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How M Sorcier Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kickstarter Dead Zone

#creator spotlight Nov 29, 2021
by Clay Adams

M Sorcier felt like she was banging her head against a wall. 

A quiet, introspective type, she was struggling to stay energized throughout her 21 day campaign for Sacrimony #2. How many times—and in how many ways—could she say, “Hey, please check out my comic?” It was especially hard on those days when she didn’t get any backers at all. 

So M decided to do something about it.

She decided to chill the heck out.


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

  • Why taking it easy during the Dead Zone isn’t "giving up"
  • How to grow your audience between campaigns
  • Plus: the one thing you *must* do before you launch


Zen and the Art of Kickstarter: Why Chilling Out Isn’t "Giving Up"

M has made peace with the fact that trying to generate excitement during the Dead Zone can be draining and often futile. With no opening day excitement or final 48 hours FOMO, she knows it's harder to...

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How Frank Martin Juggles Multiple Comics Campaigns--And Genres--On Kickstarter

#creator spotlight Oct 28, 2021
by Clay Adams

Frank Martin knew the risks.  

He'd heard the advice to stick with one thing until it was successful. To pick his genre and focus his efforts there as a specialist. 

But that's not where his passion lies, and he knew if he faked it, his audience would sense it. 

So the question nags him every time he launches a new project:

"Will my audience show up?"

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

  • The mindset shift that led to Frank's success with Facebook ads
  • The benefits of Kickstarting one-shots & two-parters 
  • Plus: Why you need a little “sexy indifference”

Frank’s Facebook Ad Strategy

One way Frank mitigates this fear is by constantly looking for ways to grow his audience. He's tried viral giveaways to varying success, but ultimately decided his efforts would have better results elsewhere.

So, like many comic creators, he turned to Facebook ads. Frank freely admits he's...

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How John Edingfield II Turned His First Comics Anthology into a Five Figure Campaign

#creator spotlight Sep 29, 2021
by Clay Adams

John Edingfield II felt elated.

His first anthology—a collection of fractured fairy tales he called Not So Fair Tales—had been named a Project We Love and reached its $12,000 goal early in the campaign.  

But with plenty of time still left on the clock, John couldn’t help but wonder…

“What now?”



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

  • Best practices for running a comics anthology on Kickstarter
  • How running an anthology can level up your Kickstarter game
  • Plus: tips for keeping the momentum going when you fund early



Best Practices For Running A Comics Anthology On Kickstarter

Before launch, John spent countless hours putting together the book. He had a clear vision of what he wanted—a 172 page hardcover anthology collecting some of the best professional indie creators and new creators in comics. Many of these creators were seasoned veterans who had been on his...

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How Drew Morrison Outsourced Facebook Ads and Mastered Reward Stacking to Beat the Kickstarter Dead Zone

#creator spotlight Aug 27, 2021
by Clay Adams

Drew Morrison knew what to expect. 

This wasn’t his first Kickstarter, and he knew the dead zone could be brutal. After multiple campaigns, he'd learned how to take it in stride. Still, this one felt particularly long. 

But like a pro, Drew didn’t panic. 

He got to work.


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

  • The benefits of outsourcing your Facebook ads
  • Dead Zone strategies that work
  • Plus: how to maximize reward stacking on Kickstarter


Outsourcing Your Facebook Ads for Kickstarter and Cold Calling Shops

Drew was no stranger to hard work and shoe leather. He’d spent considerable time and money growing his readership through paid Facebook/Instagram ads and cold calling retail shops to see if they would carry his series Brokenland 

“From September 2020 - March 2021, I spent $500 per month on paid ads. I worked with a small marketing company to handle the audience...

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How Farhan Qureshi Applied the โ€œ80/20 Ruleโ€ and Had His Best Comics Kickstarter Ever

#creator spotlight Jun 25, 2021
by Clay Adams

Farhan Qureshi was apprehensive.

As the first wave of Covid forced entire countries into lockdown and social unrest roiled the world, he was getting ready to launch his latest Kickstarter campaign for his sci-fi series DIGITOPIA.

With the world falling apart around him, he couldn’t help but wonder:

Would anyone care?


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

  • Why you should still launch during a bad news cycle
  • The importance of quality—not quantity—of email subscribers
  • Plus: How to apply the 80/20 rule to your Kickstarter


Focus on Quality of Email Subscribers, Not Quantity

Like most successful Kickstarter creators, Farhan had been putting in the work long before he launched his campaign. He took time to build up his email list, although he admits he found this difficult to balance with all of his other duties as an indie creator. 

