I loved this episode. Les has been working as a professional artist since 1992, and he's seen everything. He's been and still is a comic book artist, 3d modeler, storyboard artist and more. He's been punched in the gut by this business more times than he can count, and come out stronger on the other side.
This week we hit 100 backers! That's a huge thing for me b/c 100 backers is sort of the mark of a successful campaign. Once you get to 200+ backers we're talking mega successful, but 100 backers is a great benchmark. After we talk about that, then we talk about the mission for Wannabe Press, and why companies should be vertically instead of horizontally delineated.
Today we talk to Lou Frontier, writer of Wicked and American Bison for Insane Comics. We got into a lot in this episode, but what really stood out was how he is moving from a publishing company to self publishing his own stuff. We really dissect it and come up with some practical solutions for him, and talk about why Kickstarter is so great for comic books.
This is a new experiment for The Business of Art. I'm part of a networking group called Comic Book Sunday, which is a fantastic place to meet creators, artists, writers, directors, producers, and people making a living in the business of art. So I thought it would be a good idea to talk with some of them and get their best advice on how to turn your art into a business.
Today we talk about delusion...not really. We talk about being 32 days from the end of the Kickstarter, and how that compares to Katrina. Admittedly, it compares VERY favorable since Katrina only had a 31 day campaign :). We're going to get into how each campaign we've done is very different, and how we are expanding with this new one. It's all very exciting stuff. Don't forget to check out My Father Didn't Kill Himself on Kickstarter through March 1st!
This week was the first time I a while I've been straight up lambasted by somebody close to me for running a Kickstarter, and so I talk about it in a longer episode. I talk about why one critic can destroy the good will of hundreds of fans and shake creators to the core. This is pretty much unedited, even moreso than I usually don't edit my stuff. I did it specifically because I was really wounded during the episode and I wanted you to see that, that even somebody that seems to have it together, and usually does, can be taken down with a single word.
Today we talk to Don Edwards, writer and artist of the UltraKyle comic book which is currently on Kickstarter.He's been a full time freelance artist since 2010, and he's kind of a Jack of All Trades. He does comic books, 2D and 3D art, branding, logos, and everything. I love that kind of hustle.
This is an extra special launch day episode. Extra long too. Throughout the day we come back to talk about what's happened at that moment, from pushing the launch button through the next morning wrap up. This is a RAW episode, as I'm pretty much just stream of consciousness throughout, talking about things. I may have repeated myself in different segments, but if you want to know what it's like to launch a Kickstarter, this is as real as it gets.
In the second episode of our mini-season we talk about how things are different this time that our last kickstarter which we ran just a few months ago, plus what we're doing now that we're less than a week away from our campaign going live.
Today, things didn't go my way. Our website team didn't deliver our website so I had to go about creating a site from scratch. I talk about it here as a way to discuss getting through the hard times when the chips are down, and how you can keep laying track even when things don't go your way.
Today we talk to Gene Hoyle of Nerd Nation Publishing. Gene has a history of podcasting, which is why he makes me sound so dang good. We dig into creating a comic book, making something that lasts, building on Kickstarter success, building an audience, and much more.
Since we're launching a kickstarter in two weeks for My Father Didn't Kill Himself (www.myfatherdidntkillhimself.com), and because I have a kickstarter training academy, I thought it would be fun to do little mini-episodes to show exactly how we go about doing a kickstarter.
Today, we're talking about prepping a Kickstarter through Facebook events and landing pages. If you like this, check out www.kickstarteruniversity.com.
Today we talk to Marc Goldner of Golden Bell. He gives us an incredibly amount of insight on how to run a comics company. He recent Kickstarter raised 1700% of it's goal, and now he's back with a follow up Indiegogo.
We go deep in this one. It's long, but worth it. We talk about everything from creating an ideal client avatar, to how forming a Kickstarter doesn't mean you're going to come out in the black, even if you go way over your goal, and even how we are artists devalue our own work. You can check out Marc's Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sunday-comics#/. It's already raising money even though the original campaign just finished. We also talk about Backerkit in this episode, who I absolutely love. www.backerkit.com. You can check out Golden Bell on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TheSundayComicsPaper and on twitter @thesundaycomics.
In this episode we interview...me. I talk about why I started this podcast, give a history of myself and my companies.
Basically, this podcast is for anybody who's a creative or business owner, bootstrapping their company, and trying to figure out how to bring more business into their art and more art into their business. I bring on people every week, except this one, who are growing their business one person at a time, utilizing social media in cool ways, and working at their passion as a career. If you want more information about my companies, Wannabe Press is the publishing company (www.wannabepress.com). That's where we published Ichabod, Katrina, Gumshoes, Little Bird, and others. Our consulting practice wherein we show people how to treat their passion like a business is Kickstarter University. You can sign up for free stuff there @ www.kickstarteruniversity.com