This week's ComicLab podcast!

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:41 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:!

Webcomics weirdos Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! When a Patreon backer hits the viral jackpot, they wonder if it wasn’t fool’s gold. This turns into a discussion of smart online marketing, how publishing religious content is like posting NSFW comics, and one overarching theme — social media isn’t about generating Buzz so much as it’s about building Community. Then, the boys talk about getting a publisher excited about comics, and finally, those sentimental things we hold onto that we should probably let go.

BUT FIRST, “Muaauughhh, the French… champagne…”

Show notes

  • 00:00 — Orson Welles stumbles through a Paul Mason wine commercial blitzed off his keister.
  • 09:48 — It’s illegal to run a raffle on Patreon… unless you do it this way.
  • 18:10 — Going viral… is it “fool’s gold”?
  • 22:40 — If your promotion isn’t clickable, it’s useless
  • 24:46 — Frequent/Consistent/Significant still plays a role in today’s webcomics publishing
  • 28:19 — Posting cartoons about divisive topics will have significant consequences
  • 29:35 — Publishers of religious-themed content should pay close attention to how successful publishers of NSFW content operate. The two require a very similar approach
  • 32:23 — Niche publishing
  • 35:37 — Generating BUZZ on social media vs cultivating COMMUNITY
  • 43:43 — Buying advertising is too much money for not enough return
  • 44:28 — Being a guest on a podcast/YouTube channel… is it good promotion?
  • 46:36 — Webcomics growth is usually slow growth
  • 47:31 — How do you go about getting a publisher excited about comics if they're not typically known for it?
  • 56:46 — What are the things you should probably sacrifice practically speaking, but you're just not ready to part with, because they remind you of good times of why you love being a cartoonist?
  • 01:07:54 — When you’re introduced to a cartoonist who is apparently a big deal...but you’ve never heard of them

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

Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

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