20 Comics Commandments

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By Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett, Brad Guigar, and Dave Kellett. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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The 20 Comics Commandments

  • Make. A. Good. Comic. Nothing else we talk about will be very effective until you do.
  • Own and control your work.
  • Ideas aren't special. The execution of ideas is special.
  • You can't get worse at something you do every day.
  • Good writing saves bad art. Rarely does that work in reverse.
  • You can't drive toward your style, you can only see in the rearview mirror.
  • Lettering: Nobody will read your comic...if they can’t read your comic. And for goodness' sake, learn the Crossbar-I rule.
  • Time is the best editor. So edit...wait...edit...wait.
  • If you’re not enjoying the comic, they’re not enjoying the comic.
  • The 4-Cs of social media are: Creation, Curation, Commercial, Kindness.
  • Don’t compare your blooper reel to someone else’s highlight reel.
  • You have the audience you deserve.
  • Every day someone is reading your comic for the first time.
  • Research your market...not your mirror.
  • Never listen to a reader; always listen to your readers.
  • The first person to say they want merch is the first person to disappear when you make the merch.
  • Crowdfunding: First comes the crowd, then comes the funding.
  • It’s easy to be in the right place at the right time…if you’re always there.
  • No one will ever care about your career as much as you do, so make your own magic.
  • Being an overnight success will take you about 10 years. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Brad Guigar is the creator of Evil Inc and the editor of Webcomics.com Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

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