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Welcome to ComicLab: The podcast about making comics, and making a living from comics! If you loved Webcomics Weekly, you're gonna love this show: It's half shop-talk, half how-to, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES. It's tips and tricks and all the joys of cartooning as a pro. So pull up your drawing chair, put on some headphones, and join us while you draw! And if you like what you hear, kick in a dollar to help make more 'n better shows — patreon.com/comiclab

Welcome to ComicLab: The podcast about making comics, and making a living from comics! If you loved Webcomics Weekly, you're gonna love this show: It's half shop-talk, half how-to, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES. It's tips and tricks and all the joys of cartooning as a pro. So pull up your drawing chair, put on some headphones, and join us while you draw! And if you like what you hear, kick in a dollar to help make more 'n better shows — patreon.com/comiclab
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Welcome to ComicLab: The podcast about making comics, and making a living from comics! If you loved Webcomics Weekly, you're gonna love this show: It's half shop-talk, half how-to, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES. It's tips and tricks and all the joys of cartooning as a pro. So pull up your drawing chair, put on some headphones, and join us while you draw! And if you like what you hear, kick in a dollar to help make more 'n better shows — patreon.com/comiclab

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English


Episodes

Designing an effective cover

4/24/2019
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This week, Dave talks about his new Kickstarter, and the guys share tips on cover design!

Duration:00:59:45

Working with a Collaborator

4/17/2019
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This week on ComicLab, Brad turns fifty and runs away to Mexico. We're going to be at NCSFest. Nominations for the 'Ringo Awards are now open. Plus: Working with a collaborator, Kickstarter for commissions and comic cons

Duration:01:17:17

Writing yourself into a corner

4/10/2019
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On this week’s ComicLab the fellas talk about writing yourself into a corner. NEXT a question-asker asks "is my Patreon reward tier too high?" And FINALLY, they grapple with this — if they could time-travel back to the early 90s with their current skills, would they have been able to make it as syndicated cartoonists?

Duration:01:20:05

Special Guest Tony Cliff

4/3/2019
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Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking shop! On this week’s ComicLab we have an interview with Tony Cliff, creator of delilahdirk.com

Duration:00:57:03

Dave's Emerald City Comicon Recap

3/27/2019
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Dave Kellett has returned from ECCC, and Brad wants to know how it went. Dave shares a few stories from the convention, but Guigar wants to know: Did he do well enough to justify coming back next year?

Duration:01:22:11

The Joys of Artisanal success

3/20/2019
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Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking shop! Going back to the discussion of publishers vs crowdfunding: What really brings you success? THEN, selling Patreon rewards on different platforms. ALSO, answering questions about background and comic structure WHILE bringing up the more modern characters seen in comics today compared to years ago. FINALLY, figuring out when it is beneficial to hold on to old domains or cut loose.

Duration:01:08:28

Crowdfunding - Diversifying vs Duplicating

3/13/2019
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! In this episode, they discuss the secrets of Instagram tagging. THEN ... if a backer asks you to add a crowdfunding platform to Patreon, should you? ALSO... what's the danger of waiting too long for success? AND FINALLY... Rob Salkowitz from Forbes drops by to discuss the changing comics industry.

Duration:01:26:57

What's your creative process?

3/6/2019
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Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett are talkin' comics! In this episode, each cartoonist offers a step-by-step guide to their creative process — from the idea stage to posting the finished comic. Then, they take a moment to talk about how real-life struggles can often interfere with our goals as creators — and that's OK. Finally, a Patreon backer asks how soon is TOO soon to launch a new Kickstarter after their current crowdfunder closes.

Duration:01:03:50

The perils of Magic Number Thinking

2/27/2019
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Brad and Dave discuss what percentage of your readership you can expect to become Patreon backers. Then, they make suggestions on how many tiers a first-time Kickstarter campaign should have. And finally, they make suggestions on stretch goals and add-ons.

Duration:01:10:52

You can't teach a new dog old tricks

2/20/2019
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Brad shares an AMAZING fact he learned about teaching business to art-school students. They don't want it. They don't think they need it, and they resist attempts to expose them to it! It turns out, you can't teach a new dog old tricks. And that couldn't be a more depressing thought.

Duration:01:19:22

The danger of "at all costs" success

2/13/2019
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The guys talk about the cartoonist from history that they would have most appreciated a chance to be tutored by. Then, Dave delivers an update on how Backerkit has been working out for him. After that, Dave points out that Brad keeps saying "Time is a continuum," but... what does that actually MEAN? Next, Brad references a recent social-media post by Joe Rogan that glorifies success — at all costs. Brad and Dave talk about how dangerous — and counterproductive — that kind of attitude is. And...

Duration:01:03:05

Kryptonite razors, hypnotic glasses and ennui

2/6/2019
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar discuss a tweet by Nate Powell that has everyone talking. This Eisner-winning cartoonist claims his income breaks down to about $455 a month!

Duration:01:18:02

When longtime readers stop reading

1/30/2019
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! In this episode, they discuss what you should do when you realize you've lost longtime readers. Then, where should you work, when you work from home? What kind of day job should you have? And finally... how do some cartoonists produce those amazing sketchbooks? But first... Dave's going to Alaska Robotics' Comics Camp!

Duration:01:07:52

Guigar's Law of merchandise

1/23/2019
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! In this episode, Brad makes another lasting contribution to webcomics: Guigar's Law — The first person to comment that they'd buy a certain type of merchandise is the first person to disappear when the merch is offered!

Duration:01:10:23

Pro No Tip

1/16/2019
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! In this episode, they discuss best practices for sound effects and promoting longform comics on social media. NEXT, they discuss "Chapter Zero" — what it is, and whether it's right for you. THEN it's strategies for coping with the Q1 slowdown. AND FINALLY, they take a handful of questions from 2018 and drill through them in a Lightning Round!

Duration:01:04:18

Planning Out 2019

1/9/2019
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Dave and Brad are planning 2019 — PLUS, Steve McGarry from the National Cartoonist Society drops in to talk about NCSFest in Huntington Beach, Calif, May 17-19, 2019.

Duration:01:18:10

Special Guest Kevin McShane

1/2/2019
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Webcomics pros [Dave Kellett][1] and [Brad Guigar][2] talk social-media strategy with Kevin McShane of Buzzfeed, the Lusty Horde, and more! BUT FIRST, Dave marvels over [the exercise craze of the belt vibrator][3]. And that leads to this little-known story about the true-life origin of Marvel supervillain, the Shocker.

Duration:01:11:30

2018: What worked and what didn't

12/26/2018
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar look back over another year in webcomics and discuss what worked really well — and what didn't. BUT FIRST, Dave marvels over the British idiom, "hard cheese," and that leads to a discussion of British humor in general.

Duration:01:01:32

Why you should be planning a Patreon Special Offer NOW

12/20/2018
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Webcomics pros Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar discuss the Patreon Special Offer — and why comics artists should be using it.

Duration:01:18:16

Drilling deep on Patreon — and more

12/13/2018
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Still reeling from an action-packed weekend at PatreCon, the guys are talking Patreon! For example — should you hide your Patreon numbers or display proudly how much you're earning? And what do you do when a backer expects more than you're offering? And how soon is too soon to launch your Patreon? Also — can a story-driven comic strip like "Bloom County" survive on the Web today? And the guys discuss which of their many projects have brought them the most joy.

Duration:01:05:47