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 […]

KCR! 12 – ALA Annual with Chris Giarrusso and Matt Phelan

September 20, 2013 by  
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Artist Alley! Storm in the Barn! G-Man! Secret Science Alliance! And More! Tabling at conventions is an integral part of how cartoonists promote their work. But now that the American Library Association has opened up an artist alley for graphic novelists at their Annual Conference, we’ve got a brand new venue with an entirely different […]

Comics Are Great! 82 – Funding Your Kickstarter with C. Spike Trotman and Laur Uy

September 10, 2013 by  
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Crowdfunding! Kickstarter! Self-Publishing! Getting the Word Out! Hooray! Thanks to services Kickstarter and Indiegogo, we finally have a mechanism to fund our dream project! But is it as easy as just asking your friends or audience to support your thing? It sounds like a lot of work. And how do you avoid annoying everyone with […]

Comics Are Great! 80 – Public Domain Comics with Barry Gregory and Kim Holm

August 2, 2013 by  
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Copyright! Public Domain! Fair Use, and More! What is the benefit of working with public domain characters and stories? Is it just fun to play in “someone’s sandbox,” or is there a larger cultural benefit to authors building on and expanding the works of those who came before? What might happen if more creative works […]

KCR! 09 – Kickstarting Your Graphic Novel

Kickstarter! Crowdfunding! Alexis Fajardo, and more! The internet has opened the doors wide, to both published and unpublished authors. And crowdfunding services like Kickstarter have made things even more exciting. But is it really as simple as posting a video and reward tiers to Kickstart a project? What unforeseen challenges come with these new platforms? […]

What matters to me is that they have [my] books and they love them

April 23, 2013 by  
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And they'll tell other people about it. Pretty good talk by Neil Gaiman on the future of publishing. Another cheer for the power of sharing stuff on the internet, but it gets really interesting around the 15-minute mark, where he makes his big case for being like Dandelions; or in other words, throw little projects […]

Pitching and Editing Graphic Novels

April 12, 2013 by  
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If you've wondered about the process of pitching a graphic novel and what editors are looking for, the latest episode of +Comics Are Great! is for you. Calista Brill, Senior Editor at First Second Books, provides tons of useful insights on the world of graphic novel publishing. Reshared post from +Comics Are Great! What makes a […]

Comics Are Great! 75 – Editing Graphic Novels with Calista Brill

April 12, 2013 by  
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Editing, writing, graphic novels, First Second Books, and more! I’m excited to talk with Calista Brill, Senior Editor at First Second Books, about the entire process of developing and publishing a graphic novel. What does a good pitch look like? What qualities are editors looking for in a graphic novel proposal? Once the book is […]

How a Graphic Novel is Born and Raised

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog If you've ever wondered how publishing a graphic novel works, this is the post to read. +Raina Telgemeier gives a great step-by-step, but a key idea is this:  Oh, sure, I had my outline to work off of…but for me, thumbnailing IS writing. I think that's true for a lot of us. We write visually. […]

Comics Are Great! 73 – Finding Your Knitting with Kris Straub

March 7, 2013 by  
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Finding your venue, loving parody, Broodhollow, Kris Straub, and more! Stick to your knitting. Specialize. Find your niche. Operate in your wheelhouse. And a zillion other clichés that get thrown around. It’s been accepted as common wisdom that one should find the one thing they have some talent in and pursue that to the end. […]

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