How to build an award-winning anthology with Eisner-winning Popgun editor D.J. Kirkbride

D.J. Kirkbride is one of the people who I looked up to when I started doing cons. He had an Eisner, a ton of creator friends, and an awesome reputation. Over the years, he’s kept increasing his stable of books from Popgun at Image, to Amelia Cole at IDW, to The Biggest Bang at Dark…

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5 pitfalls to avoid when making an anthology with Devastator Press publisher Amanda Meadows

This week on the show we welcome back Amanda Meadows to Jam out about anthologies with me! Amanda is the publisher of Wannabe Press along with Geoffrey Golden, and their awesome comedy publisher started our through anthologies, specifically Devastator Press. If you haven’t listened to her previous episode, check it out by clicking here. This…

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The New Paradigm of anthologies with Watson and Holmes publisher Brandon Perlow

Brandon Perlow is an interesting cat. I met him soon after he raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter for the Eisner-nominated Watson and Holmes, and we’ve been friends ever since, feeding each other advice on publishing and Kickstarter. I’ve learned a ton from him over the years, and I’m so glad he came on to talk…

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Top 5 things you need to know when creating an anthology with MANthology editor Christine HIpp

This week we’re talking anthologies, shockingly since we have our anthology live on Kickstarter now (Have you backed? No? You probably should. Just click here) with our good friend Christine Hipp. Christine came on to talk about her first anthology on this episode, and she’s back to talk about her new anthology, the MANthology, and…

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Building a Comixtribe with Comixlaunch Founder Tyler James

We’re doing something a little new and a little weird on this episode of The Business of Art. This episode is the second part of a two-parter I recorded with my friend Tyler James from Comixtribe and the Comixlaunch podcast. The first part of this two-parter is where he interviewed me and you can find…

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How to make an awesome horror anthology with Nightmare World creator Dirk Manning

Dirk Manning is a horror institution. He’s been touring around the Midwest for nearly a decade with his amazing horror anthology Nightmare World, and more recently his companion series Tales of Mr. Rhee. He one of the few guys I know that cons as much and as hard as me. He did 31 appearances last…

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Talking Baseball and Business with Author Kirk McKnight

  Kirk McKnight took his love of baseball and turned it into a writer career, writing a book called The Voices of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America’s Past time, where the game’s broadcasters talked about the majesty of each individual ballpark. He followed it up with The Voices of Hockey: Broadcasters Reflect…

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Getting your Mindset Right with Misfit Entrepreneur Dave Lukas

I met Dave Lukas on Twitter of all places. We followed each other and exchanged some DMs, and that led to emails, phone calls, and eventually being on each other’s podcast. This is another podcast exchange episode. I was on Dave’s podcast, The Misfit Entrepreneur (www.misfitentrepreneur.com) to talk about improving your sales game without feeling…

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How to Make Comics with IDW writer and DC Inker Martin Dunn

Martin is a comic creator who has been through the trenches as an artist, too. He’s written for IDW, Hashtag, and his own company CAE, and inked for both DC and Dark Horse books, among many others. Seriously, his Comic Vine resume is hefty. Here is the first part of his bio, straight from Comic…

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Being a Convention Warrior with Jamestown Publishing founder James Haick

James Haick is the publisher of Jamestown Publishing and creator of Solar Flare, a comic about a solar flare that destroys humanity’s way of life, that was successful on Kickstarter several times over the last few years. I had James on the show because he’s starting a new company called Jamestown Publishing, which features an…

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How to Have a Rosy Outlook on Comics with Emet Comics publisher Maytal Gilboa

Maytal Gilboa is the founder and publisher of Emet Comics and Rosy Press. Since she just acquired Rosy Press, I wanted to have her on in order to discuss why she bought the press, along with her massively successful Kickstarter for Finding Molly. Besides that, she’s a wealth of business knowledge. Here is the description…

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Traditional vs. Self-Publishing with World Fantasy Award Winning Author Tim Powers

This week on the show we have Tim Powers, Philip K. Dick award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of Dinner at Deviant’s Palace and On Stranger Tides. I met Tim at Loscon and he made an offhand comment about how nobody should ever self-publish their book. I asked him to come on the show and…

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Live at Palm Springs Comic Con: The Man who Created Halloween with Legendary Producer Irwin Yablans and Shelly Saltman

This week on the show, we’re back at Palm Springs Comic Con for one of my favorite panels I’ve ever moderated, because I interviewed a living legend. Two living legends in fact. I was honored to moderate The Man who Created Halloween panel with Irwin Yablans, legendary producer of the film, and Shelly Saltman, who didn’t…

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Setting SMART goals for 2017

When I started setting real, tangible SMART goals in 2015, my career saw hockey stick, exponential growth. Before then, I had a set of goals that I wanted to attain, but they were usually either too easy or impossibly hard to achieve. Most importantly, there was no way to measure success so I usually abandoned…

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Selling books to humans with Humanoids Marketing Director Hillery Pastovich

Hillery Pastovich has been selling and marketing comics for publishers since 2005, most notably for Tokyo Pop and now for Humanoids. Along the way she’s figured out how to sell not only to people at shows but also at libraries and directly to stores as well. In fact, her knowledge about selling to libraries and stores…

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The 5 Best (and Worst) Cons of 2016

  This year saw me make 45 appearances overall, and exhibit at 37 conventions. I thought it would be a good idea to do a recap of all my conventions for anybody crazy enough to attend as many shows as me, and pull out my favorites and least favorites so you can add or remove…

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Interview #40: The Secrets of Crowdfunding Success with Kickstarter Publishing Director Margot Atwell

This week on the show we have Margot Atwell, Publisher of Gutpunch Press, writer of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success, and publishing director at Kickstarter. Here is her bio straight from www.emdashandco.com. Margot Atwell is a publishing professional with over a decade of experience. She is currently a Publishing Community Manager at Kickstarter.com.…

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Live at Palm Springs Comic Con: The Writer’s Journey with Justin Kirkman

Palm Springs Comic Con asked me to participate on four panels this year. This was the first one of the weekend, where I talked about the Writer’s Journey with Justin Kirkman from Cali Comics (www.calicomics.com; @JustinJKirkman). You might recognize the last name from a previous episode. Justin’s wife, Melissa, moderated my panel on Kickstarting comics…

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Interview #39: The Comicraft of Lettering with Elephantmen Creator Richard Starkings

  Today we have Richard Starkings on the show. If you don’t know Richard’s work as a letterer, editor, and writer, then I highly recommend you check out Elephantmen, his Image series that’s run for over 70 issues. He’s running is first Kickstarter right now, with the goal of raising $15,000 to create a complete…

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Live at Loscon: You have a great idea, now what with Tony Todaro, Leslie Ann Moore, S. P. Hendrick, and Justin Robinson

This is the second of two panels I participated in at LOSCON this year. The first was a panel I moderated about editing manuscripts and how to find a good editor, which I posted last week. I didn’t moderate this panel, but it gives such excellent information that I thought it would be good to…

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