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CAG! 96 – The Positive Pro is Pro-Positive, with Jim Lujan

August 29, 2014 by  
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Talking about independent animation, working with what you got, and keeping on!

In CAG 92 I talked with Ben Hatke about the importance of giving our heroes a reason to quit. Why? Because it’s so, so satisfying to see them not quit when all evidence suggests that quitting is the sensible solution. Why is that satisfying? Because creative people encounter this on a regular basis. You sacrifice time, money, and relationships in order to pursue your craft, and you’re not even sure if it’s any good at first. Often when you’re starting out you don’t have the resources or the skill to create work at the quality level you hope to. So how do you overcome these reasons to quit?

I’m glad to be joined by Jim Lujan, the creator of many, many animated films, and the writer/animator of the new animated feature Kounterclockwise in Forever-Land. Jim is very nearly the living embodiment of the hero who looks those “reasons to quit” in the eye and answers it by pushing on and making wonderful things. Together we’ll discuss how he worked with what he had to leverage a career for himself as an award-winning independent animator.

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CAG! 95 – Puzzling out Your Comic’s Destiny, with Jason Shiga

August 23, 2014 by  
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Find a publisher, POD, Webcomic, or all three? Figuring out your comic’s destiny!

Whether your hope to get your comic published in the Direct Market or by one of the major book publishers, or self-publish through a Kickstarter or print-on-demand service like Ka-Blam, or publish directly to the web (as either a webcomic or a series of ebooks), you have to decide which choice is the best for your story. How do you decide what destiny is best for your beloved comic?

This episode we’re joined by Jason Shiga, the cartoonist behind the celebrated multi-path comic Meanwhile, Empire State, and the recently launched webcomic Demon. Together we’ll look at his career, spanning from Xeric Grant-funded comics to working with publishers like Abrams ComicArts to updating his own webcomic, and explore how a cartoonist navigates what method works best for your comic.

We’re also joined by David Carter of the University of Michigan Video Game Archive to talk briefly about this year’s Mini-Comics Day in Ann Arbor,  which happened Saturday, March 22!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

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Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Fabulous Secrets 04 – Dialog Tangents, with Gregg Schigiel

June 13, 2014 by  
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Fabulous Secrets 04This time I talk with Gregg Schigiel, host of the Stuff Said podcast and artist on the Spongebob Comics series. Together we discuss lettering (or sound design) in comics, prepping for conventions, and a layered and elaborate metaphor for feeling like an outsider in your field.

There was a little bit of Skype buffering in this episode, but I think the discussion is fun despite it.

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Fabulous Secrets 03 – Casting a Wide Net, with Zack Giallongo

May 29, 2014 by  
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Fabulous Secrets 03This time I talk with cartoonist Zack Giallongo about birding, the importance of empathy in being a cartoonist, and keeping things in perspective when encountering the stresses that come with creative pursuits.

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Fabulous Secrets 02 – Can I Have Free Stuff?

May 22, 2014 by  
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The Warren Commission ReportRachel and Jerzy celebrate the conclusion of their work on The Warren Report: A Graphic Investigation of the Kennedy Assassination with doughnuts, then compare and contrast coloring work between projects. We close by talking about how our friends with “normal” jobs react to our line of work.

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Fabulous Secrets 01 – I Could Be Sleeping Right Now

May 12, 2014 by  
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Fabulous Secrets is Back!I’ve decided to relaunch the Fabulous Secrets podcast! But instead of a show about teaching comics (a topic I cover thoroughly on the Lean Into Art Cast), the new edition of FS will feature casual conversations with cartoonists. Think of it as a less formal version of the Comics Are Great! show.

In this first episode I talk with Rachel Polk, my production assistant, about the different battles one faces between doing color flats, lettering, and coloring. We also talk a little bit about X-Men and why Rachel doesn’t “swoon.”

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CAG! 94 – Make Your Comic Like a Movie, with Kohl Glass, Donald Harrison, and Sharad Patel

May 12, 2014 by  
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Talking about what cartoonists can learn from filmmakers on Comics Are Great!

Comics and film share a lot of DNA, though their strengths and weaknesses greatly differ. In the end they’re trying to do the same thing–convey ideas and explore narratives visually. So what might cartoonists learn about their own craft by studying the approaches and workflow of fimmakers?

I’ll be joined by three independent filmmakers to discover how they find their narratives and ultimately express them in their visual mediums. Kohl Glass is the Emmy-award winning creator behind such films as Der Ostwind and Orc Wars. Donald Harrison is the former director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival and creator of films such as Limited Aesthetic. Sharad Patel  is a one-man production studio and has written, acted, and directed his own films.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Comics and book recommendations:

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 93 – The Hero who Refuses to Fight, with Kevin Coppa

May 11, 2014 by  
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Talking Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Masters of the Universe with Kevin Coppa of The Puppetbenders!

What’s the appeal of action heroes who use violence as a last resort? I’m joined by Kevin Coppa of The Puppetbenders for a discussion on how our hearts can sometimes be captured by an action hero who knows when not to fight.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 91 – Comics for the Holidays!

May 11, 2014 by  
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The ultimate comics gift guide on this episode of Comics Are Great!

The final CAG of 2013! I’m joined by Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, and Sharon Iverson for a list of our favorite comics and graphic novels of 2013 and which ones would make a great gift for that loved one who doesn’t consider themselves a comics reader.

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting the links!):

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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CAG! 90 – Why are all of the Cartoonists on Tumblr?

May 10, 2014 by  
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Talking about how to get your work seen on the Comics Are Great! show!

There are more ways than ever to share our work with our intended audience. Some solutions are as simple as pushing a button, while others may require a little bit of technical know-how.

But how do you find the hosting/publishing/social media solution that connects you to the right readers? Do you use them all? Or is there a value in investing in the culture of a smaller set?

How do the cultures of sites like DeviantArt, Tumblr, Reddit, or Smack Jeeves affect the way the audience interacts with our work, and how might that help us find the right solution and find the right audience?

And why have so many visual artists turned to Tumblr, anyway?

I’m joined by a group of young artists who will help me unravel these questions on Comics Are Great! 90.

Live streams every other Wednesday at Comicsaregreat.tv and on Google+!

Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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