Listen in on a coaching call with a freelancer who just launched her first project on Kickstarter and is looking for insight on how to take her career to the next level.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The challenges of living the free lancer life and how to get paid what you’re actually worth.
  • Strategies for getting known as an expert and getting responses from your ideal clients.
  • Ways to keep the funding coming in after a strong launch day.
  • PLUS: Is Kickstarter Anti-Union, and if so, should we boycott?

Today’s Session is Brought to You by:

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Mindy Indy is an independent cartoonist with wacky humor & a love of sci-fi. She’s transformed a love of anime & manga as a teen into an epic comic series with AER HEAD!

Her industry credits include colorist (Papercutz, Action Lab, Marvel [Kyle Baker’s assistant]) and she is the creator of The TALLY HALL Comic.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

AER HEAD #1: Surfer Hero Sci-fi/Comedy https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mindyindy/aer-head-1-surfer-hero-sci-fi-comedy?ref=discovery&term=aer%20heads


More About Our Sponsor:

Hey, are you getting ready to ship rewards to all your awesome backers?

With more than a decade of publishing under my belt, I’ve shipped my fair share of comics and graphic novels over the years… so you bet I was SHOCKED to realize I’d been doing it all wrong!

One of the most overlooked aspects of the Kickstarter process is your shipping materials, which is a shame, because how your package arrives is often the last impression your campaign will make on a backer, and will be a big factor in whether they choose to support you again.

And yet, I can’t tell you how many creators out there are disappointing their backers by shipping comics and graphic novels in shoddy packaging.
For the longest time, I was using and recommending rigid stayflat mailers for comics shipping… only to hear back from upset fans that their packages were decimated by a mail carrier who must hate them.

No more though.

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

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

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

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

And here’s a pro-tip: COMIC FLASH MAILERS slip comfortably into a FLAT RATE LEGAL envelope, which can save you 50% or more on the cost of shipping domestically, depending on the weight.

I reached out to Bryan Kelly at Gemini, told him I was a huge fan of his company, and secured a special deal for ComixLaunch listeners looking to upgrade their shipping game.

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


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What’s the worst thing that happened to you in the past 24-48 hours. How can you reinterpret it as something positive or neutral?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

https://www.mindyindy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mindyindy_art/
https://www.patreon.com/mindyindy

Russell Nohelty returns to the ComixLaunch podcast for an open and honest discussion about launching novels and comics as a Complete Creative. Russell opens up about what’s working this year and what definitely is not working, and how he’s pivoting to continue to grow his business, while also returning to one of his earliest and most beloved comic creations for another run on Kickstarter.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Challenges of variable income as a creative
  • How Russell wrote so many books last year and the unexpected challenges launching them to the market
  • Advice for creators thinking about starting anthologies.
  • Plus: What to do if you feel like you’re banging your head against the social media brick wall.

This Session is Sponsored by…

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


Today’s Featured Guest:

Russell Nohelty is a USA-Today bestselling author of comics and prose, has launched multiple five-figure anthology projects on Kickstarter, and creates courses and other resources for creatives at thecompletecreative.com


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter #5 + Volume 1 Re-release https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/ichabod-jones-monster-hunter-5-volume-1-re-release?ref=discovery&term=ichabod%20jones
thecompletecreative.com
Russellnohelty.com/viralbuilders


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know you’re going to be impressed.

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

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

Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


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Reach out to a creator peer and schedule a join live stream. Then take turns asking each other questions.


How to Find Out More About Our 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

Rich Boye of Comic Impressions joins Tyler for discussion about how their company is making a strong push into the comic printing market and how they are poised to serve the independent creator as well as large scale publishers.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Digital vs offset printing and why Rich thinks that’s not a question that creators should have to worry about any more.
  • How after 30 years in the print business Comic Impressions is having more fun than ever working with comic creators on their books.
  • Technology improvements that are making high quality books affordable to any creator at any size print run.
  • Plus: A special offer just for ComixLaunch listeners!

This Session is Sponsored by…

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


Today’s Featured Guest:

Richard Boye is the direct of Sales & Marketing for Direct Impressions and Comic Impressions, a Florida-based full-service printing company with over 30 years of experience putting ink on paper for clients of all sizes.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComicImpressions.com


More About Our Sponsor

Hey, have you heard of Comic Impressions yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know you’re going to be impressed.

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

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

Head over to ComicImpressions.com today.


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Head on over to ComicImpressions.com or shoot Richard Boye an email and order their sample pack!


