I know it’s all cool and junk to hate Wizard World. But I gotta tell you, I think they’re awesome. And they treat me super-nice. I’m as excited for Wizard World Chicago as I used to get for Comic Con International.
I’ve got an awesome spot in Artist Alley — Table B-21 — right around the corner from the legendary Neal Adams. I’ll be doing two great panels, and I’ll have all of the Evil Inc books, The Webcomics Handbook, Phables, and original art on hand. Plus, I’ll be opening a commission list at the table for personalized drawings and sketchbook pieces.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
1:00-1:45PM WEBCOMICS 101 (ROOM 2)
Wanna start a webcomic? Sure. We all do. But where to start? Brad Guigar, author of “The Webcomics Handbook,” — the popular sequel to “How To Make Webcomics” — takes you on a step-by-step tutorial of setting up a site, using social media for promotion, and making money from your work.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
11:30-12:15PM PATREON PRIMER (ROOM 2)
Patreon has become the most significant force in comics crowdfunding since Kickstarter. Webcomics veteran Brad Guigar leads a guide to using Patreon successfully to fund your comics business.
Like I said, Wizard World has been very, very kind to me. The space I have for Artist Alley is waaaay more than I had expected. So much so, I’m a little unprepared for it. My little banner stand is gonna get lost in that 30 square feet of space. So, I’m putting the word out: If you live in the Chicago area and you have a lighting rig I can borrow from Thursday through Sunday, I’ll make it worth your while to deliver it and pick it up. Here’s what I’m looking for (minus the lights, of course).
I can use something like that to hang my extra-large convention banner from. It’s that big monstrosity the the rear of the booth set-up below. If you have any other ideas (the vinyl banner is gonna be too heavy for PVC pipe), feel free to shoot them my way.
If you’re a Patreon supporter, be sure to stop by and give me some feedback on Evil Inc After Dark, uncensored Courting Disaster and the other cool stuff going on over there.
PLUS… for the first time ever, EVEN MORE GUIGAR. My youngest brother, Jason, will be driving in from Bad Axe, Michigan, and spending a little time at the booth (when he’s not out drooling over the Knight Rider car, scoping Star Trek panels, and stuff like that).
And, ladies… He’s S-I-N-G-L-E.
If you’d like to talk shop about improving your webcomic in the coming year, I’m booking a limited number of one-on-one consultations during Wizard World Philadelphia (May 7-10).
Once you book a consult, we’ll schedule some time during the show to sit down and talk about your work. I’ll give you a free copy of The Webcomics Handbook — the limited-edition hardcover not available in stores or online. We’ll discuss your comic, your site, social media, merchandizing, self-publishing and anything else that’s on your mind.
There are two options…
Analysis and consultation
This is the $200 level. I will review your comic/site/etc. beforehand and provide a top-down analysis, based on my experience, of what I see working and what could be improved. And I’ll give you some actionable strategies for maximizing the good and fixing the areas that need it. We’ll open the discussion based on the analysis, and we’ll leave room at the end for you questions, concerns, thoughts, etc. The session will last for one hour, and you will get a complimentary copy of The Webcomics Handbook.
This is the $100 level. At this level, we sit down and start talking. I will not have looked at your site beforehand. Rather, I will look at whatever you bring — portfolio, your Web site on a digital tablet, etc. — and we will discuss your comic, your site, social media, merchandizing, self-publishing and anything else that’s on your mind. This discussion will be lead by you. It is much more a “question/answer” kind of discussion. The session will last for one hour, and you will get a complimentary copy of The Webcomics Handbook.
If you’d like to learn more about running a business as a creative professional, I’m offering a 3-evening workshop in Philadelphia next month. This class will be offered through Hussian School of Art — in Philadelphia’s historic Bourse Building at 5th and Market streets — April 7-9, 6-9 p.m.
The Arts Entrepreneurship class will be a three-day crash course on running a business as a creative professional. Based on the same class I teach at Hussian, this will be a condensed guide to everything from sales tax to promotion. We’ll talk Web commerce, advertising, merchandising and more.
Click here to register. There are a limited number of spaces available! Use coupon code “BradGuigar” to get a free copy of the “Webcomics Handbook” when you show up for class!