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Comic Lab

Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett

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The podcast about making comics — and making a living from comics! 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, join our community at patreon.com/comiclab (For sponsorship inquiries: comiclabpodcast@gmail.com)
 
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Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar give some advice to a cartoonist whose friends want his comics for free. Is this an entitlement issue? It is... but not in the way he thinks. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... My friends won't buy my comics! UPDATE: dinokickstarter.com UPDATE: A rolling stone does NOT gather moss UPDATE: "Brad Guigar Stole My Woman" Pr…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar field a question from a listener who is worried that they'll lose readers as they improve their skills! ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Raising prices to match inflation Desigining background "sets" for comics What if practice *doesn't* make progress? How to keep from going stir-crazy while working from home. Today i…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar field a question from a listener who is worried that they'll lose readers as they improve their skills! ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... We need to talk about Webtoons UPDATE: SDCC reached out saying I can't use the ™ "Comic-Con" on packaging UPDATE: Backerkit launches a crowdfunding platform How page design effects t…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar discuss the importance of mindset in building a career. If you search for excuses, you'll find excuses. If you search for solutions, you'll find solutions. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Choosing to find solutions instead of wallowing on failure Great How-to books for comics Releasing a longform comic one panel a da…
 
Toronto Comics Arts Festival has become the latest comics organization to step on the NFT landmine! When will they learn?! Also, how do you rebuild after a social-media hijacking? ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... TCAF and NFTs Rebuilding after a social-media hijacking Are long stories or short stories better for improving your writing? Today is a great time …
 
Dave accidentally held his website hostage for 7 days... and gained 30 new Patreon backers! Also, we'll discuss landing-page strategies and much more ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Dave accidentally held his site hostage for 7 days... and gained thirty new Patreon backers! Landing page strategies UPDATE: Comic Con International UPDATE: Comic shops aren't d…
 
Cartoonist Dave Kellett asks if it's time to end his comic after 25 years. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Ending a comic after 25 years Writing dialogue Today is a great time to bump up your ComicLab membership to the $10 tier! Patreon backers at that level will get exclusive access to livestream recording sessions — as well as an archive of previous lives…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett share a little Truth about digital art. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... "Help! I used a digital brush and now I'm not an artist anymore!" Best news websites for comics creators How do I find longform comics One-tier Kickstarter? Today is a great time to bump up your ComicLab membership to the $10 tier! Patreon backer…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about what to do when you just can't avoid Impostor Syndrome. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Impostor Syndrome Support-based Patreon vs Exclusive-reward Patreon UPDATE: Brandon Sanderson's $41m Kickstarter Where to get feedback on your comics Zoop Today is a great time to bump up your ComicLab membership to the…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about what to do when you just can't make time to create Patreon rewards. ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW... Can't make time for Patreon rewards? Avoiding overdrawing Update: Pineapple juice Update: Elon Musk's plan to buy Twitter Update: Managing an email newsletter Reruns on social media "When do I need a website…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar devote the entire show to discuss the biggest mistakes they made in their career. Also: Brad is launching a six-week session for creators of NSFW comics. Today is a great time to bump up your ComicLab membership to the $10 tier! Patreon backers at that level will get exclusive access to livestream recording …
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about how to balance good storytelling with your own personal taste. Questions asked and topics covered... Balancing storytelling and personal taste Line weight Top webcomic list sites Today is a great time to bump up your ComicLab membership to the $10 tier! Patreon backers at that level will get exclu…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett discuss mistakes that comic creators are making on Patron that are costing them money. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... Stop saying "Support me on Patreon!" People want things for their money — stop tal…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about how understanding self-publishing can make or break your career in comics. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... Understanding self-publishing can make or break your career in comics Dividing your…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about using exclusive Patreon rewards as merchandise. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... When to turn exclusive Patreon rewards into merchandise Closing loopholes in a story The trials of an Eisner j…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about building tension in your writing. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... Building tension What do we WISH our listeners would ask? What did Brad learn at newspapers? Torn between commissions and co…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about writing a great title for you book. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... Writing the title for a book Writers on social media Brad's prediction on Kickstarter Vertical scroll for NSFW comics Digi…
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about how to improve your art by flipping it over. But... do you fix on the flip, or do you flip, flop and then fix? We're flummoxed! Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! Questions asked and topics covered... These flippin' comics are driv…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett talk about how social media can make you crazy. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! This week, we talk about building a comics career from unrelated 10-12-page stories Questions asked and topics covered... Short comic stories Adding animation …
 
Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talk about how social media can make you crazy. Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! This week, we're playing the Bad Tweets game — once we can identify lazy social media, we can focus on strategies that work. Questions asked and topics covered…
 
Cartoonists Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett discuss the recent self-immolation of Gumroad on Twitter — over NFTs! Today's show is brought to you by Wacom, the maker of the powerful, professional, portable Wacom One! After Gumroad, we'll be talking about cartooning after retirement. Questions asked and topics covered... Gumoad's NFT problem UPDATE: Dav…
 
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