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

[email protected]
www.DirectImpressions.com
239.549.4484 Office

If you’re a creator who isn’t launching on Kickstarter due to fear of failure, Tyler has the cure for you in this session of ComixLaunch. In this episode, he’ll share one of his big failures this year, and why he actually doesn’t see it as a failure at all.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Take a long hard look at the FEAR of Failure as a reason stopping creators from launching.
  • Hear about one of Tyler’s “failed” launches this year, and what he learned from it
  • Also: What happened to KrakenPrint?
  • Plus: Colin Devinshire is in the ComixLaunch Spotlight This Month

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch 010 – The Agony & the Ecstasy of Kickstarter: From Failure to Success with Wes Locher http://www.comixlaunch.com/session010/


More About Our Featured Resource:

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

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

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

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

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

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

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

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

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

Own your own domain…

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

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

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


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Tell me something in your past that was a major flop or failure that you are GRATEFUL for now because of the lesson you learned from it? Then imagine you NEVER learned that lesson. Now, how silly does letting fear of failure stop you from going after what you want?


Quote:

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” – C. S. Lewis

President of Scout Comics & Entertainment, Inc. James Haick returns to the Comixlaunch podcast to talk about the innovative moves SCOUT is making to shake up the world of creator-owned comics.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • James’ road from solo-comic creator to heading up Scout comics.
  • What James and Scout are looking for in the books they publish.
  • Innovative strategies and new opportunities for creators in and out of the direct market.
  • Plus: Tyler answers ComixLaunch listener Mindy Indy’s voicemail question about what her lowest priced tier should be

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:

James Haick III is the creator/writer of Solar Flare, Long Live Pro Wrestling and the co-creator and co-writer for The Mall from Scout Comics. James also serves as President of Scout Comics & Entertainment, Inc. Scout Comics & Entertainment, Inc. develops, publishes and launches creator-owned comics. Some of Scout’s successful series include Stabbity Bunny, The Source, and The Mall.


Links Mentioned in this Episode:

comixlaunch.com/stickermule
http://www.scoutcomics.com


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Go buy a Scout Comic!


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

www.scoutcomics.com
www.facebook.com/scoutcomics
www.facebook.com/solarflarecomic
www.facebook.com/themallcomic
www.facebook.com/longliveprowrestling
@scoutcomics on Twitter and Instagram
@jameshaick on Twitter

If fear is getting in the way of you actually launching your crowdfunding projects or going after your creative pursuits in a major way, this episode could change your future!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why FEAR underlies almost all the objections creators have to launching projects on Kickstarter
  • How successful people view fear differently than most
  • What it takes to get past your fear and actually launch.
    Plus: An upcoming series on overcoming all of the obstacles standing in the way of your successful launch!

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


Links Mentioned in this Episode:

ComixLaunch.com/workshop
ComixLaunch.com/crowdox
https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/melody-pena


More About Our Sponsor:

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

Well, we came up a little short on Kickstarter…

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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

Accepting Paypal! (HUGE!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Write down a list of all of your creative fears. Pick one and take an action that moves you toward facing that fear.


Quote

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Emperor Marcus Aurelius

In this session, you’ll learn the importance of a great logline and how to craft one for your book. Tyler is joined by writer John “Scooter” Robinson, who teaches a simple, step-by-step formula any writer can use to compress even the most epic tale into a single compelling sentence that will connect with readers and make it vastly easier to sell.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Loads of examples of loglines you already know and why they’re effective.
  • Inside the logline formula.
  • Secret sauce that make paint-by-numbers loglines pop.
  • Plus: Tyler and John provide on-the-fly logline critiques to real creators.

Today’s Session is Brought to You by:

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


Today’s Featured Guest:

John “Scooter” Robinson is a self-proclaimed “nerd”, a writer, web designer and content creator. He is the founder of IVth Wall, the inter-dimensional fabric which separates reality from unreality. He’s the creator and writer of the independent comic book series Scorpio, host of the Wakanda IV Ever podcast, blogger at IVWall.net and much more.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

http://www.ivwall.net/blog/importance-logline
http://www.comixtribe.com/2011/05/16/crafting-a-log-line/


More About Our Sponsor:

Hey, are you getting ready to ship rewards to all your awesome backers?

With more than a decade of publishing under my belt, I’ve shipped my fair share of comics and graphic novels over the years… so you bet I was SHOCKED to realize I’d been doing it all wrong!

One of the most overlooked aspects of the Kickstarter process is your shipping materials, which is a shame, because how your package arrives is often the last impression your campaign will make on a backer, and will be a big factor in whether they choose to support you again.

And yet, I can’t tell you how many creators out there are disappointing their backers by shipping comics and graphic novels in shoddy packaging.
For the longest time, I was using and recommending rigid stayflat mailers for comics shipping… only to hear back from upset fans that their packages were decimated by a mail carrier who must hate them.

