This has been a crazy summer. First I had what should have been a routine medical procedure that ended up ruining my health for the next two months. Then, when that was finally sorted out, I was jumping right back into school, and due to the problems I'd been facing, I hadn't established habits that would help me keep up with the podcast and school and work and family, and have not yet been able to make that happen.
There's a lot that can be said about that, but more importantly for right now, Exploring Comics is back! Not weekly, as of yet, but we have been able to finally get a panel episode to work properly and have it ready in time for StArt Faire's October issue! Check it out there, and keep an eye here for more exciting news about the podcast and other projects I'm working on.
There's been a lot going on here lately, not least of which being a stay in the hospital that put this past week's episode behind schedule. It's almost done, by the way.
One thing you may have noticed around here is that, earlier today, all the embedded episodes on the posts here stopped working. This is because the Soundcloud account needed an overhaul to restore some older episodes that had gone down due to upload limits in the correct order. Which, point A, yes! There are more episodes available on Soundcloud now than there used to be! And point B, I will have those embeds fixed very soon. Sundays are just very busy days for me.
The reason for the overhaul was that the People's Choice Podcast Awards are in the nomination stage, and Exploring Comics is one of the options for people to choose from! Which you should totally do, through this here link. You can find us under the Society - Culture category, and possibly the People's Choice one. You have to just pick one, though. Hexes & Bows, the tabletop gaming podcast I contribute to, is also available, and conveniently not in the same category, so you can nominate both. Plus 18 more, if you like, because there are a total of 20 categories.
So please, head over there and show some love! It would really mean the world to me. Thanks!
The internet is a big, loud, complicated place. How's a small press comic supposed to get readers and support in such an environment? This month, Derik Diaz, Donathin Frye, Resphael, and Kabocha sit down and talk about using Patreon, Kickstarter, Thunderclap, Twitter, Project Wonderful, and more! We look at some options for what works, what doesn't, and personal experiences in marketing.
The full conversation is almost an hour and a half long and includes a lot more discussion about each of these topics, as well as talk about budgeting support for other creators and a whole conversation on time management that had to be cut due to...well, time management. And you can have all of it by pledging $1/episode over on our Patreon or contacting me about buying it by itself for $1!
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Last weekend, we were at ComiCONN, "A Show For the Fans, By the Fans" at Foxwoods Resort Casino to see what it was like! Our host gives a basic overview, and then it's off to the interviews of a lot of great stuff for you to check out!
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I sat down in a McDonald's to talk to J.D. Lunt, creator of a number of autobiographical comics and co-editor of now two anthologies on veteran's stories, about the act of preserving oral history through the comic medium. We discuss the Center for Cartoon Studies, the accessibility of comics, the experience of veterans (especially woman veterans), how he made decisions regarding the anthologies, and more!
As always, there's also more in the Patron version of the episode, which includes more discussion on CCS, more personal history, and other little additions! Just one dollar an episode gets you access to the full, uncut episodes.
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There are some topics that I seek to do an episode on because they hold a personal interest for me, things I use in my own comics or see in the comics I regularly read. But there are other things that, frankly, I know nothing about, so I go out and try to find someone to explain it to me. To that end, Rinkelle was kind enough to come on and educate me on the Magical Girl genre/trope, and we even managed to find a task for you, the listener, to consider taking on. There's also some important news about things happening with Exploring Comics!
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Donathin Frye, Kristin Tipping, and Zachary Eckmann come by for the May panel on writing for comics! With a breadth of experience in writing (and working with writers) their comic projects, this trio talks about working in creative teams, doing comics solo, bringing characters to life, and more!
For the full conversation, head over to Patreon and make a pledge! Just $1/episode will unlock even more discussion, including talk about the plugins and tools Kristin and Donathin use for lettering their comics! And stay tuned for news about how to get access to extended (but still shorter than the Patron version) panel episodes absolutely free, coming soon!
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Tri Vuong comes on this week to discuss some of the founding principles of designing characters, creatures, and comics in general. We talk about shape language, working with colors, the different needs between print and webcomics, and more!
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I recently drove out to Cambridge, Massachusetts to talk with Dan Mazur; he's a founding member of the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), as well as a comic creator and historian. We recorded in a basement stairway of the Cambridge Public Library, so please excuse the hum. We talked about pulling together the comics community of Boston, where indie and webcomics exist in a historical context, and some great comics that have come out of the group.
There's a lot more to this episode, including some discussion on various other independent comics expos, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library in Columbus, Ohio, and even a brief run-in with a security guard because it seems we found our way to the wrong part of the library. For all that, and access to the full versions of every episode, simply head over to the Exploring Comics Patreon and pledge just $1 per episode. Any support helps bring these conversations to a wider audience and may even make it so that episodes don't need to come down from Soundcloud.
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Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.