Few creators have written more about Kickstarter, had more success on Kickstarter, and helped more people achieve success on Kickstarter than Jamey Stegmaier, author of A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community and CEO of Stonemaier games. So why did he decided to STOP launching on Kickstarter? And how has he managed to grow his business in the years since? All that and much more is discussed on this year-end episode of ComixLaunch!


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How Kickstarter has affected the board game industry.
  • Why and where Jamey decided to shift his focus away from Kickstarter after millions of dollars in funding?
  • How to build a community around the products you launch.
  • Plus: A brief look back on this year in ComixLaunch.

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost.

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Jamey Stegmaier is the founder of Stonemaier Games, a St. Louis based board game company that has found incredible success on Kickstarter and beyond. He’s the designer of a number of hit games including Viticulture, Euphoria, Scythe, and Charterstone. And his 8 successful crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $3.2 million. Since the beginning of his crowdfunding journey, he’s shared his Kickstarter lessons learned on the Stonemaier games blog, one of the best Kickstarter resources on the net. He also authored the book A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community which is a frequently recommended resource on this show.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

stonemaiergames.com 


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 your number 1 sales channel disappeared. What would you do to sell even more of your art to the world under these new circumstances.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

stonemaiergames.com 

Over the past year, Carmelo Chimera has worked hard at dialing in his audience building, email list growth, and Kickstarter launches. Now that he has a a successfully funded graphic novel to sell, he’s identified his sales page as not converting. In this session, the mastermind provides Carmelo with concrete steps to boost his online sales conversion rate.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Elements of a effective sales funnel and how Carmelo knows it’s his sales page that needs work?
  • The kismet of a mastermind… you never know what skills will come to play.
  • Ways to quickly improve the conversion rate on your sales pages.
  • Plus: Tyler opens up about the struggle of doing something new.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day. He is the creator of the Kickstarter funded graphic novel, THE MAGNIFICENT and the recent sci-fi/ horror graphic novel anthology Cellar Door.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/shopify
ComixLaunch.com/mastermind


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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If you have something for sale on an online shop, get someone (maybe family or friend) to go through the process of buying from you in front of you. Ask them to talk aloud what they’re thinking, seeing? Make notes of ways to improve the experience based on seeing it through their eyes.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

chimerascomics.com
http://twitter.com/chimerascomics
https://facebook.com/groups/chimerascomicscommunity/
https://www.instagram.com/chimerascomics


Quote:

“Everything gets harder if you start going on and on about how hard it is.” – N.D. Wilson

How do you best launch a new podcast for artists and creators that will build community and make an impact? That’s the challenge Ryan Summers brings to a mastermind of his potential listeners for clarity and actionable suggestions about how to roll out his new show.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How to go beyond creating content and actually create a real conversation with your audience?
  • Ways to roll out the red carpet for your podcast guests that make them authentically want to spread your message?
  • Launch strategies that work.
  • Plus: 5 Lessons Learned from Running MasterMinds for Year

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Ryan Summers is a Chicago director, designer, animator and educator, teaching at online schools like Mograph Mentor and the School of Motion. He loves hockey, root beer, and Hellboy – and he wants to help you make stuff, too.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

ComixLaunch.com/MasterMind
http://comixlaunch.com/mm-apply


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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How can you create premium experiences for the people you work with?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

All of Ryan’s social is under the name Oddernod.
His demo reel is here: https://vimeo.com/165309652


Quote:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

One of the best parts about writing historical fiction graphic novels, is doing research into fascinating people, times and places in the past. However, it also represents a challenge of determining how to best incorporate that research into your work. In this mastermind session, writer Shaun Manning brainstorms systems and processes for weaving rich history into compelling historical fiction.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Balancing getting the history right with telling an engaging tale.
  • The power of having beta readers with an expertise in your subject matter.
  • Showing vs. telling and how much a reader really needs to know.
  • Plus: Hear honest feedback from a creator mastermind group that Tyler assembled back in June who have been meeting regularly for support and accountability.

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Shaun Manning is the writer and co-creator of the historical graphic novel Macbeth: The Red King, which was recently funded through Kickstarter, as well as Hell, Nebraska and Interesting Drug. He has also written short comics for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Get on the ComixLaunch MasterMind Interest List –> ComixLaunch.com/mastermind

Patreon Special Offers Handbook –> https://docsend.com/view/kye8mxq
Running a Special Offer Video –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awpBJMli9Ps&feature=youtu.be


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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Do you have BETA readers? What if you assembled a small group of BETA readers for 2019?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Twitter and Instagram: @FasterthanShaun
Website: shaunmanning.com


Quote:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein

The best thing about creative people is that they have lots of great project ideas. But when our time and resources are limited, that also poses a challenge. In this podcast, Dobbers creator Darryl Jones solicits feedback from a mastermind of creator peers on which of several promising projects to launch next.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How the stakes are raised on the what to create question when you become a full-time creator.
  • Balancing audience and market interest and expectations with your own creative desires.
  • The importance of momentum in your creative business and how to harness it.
  • Plus: Kickstarter’s Make100 is back in January… Are you on board?

