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How Gene Jimenez Overcame A Slow Start and Got His Kickstarter (Over)Funded

#creator spotlight May 01, 2023
 
by Clay Adams

Gene Jimenez felt confident. 

He’d done the groundwork, made a great book, prepped his audience, and now was certain his campaign for TRIBAL FORCE would fund quickly. 

Then he hit launch. 

After a decent first day, momentum slowed. By day 4, the pledges had run dry and he was scared.

And with a long month ahead of him, Gene wondered…

“Is Kickstarter the right place for me?”

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • how to grow your audience before your campaign
  • how to turn around a slow start on Kickstarter 
  • plus: best practices for promoting your campaign on podcasts

 


 

How to Grow Your Audience Before Your Campaign

Gene started in comics in the early ‘90s. At the time, Image Comics had just exploded onto the scene, and independent publishers could put their books up for sale in the direct market and get orders in the 3,000 range—a number which seemed...

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How Scott Harris-King Battled Burnout on the Way to His Best Kickstarter Ever

#creator spotlight Apr 04, 2023
 
by Clay Adams

Scott Harris-King felt burned out. 

He was about to hit launch on his fourth Kickstarter campaign in ten months, and the only "breaks" he’d taken in between were for fulfillment. 

So as he readied himself for yet another go at crowdfunding, he wondered…

“How can I keep up this pace?”

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • how to find and hire an artist for your comic book Kickstarter
  • why cross-promoting is essential for crowdfunding success
  • plus: how to avoid burnout--for you and your backers

 


 

How to Find and Hire an Artist for Your Comic Book Kickstarter

Fortunately, Scott had already started thinking about ways to combat burnout before he began working on the book. One way he decided to lighten his load was by hiring someone else to draw it.  

“This was my first issue of The Crimebusters working with an artist, as I drew the first four issues myself. It...

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How Shawn Lewis Harnessed the Power of Conventions to Drive His Kickstarter Campaign

#creator spotlight Mar 10, 2023
 
by Clay Adams

Shawn Lewis felt stymied.

He’d just hired a well-known marketing company to help spread the word about the second campaign for his comic IMMORTALIS, but the results weren’t what he expected. 

In fact, the experience left him questioning everything he thought he knew about crowdfunding. 

And as he pored over the analytics, he wondered…

“Is social media really that important?”

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • why social media marketing may not be for you
  • where backers really come from… and how to find them
  • plus: coordinating sales channels--Kickstarters and comic-cons 

 


  

Is Social Media Marketing Really That Important to Crowdfunding?

In thinking about his experience with the marketing company, Shawn came to some difficult conclusions about why it didn’t work out. 

I assume it’s because we don’t have that name recognition...

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How Peter Taylor Fought His Fears and Grew His Audience By Launching A New Comic on Kickstarter

#creator spotlight Feb 06, 2023
 
by Clay Adams

Peter Taylor felt screaming terror.

The four campaigns for his alternate history series WREN had performed modestly, largely relying on family, friends, and a small but committed following on Kickstarter.

Now he was ready to branch out with a new series in a new genre, one he’d hoped would appeal more to the native Kickstarter audience. 

But his email list was small and “stubbornly refused” to grow. And as he readied to launch the first issue of PIONEERS, Peter found himself staring into the unknown and wondering…

“Am I making a big mistake?” 

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • how to have fun while promoting your campaign (hint: it’s not social media) 
  • one small trick to help you fight the terror and succeed on Kickstarter
  • Plus: how launching a new comic can help grow your audience

 


 

When Opportunity Knocks, Make a Comic Book For the First Time

After...

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How Karla Medrano Invested in Herself and Rocked Her First Kickstarter Campaign

#creator spotlight Jan 17, 2023
 
by Clay Adams

Karla Medrano had two problems:

Money and time. 

As a busy wife, mom, nurse, and business owner, she had to be intentional when it came to planning her week and making sure she set aside time to push her project forward. 

She’d already invested plenty of her own money to make LUNA #1 “The Awakening” happen. But she needed additional funds that only Kickstarter could bring. 

So she signed up for the ComixLaunch course and got to work on the modules. But even though she had the best of intentions, she wasn’t able to finish before she needed to hit launch. 

As the campaign went live, Karla was painfully aware she only had a month to get the word out. And as she looked at her busy schedule, one question in particular kept haunting her:

“How am I going to do it?”

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • marketing strategies for your Kickstarter comic
  • the limits of social media...
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How Patrick Kellner Used Cross Promotions to Beat the Dead Zone on Kickstarter

#creator spotlight Dec 07, 2022
 
by Clay Adams

Patrick Kellner was shocked. 

