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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

Choosing a title for your comic

6/20/2019
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What's in a name? A lot — as Dave can tell you. He shares the troubles he experienced by naming his strip after a character who has since faded into the background.

Duration:01:11:28

LIVE! from NCSFest

6/13/2019
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LIVE! (on tape) from Huntington Beach, it's a special episode of ComicLab recorded during NCSFest. Brad and Dave talk about webcomics publishing becoming more centralized, our optimism for the future of comics — and much more!

Duration:01:08:55

Live from Dave's living room

6/6/2019
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With Brad visiting Dave in Los Angeles to attend NCSFest, the guys take the opportunity to record a rare show originating from the same ZIP code. The guys talk about how webcomics — which started in centralized cells like Keenspot — has come full circle, and is becoming more centralized again.

Duration:01:04:46

Special guest David Malki shares his writing process

5/30/2019
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David Malki, of Wondermark fame, joins us for an in-depth discussion of his writing process — and more!

Duration:01:22:52

Would you still do a comic — even if nobody ever read it?

5/22/2019
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This week on Comic Lab, a listener asks: "Would you still do a comic — even if nobody was reading it?"

Duration:01:03:46

Dave Kellett's review of Alaska Robotics' Comics Camp

5/15/2019
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Dave Kellett attended Comics Camp, an event hosted by Alaska Robotics, and he's back — filled to the brim with joy and enthusiasm — from this annual retreat/comic convention.

Duration:01:15:00

Special guest Chris Hallbeck talks Instagram

5/8/2019
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This week, Chris Hallbeck joins us to talk Instagram strategy. He was one of the first cartoonists to see the potential in the social media platform, and his comics Maximumble and Pepple & Wren are pure delights. BUT FIRST, Brad shares the story of how much it hurt when he fell out of heaven.

Duration:01:23:58

Special guest Jake Parker talks publishing contracts and comic cons

5/1/2019
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Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett welcome Mr. Inktober himself — Jake Parker. Jake talks about why he recently turned down a publishing contract... at the considerable risk of being labeled an "artisanal success."

Duration:01:33:42

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