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Darryl Jones, is a lifelong artist and gamer with a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He’s created The Dobbers, which is both a graphic novel and popular board game successfull funded on Kickstarter. His work has been featured in other nerdy worlds such as, True Dungeon, Dwarven Forge, Nerd Fitness, Green Couch Games and Bellwether Games.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Sebastian Chow is the London-based writer and artist of the Kickstarter funded feline space race series, CATAPULTED.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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On a sheet of paper, draw a set of dominoes lined up in a row. Now, label each domino with projects you’d like to complete in the next year, in an order where completing one “domino” makes the next one easier.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Follow Darryl Jones @splatteredink on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with all of his upcoming projects!


Quote:

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

Setting your funding goal is one of the most important decisions when launching a Kickstarter campaign. In this special MasterMind style session of ComixLaunch, writer/artist Sebastian Chow gets advice from the round table on how to nail the funding goal for his next launch.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • How to know when you’re ready to kick up your Kickstarter funding goal?
  • Ways to “stack the deck” so getting funded is inevitable.
  • Key questions to ask yourself before locking in a Kickstarter goal.
  • Plus: An Update on the ComixLaunch MasterMind experiment

This Session’s Sponsor:

The ComixLaunch MasterMind. If you would you like to meet once a month with a group of serious, like-minded creators to talk about your projects and creative business for mutual support and accountability in the new year, go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind and get on the interest list.
New Groups will be forming in December and start meeting in January!


In the Mastermind Hot Seat:

Sebastian Chow is a comic creator from London, with one successful Kickstarter under his belt. His comic CATAPULTED tells the story of a cats journey to space and beyond. He’s currently working towards a second Kickstarter in 2019 that will finish off the CATAPULTED story in a trade paperback collection.


In the Mastermind Round Table:

  • Darryl Jones is a comic book creator, designer, and creator of the successful fantasy board game Dobbers.
  • Shaun Manning is a writer and creator of historical graphic novels such as MacBeth: The Red King, and has written short comics for for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, the Thought Bubble anthology, and more.
  • Ryan Summers is a Chicago-based director, designer, animator and educator… and soon to be podcaster.
  • Carmelo Chimera is a lawyer and comic shop owner by day, and a comic book creator by later in the day.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:


More About Our Sponsor:

Tough question time…

Right now, how many people are there on this planet who:

Know exactly what it is you’re trying to create this week, this month, this year, in the next five years, and in your lifetime.

Genuinely want you to succeed and regularly think about what they can do to help you on your mission.

You trust can offer good, knowledgeable support & advice and will always tell it to you straight, even if it’s not what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear.

You meet with on a regular, consistent basis to talk about these things because the relationship is a PRIORITY in your life.

How many people do you have in your world right now who fit that full description?

Now Imagine…

There was a small group of high performers and achievers, creators you respect the hell out of and admire…

…and they constantly had YOU on their minds.

Imagine you were meeting regularly with this group of high achieving creators who could support you, include you, connect you and create with you?

WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE?

If you think it might, I’d like to invite you to learn more about the ComixLaunch MasterMind groups starting up in 2019.

Go to ComixLaunch.com/mastermind to get on the interest list and to sign up for one of two live info sessions taking place in December.


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Get a funding estimate for your next launch at ComixLaunch.com/calculator


How to Find Out More About Today’s Hot Seat Creator:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.chow.art/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sebastian.chow/
Website/Blog – https://www.sebastian-chow.com/


Quote:

“Every mind needs friendly contact with other minds, for food of expansion and growth.” – Napoleon Hill

A few years ago, Roye Okupe of YouNeek Studios went all in on his dream to become a successful comic book publisher. In this podcast, Roye shares his journey from watching American super hero cartoons as a child in Nigeria to moving to the States and developing a line of books showcasing heroes inspired by his culture, and all the many lessons he’s learned along the way.


Highlights of this Session include:

  • Roye’s incredible journey from living inNigeria to becoming a Washington, D.C. based comic book publisher.
  • Roye’s strategies to get featured on major press outlets such as The Washington Post.
  • How Roye grew his Facebook page to over 13,000+ fans
  • Plus: Tips for working with overseas creative teams.

