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Do It For Love, Of Comics.

In a recent Comics Experience webinar,  Brian Michael Bendis started off the conversation with this little nugget. “If you can remove money from the equation or desire for fame, it gets a lot easier.” I’ve thought about this a lot and actually came up with a list (I love lists!) of reasons that makes it easier to do it for the pure love of comics. Here are TEN amazing things that happen when you do what Brian suggests: You can focus on making the stories YOU want to tell and not stories for other companies or what ever’s popular. You…

Interviews

Trevor Von Eeden

While working on The Hard Code together, I got to interview one of my all-time favorite artists, Trevor Von Eeden. In it, he talks about how he got his start, his DC years and some great advice for aspiring creators. The piece was published on Comic Creator News and was also reported on by Bleeding Cool, The Comics Beat, The Comic Reporter, The OutHousers and more! Click here to read the complete interview.

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My Kickstarter Diary

I thought it might be of interest for some of you to read about my latest Kickstarter campaign recounting  the day-by-day progress, including all my research, assumptions and assets. FACT: I had already completed the first issue of THE HARD CODE last year and was finally able to muster the funds needed for the second issue earlier this year. Artist Trevor Von Eeden finished the pencils for 19 pages in less than three weeks. Lui Antonio inked issue #2 and Macarena Cortes did coloring chores. All I needed now was money to print them. RESEARCH: I went on Kickstarter and…

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Never Give Up!

For those of you who are feeling dejected over not getting into the DC Comics Talent Workshop, keep at it! Here are two letters I got from Tom DeFalco. One was a rejection letter. The other was the introduction for my first trade paperback. And it only took 24 years!

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A New Distribution System

Dear fellow creators, I am working on a possible new distribution system that would benefit self-publishers. But I need your help in figuring out some of the factors. If you could, kindly fill out the simple 5 questions below. Thank you!

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The Little KickStarter Than Could

A Week-by-week account on the trials and tribulations of my latest Kickstarter campaign. Despite this being my 4th Kickstarter and all the research and pre-promotion I had done, the campaign didn’t actually bust out of the gates like gangbusters. But it has been steadily chugging along. “I hope I can. I hope I can.”

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Find Your Blue Ocean

There’s a book by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne called Blue Ocean Strategy. It’s not a comic book or a graphic novel. Heck, it’s not even fiction. What it is is a business book. “Ramon, why are you writing about a business book?” you may ask. Well, because if you’re trying to make money in comics, then it’s not just an art it’s a business! So what is the Blue Ocean Strategy? Basically the concept is that you want to start a business in a blue ocean versus a red ocean. In a red ocean, there’s lots of competition. A lot…