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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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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