Who am I?
My name is Russell Nohelty, publisher of Wannabe Press (www.wannabepress.com), a small press that creates weird books for weird people, and host of The Business of Art podcast (www.thebusinessofart.us), which helps creatives build better businesses.
In today's world, artists must be able to combine commerce and creativity in order to succeed, and my mission is to give creatives all the actionable advice they need to build sustainable and successful careers.
Below you will find every panel I've ever moderated and every workshop I've ever held. Don't take my word that I'm the right for your event, let me prove it to you.
If you think I would be a good fit for your event, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out all these great places I've spoken!
What roles can I fill for your event?
When event coordinators and programming director hire me to speak at their events, I fulfill three main roles. The first is of moderator. In that role, I plan panels from scratch and fill them with appropriate panelist which speak to different aspects of the topic at hand.
The second role I fill is that of panelist. If an event already has a moderator and a topic, I fill a spot on the panel and discuss in detail whatever information pertains to the topic. Since I have created successful comics and books, drawn my own comics, published my own books, and run my own companies, my knowledge is vast and a great addition to almost any creative or business related panel.
The third role I fill is that of workshop leader. If your event needs a more hands-on approach and demonstration, I can design and lead a in-depth workshop to supercharge your group's ability to perform any task, whether it be making incredible content, developing a holistic sales strategy, or developing a brand vision.
Below, you will find the panels and workshops I have participated on over the years. If you see something your group will enjoy, I am happy to present the panel or workshop of your choice. However, I can also develop a brand new presentation based on your unique needs.
Insights for Independent Creators
San Diego Comic-Con placed me on this fantastic panel run by The Antidote Trust (TAT). The moderator was Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie (writer, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien/Omnivers and chairperson, WGA Animation Writers Caucus). Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics), Hannibal Tabu (writer, Artifacts/Soulfire: Sourcebook #1/Waso/Project: Wildfire), Nilah Magruder (writer/artist, M.F.K., winner 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity), Eric Dean Seaton (creator, Legend of the Mantamaji trilogy; director, Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, Menthu, The Roach; storyboard artist, Insomnia; winner inaugural Glyph Award) rounded out the panel to discuss independent publishing with me.
Kickstarter vs. Self-funding
I put together this panel with Mike Wellman (www.thecomicbug.com) and ran it at two different conventions. Once at Long Beach Comic Con and a second time at Los Angeles Comic Con. I found a different moderator for each event. Mary Bellamy (www.marybellamy.com) moderated the Long Beach Comic Con event and D. J. Kirkbride (www.djkirkbride.com) hosted the Los Angeles Comic Con event. LBCC AUDIO LACC AUDIO
Is Independent Publishing for You?
Wordfire Press (Kevin J. Anderson's publishing company) asked me to sit on this Comikaze panel about independent publishing, moderated by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, editor or The Martian. Filling out the panel were writers Rebecca Moesta (Star Wars), Neo Edmund(Power Rangers), and Peter Wacks (Heroes: Reborn).
The Pitfalls of Self Publishing
I sat on this panel at Awesome Con about the pitfalls of Self Publishing. Most of my panels have a positive bent, but this one was heavily geared toward the negatives of self publishing. We talked about legal issues, how not to get screwed by editors, and how to sell more copies of books at conventions.
Twin Tiers Comic Con didn't have any publishing or creativity panels when I visited them, but they were very excited to put me on this panel. I believe podcasting is such an essential component to building a successful brand that I dedicated an episode of my show to it.
Kickstarting Comics and Novels
Palm Springs Comic Con asked me to put together a discussion about Kickstarter, so I created a panel and filled it with Madeleine Holly-Rosing (bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com) and Melissa Kirkman (www.calicomics.com). Not only did we talk about Kickstarter, but we also discussed how to publish comics, what to look for in a publishing contract, and where to print books to get the best deal. AUDIO
The Secrets of Social Media Success
The Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference brought me in to speak on a panel about the secrets of social media success, due to my rather unique ways to get followers and success on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
How to Build a Publishing Empire
The OTIS College of Art and Design instructor Jim Higgins asked do a Q and A session for his class about how to build a publishing empire. Jim interviewed me about my work and then opened the floor up to the class, who asked pointed questions about how I built my brand and created by projects from nothing into a sustainable business.
The Pro's of Cons
How to Build a Portfolio and Pitch an Editor
I hosted this panel at Emerald City Comic Con about how to develop an art and writing portfolio and pitch your work to editors, featuring Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man), Tom Hutchison (Big Dog Ink), Laura Neubert (Action Labs), Greg Smith (Oni Press), and Margot Atwell (Kickstarter).
Still not convinced?
Need more time? No worries. That's perfectly alright. Take all the time you need. I want you to be convinced I'm the perfect fit for your event before you pull the trigger and book me.
You can also listen to my show, The Business of Art, to hear the advice I've consistently delivered for over 140 episodes.
As my gift to you, please enjoy my ebook How to Build Your Audience from Scratch completely free just for making it this far down the page. Download it by clicking here.
Then, email me at email@example.com when you know for sure I'm the right person for your next event. I look forward to hearing from you.