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EVERコミックをFundingSuccessful.comを使用しないでください。

Funding Successful contacted me during my crowdfunding campaign promising:

“Funding Successful specializes in Email Campaigning, Project Marketing, Social Media Marketing and much more. We have got existing backers list, individual buyers list, bloggers, Influencers and more. With our services, you get more traffic and backers.”

Additionally, they promised:

“We’re also offering 500 backers contacts who already backed many projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.” They also promised market-targeted social media, saying they already had contacts in my specific field (コミック).

I completed my crowdfunding to between 50 と 75% funding, and I figured if I–someone with no marketing background–could raise $2000 on my own, well this service could easily finish out my crowdfunding, yes?

Nope.

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Art Tips with Kevin Chin (How to Make Comic, Art, & Superheroes #2)

From Kevin T. Chin on https://www.instagram.com/kevinchinart

I am super-psyched to share art tips for you from successful video game and concept artist Kevin Chin, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Wizard World Austin after drooling over his delicately detailed digitals online. If you’re an avid Warhammer 40K player, you’ve probably seen some of his stuff; if your tastes run to the other end of the toughness gamut, and you’ve played Epic Mickey 2, you’ve definitely seen his stuff. He used to work for Disney Interactive, and now he’s the Senior Concept Artist at KingsIsle Entertainment. You’ve seen his stuff.

Here’s your chance to learn a tiny bit from that stuff! Read More…

How to post your comics to all the socials at the same time

How do you promote your comics on all TEH SOCIALS? It’s one of the questions that came up recently on the Webcomics Facebook Group I’m part of. Should you even bother posting your comics on socials? If so, which social media outlets should you bother with, anyway?

It’s better to do one social well than to do a million poorly. However, the more places your comic exists online, the more opportunities other people have to run into it. Posting to multiple socials also provides a great back-up in case your site goes down (like mine did last month), and, most importantly of all–

The more high-profile websites that link to your website, the better its ranking in Google.

Oh snap! You know what qualifies as a high-profile website? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, the works! And even though no one’s on Google+, Google loves Google+, and gives preference to things that live there.

That’s why I started posting my comics to the socials I don’t use all the time. And you know what? Since I started doing that, my views have multiplied by tens, yay! BUT OH MY GOSH IT IS TEDIOUS AND HORRIBLE to try to log in and post to a gazillion social media sites HOLY CRAP WHY WOULD I DO THAT–

So I don’t. I use the Blog2Social WordPress plug-in, which means that right after I finish a post, I get a page that looks like this: Read More…

How to Crowdfund Comics: Success Tips from Jeremy Biggs of Metal Made Flesh Vengeance!

Jeremy Biggs is a cyberpunk comics writer who, along with his artist Simeon Aston, creates the world of Metal Made Flesh. He offers a unique perspective to comic creators looking to crowdfund, because he’s fully funded three physical comics, instead of running off a webcomics community. He offered some unique rewards–a tangible replica of the weapons used in the story, and sculptures of the characters and ships–so he faced some unique logistics challenges.

Jeremy agreed to give us a lengthy interview with a wealth of information and resources, including some unusual prize ideas. Here’s the dish. Read More…

How to Crowdfund Comics: Success Tips from Angela “Jam” Melick of Wasted Talent Comics!

WastedTalent.ca by Angela “Jam” Melick

Angela “Jam” Melick ran an incredibly successful comics Kickstarter, clocking in at over 45,000 Canadian dollars, and that’s just one of many ways she’s monetized her comics. With her simple, colorful drawing style and her Women in STEM social commentary, she’s entertained fans for over eleven years as the full-time creator of the popular engineering-focused webcomic, Wasted Talent. She kindly agreed to give us a few crowdfunding-related tips!

1. Let’s talk about prizes. What are the best prizes for comics-related crowdfunding, in your experience? How did signing things affect their value and the amount of work you had to put in?

The best prize is what you’re making! Most people are only interested in the product itself, and that’s where most of your effort should go. Additional rewards just act as a little “thank you” for additional levels of support. They should be things that you’re used to designing, that don’t carry a lot of additional expense or complexity. I always prefer things that are flat, don’t carry sizes, and don’t weigh too much. Signing pieces don’t really add any value, monetarily, but it’s a personal touch than many readers appreciate. I’m limited by my wrist, but I try to add a personal touch to as many things as I can.

2. Most difficult aspect of comics crowdfunding for you, logistically?

I work full time. There’s a lot of extra messaging and work involved that’s difficult to balance. In the past I’ve done my own fulfillment and that’s by far the most time consuming aspect, I’m excited to be partnering with another group who can relieve me of that task this time.

