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Welcome to ComicLab: The podcast about making comics, and making a living from comics! If you loved Webcomics Weekly, you're gonna love this show: It's half shop-talk, half how-to, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES. It's tips and tricks and all the joys of cartooning as a pro. So pull up your drawing chair, put on some headphones, and join us while you draw! And if you like what you hear, kick in a dollar to help make more 'n better shows — patreon.com/comiclab
 
Chris Daily and John Troutman interview cartoonists and other luminaries from the world of geek culture. The official audio podcast of Keenspot, the world's largest source for webcomics. www.keencast.com. Email us at keencast@gmail.com
 
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Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, a ComicLab listener writes in to inform Dave and Brad that neither of them "actually have a cartoonist's job." To put it lightly, the guys disagree. But first, Brad creates a socially distant candy chute for Halloween -- Questions asked and topics covered... Da…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, a ComicLab listener who is just starting out in comics asks how they can build an audience on social media. Also: how do you cover the second print run after you sell out of the copies from the first run? Questions asked and topics covered... How can a beginner…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, a ComicLab listener asks for the story behind Brad and Dave's friendship. Then the guys discuss whether it's OK to use photo reference. Questions asked and topics covered... What is the history of Brad and Dave's friendship? Is photo reference cheating? How do …
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, a ComicLab listener asks Brad and Dave about their philosophies on mentoring and coaching other cartoonists. And another listener asks if Brad's advice makes it harder to succeed. Questions asked and topics covered... How to be a good mentor and coach Does Brad…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, we're thrilled to welcome our friend Keith Knight to the 'Lab. Keith's new TV series, based on his comics, is premiering on Hulu right now. We talk about "Woke," Keith's journey in comics, and the creative process of adapting comics for television. You get grea…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! A ComicLab listener is trying to decide on a domain name for their comic, and Brad and Dave have some advice. Then, Brad has an easy way to tell if your promotional outreach is actually spam. Questions asked and topics covered... Choosing a domain name "Am I a spammer?" D…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! If your outreach is "Support me on Patreon," you're delivering a tone-deaf message. We're going to talk about getting more backer by adjusting your pitch. Plus, we have our first ComicLab nuptials! Questions asked and topics covered... Wedding bells! Don't say "Support me…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, our friend Erika Moen joins us to talk about one of the most important topics we've ever covered on ComicLab — Mental health. Coming soon from Erika Moen... Drawn to Sex Vol. 2: Our Bodies and Health. Have you ever wanted to learn exactly how pregnancy works? H…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! As a follow-up to our conversation about writing a strong beginning to your story, we've discussed the benefits of beginning a story in media res. But action, action and more action isn't going to do the trick alone. So today we're talking about another aspect of a a stro…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Patreon has unveiled Annual Membership — should you promote it to your backers? Questions asked and topics covered... Catching up with Snares, a/k/a "Singapore Bob" USPS announces temporary price increases* Patreon Annual Membership Using sound effects well Avoiding polit…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Brad and Dave talk about black-and-white comics — are they still viable in today's publishing landscape? Questions asked and topics covered... You are exactly where you need to be for the next step Do the recent AT&T layoffs indicate the end of DC Comics? Using the Sunday…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Brad and Dave talk about ways to find other cartoonists and comics creators in your local area. Questions asked and topics covered... Internal narration 'Return to Oz' cartoonists Finding one's local community What is the Message you're sending to your readers through you…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Brad and Dave talk about their experience running their first virtual comic convention! PLUS — Dave talks about his third Eisner Award nomination and his second self-administered haircut... both of which ended up in disappointment. Questions asked and topics covered... Da…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Brad and Dave talk about writing characters from outside your own personal experience. Empathy as a writing tool! Then, a listener says they're losing interest in their comic — can Dave and Brad help? Questions asked and topics covered... How do you write characters diffe…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Brad and Dave recall a guideline for reader retention from the early days of webcomics that's a relevant today as it was then — the 8-Pages Rule. Questions asked and topics covered... The return (?) of Gary Larson The 8-Pages Rule How many panels should an aver…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, a Patreon backer asks how they can build their own Writers' Room. Questions asked and topics covered... Building you own Writers' Room Falling asleep at the drawing desk The importance of writing Calling it quits after ten years Paypal micropayments You get gre…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad welcome the incredible Terry Blas to the show! Questions asked . . . Do you two old guys EVER meet anyone NEW? What is the best size for a webcomic? You get great rewards when you join the ComicLab Community on Patreon $2 — Early access to episode…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad discuss what we should call ourselves — cartoonist, creator, comics artist, or what? Questions asked and topics covered... What do you call yourself? How to write humor How much transparency do you owe your readers? How do you define success? You …
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, we're joined by writer/actor Gloria Calderón Kellett, co-showrunner of the critically-acclaimed "One Day at a Time." As the coronavirus crisis looms over TV and movie production, Brad thinks this is a great time to pitch your comic as an animated project. Glori…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad welcome Scott Kurtz for a mini-reunion of Webcomics Weekly! Scott discusses his decision to reboot his comic PvP for the third time! Special Offer Join us at the $5 tier by July 4! When you do, you (along with all of the other $5 backers) will get…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad welcome the delightful Karla Pacheco, writer of Spider-Woman, Bettie Page and, of course, Inspector Pancakes. Special Offer Join us at the $5 tier by July 4! When you do, you (along with all of the other $5 backers) will get an exclusive invite to…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad ask — as art schools move towards virtual learning — is it worth the money? Special Offer Join us at the $5 tier by July 4! When you do, you (along with all of the other $5 backers) will get an exclusive invite to the Cocktails with ComicLab Zoom …
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad welcome the marvelous Cat Farris, illustrator of My Boyfriend is a Bear and the forthcoming Ghoul Next Door. Questions asked and topics covered... The Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning You get great rewards when you join the ComicLab Communit…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad talk about their most important creative partners — their wives. Questions asked and topics covered... Let's talk about life partners Logo design Staying creative when life is tough You get great rewards when you join the ComicLab Community on Pat…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Recently Webtoons spoiled a reveal in "Lore Olympus" that the creator, Rachel Smythe, had been building towards for years. Dave and Brad return to the topic they broached at the beginning of the year— "Should you build your audience on Webtoons?" Questions asked and topic…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad talk about the best Content Management System (CMS) for publishing webcomics. Toocheke is brand new, and Brad's a big fan. Questions asked and topics covered... Toocheke is a new CMS Brad endorses for publishing webcomics How to deal with an e-mai…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, Dave and Brad drill down deep on a crucial topic in comics — word balloons! Then Dave talks about his recent Kickstarter, and why it didn't fund. Questions asked and topics covered... Word balloons Why the Kickstarter for Story/Line didn't fund This is no time …
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, the ComicLab guys talk shop with Gale Galligan, creator of the bestselling Babysitter's Club graphic novels. See all of Gale's latest at Galesaur.com. Questions asked and topics covered... Getting ideas that don't fit in your own universe Mini-comics Vying for …
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Dave and Brad are devoting the entire show to topics related to the coronavirus pandemic. Having been self-employed for years, Dave and Brad share some advice to people who are working from home for the first time. Also, crowdfunding is proving to be surprisingly resilien…
 
