For the last 200 weeks, I’ve shared the lessons myself and other inspiring creators have learned from launching their creative projects into the world. Let’s celebrate and keep going!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Grand Plans for the 200th ComixLaunch Episode (and why they didn’t happen)
  • The Challenges of the Creative Entreprenuer
  • Launch lessons shared by a few successful creators
  • Plus: A Book Recommendation for Creators in need of more FOCUS

This Session is Sponsored by:

Today’s session is sponsored by UNDAD, a zombie family drama graphic novel that wears its heart on its sleeve… and down the front of its shirt. UNDAD is un-live on Kickstarter until May 31.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

UNDAD Kickstarter –> shanewsmith.com/undad
Quickstarter Class –> ComixLaunch.com/Quickstarter


Audible Impact Recommendation:

Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt
ComixLaunch.com/audible for a 30 Day trial


More About Our Sponsor:

Are you a parent who, deep down, sometimes feels like you don’t have it all together? Do you sometimes struggle with what it means to be a good person? Do you enjoy character-driven drama, long-form graphic novels, genre fiction with deeper meanings, or zombie stories with pathos?

Then Shane W Smith’s UNDAD could be right for you, and it’s un-live on Kickstarter right now!

More than just another zombie story, UNDAD is a deeply personal series about the challenges of being a family man and role model while being (literally) dead inside. It’s a book that wears its heart on its sleeve… and down the front of its shirt.

UNDAD has been shortlisted for awards, nearly got made into a TV show, and has captured the hearts and braaaaains of hundreds of readers since 2015. International bestselling author Jack Heath describes the series as “Perfect for readers who wish The Walking Dead had more to say.”

UNDAD is coming to un-life on Kickstarter until May 31, with free worldwide shipping for all backers, and a bunch of exclusive perks only available here!

Visit shanewsmith.com/undad or search for “UNDAD” on Kickstarter.


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What do you hope to learn from your next launch?


Quote:

“Everything that you want that you don’t currently have is outside of your comfort zone.” – James Wedmore

Lynne Somerman is a financial coach who helps creative entrepreneurs and small business owners feel less stupid about money. In this special session of The ComixLaunch Podcast, Lynne shares practical advice for creators who want to control the financial resources they have, rather than letting their money control them.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Strategies to make better decisions about how to use your money in your creative business.
  • Why “profit” is not a dirty word and how to ensure there’s more of it in your creative business?
  • How to behave like a real business, even when we’re making the transition from a hobbiest and especially when we’re not yet profitable.
  • Plus: Tools for getting a better handle on how we manage our finances in our creative business.

This Session is Sponsored by:

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


Today’s Featured Guest:

Lynne Somerman is a finacial coach who helps creative entrepreneurs “feel less sad and stupid about money.” She focuses on practical skill building, habit change, and mindset work to help creators get a handle on what they’re doing with the money in their business.


Links Mentioned in this Episode


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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Try out one new tool or strategy shared in this podcast in the next 30 days to see if it helps you gain more control and confidence over the money in your business.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

www.lynnesomerman.com
https://facebook.com/lynnesomerman
https://instagram.com/lynnesomerman

Tyler Chin-Tanner and his wife Wendy, co-founders of the publishing company A Wave Blue World have launched 4 successful Kickstarter anthology projects. In this session, Tyler spills the beans on the ups, downs, high, lows and best practices for planning and launching a great comic anthology.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Lessons Tyler learned from an early failed Kickstarter launch that helped make his next launch a massive success.
  • Curated vs Open Submissions
  • How to compensate creators when running an anthology and how to get them invested in its success.
  • Plus: DIY fulfillment tips!

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

Tyler Chin-Tanner is a graduate of The Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphi Art and is the author of the graphic novels, “Adrenaline” & “American Terrorist.” He co-funded A Wave Blue World with his wife Wendy, and has co-edited 4 successful comic book anthology projects on Kickstarter, raising over $116K on the platform. His latest anthology project, Dead Beats is live and fully funded on Kickstarter.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

Dead Beats: A music themed horror anthology https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tylerchintanner/dead-beats

Shipstation 30 Day Trial –> ComixLaunch.com/ship


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Come up with three anthology project ideas.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest

awbw.com

How much should you charge when pricing comics? While conventional wisdom suggests that creators should charge the going rate (around $4 US) it is very possible sell your creator owned and independent comics for a lot more than that. In this session, Tyler shares 9 strategies that will let you charge way more than just a few bucks for your books, and still have fans happy to buy from you.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why selling less can let you charge more?
  • A handful of awesome specialty cover ideas that command higher pricepoints?
  • Why you don’t have to be Stan Lee to charge for your signature.
  • PLUS: A Special Thank You to 2019 Challenge Participants

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch.com/bluehost
YouTube.com/ComixLaunch


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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Choose one of these strategies for your next launch.

