Deconstructing Comics #495: Lucy Bellwood: crowdfunding a dream with Patreon

Bellwood and PatreonThis week a look at how creators can cultivate their following into a means of paying (some of) the bills.

Comics artist Lucy Bellwood has a pretty succesful Patreon page; it’s paying her Portland rent. Her fans appreciate her work, but often that’s not quite enough; showing your personality, making a personal connection, can get them to buy in on a deeper level. Lucy talks to Tim about what she’s done to cultivate her following of fans/patrons.

Then Tim is joined by Taryn Arnold, Community Happiness Representative at Patreon, to talk about how Patreon works, the background of the site, and what they’re doing to solve some problems that have arisen — including (as referred to on this podcast more than once) kamikaze patrons who pledge, download all the free content, and unpledge without making any payments.

Pledge at least $3.00 a month to Deconstructing Comics on Patreon and hear Lucy talk about some frustrating, and also rather amazing, experiences she had with freelancing, and on why she got stressed out when she guested on someone else’s web comic!

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Deconstructing Comics #489: Tapastic’s Michael Son & The Rattler’s Jason McNamara

TapasticTapastic is one of the many places online that you could put your comic. Why put it there? This week, Tapastic Editor-in-chief Michael Son joins Tim to explain the advantages of the site, issues they’re working to solve, what kind of audience is reading the site (and how reader demands have changed), and what new features are in the pipeline.

The RattlerJason McNamara is back with us after two years, and now his book with Greg Hinkle, The Rattler, has just been published by Image! He joins us to talk about the disturbing inspiration for the book, how the 2014 Kickstarter project for the book helped it get published, and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #487: Maya Kern and “Monster Pop!”

Monster Pop!Maya Kern‘s “Monster Pop!” features monsters and humans living together at a university. In Kern’s mind, it’s like, and also not like, shojo manga. How so?

This week, Tim talks with Maya about the increased acceptance of gay characters in comics; the problems with blogging from a character’s point of view (and of making your character a musician); why comics conventions are good for connections, but anime conventions are good for making money; repetitive strain injury, online comics promotion (Tapastic, Patreon), and more.

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Resolve to Support The Comics Alternative in 2015!

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Happy New Year to all friends of the podcast! We’d love to hear from you in the coming months, and we hope you’ll consider supporting The Comics Alternative in these different ways:

  • Becoming a patron of the podcast through our Patreon campaign. We have various reward levels, all of which will leave you with that warm, nougaty feeling of having done something special for comics podcasting (and for us, in particular).
  • Making your Amazon.com purchases via our Amazon Associates program. Just go to our website and click through any of our Amazon banners, merchandise links, or the Amazon.com widget (in the right column). We get a few cents if you purchase through us…and at no addition cost to you!
  • Supporting our sponsorDiscount Comic Book Service, and its sister companies InStock Trades and MyDigitalComics. And remember, be sure to tell them that the Two Guys with PhDs sent you!
  • Clicking through the ads and banners you might see on our website pages. You don’t have to purchase anything…and hey, every little click helps!
  • Taking part in The Comics Alternative forum, sharing ideas and suggestions with Andy, Derek, and everyone else participating on the forum.
  • Keeping up with and sharing the podcast via TwitterFacebookTumblr, and Instagram.
  • Contacting us with ideas, suggestions, encouragement, and even disgruntlements. We love hearing from you!

Thanks for your support…and keep listening to the podcast!

– Andy and Derek