3. Number one most important tip you’d give to comics crowdfunders?

Keep your vision as simple as possible. Extra inventory isn’t as valuable as you might think.

4. Now what? What are you working on now, post-success, and what are you excited about that you’ve got coming down the pipe? (Good place for self-promotion links!)

I have a comic about that here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/whats-next-for-7274092

I’ll be focused on short stories for awhile, but I’m not ready to commit to anything specific. I’ll need several months to complete the work associated with this Kickstarter, and after that I’ll be taking a well-deserved break.

Many thanks to Jam for being willing to answer a few of our questions!

I’ll be following up soon with more crowdfunding comics posts–we’ve got some tasty interviews with some great experts and creators coming down the line. If you want EXTRA interviews and stats, there’ll actually be a whole e-book about comics crowdfunding available to my e-mail list below. Drop me your info and I’ll let you know when that’s ready.

Or, to see all the comics-creating posts hosted here on Jace’s Bookshelf, including art tips and what-not, go to “Making Comics”, here. If you’re all like, “naw, Jen, you can’t teach me anything, I wanna talk to a pro,” go here to get a special in to a class with Boom! Comics’ Palle Schmidt (only valid til Jan 15, 2017!). Feel free to click on Jace’s Bookshelf above to keep browsing other “books,” like SuperGear and Superhero Alerts.

Keep creating!

~Jen

 

How to Make Comics or Draw Superheroes – with Boom! Comics’ Palle Schmidt

Hello all! I’m thrilled to present to you the first blog post in my little “making comics” series. This post’s goodies? Art technique tips from Palle Schmidt, the artist of Boom! Comics’ “Thomas Alsop” and internationally-published comic writer in both Denmark and the US. In his spare time, Palle offers a very popular introductory class to burgeoning comics artists, and if you want in I’ve got a hot, sexy tip for you at the end of this article. Tasty!

Let’s check out some of Palle’s secrets, tools, and tips.

Quick intro: Preferred Medium and Style

Palle: My style varies quite a bit depending on the job. But I tend to lean towards the somewhat gritty noir. I was introduced on a website as “Danish noir artist” which made me very proud, because I think that’s the first time in history anyone has ever been called that! Nowadays I do mostly painted art, all done on paper with a watercolor ink wash. I try to use the computer as little as possible and only for things that speed up the overall process.

Biggest technique breakthrough

Palle: As an artist, I’m very fast and intuitive when I work. My art took a giant leap forward when I accepted that and stopped trying to ink in this slick fashion everyone else seemed to be masters at. Now I “ink” in pencil and it’s much more enjoyable for me. I stopped cramping up and wanting to create “perfect” art and just let loose.

Four most important tools

Palle: Ecoline watercolors, miner pencil, white Posca acrylic marker, Staedtler lumocolor av marker. In the end I think it’s all about finding the tools that work for you, and that’s not necessarily what everyone else is using.

New technique experiments

Palle: Right now I’m loving an old white crayon I found in a drawer, because I’m drawing a book that has a lot of snow scenes in it. I’ve also started flipping my roughs and printing them out on the back of the board for further sketching. That’s saving me a ton of time. I’m always looking for little hacks to fine tune the process, because drawing comics just takes so incredibly long.

Number One technique tip for aspiring artists

Palle: Finish something. Learn from it. Move on.

Favorite project you’re working on right now?

Palle: I’m finishing up a 132-page graphic novel version of a Danish crime noir bestseller called “The Last Good Man”. That will be out next year over here but I strongly suspect it to be published in English as well. And the second volume of Thomas Alsop is finally out in trade paperback, so I’m excited about that too.

Big thanks to Palle for taking the time to offer us this feedback. So bottom line? Try coloring in a different style, if it helps you save time, and don’t be afraid to use things you find lying around for your art.

Because Palle is a pretty cool dude, I also got you guys a special “in” on his art class. As he explains somewhere on his site, for Palle to come teach you comics, like, in your house would normally be hundreds of dollars. He offers that same valuable information through exclusive access to his video classes to a lot of people for as low as $40. But for my peeps? There’s a special opportunity to get in for $25. That’s like 40 percent off. Are you one of my peeps? If you want in on this tastiness, drop me your e-mail and I’ll send you the secret code! You gotta do it soon, though, because the code expires January 15th. Also, this is a great, possibly life-changing gift for that artist in your life who’s just starting out.

EDIT: Deal expired, but you can have in to a bunch of other cool extra art tips from smart artists by dropping into this list!

Let me know if you want in.

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