Author, podcaster and crowdfunding expert Salvador Briggman returns to the ComixLaunch Podcast to discuss the state of the Kickstarter platform.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • New developments in crowdfunding that Sal is tracking.
  • Common traits from the worlds most successful crowdfunders.
  • Sal’s exciting new book project which is entirely unlike anything he’s done before or is known for.
  • Plus: Advice for creators who want to break through current funding plateaus.

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:

Salvador Briggman My guest today, founded the popular blog, CrowdCrux, where he helps entrepreneurs raise money on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He also covers new developments in the crowdfunding industry on his Crowdcrux YouTube Channel and on his Podcasting Demystified Podcast, and is also the author of multiple books on Crowdfunding, paying attention to some interesting niches, with titles like “Crowdfunding Personal Expenses”, “Real Estate Crowdfunding Explained” and “Equity Crowdfunding Explained”


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

http://www.comixlaunch.com/session094/
https://www.youtube.com/user/crowdcrux
https://www.amazon.com/Salvador-Briggman/e/B01EB5TN3E%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
https://www.crowdcrux.com/category/podcast/


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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Brainstorm a few projects that you’d like to create that would surprise people or that they wouldn’t expect you to create.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Kickstarter Launch Formula on Audible: http://www.crowdcrux.com/kickstarteraudio
Show: http://www.crowdcrux.com/itunes
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/crowdcrux
Little Thumb of America: https://littlethumbofamerica.com/coming-soon/
YouTube vid that blew up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blt1BAroIuo

Did you know you can easily recruit Kickstarter to promote your campaign on your behalf with just a couple of clicks?

Click here to access your Kickstarter Profile: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile

Richard Bliss, host of Funding the Dream, the longest running Kickstarter podcast stops by for a great crowdfunding conversation with Tyler James.


Highlights of this session include:

  • Some of Richard’s top Kickstarter tips from hundreds of interviews with elite crowdfunders.
  • What new strategies should Kickstarter creators be aware of as the platform has evolved.
  • Some of the burning questions Richard has for me, leading to an awesome conversation.
  • Plus: Details on new Patreon creator plans rolling out in May.

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the FREE ComixLaunch 5 Days to Funded Kickstarter Challenge running April 15-19, 2019. Register Now at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge .


Today’s Featured Guest:

Richard Bliss is an experienced executive communications manager and Social Media Coach, who works with executive teams, helping them become more comfortable with social media and more fluent in social conversations. He is the host of Funding the Dream, the longest running Kickstarter podcast, where he highlights his crowdfunding expertise and that of his guests.


Links Mentioned in this Session:

Register for the ComixLaunch Kickstarter Planning Challenge –> ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge

New Creator Plans, Rolling Out in May –> https://www.patreon.com/new-creator-plans?fbclid=IwAR3L6-QCixC0iiIC1PpWcwlMqwpti4C3Qh9efSza5Z1HuGeM-QTc2RdURG0

Past Episodes of the Funding the Dream Podcast where Tyler was a guest:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/4646/179215-ep-202-don-t-screw-this-up-the-most-important-thing-on-your-kickstarter-campaign-guest-tyler-james
https://www.buzzsprout.com/4646/175106-ep-198-comics-on-kickstarter-changing-an-industry-with-tyler-james
https://www.buzzsprout.com/4646/55048-funding-the-dream-on-kickstarter-ep-71-tyler-james-comix-tribe

Kickstarter announces that it is shutting down Kickstarter Live? https://help.kickstarter.com/hc/en-us/articles/360019265433-We-are-retiring-Kickstarter-Live-on-April-8 Thoughts?


More About Our Sponsor:

Attention writers, artists & self-publishers:

Whether you’re just starting to think about your first or next Kickstarter project, you’ve got a project on Kickstarter now, or you’re about to launch, the ComixLaunch 5 Days to Funded Kickstarter Challenge will give you a proven road map for greater crowdfunding success.

Register Now at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge

This is a Free 5-Day Kickstarter Planning Challenge!

Where you’ll work with me to Plan Your First or Next Wildly Successful Comic Book Kickstarter in 5 Days…

Even if you have no experience, no audience, or no project idea.

Join the challenge for…

  • An Actionable Kickstarter Gameplan
  • Creator Networking & Cross-promotion
  • Get Your Kickstarter Questions Answered

PLUS: THERE WILL BE SURPRISE BONUSES & PRIZES FOR ACTIVE CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS!