No more though.

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

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

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

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

And here’s a pro-tip: COMIC FLASH MAILERS slip comfortably into a FLAT RATE LEGAL envelope, which can save you 50% or more on the cost of shipping domestically, depending on the weight.

I reached out to Bryan Kelly at Gemini, told him I was a huge fan of his company, and secured a special deal for ComixLaunch listeners looking to upgrade their shipping game.

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


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Take your current book or your favorite movie and craft a one-sentence logline for it following John’s logline formula.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

http://www.ivwall.net/

Tyler welcomes BOOM! Studios President and CEO Ross Richie to talk about the company’s rapid rise from humble beginnings to a top publisher in the comics industry.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The key milestones in the BOOM! ascension to become one of the top publishers in comics.
  • The role licensing and relationships has played in BOOM! past, present and future success.
  • Ross’ predictions for where the industry is heading and how BOOM! is making decisions based on the future trends.
  • Plus: Abrian Curington is in the ComixLaunch Pro creator spotlight this month.

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest:

Ross Richie is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios, which was founded in the spare bedroom of his apartment in June of 2005 — and the company went on to win Wizard Magazine’s “Best New Publisher” four months later. Since then, BOOM! has won “Publisher of the Year (under 3%)” from Diamond Comics Distributors 9 times, Eisner, Harvey, and GLAAD Awards, and published 5 New York Times best-sellers. Ross has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, The New York and Los Angeles Times and written guest columns for The Hollywood Reporter. He produced the movie 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg and is currently a producer with a first look deal with 20th Century Fox. BOOM! series such as Lumberjanes, Mouse Guard, and Adventure Time have sold millions of copies worldwide and the first issue of BOOM!’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers outsold every series Marvel Comics shipped in March of 2016.

Ross has published legendary authors such as R.L. Stine, James Wan, John Carpenter, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello, and George Perez, and published global brands such as Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield, Fraggle Rock, Planet of the Apes… and many many more.


More About Our Sponsor:

Are you thinking about starting or upgrading your online shop so you can sell more of your art?

Are you tired wasting time and energy hacking together cheap, limited solutions that aren’t serving you or your potential customers very well?

Instead of spinning your wheels only looking at free or dirt-cheap store options, why not grab an affordable full-service online sales platform optimized for sales like Shopify?

With Shopify…

  • You don’t need Design skills. Shopify has dozens of beautiful, fully-customizable, mobile-friendly templates to get a perfectly branded look and an online stop you’ll be proud of.
  • You don’t Coding skills. With Shopify, setting up your store is simple, and you’ll be selling in no time at all, even if technology hates you.
  • And you don’t even need a Credit Card to get started. With this ComixLaunch offer, you can try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required.

What you get with Shopify is a…

  • Fully customizable website, online store, and blog… your store can be your website!
  • Unlimited products!
  • Smooth integration to sell on channels like Facebook, Amazon and Pinterest.
  • 24-7 Customer support!

More than 500,000 creative businesses are powered by Shopify, including the CisforCthulhu.com store which I manage… and couldn’t be happier with it.

Stop messing around with subpar online shop solutions and try Shopify.

To start your 14-day free trial of Shopify, go to ComixLaunch.com/shopify


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Read a few articles or guest posts on your favorite comic book website and then send an email introducing yourself to someone who you’d like to know better, using that article as your entry point.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

http://www.boom-studios.com

2 Emails That Generated $3,293 in Kickstarter Funding on Day One…

Wait? You don’t have an email launch list yet? No excuses, attend my free workshop here: http://comixlaunch.com/ready

And if you like smart, action -packed and genuinely scary crime horror graphic novels, check out SINK on Kickstarter: http://ComixTribe.com/sink

Tyler is going ALL IN on reader testimonials to help power what he hopes will be the biggest ComixTribe graphic novel launch yet. Find out the whys and hows of this strategy and get a behind the curtain look at his latest Kickstarter launch.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • How Tyler is employing the power of testimonials to propel the SINK: Blood & Rain – Kickstarter to new heights.
  • The exact strategy Tyler used to get a dozen video testimonials from SINK readers in 24 hours.
  • 6 ways to deploy reader testimonials during your Kickstarter campaign and beyond!
  • Plus: Keys to ComixTribe’s biggest Kickstarter launch day yet!

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

SINK: Blood & Rain Kickstarter ComixTribe.com/sink

37 Kickstarter Page Elements That Build Trust With Backers http://www.comixlaunch.com/session185/


More About Our Featured Resource:

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

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

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

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

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

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

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

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

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

Own your own domain…

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

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

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


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Craft a strategy to get at least one reader testimonial in the next 30 days.