The Stranger things about running a comics company with Niobe creator Sebastian Jones

This episode showcases my dear friend Sebastian Jones, whose company Stranger Comics is seeing the type of explosive growth you hope for every company run by good people. With their message of inclusion, focus on fantastic stories, and 20 year journey to bring the world of Asunda onto the world stage, Stranger went from tabling…

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Keeping your creative Compass pointed South with Batgirl Writer Hope Larson

This week on the show I’m excited to have Hope Larson as a guest. Hope is the current writer for Batgirl, but I know her from her amazing work on Chiggers, Compass South, and the A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel, along with having the most reasonably priced original art I’ve ever seen. I picked…

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The First name in creator owned Comics with Preacher Executive Producer Ken Levin

This week on the show is another live show, but it’s not a panel or a workshop. This panel is a spotlight panel with Ken Levin, founder of First Comics in both the 80s and during its relaunch in 2011. Ken started First Comics in a world that only knew Marvel and DC, and he…

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How to Build a Rabid Audience from Scratch

This week I’m bringing you a live workshop I did at Wyrdcon 2017 about how to build an audience from scratch. This is the holy grail, people. There is no point in making things if you don’t have an audience to buy it, unless you really don’t want people responding to your work. Since every…

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How to get your comic over the finish line with Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Christie Shinn, Barbra Dillon, Garrett Gunn, and Hannah McGill

Have you ever started a comic and not finished it? Are you in the middle of production on a comic and getting lost in the weeks? Do you lie awake at night trying to figure out how your book will ever get done? That’s the topic of this week’s live episode, recorded at Silicon Valley…

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Plotting the ZeneSCOPE of your career with Author and Creator Pat Shand

I won’t lie. Pat Shand is a guy I’m a little jealous of because he seamlessly weaves comics and novels into one awesome career. He’s raised $20,000+ on Kickstarter and had exclusive contracts with comic publishers. He’s written Marvel books, including Guardians of The Galaxy, and he’s just killing it. I’m not even gonna attempt…

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Becoming a better editor with Beth Scorzoto

This week’s show features Beth Scorzato, freelance editor, and maker of cool things. I’ve known Beth since she moved to Los Angeles a few years ago, and she was on my list of people I’ve wanted on the show since the beginning. Here’s her bio, straight from www.bethscorzato.com. I’m originally from Connecticut, where I grew…

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How to Sell at Conventions with Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Gwendolyn Dreyer, Daniel De Sosa, and Mike Wellman

  This week we have another live show from Long Beach Comic Expo. This is our last live panel from that show, and it was an awesome one, especially if you ever wanted to learn how to sell at conventions. Our awesome panelists are some of the best I know at selling at conventions, and…

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The Politics of Partnership with Mark Waid, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Dean Haspiel

This week is another live episode, this time from the Comic Creator Conference at Long Beach Comic Expo. I know it feels like I’ve done a ton of live shows recently, but I have such a backlog of amazing panels that I want to get them out while they’re still relevant. Usually I like to…

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How to Build an Art Portfolio and Pitch to Editors with Pia Guerra, Tom Hutchison, Greg Smith, Laura Neubert, and Margot Atwell

This week on the show we have another live episode. This time, it’s an amazing panel I moderated and put together from Emerald City Comicon. The fact that me, as a first-time vendor at the show, was able to book a panel at Emerald City Comicon was pretty amazing, and it was almost entirely due…

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Incubating Bestselling Authors with Author Incubator founder Angela Lauria

Today on the show I have Angela Lauria, founder of the Author Incubator, which has successfully launched over 270 bestselling authors into the stratosphere.  I had to have her on to talk about her success and how she can create bestselling authors on autopilot. Here’s a little about the Author Incubator, from their website www.theauthorincubator.com:…

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How to Develop a Profitable Pitch

If you want to get somebody interested in buying your product, whether it’s a book, a print, or even your services, you need to start with a dynamite pitch. In my experience, you don’t have much time to catch somebody’s interest. Luckily, I’ve perfected the steps to a good pitch so you can gain somebody’s…

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Get schooled on anthologies with Monster Elementary writer Nicholas Doan and editor Gwendolyn Dreyer

Nicholas Doan and Gwendolyn Dreyer are two of my favorite people in the comics community. They are incredible at giving of their time and knowledge, along with making dope ass books. I brought them on the show to talk about anthology in conjunction with the launch of my new anthology Monsters and Other Scary Shit. Click here…

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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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