Today's show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, the ComicLab guys talk shop with Karl Kerschl of The Abominable Charles Christopher and Isola. Questions asked and topics covered... Unpredictible schedules How to sell original art Is it better to master one thing or be very good at several things? Limited-edi…
 
Todays show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! This week, the ComicLab guys talk shop with Lar deSouza of Least I Could Do and Looking For Group. Questions asked and topics covered... A new competitor for Patreon — does the math add up? Dave's Kickstarter — storylineshow.com eBooks Limited-edition ComicLab enamel pins …
 
Todays show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Collaborations are a great way to make comics. But what if your parter is in another time zone — or another country? How can you sync your work? Also go-to panel compositions and tools for tracking script-writing. Questions asked and topics covered... Brad dreams about dat…
 
Todays show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Kickstarter has become the first major tech start-up to unionize. Plus, Brad and Dave have been invited to do a live podcast on the 50th anniversary of Peanuts — at the Charles Schulz Museum! All that and e-newsletters, building your business and pacing longform stories. B…
 
Show note: After we recorded this show, Emerald City Comicon announced they are cancelling the show originally scheduled to run March 12-15, 2020. Scroll down for more information. Todays show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the versatile Wacom One! With fears of a coronavirus outbreak in Seattle causing scores of cancellations at this week'…
 
Todays show is brought to you by Wacom — makers of the incredible Wacom One! Patreon has announced a new initiative called Patreon Capital that many have compared to predatory payday loans — but is that accurate? Dave and Brad disagree. But first, Dave shares a story about getting mugged in L.A. shortly after moving there. Questions asked and topic…
 
This week, a Patreon backer asks, "Have you ever wanted to quit?" But first, Dave skips the Oscar Awards in favor of Starship Troopers. Questions asked and topics covered... Have you ever wanted to quit? Do you read your dialogue out loud as you're lettering? Is copy/paste social media a good idea? Privacy issues at Wacom Does Brad's multi-channel …
 
What are the top three comic strips of all time? Dave and Brad shre their lists ‚ and combine to share a list of overall best strips. But first, Dave's dog has a nemesis, and it's a cat that channels Paul Lynde. Questions asked and topics covered... What are the top three comic strips of all time? Is it possible to be "too niche"? If you're new to …
 
How do you change gears on Patreon once your backers have gotten used to certain rewards? But first, did you know Sha-Na-Na opened for Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock? Questions asked and topics covered... Changing gears on Patreon What mistakes would you avoid if you started all over Offering limited-edition prints Preparing your business for an economi…
 
What's the best process for submitting your work to the Eisner Award committee? Dave and Brad get some great advice from Jackie Estrada, who has been in charge of the awards since 1990. But first, Brad's sons ask how they got their names... and the answers are revealing. Questions asked and topics covered... Eisner Award advice Intermittent updates…
 
Webtoons is a popular platform for independent comics publishers. But with practically no options for reader outreach, is it worth the effort? But first, Dave shares his vacation waterslide adventure... and his lack of fandom for Freakazoid Questions asked and topics covered... The Far Side — we called it Clip Studio Paint doesn't have OpenType sup…
 
From YouTube’s new policy regarding Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to SmackJeeves' site-wide changes, the ComicLab guys realize that living by the platform can mean dying by the platform. Then they take delight in an ingenious plan to expose unscrupulous T-shirt vendors that use social-media comments to steal copyrighted illustrat…
 
This episode of ComicLab is sponsored by Wacom! On this week's show, the ComicLab guys discuss the strategy behind creating a comic solely for the film rights. Is this really a good idea? But first, could Brad win in a fight with a hamster? Questions asked and topics covered... Creating comics for the film rights Scheduling time to get drunk Autobi…
 
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