It’s Kickstarter Launch Day for writer, artist, and ComixLaunch Pro Member Dan Ekis, creator of ODYSSEY, INC: THE TWIN BENGALS, Live Now on Kickstarter. Find out the strategies Dan has been using to reach more fans with his art on webtoons, YouTube and inside his mailing list!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Dan’s super simple tip for great content creation that racks up likes, views and shares.
  • How Dan applied the ComixLaunch Pro training to level up his latest launch.
  • Dan’s top tips for upgrading the quality of your art.
  • Plus: The secrets Dan’s learned about building a following on Webtoon Canvas!

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:

Dan Ekis is an Pittsburgh based comic artist, writer, and freelance illustrator best known for creating the series Odyssey, Inc. and Soul of the World on Webtoons. He frequently interviews other artists and creators on his YouTube Channel which is growing fast! And on his social media and email newsletter he provides tips for creators to gain confidence in their work and make a living off their art.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ODYSSEY, INC: THE TWIN BENGALS
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danekis/odyssey-inc-the-twin-bengals-adventure-graphic-novel


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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Pick a platform and try to connect with a high performer who is one or two levels above where you.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

danekis.com

Australian comic creator and publisher Shaun Keenan discusses lessons learned from his most successful launch which happened to roll during the Covid-Crisis, and how his plans are changing to adjust for the new reality on the ground for comic creators worldwide.

Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The changes Shaun made on his recent (and most successful) Kickstarter launch due to the Covid-Crisis.
  • The one thing Shaun STOPPED doing to promote his Kickstarters
  • Strategies for replacing lost Convention income.
  • Plus: Have you joined us in ComixLaunchers just yet! If not, here’s what you’re missing!

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest:

Shaun Keenan is devoted to inspiring minds through moral and historic stories, by using the visual medium of graphic novels. He is the founder of the Australian publishing company COMICS2MOVIES and the creator the successful Xtreme Champion Tournament and Terralympus graphic novel series. Shaun has done over 100 comic conventions in four different countries running and speaking on panels form everything about creating comics, crowdfunding comics and diversity in comics to world building in comics.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

comixlaunch.com/shopify
comixlaunch.com/group
https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/jason-mcnamara


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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Comic Creators: How will you redirect some of the time & energy that you would have otherwise put into comic cons this year?


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Comics2movies/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/XtremeChampionTournament/

Twitter – @comics_2_movies

Instagram – @comics2movies

Terralympus Kickstarter link – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/terralympus-volume-1-and-2-space-sci-fic-graphic-novel?ref=2yju89

XCT: Fractured Worlds Kickstarter Preview Link – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2067957354/xct-fractured-worlds

Free PDF:

https://mailchi.mp/da7a84ce4c96/xct?fbclid=IwAR16Romqo9deIBmwynX2lmbc8jSWSOzXmSJw8007AMz2mlgkJd7KNF8nL70

The massive, once-in-a-lifetime disruption of the current pandemic has opened up some unique opportunities for comic book creators. Let’s discuss!


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why the Covid crisis has created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to level up the caliber of your comics
  • How the explosion of new content means more opportunities to get your message out.
  • One thing that’s available at a major discount right now.
  • Plus: How a 35% drop in projects launched on Kickstarter is affecting the platform.

This Session is Sponsored by:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Join the NEW ComixLaunchers: Successful Comic Book Kickstarter Creators Free Facebook Group –> ComixLaunch.com/group

Kickstarter Layoffs News –>
https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/20/21228412/kickstarter-layoffs-planned-coronavirus-project-declines-crowdfunding-union

Places to Find Artists

UpWork: https://www.upwork.com/

Digital Webbing Talent Forums: https://digitalwebbing.com/forums/forumdisplay.php…


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 new opportunities are you seeing that have been caused by this crisis?

A few years ago, creator Emily Drouin started Kids Con, a New England area comic con exclusively for kids! However, due to Covid-19 shutting down public gatherings and forcing the closure of this years June event, Emily and her team have pivoted to take the Kids Con experience online! Find out the Kids Con origin story, Emily’s experience of bringing this convention to life, and their plans for turning the beloved family event into an online extravaganza.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The Origins of Kids Con and lessons learned
  • Unique ideas and opportunities for turning a successful in-person local event to an global online event.
  • How creators can get involved in Kids Con for FREE!
  • Plus: Have you joined us inside the new COMIXLAUNCHERS Free Facebook Group yet?

