ComicLab Ep. 24 — Starting comics later in life

Webcomic veterans Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar tackle another bushel of questions from creative professionals! FIRST, they share advice for people who are starting their first steps into cartooning later in life. How do you do comics with a spouse, kids, a mortgage and, well… a life? NEXT, what’s the best way to support a comics creator? THEN, if you came of age in a Web 2.0 environment of message boards and forums, how can you hope to build community these days? PLUS, the prevailing advice is to find your niche and stay there. It helps Amazon’s algorithm, according to conventional wisdom. So… should you? FINALLY, Are you undervaluing your Patreon pledge tiers? And, if so, what should you do?

BUT FIRST: After living out of a suitcase for a few weeks while his family moved into a new house, Dave realizes he needs just a little bit to live happily. And a little bit more. And a little bit more.

Show notes

  • 00:15 — Dave needs very little to survive… or does he?
  • 03:08 — Bonjoro update
  • 04:17 — What advice would you give to someone starting cartooning later in life?
  • 18:30 — What’s the best way to support a comic creator?
  • 28:27 — Building community on a post-Web 2.0 environment
  • 42:02 — Advice on staying focused within your chosen genre to satisfy Amazon’s algorithm.
  • 54:03 — Are you undervaluing your Patreon pledge tiers?

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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.