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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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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This week's guest is Taikina, creator of the comic Helvetin Paska. We talk about comics whose art evolves over time, a couple comics that seemed to hit a solid formula right at the start, and the programs that have helped him develop the look of his comic - whatever that will be someday.
Due to sidetracking, almost half of the full interview ended up being cut. But you can have it back! For just a $1 pledge on my Patreon, you can have the version of the episode with the entire interview intact!
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Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.