In prior campaigns for his book GAGE AND THE DRAGON'S TEAR, he’d learned to expect a big bump on day one followed by a few more days of steady growth. 

This time around, after a little action on day two, the Dead Zone set in early. 

Suddenly he started questioning everything: “Was it something I did? Is something wrong with the campaign? 

“Is this the end of my creative journey?”

  


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • how community can help propel your Kickstarter 
  • the key marketing principle behind cross-promotion
  • plus: why you shouldn't "change horses mid-stream"

 


  

How to Weather the Dead Zone; or, “Don’t Change Horses Mid-Stream”

Patrick was feeling the pressure to make something happen. But as he took a step back and analyzed the situation, he realized that he shouldn’t let panic...

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How Sam Johnson Ran His Best Kickstarter Campaign Ever While Working a Busy Day Job

#creator spotlight Oct 31, 2022
 
by Clay Adams

Sam Johnson was feeling the time crunch. 

Running a Kickstarter can feel like a full-time job, so he usually builds his crowdfunding campaigns around off days from work, but he’d already used most of his year's allowance of holidays on his Kickstarter for Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman. 

Now, with a brand new campaign for his long-running Geek Girl series about to launch, he knew he’d have to run it around his busy schedule. The only question was:

How do you work two jobs without burning out? 

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • best practices for serializing your comic on Kickstarter
  • how targeting the collector’s market can bring in new readers
  • plus: time management strategies for busy crowdfunders

 


 

How to Build Your Comic Book Audience Over Time

Sam first launched Geek-Girl with a short, black & white comic that came out into 2009, focusing on Ruby Kaye, a.k.a....

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How a Campaign to Reprint an Older Series Turned into David Taylor's Most Successful Launch Ever

#creator spotlight Oct 02, 2022
 
by Clay Adams

David Taylor felt overworked. 

With a busy day job leaving little time to work on the Kickstarter campaign for his noir thriller DECADES, he felt constantly behind the eight ball. 

Especially when his campaign took off beyond his expectations. 

And when he came down with Covid in the first week, he had to ask himself:

“How do I get through it?”

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • how to market a reprint of an older book on Kickstarter
  • tips for pitching your comic series
  • plus: time management for busy crowdfunding creators

  


How to Market A Reprint of an Older Book on Kickstarter

David never meant for this to be a big campaign. 

DECADES was a book he’d already completed, and the Kickstarter for the trade paperback collection was always intended to be low-key—simply a way to get a reprint done and buy some time while he worked on his current series.

“I...

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How Robert Krisch Used Facebook Ads and a PR Firm to Fuel His Best Launch Ever

#creator spotlight Aug 30, 2022
 
by Clay Adams

Robert Krisch was surprised.

It had been a year since he'd run a Facebook Ad campaign, and he felt pretty pessimistic about their performance after the enhanced IOS privacy protections were put in place.

But as his campaign for TURNER FAMILY TERRORS #3 moved into the Dead Zone, Rob’s Facebook ads were performing three times better than they did on his last Kickstarter. 

Now, with a carefully planned PR strategy and only so much money to go around, he had a choice to make:

Stick to the game plan or throw more money at ads?

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • How to build a foundation for Kickstarter success
  • The power of community 
  • The benefits of working with a PR Firm

 


 

Building a Foundation for Kickstarter Success

Two years ago, when Rob was first starting out on Kickstarter, he didn’t have an email list or an audience he could regularly write to. But he knew an important part of...

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How Mark Abnett Turned a Successful Kickstarter into a Scholastic Book Deal

#creator spotlight Aug 01, 2022
 
by Clay Adams

Mark Abnett was a victim of his own success.

All five issues of his comic THIS LAND were completely inked before he launched issue 1.

The plan was to serialize each issue on Kickstarter in order to cover the cost of coloring and lettering the last three issues (issues 1 & 2 were already 100% complete). 

So over the span of 14 months, Mark ran Kickstarters for issues 1-4 and regularly fulfilled ahead of schedule, giving his backers confidence in his ability to deliver. 

A few campaigns in, Mark realized his plan was working well. 

Maybe too well. 

Because his supporters knew if they were patient, they could save on shipping by skipping the middle campaigns. 

So, now Mark had to figure out:

How do you run successful Kickstarter campaigns when your most ardent backers are sitting them out? 

 


 

In this edition of the ComixLaunch Spotlight, you’ll learn:

  • How to Build Loyalty in Your Kickstarter Audience
  • Variant Cover...
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