Comic Art

Simplify how you find collaborators

Long-time Comics Experience member Frank Gogol discusses the simple ways he found artists for his comics, including on the Creators Workshop.

Creator: Frank Gogol

Comic: No Heroine (get it digital | get it in print)

Gogol says: “There’s a wide range of people [in Comics Experience], but many are in their early stages. There are forums for colorists and artists. I just perused portfolios, sent a private message, and talked about collaborating. It was really that simple.”

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Find your definition of success

What is your definition of success in comics? Long time Comics Experience member Gamal Hennessy walks you through how having a goal can prepare you for anything. Hennessy provides invaluable marketing advice and legal tips to our members and has been a Master Seminar instructor.

Creator: Gamal Hennessy

Services: GlobalComix.com | CreativeContractConsulting.com

Hennessy says, “You have to be able to adapt. Several things may change. If you don’t know where you’re going or why you even want to go there something like a pandemic can wash the whole thing away. You’ll be able to adjust because you know what your goals are.”

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Storytelling through lettering

Introduction to Lettering Comics instructor Sean Rinehart describes the styles of lettering that draw him further into a story.

Creator: Sean Rinehart (Website | Twitter)

Comics: Get’s Sean’s comics digitally | Get Sean’s comics physically: No Heroine, Dead End Kids, The V-Card

Rinehart says, “I know what my eye is drawn to: more expressive lettering. It can totally affect the meaning. It makes for a more visually interesting panel. Try to make it fun and make it as much a part of the art as the pencils, inks and colors.”

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Marketing to readers and to retailers

Long-time Comics Experience member Frank Gogol walks you through the unique tradeoffs of comics marketing.

Creator: Frank Gogol

Comic: No Heroine (get it digital | get it in print)

Gogol says: “You have to sell it to readers. You have to sell to retailers. It’s a balancing act. People need to spend more time thinking about who is selling your book and strategize based on who they are and what they respond to.”

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Understanding the power of analytics

Gamal Hennessy discusses the value of measuring who responds the most to your comic. Hennessy provides invaluable marketing advice and legal tips to our members and has been a Master Seminar instructor.

Creator: Gamal Hennessy

Services: GlobalComix.com | CreativeContractConsulting.com

Hennessy says, “Granular marketing analysis will help you find the readers that love your comic the most. You can not leave to chance that the right people will magically find your book. The magic is in the analytics.”

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Saving up and planning ahead

Comics Experience alum and IDW group editor Bobby Curnow breaks down how to save money to fund the creation of sample pages.

Creator: Bobby Curnow

Comic: Ghost Tree (get it digital | get it in print)

Curnow says: “A year from now you want five pages complete. Then you’ve got 12 months to come up with $1000 dollars. You want to look ahead to a goal. I want a pitch done in a year, in six months time. What it comes all down to is planning ahead and saving.

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