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This week's ComicLab Podcast!

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 09:35 AM

For the cartoonists and comics lovers among us, I have something new and fun: A weekly podcast called ComicLab, with my friend and fellow cartoonist, Brad Guigar. It's half cartooning shop-talk, half pro tips, and half friendship. WE SQUEEZED IN THREE HALVES.

...have a listen below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, or anywhere podcasts can be heard! Or even on our dedicated Patreon page:!

Webcomics warlocks Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar talkin’ shop! Dave Kellett has returned from his 20th appearance at Comic Con International in San Diego — and it was a huge success! He shares the strategies he used to beat the odds and make a profit at an incredibly demanding show. Plus... booth barnacles, Hollywood scouts and the religious pugs.

Show notes

  • 00:00 — Religious pugs and other oxymorons
  • 02:34 — The new pedestrianized Comic-Con frontage
  • 05:45 — Hard times in Hall H? — Marvel and Disney's reduced presence impacted foot traffic on the floor
  • 11:51 — Dave's best Comic-Con ever
  • 12:59 — The Webcomics section of the show has shrunk
  • 15:25 — Small Press and Artist Alley
  • 21:19 — Selling long-form vs selling short-form comics
  • 29:24 — Flyer advice
  • 32:33 — The Big Takeaway... the show is about the Experience for most people. It's not about buying your book. And (ironically) understanding that concept can help you improve sales.
  • 37:58 — How can you offer an Experience?
  • 50:38 — Using Instagram to increase convention sales
  • 54:25 — Booth Barnacles
  • 01:05:39 — The most brilliant Booth-Barnacle strategy ever
  • 01:10:06 — Are YOU a Booth Barnacle?
  • 01:17:55 — Think about your visual branding
  • 01:23:39 — Does this mean comic conventions are "back"?
  • 01:26:21 — Hollywood scouts and how to mess with their heads

Great rewards when you support ComicLab

$2 — support the show

$5 — submit a question for possible use on the show AND get the exclusive ProTips podcast

$10 — record an audio question for possible use on the show AND get the exclusive ProTips podcast

$50 — Sponsor the show! We’ll read a brief promo for your comic/product and read it twice during the show AND you get the exclusive ProTips podcast

Brad Guigar is the creator of Evil Inc and the editor of

Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

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Drive Act 2 Hardcover is Coming!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 02:04 PM

We’re about to Kickstart the Drive Act 2 hardcover!

And HERE’S A SECRET: Patreon backers are going to be getting an early, secret Kickstarter link to get a little extra something!
So jump in on Patreon now, if you haven’t yet! :)


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Next week's Drive on Patreon!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 01:53 PM

EXCLUSIVE EARLY READ of the next Drive is up, only for Patreon backers! The page is called "Conqueror's Conqueror":

Not yet a Patreon backer of Drive? OH MAN YOU SHOULD BE! Your support this week makes *next* week's Drive possible!

Plus! There are a bunch of perks for you! Join us, here:

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