Independent Opportunities for Comic Book Creators with George Rohac - CAL #007

George Rohac (@grohac) is a "manager, researcher, and strategic advisor at large." He's an official Kickstarter expert (recognized by Kickstarter), a webcomic expert, and a professional with many years of experience working in comics - across businesses that publish works online, for the direct market, and traditional booksellers. He is the founder of Organized Havoc, a public benefit corporation he created to work with comic book creators and help them manage both the projects they work on and their careers, over the long term.

In this episode, he joins me to talk about:

  • His journey into comics

  • The evolution of webcomics

  • How self-publishing & independent opportunities have changed the game for creator

  • The work of managing comic book artists (what he actually does as a manager!)

  • Advice for creators looking to build an independent living

I've been a fan of George from afar for some time and he has a wealth of knowledge I was very excited to dig into. I hope you check out this conversation and learn as much as I did!

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Kickstarter’s Role in the Comic Book Industry with Camilla Zhang - CAL #006

Kickstarter has been one of the strongest forces for change in the comic book industry in the last 10 years, and they’re not planning on slowing down anytime soon. On this episode, Camilla Zhang, the Comics Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, joins me to discuss Kickstarter’s role in the comic book industry and how it might evolve in the future.

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Empowering Comic Book Artists with Andrea Demonakos - CAL #005

I’ve long felt that comic book artists need to treat their careers more like a business. But not everyone has the skill, interest, or time to tackle the business of being a comic creator - regardless of their artistic skill. Andrea Demonakos is one of a small number of comic professionals now working to help artists grow their businesses and find greater independent success. In this episode Andrea and Jeremy talk about White Squirrel, the company she started to help comic book artists with shipping & fulfillment, and the business of being a comic book artist.

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The 1,000 True Fans Theory - Bonus Episode #1

It’s easier than ever before for creators to connect directly with their fans. This ability, and the new technologies that have granted us this ability, are changing the face of every creative industry. But how can creators best take advantage of this change? This & more is explored in the first bonus episode of the Creator At Large podcast.

Comic Books & The Graphic Novel Market with Gina Gagliano (#004)

Gina Gagliano has an absolutely incredible amount of experience in graphic novel publishing & this conversation about the evolution of the graphic novel market showcases that insight and dives deep into the path that led her to where she is today - working as the Publishing Director for Random House’s forthcoming graphic novel imprint.

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And check out her own podcast, Graphic Novel TK! Co-hosted with Alison Wilgus.

Comic Book Conventions & Festivals with TCAF Co-Founder Chris Butcher (#003)

Whenever I meet someone who has experience across many different aspects of the comic book industry, I’m immediately intrigued because they tend to have a fascinating perspective on the industry & I know I can always learn something from them.

Chris Butcher doesn’t disappoint on either count & the impact he’s had on the industry - especially through co-founding the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is immense!

Listen to the episode below for a great conversation about comic book convention culture, the comics festival scene, and more!

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Trends in the Comic Book Industry with Rob Salkowitz (#002)

I have admired Rob Salkowitz for years, not only because to his prolific writing on the comic book industry and the business of pop culture, but also because of his insight into those fields.

He was one of my most desired guests for the show so I was glad to be able to get him on to discuss the many different trends shaping the comic book industry with me in 2018 and how they may affect both aspiring & working professionals alike.

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