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:!

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 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" —
  • 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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