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ComicLab Podcast!

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 09:22 AM

For the cartoonists and comics lovers among us, I have something new and fun: A weekly podcast called ComicLab, with my friend and fellow cartoonist, Brad Guigar. It's half cartooning shop-talk, half pro tips, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES.

...have a listen below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, or anywhere podcasts can be heard! Or even on our dedicated Patreon page: Patreon.com/ComicLab!

Webcomic veterans Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar tackle another bushel of questions from creative professionals! FIRST, they share advice for people who are starting their first steps into cartooning later in life. How do you do comics with a spouse, kids, a mortgage and, well… a life? NEXT, what’s the best way to support a comics creator? THEN, if you came of age in a Web 2.0 environment of message boards and forums, how can you hope to build community these days? PLUS, the prevailing advice is to find your niche and stay there. It helps Amazon’s algorithm, according to conventional wisdom. So… should you? FINALLY, Are you undervaluing your Patreon pledge tiers? And, if so, what should you do?

BUT FIRST: After living out of a suitcase for a few weeks while his family moved into a new house, Dave realizes he needs just a little bit to live happily. And a little bit more. And a little bit more.

Show notes

  • 00:15 — Dave needs very little to survive… or does he?
  • 03:08 — Bonjoro update
  • 04:17 — What advice would you give to someone starting cartooning later in life?
  • 18:30 — What’s the best way to support a comic creator?
  • 28:27 — Building community on a post-Web 2.0 environment
  • 42:02 — Advice on staying focused within your chosen genre to satisfy Amazon’s algorithm.
  • 54:03 — Are you undervaluing your Patreon pledge tiers?

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ComicLab Podcast with MY WIFE!

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 09:26 AM

For the cartoonists and comics lovers among us, I have something new and fun: A weekly podcast called ComicLab, with my friend and fellow cartoonist, Brad Guigar. It's half cartooning shop-talk, half pro tips, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES.

...have a listen below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, or anywhere podcasts can be heard! Or even on our dedicated Patreon page: Patreon.com/ComicLab!


This week on the show we're thrilled to welcome the creative powerhouse Gloria Calderón Kellett. Well-known for the critically acclaimed relaunch of "One Day At A Time," she is a show-runner, writer, actor and all-around force-to-be-reckoned-with. She talks with Dave and Brad about her writing process, finding new ideas, sitcom writing, writing as a collaboration, editing for humor, and much, much more. Gloria and Dave have been married for a number of years. (Which number is anybody's guess.) So this marks the first time that one of the ComicLab hosts exchanged smooches with one of the guests.

Sorry, Jake.

BUT FIRST... Speaking of humor writing, Brad's older son, Alex, has become fascinated with writing comedy. And that has resulting in a strange combination of pride and fear for dad.

Show notes

  • 00:00 — Brad's son wants to be a writer
  • 11:10 — Facing the blank page
  • 16:46 — What's missing from webcomics? Craft services.
  • 19:49 — Writing an episode for TV
  • 21:19 — Accepting criticism
  • 25:00 — Do Gloria and Dave ever collaborate on each other's projects?
  • 27:27 — "Finding your muse" in an actor
  • 34:24 — Writing as part of a team
  • 44:20 — How to see a live taping of ODAT
  • 45:23 — The sitcom writing format
  • 55:55 — Editing for humor
  • 01:02:09 — Writing in groups vs writing solitude

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ComicLab Podcast!

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 09:28 AM

For the cartoonists and comics lovers among us, I have something new and fun: A weekly podcast called ComicLab, with my friend and fellow cartoonist, Brad Guigar. It's half cartooning shop-talk, half pro tips, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES.

...have a listen below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, or anywhere podcasts can be heard! Or even on our dedicated Patreon page: Patreon.com/ComicLab!

Great news! We have a DISCOUNT CODE for Bonjoro — exclusively for our $5+ Patreon backers! NEXT: Dave and Brad drill deep on the ubiquitous DRM-free PDF. We discuss what it is, why we use it, and how to best implement it. THEN: We grapple with one of the great mysteries of life — If we could time-travel back to talk to ourselves in our 20s, what advice would we give? FINALLY: If you're doing a comic strip that incorporates a storyline, you should be doing a longform comic instead.

BUT FIRST... As the rest of his family is waiting for him to come home to start a camping trip in the Poconos, Brad makes a mistake that has him sitting in his bank's branch office for several hours, sweating bullets.

Show notes

  • 00:00 — Brad gets phished, but good.
  • 19:05 — Bonjoro DISCOUNT CODE
  • 23:40 — DRM-free PDFs
  • 37:27 — What advice would you give to 20-year-old you?
  • 50:55 — If you're doing a comic strip that incorporates a storyline, you should be doing a longform comic instead.

Great rewards when you support ComicLab

$2 — support the show

$5 — submit a question for possible use on the show AND get the exclusive ProTips podcast

$10 — record an audio question for possible use on the show AND get the exclusive ProTips podcast

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