By the end of this FREE live 5-Day Online Challenge, you will have:

  • Improved your Kickstarter profile and enhanced project page so backers are more likely to trust you.
  • Calculated how much funding your next launch is likely to raise and scoped a project in alignment with that number.
  • A one-page project plan that covers all of the key elements of a solid Kickstarter plan.

Networked with creators on a similar journey as you and been supported along the way!

The 2019 ComixLaunch Challenge Starts Soon!

Live Online Challenge Begins Monday, April 15, 2019!

So don’t wait…

Register Today at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge


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Go sign up for a new podcast.

A few new ones I’m listening to include:

The Chuck Toddcast [Politics]
BingeMode: Game of Thrones
Back Through the Hodor


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/bliss/
Funding the Dream Podcast –> https://www.buzzsprout.com/4646

On Kickstarter, is it best to wait until after you fund to add a list of stretch goals or does it help motivate funding if people see you already have a list of stretch goals? Tyler has a definitive answer for you!

After pouring years into creating his first graphic novel which is finally about to be complete, creator Zach Block is now looking for a little guidance on how to proceed with getting it launched to the world. Sit in on this final coaching call with Zach and Tyler as they walk through what happens after your book is finished.


Highlights of this session include:

  • What to charge for your now complete graphic novel?
  • Do people really care about free previews of your comics?
  • Strategies for launching your first graphic novel.
  • Plus: Have you registered for the 2019 ComixLaunch Challenge at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge yet?

This Session is Sponsored by…

…the FREE ComixLaunch 5 Days to Funded Kickstarter Challenge running April 15-19, 2019. Register Now at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge .


Today’s Featured Guest

Zach Block grew up in Montana surrounded by mountains, forest and lakes. With an adventurous spirit, he’s traveled and worked around the world building satellite antenna systems, managing technology projects and pursuing film and entertainment jobs and side projects. The most topical of which is a 4 year journey making the wakeboarding graphic novel “Shake The Lake”; a collage of teenage angst, romance, friendship and troublemaking in a coming-of-age story with a serving of action sports and wakeboarding. Zach lives in Los Angeles, spends his days working at a brand agency and his nights and weekends being a new dad and project managing the final chapter of his graphic novel. Zach works on Shake The Lake with a brother/sister team of illustrators out of Guanajuato, Mexico and his own brother Machi Block, owner of Elevated Clothing Company.


Links Mentioned in the Show


More About Our Sponsor:

Attention writers, artists & self-publishers:

Whether you’re just starting to think about your first or next Kickstarter project, you’ve got a project on Kickstarter now, or you’re about to launch, the ComixLaunch 5 Days to Funded Kickstarter Challenge will give you a proven road map for greater crowdfunding success.

Register Now at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge

This is a Free 5-Day Kickstarter Planning Challenge!

Where you’ll work with me to Plan Your First or Next Wildly Successful Comic Book Kickstarter in 5 Days…

Even if you have no experience, no audience, or no project idea.

Join the challenge for…

  • An Actionable Kickstarter Gameplan
  • Creator Networking & Cross-promotion
  • Get Your Kickstarter Questions Answered

PLUS: THERE WILL BE SURPRISE BONUSES & PRIZES FOR ACTIVE CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS!

By the end of this FREE live 5-Day Online Challenge, you will have:

  • Improved your Kickstarter profile and enhanced project page so backers are more likely to trust you.
  • Calculated how much funding your next launch is likely to raise and scoped a project in alignment with that number.
  • A one-page project plan that covers all of the key elements of a solid Kickstarter plan.

Networked with creators on a similar journey as you and been supported along the way!

The 2019 ComixLaunch Challenge Starts Soon!

Live Online Challenge Begins Monday, April 15, 2019!

So don’t wait…

Register Today at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge


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Go sign up for the 5 Days to Funded ComixLaunch Kickstarter Challenge at ComixLaunch.com/fundedchallenge


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guesth

Should you serialize your comic book on Kickstarter? On this FastTipFriday episode, we’re going to look at the benefits of Serializing your series on the Kickstarter platform.


The LAUNCH SERIALIZATION Kickstarter strategy is one of 9 crowdfunding strategies covered in my new free crowdfunding strategy guide for comic creators titled FUNDED: 9 Savvy Strategies Comic Creators are Using to Crowdfund Their Projects on Kickstarter. You can download your FREE copy in both PDF and Audio MP3 at http://ComixLaunch.com/funded