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This week's ComicLab Podcast!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 09:32 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!

While Brad's son was at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Dave called him in his hotel room to talk comics. Pantsless, Brad obliged. They discussed Dave's new Kickstarter at DriveKickstarter.com and the agony of Kickstarter panic. THEN Dave gets some intriguing advice on using one's own photo as a social-media avatar. NEXT, a patron asks about brainstorming from scratch. THEN another patron asks about the main sources of webcomics revenue and how it has changed over time — and which revenue sources should be the focus of beginner cartoonists. NEXT, Brad loses his ever-lovin' temper over NSFW creators bad-mouthing Patreon. THEN a patron asks whether we've switched comics with other creators for something fun to do. Brad's mood does not improve.

BUT FIRST, what can make an anti-social grump like Brad come out of his hotel room to attend social hour? Here's a hint: It rhymes with bree fear.

Show notes

  • 00:00 — Dave's wife imagines his internal monologue as ♪♫♪ "do-dee-do-do-doooo." ♪ ♫♪
  • 02:13 — How Brad learned to love his hotel's social hour.
  • 09:49 — Dave has launched a new Kickstarter for his sci-fi/humor comic, "Drive" — DriveKickstarter.com
  • 11:34 — Kickstarter panic
  • 14:59 — Using your actual photo as your social-media avatar
  • 22:55 — Audio Question — Dave Slusher of "Spoonbenders" asks about brainstorming.
  • 25:58 — Learning the difference between walking away from a project and running away from a project.
  • 35:05 — The fatal problem of wordy comics — and why Jim Davis' 25-Word Rule isn't so dumb.
  • 39:24 — Where are the largest sources of income for webcartoonists — and how has that changed over time?
  • 46:09 — Patreon changed its payment processing for some creators in August to a company in the UK. It caused some declined payments — and some NSFW creators ran to social media to badmouth Patreon. Find out why this made Brad furious, what his [correct] guess was about the backstory, and why creators owe a debt to gratitude to the crowdfunding giant. (P.S. Guess who writes these synopses)
  • 53:35 — What income sources should new cartoonists be paying attention to? (Here's a hint: It's not what you think)
  • 01:00:00 — A patron asks us if we've ever done a comic swap with another creator
  • 01:06:00 — At first Brad thought Dave's "Anatomy of Authors" was a terrible idea. He glady admits how wrong he was and encourages his friend to never ever take his advice.
  • 01:08:23 — The brilliance of "Anatomy of Authors"

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Woo-hooooo!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:41 AM

We’ve now unlocked 59 pages of extra stories in the DRIVE Kickstarter...and at no extra cost to you! And we’re about to add MORE pages when we unlock our seventh stretch goal!
Get your copy, before someone claims the joy-filled life YOU should be living!
LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smallfish/drive-act-2-hardcover-or-get-acts-1-and-2

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This week's ComicLab podcast with Dylan Meconis!

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 09:47 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!

Webcomics wardens Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are joined this week by “The Long Con” writer, Dylan Meconis. They discuss ways in which an artist can improve their critical eye. NEXT, a listener asks whether a creator should have one, central Patreon campaign — or should they split them among different projects? THEN, the trio brainstorms strategies to integrate new readers into an ongoing longford comic. FINALLY, Dave and Brad announce their plans to attend the Patreon convention, PatreCon, in November!

BUT FIRST, when Brad takes his kids to the Huron County Fair, they learn a lot about rural life.

Show notes

  • 00:00 — During his trip to Michigan, Brad takes his boys to the Huron County Fair. (The Zipper)
  • 06:23 — The FFA livestock auction
  • 09:50 — Introducing special guest Dylan Meconis
  • 12:00 — Brad’s looking forward to his Huntsville, Ala., work vacation
  • 14:43Documentary about Osamu Tezuka (“Astroboy”)
  • 17:07 — “How do I develop my critical eye?”
  • 33:41 — Should you have one Patreon campaign or split them among different projects?
  • 53:23 — How do you integrate new readers in the middle of an ongoing longford comic?
  • 01:05:12 — Will Patreon’s physical-reward-fulfillment push work?
  • 01:12:00 — Dave and Brad will both be attending PatreCon (Nov. 1-3)
  • 01:17:24 — Brad becomes the new pitchman for Gingo Balboa.

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.

Check out Dylan Meconis’ comics: Family Man, Bite Me, and Outfoxed.

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