This Session’s Featured Resource is Bluehost.

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


Today’s Featured Guest

Roye Okupe is the CEO and Creative Direct of YouNeek Studios, a Washington D.C. based publishing company which produces graphic novels and animated stories inspired by African history, culture & mythology.


Links Mentioned in Today’s Show

ComixLaunch.com/bluehost
ComixLaunch.com/mastermind
https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/a-new-approach-to-our-work-on-drip?


More About Our Featured Resource

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

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

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

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

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

That’s a mistake.

Owning your own domain provides better branding

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

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

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

Own your own domain…

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

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

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


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Write the HEADLINE for your story if it were on the cover of the Washington Post?


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

You can learn more about YouNeek Studios on the website: youneekstudios.com

You can learn more about Roye on my Washington Post Interview here https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/08/24/he-came-to-d-c-from-nigeria-and-created-his-own-african-comic-book-universe/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.94640c77ab49

Roye has an online course that helps creators learn more about the business side of their art. You can check that out here: https://roye-okupe.mykajabi.com/p/creative-biz-launch

Follow Roye on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
https://twitter.com/youneekstudios
https://instagram.com/youneekstudios
https://www.facebook.com/YouNeekStudios

Creator At Large Jeremy Melloul returns to ComixLaunch to discuss his new comics industry podcast and the difference between breaking in and building a career.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What makes the new Creator At Large Podcast different from all the other comics industry podcast out there?
  • The importance of recognizing your strengths and assets and leaning into them.
  • Why Breaking In is a shortsighted play and how to play the long game when it comes to building a creative career.
  • Plus: Some thoughts on short promotional drives for Patreon and other channels.

This Session is Sponsored by

ComixLaunch.com/shopify


Today’s Featured Guest

Jeremy Melloul is a marketing consultant who specializes in working with artists and creators, with a true passion for the comic book industry — how it works, where it’s going, and and what it could be. If you’re a longtime listener of the podcast, you’ve heard him on this show several times, and he was instrumental in helping ComixLaunch get off to to a strong start.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

http://www.creatoratlarge.com

ComixLaunch.com/shopify

ComixLaunch.com/patreon


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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Go subscribe to the new Creator At Large Podcast.


How to Find Out More About Today’s Featured Guest

http://www.creatoratlarge.com/

The long middle stretch of a Kickstarter campaign, where funding and new backers seem hard to come by, can be one of the most difficult parts of a crowdfunding launch. In this session, Tyler explains why the Kickstarter “Dead Zone” happens and what to do about it.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • What is the Kickstarter Dead Zone exactly? What does it look like, feel like, and how does it affect your launch?
  • What causes the Kickstarter Dead Zone and why it’s not your fault?
  • How to think and what to do when you find yourself in the Dead Zone.
  • Plus: 13 Days of Actionable Dead Zone Strategies are available for you now at Patreon.com/comixlaunch

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 this Session:

comixlaunch.com/patreon


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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Decide now how you will capture all of your thoughts, ideas, feelings, ups, downs, etc. during your next launch?
Special journal? daily blog or vlog? fav note taking app?


Quote

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How do you get everyone on your creative team rowing in the same direction when it comes to promoting a big Kickstarter launch? And what does it take to build a strong collaborative relationship to create something truly unique? Those topics and more are up for discussion when L.U.C.H.A. writer C.W. Cooke and artist Travis Hymel stop by the ComixLaunch Podcast.


Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Tips for a productive collaborative relationship with your creative partners before, during and after a Kickstarter launch.
  • A frank discussion about roles of writers and artists when it comes time to promote a crowdfunding launch.
  • Tips for mashing genres to create something truly innovative.
  • Plus: How to get access to a new training featuring 13 Days of Proven Kickstarter Dead Zone Busting Strategies

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.


Today’s Featured Guests

Comic book writer CW Cooke. CW has been writing comics for over a decade, with credits at Big Dog Ink, Devel’s Due, Image, Action Lab and more. His first Kickstarter funded super hero prison drama, Solitary, is currently in development for film and television. His current project L.U.C.H.A, a wrestling sci-fi thriller, is funding on Kickstarter.

Travis Hymel is a Colorado based graphic designer, illustrator, and comic book artist and the co-creator of L.U.C.H.A.


Links Mentioned in this Episode

ComixLaunch.com/patreon 
ComixLaunch.com/deadzoneebook
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1016350946/lucha-a-wrestling-sci-fi-thriller?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=l.u.c.h.a. 


More About Our Sponsor

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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