“This has been a really tough one for me to make progress on as I...

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How Henrike Dijkstra Successfully Created and Launched An Online Course Through Kickstarter

#creator spotlight May 26, 2021
by Clay Adams

Henrike Dijkstra had no idea what to expect.

Her course on “How to Start a Comic” was ready to launch, but she didn’t have a lot of case studies to examine. There weren’t many other courses offered on Kickstarter, and those that did well already had a massive audience.

So Henrike took a leap of faith that all her hard work over the past few years would pay off…

And hit launch.

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

  • Why focus is your friend when it comes to creating online courses
  • Tips for creating a good lead magnet and growing your audience
  • Plus: Henrike's top takeaways for launching a course on Kickstarter

Focus is Your Friend: Finding Your Niche 

Before she decided to create her course on making comics, Henrike tried several different things: she created a webcomic, she wrote a blog from 2013 to 2017, and she tried to grow an audience using social media. 


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How Bitsy Tandem Fought Burnout and Doubled Her Previous Comics Kickstarter Haul

#creator spotlight Apr 26, 2021
by Clay Adams

For Bitsy Tandem, the Kickstarter dead zone was “emotionally crushing.”

She found it hard to think about anything else, let alone keep up with any work. And as her campaign for Maiden in Disguise Manga #1 dragged on, she couldn’t help but think…

How would she ride it out to the end without going crazy?

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

  • Why Kickstarter burnout is real—and what you can do about it
  • How drop shipping can help take the pain out of fulfillment
  • Plus: first steps on breaking into a foreign market

Why Kickstarter Burnout Is Real—And What You Can Do About It

Many creators know the pain of Kickstarter burnout: your campaign becomes all-consuming, and the feeling that you should be doing something to promote it at every possible moment overwhelms you. For Bitsy—like most creators—that promotion didn’t come easy.

“There was a lot of pressure to promote...

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How Nima Afshar Fought Distractions and Found His Audience on His Way to a $10,000 Kickstarter Campaign

#creator spotlight Mar 19, 2021
by Clay Adams

Nima Afshar felt like his whole campaign was a challenge.

In the lead up to his Kickstarter, he couldn’t find a printer to take on his glow-in-the-dark comic, BREAK:RUN. Then he lost his day job amid the Covid Crisis. And once he hit launch…

It seemed like every possible distraction tried to derail him, including his mother breaking her ankle halfway through the campaign. (Maybe he shouldn’t have called his comic Break?)

Then his son developed health issues that needed immediate attention, and Nima knew that moving forward while staying positive was going to be a challenge.  

Did he have it in him to see the campaign through to the end?

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

  • How to stay focused when life throws you curveballs
  • Why you should find your printer before you launch
  • Plus: how to choose the right viral giveaway for your audience

How To Stay Focused During Your Kickstarter

Despite all...

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How Michael Penick Raised $13,000 From 550 Backers With His First Comics Kickstarter

#creator spotlight Feb 19, 2021
by Clay Adams

Michael Penick knew he was playing a risky game.

It was his first campaign, and he wanted to keep his costs down. Lucky for him, he was an artist as well as a writer, so he could mostly produce the book—and various rewards—by himself. But with the bulk of his mid to high level tiers built on original artwork, the campaign’s success depended on how people reacted to his art.

And if people didn’t like it?

He was going to have serious problems. 

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

  • Why writing a business plan can help you focus
  • How to study the crowdfunding market ahead of your launch
  • Plus: The (Kickstarter) Money is in the List

Why Writing A Business Plan Can Help You Focus

For Michael, it all started with a plan—a business plan. 

“My goal here was to be able to kickstart not only this comic, but the second half of my career, one where I could do nothing but focus on my own...

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Husband and Wife Comic Creators Lisa Moore and Brant Fowler On Their Best Launch Ever

#creator spotlight Jan 28, 2021
by Clay Adams

Lisa Moore and Brant Fowler were nervous.

They’d just hired a new art team to help relaunch their flagship series, THE LAST EMBER, and the costs were mounting. This time, the husband and wife publishing team would need to raise far more than they ever had before.

As they set out to hit their highest goal to date, they couldn’t help but wonder…

Would they make it?

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

  • Why stacking launches leads to growth on Kickstarter
  • How to find collaborators and “launch buddies”
  • Plus: the pros and cons of working with your spouse


Like many indie creators, Lisa and Brant took on far too many projects in their early days as publishers of Last Ember Press. And while they are still struggling with some of the choices they made when the company was young, one benefit is that it allowed them to grow their audience over...

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