ComicLab Ep 43 — “Muaauughhh, the French… champagne…”
Webcomics weirdos Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar are talking comics! When a Patreon backer hits the viral jackpot, they wonder if it was actually fool’s gold. This turns into a discussion of smart online marketing, how publishing religious content is like posting NSFW comics, and one overarching theme — social media isn’t about generating Buzz so much as it’s about building Community. Then, the boys talk about getting a publisher excited about comics, and finally, those sentimental things we hold onto that we should probably let go.
BUT FIRST, “Muaauughhh, the French… champagne…”
- 00:00 — Orson Welles stumbles through a Paul Mason wine commercial blitzed off his keister.
- 09:48 — It’s illegal to run a raffle on Patreon… unless you do it this way.
- 18:10 — Going viral… is it “fool’s gold”?
- 22:40 — If your promotion isn’t clickable, it’s useless
- 24:46 — Frequent/Consistent/Significant still plays a role in today’s webcomics publishing
- 28:19 — Posting cartoons about divisive topics will have significant consequences
- 29:35 — Publishers of religious-themed content should pay close attention to how successful publishers of NSFW content operate. The two require a very similar approach
- 32:23 — Niche publishing
- 35:37 — Generating BUZZ on social media vs cultivating COMMUNITY
- 43:43 — Buying advertising is too much money for not enough return
- 44:28 — Being a guest on a podcast/YouTube channel… is it good promotion?
- 46:36 — Webcomics growth is usually slow growth
- 47:31 — How do you go about getting a publisher excited about comics if they’re not typically known for it?
- 56:46 — What are the things you should probably sacrifice practically speaking, but you’re just not ready to part with, because they remind you of good times of why you love being a cartoonist?
- 01:07:54 — When you’re introduced to a cartoonist who is apparently a big deal…but you’ve never heard of them