Then, the gang tackles some great topics like the uncomfortable relationship we artists have with photo reference. Why is there a stigma around using it? And what’s the best way to use it? Then Brad and Dave marvel over Erika’s participation in Helioscope studios. She assures the two crusty hermits that working in an office full of other cartoonists can actually be a positive experience.
Finally, they grapple with the complexities of character design, and discuss the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in building a comic.
BUT FIRST… Dave and Brad catch the Bonjoro bug. It’s either an incredibly powerful tool for cultivating Patreon backers or it’s a good way to send poorly lit videos of your not-ready-for-primetime mug to a recoiling patron. Or both. Is it a good choice if you have a face like Brad’s? Is it an effective tool to build longterm patronage? Could it possibly be worth $25a month??
0:00 — Using Bonjoro to cultivate Patreon backers
11:55 — Erika has a decidedly different approach to a Kickstarter launch than the one promoted in an earlier ComicLab show
20:47 — Using photo reference wisely
32:01 — Working in a studio
43:16 — Savvy approaches to character design
54:19 — Diversity and inclusion. It’s tricky, it’s complicated, it can lead to misunderstandings… and it’s really, really important.