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:

Emily Drouin is an Illustrator of Comics & Children’s Books, an Art Educator, Animator, Events Manager and Voice Over Artist. She is also the co-founder of Kids Con, an New England area convention exclusively for kid-friendly material and programming.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Find out more about Kids Con at: Kidsconne.com/online/info


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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Check out the Kids Con Online Event at Kidsconne.com/online/info


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

http://emilyatplay.com

Tyler James joins Rob Andersin on The Advocating Channel to talk about how to create a successful crowdfunding campaigns today. In this session, they discuss everything from making the right video, to stacking the right pledge rewards and the decision on whether to delay or go forward with a launch considering the state of the world right now.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • To launch or not to launch now and how to decide
  • Kickstarter video tips and what NOT to do
  • Tyler’s reward strategy on ComixTribe’s latest successful launch
  • PLUS: One of the best ComixLaunchers 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:

ON-Conn
An ON-Conn to Keep Fans and Creators Connected.

A simple Idea made into a Facebook Group that allows people to share what they would have seen at a Comic Con online.

With Live Shows on the Weekends talking about the aspects of Comic Cons all from home and during the weekdays at 4 pm et Educational Panels about creating comics.

ON-Conn is a great way to feel connected even while Isolated. With Panels every week day at 4pm.

This is meant as a Hub for many different Creative Things and Fans:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121533768186364/


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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Imagine it’s five years from now and you’re being interviewed about all of your amazing success…

YOU: “Things really took off for me, oddly enough, as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and it’s aftermath. Here’s what happened…”

How might THAT story go?

What should you do if you DO NOT hit your Kickstarter goal?


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • What it actually means when you fall short of your goals, and what to do when it happens?
  • How to stop the cycle of goal failure and abandonment?
  • The fastlane to actually hitting your goals consistently!
  • Plus: What the DATA is saying about how Covid-19 is affecting Kickstarter campaigns?

This Session is Sponsored by:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

SHE Vol. 1 – Sci-fi Graphic Novella | Die-Cut Hardcover

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/comixtribe/she-vol-1-sci-fi-graphic-novella-die-cut-hardcover

Coronavirus and Kickstarter – In-depth Risk Analysis https://www.biggercake.com/blog/coronavirus-and-kickstarter-in-depth-risk-analysis/


More About Our Sponsor:

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

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

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

With Shopify…

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

What you get with Shopify is a…

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

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

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

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


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What are your big dreams? Where are you capturing them?

What do you do when your Kickstarter progress slows down or your campaign feels like it’s stuck in neutral?


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The truth about feeling STUCK and why “hustling & grinding” your way out of stuck rarely works.
  • One of my students just had his best launch ever… Learn his SECRET!
  • One Counter-Intuitive thing to do NOW to fix a stalled Kickstarter campaign STAT!
  • Plus: How one ComixLaunch Pro Member’s Wife Applied the Our Lessons to Her Business

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!

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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Write down 10 things in your life you have complete control over right now.

Thousands of comic creators right now trying to decide whether to launch their previously planned Kickstarters in light of the global pandemic. Tyler shares his best advice on how to navigate these unprecedented choppy waters.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • The Pros & Cons of launching during this Coronavirus crisis
  • Where to put your focus instead if you decide to cancel your launch
  • Tips for launching in the midst of a global panic
  • PLUS: The Big Secret to making the right decision on tough questions 100% of the time.

This Session is Sponsored By:

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


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How will you turn the Coronavirus challenge into an opportunity?

Is it possible that “Newbie” Comic Creators actually have an ADVANTAGE on Kickstarter?


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Why most people who think you need to be a “big name” or “established” to have success on Kickstarter are dead wrong.
  • What separates Newbies that succeed on Kickstarter from those that don’t.
  • The BIG SECRET to achieving your ambitions comic goals as fast as possible!
  • Plus: How to conquer fear of criticism and judgement for good!

Today’s Session is Brought to You By:

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


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/funded


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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Make a list of all of the ADVANTAGES you have right now as a creator. What are you most grateful for?

Kristen Renee Gorlitz, film and comics writer, and creator of The Empties stops by the ComixLaunch Podcast to talk about the process of writing a screenplay, turning it into a horror comic and then funding it successfully on Kickstarter.


Highlights of This Session Include:

  • Lessons learned on the journey from writing for film to writing for an artist.
  • Kickstarter has “LOVED” Kristen’s past three projects… what’s her secret?
  • Kristen’s secret survey trick that’s helped her keep her email list super-engaged
  • Plus: A Million Dollar Milestone for ComixLaunch Pros!

Today’s Session is Brought to You 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:

Kristen Renee Gorlitz is a writer of movies and comic books, including the graphic novel “THE EMPTIES” which is live on Kickstarter now. She has a background in film, and has worked in both production and art. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles for NBCUniversal, and also runs her own production company, Strage Worlds Production Studios.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

The Empties: You are who you eat! (A Horror Graphic Novel) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kristengorlitz/the-empties?ref=discovery&term=the%20empties

comicimpressions.com

John Schlim Jr. ComixLaunch Pro Spotlight –> https://pro.comixlaunch.com/blog/john-schlim-jr


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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Embed a survey in your next email blast.


How to Find Out More About Our Featured Guest:

http://www.emptiescomics.com/