early backers… add value to them.
      • The point is that you can get Procrastinators to act now by giving them an incentive
      • The controversial Discount… (But don’t discount)!
        • You don’t want them thinking about price, you want them thinking about product and value.
        • But, Discounts are also powerful.
      • Test!

Sponsor Mid-Roll

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

This episode’s featured vendor is StickerMule custom stickers and more. Go to ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and get a $10 credit on your next order.

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So, I just re-ordered another batch of custom diecut C is for Cthulhu refrigerator magnets from the fine folks at StickerMule… and our fans have gone absolutely nuts for these things. Who knew.
When you’re planning your Kickstarter rewards you definitely want to consider unique swag and custom items.

Backers love them…
And you’ll love them because they add perceived value and higher margins to your campaigns.

StickerMule is one of my favorite vendors for Stickers, Labels, Magnets and more. We’re talking:

  • Diecut stickers
  • circle, square, rectangular and oval stickers.
  • Bumper stickers
  • Clear stickers
  • Kiss Cut Sktckers
  • Transfer stickers
  • Sticker sheets — (Doing these for your characters is awesome.
  • Even Giant sized wall and floor graphics.

Check out the website and I guarantee you’re going to get some ideas… and it’s a great company to just try out because they allow really small orders with super fast turnaround times.

Use our referral link at ComixLaunch.com/stickermule and you’ll get $10.00 to put towards your next order when you try them out.
ComixLaunch.com/stickermule


ComixLauncher

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

ComixLauncher [069]
[Activity description]
1) How will you make the worrier comfortable?
2) How will you make the the procrastinator act now?

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


Wrap Up

Okay, we just wrapped up a Killer 2 part series on getting those sideliners off the sidelines and into your campaigns as backers.
I gave you ComixLaunchers the past two weeks to brainstorm ideas for how you might address the four types of sideliners.
Seriously, that 4 quadrant exercise could be the key to your entire marketing efforts… because that’s where your time should be spent.

Any special announcements
Bring on the guests… I’m getting serious about packing Q4 with some of the best guests we’ve ever had on the podcast. You all are in for a tremendous treat coming up.

Quote
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

Can’t beat Mr. Clemons.

I hope, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing next, you exit this podcast feeling a little more empowered. A little more energetic. A little more hopeful. And a little more great.

In future episodes, We’re going to go even deeper into both mindset, strategies and tactics for making KS work for you.

Thank you so much for listening, and for letting me walk with you, as you taken another step forward toward your next successful ComixLaunch.


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