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Nov 16, 2018
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This Week's ComicLab Podcast!

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 09:31 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!

Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking shop! When a Patreon backer asks for tips on hustling and networking, Brad gets uncomfortable. Then, the guys struggle to make sense of demographic data. And finally, they help a fellow cartoonist navigate book distribution.

BUT FIRST, Dave asks... if you could see one statistic floating over people's heads, what would it be?

Show notes

  • 13:17 — Game show themes for fun and profit
  • 15:27 — Brad thought Graham Chapman did the Monty Python animations — not Terry Gilliam. He is a dunce.
  • 17:12 — Tips on hustling and networking
  • 34:37 — Understanding demographic information
  • 52:34 — Navigating book distribution

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

$50 — Sponsor the show! We’ll read a brief promo for your comic/product and read it twice during the show AND you get the exclusive ProTips podcast

Brad Guigar is the creator of Evil Inc and the editor of Webcomics.com

Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

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2019 Signings & Appearances!

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 09:24 AM

Hey gang!

So far, I have three signings/appearances for 2019, and I thought I'd share them with you, so you can make plans to attend!

SAN DIEGO, CA
"San Diego Comic-Con," Jul 17-21

SEATTLE, WA
"Emerald City Comic-Con," Mar 14-17

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
"NCS Fest," May 17-1

ANAHEIM, CA
"WonderCon," Mar 29-31

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Please vote!

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 09:28 AM

American friends! A few thoughts on the election, from a fellow citizen-person!

First, PLEASE VOTE. If you think your voice doesn’t count, or wondering if it’s worth the time…IT IS. Our representative democracy only works when folks engage their voice in the one platform that truly matters: Voting.

Almost half of eligible Americans didn’t vote in the last election. Perhaps it was that the two candidates left them uninspired. Perhaps they felt the choice wouldn’t matter. Whatever their personal reasoning, that meant over 100,000,000 Americans didn’t vote. ONE HUNDRED MILLION.

Here is why it’s critical you vote. Like Nixon or Andrew Jackson, Trump embodies a massive, dangerous threat to our constitutional system. He is actively undermining the rule of law and the freedom of the press, and he is corrupting the moral center of our politics.

He is, to put it bluntly, a dangerous man.

But! The Framers of our Constitution knew this would happen. Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers are full of warnings about dangerous politicians who gain power by playing to people’s worst fears, by lying, and by pitting group against group.

The Framers built our entire system of Constitutional checks and balances to play human greed and fear and ego off themselves. The desires of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches would each check the worst attributes of the other. None would have unlimited power.

Trump has no checks. The Legislative body has wincingly looked the other way at a whole host of terrible moves. I could go through the litany of them, but the only one you need to remember is children. Separated from parents. And locked up. Morally, that’s all you need to know.

If the counter-argument to that is, “But the economy!” I’ll paraphrase the Bible for an American context: “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”. What does it gain America if unemployment is low, but we forget who we are?

I say this as a straight, white, well-educated Christian dude who has nothing — NOTHING — to fear in Trump’s America. I fear for what happens to my Latinx, black, Jewish, Muslim and gay brothers and sisters…who all have infinitely more to fear.

Remember the Holocaust poem, "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, & there was no one left to speak for me.”

You’ve felt it in your bones. The shift in our politics. The words and the tones and the corrupting influence of Trump on our culture has been devastating. But your vote can start to reverse that tide.

To my friends who are independents, who are Democrats, & who are traditional Conservatives, I beg of you: Put country before party. In this mid-term election, vote for checks and balances against Trump. Your Senator, your Representative, your Governor, your Attorney General.

We are better than this in our politics. I see it every day in the small acts of kindness Americans show towards one another. We are not defined by the worst elements among us. So I ask you friends, go out and express your love of country with the power of your vote.

That’s all I got. Thank you, friends, for voting!

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