LIA Cast 116 - Collaborating on Your Project

Talking about working out the perfect collaboration on the LIA Cast!

As a creative person you'll find yourself working with others at some point, whether it's putting together an event, tabling at a convention with friends, making a comic book together, or launching a podcast. How do you manage expectation and establish roles to make the joint project happen? How do you deal with friction when it occurs? 

Join us for an exploration on how empathy and an evidence-based approach can make a collaboration not only run smoothly, but leave you with a bucket-load of newfound skills.

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LIA Cast 115 - Knowledge Curation

Talking about researching, leveling up skills, learning new skills, and information hoarding on the LIA Cast!

When you're in school, learning and leveling up are often very directed activities with relative clarity in their intended outcomes. But when you're on your own in your art explorations, finding the resources to level up, and defining the outcome in which you're interested, can be jobs in and of themselves. 

How do you know whether or not you're ignorant on a topic or skill?  How do you find the resources you need to broaden your knowledge or strengthen your skills?  How do you curate and refine this information into something useful?

Join us for a discussion on researching and curating knowledge to improve our art. Together we explore the distinctions between the Autodidact, the Workflow-Hacker, and the Adaptive Expert For Hire and how each of them might leverage various online and offline tools to find, collect, and refine information that can assist with shipping your art projects.

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LIA Cast 114 - Webcomics: To Whom Are You Committing? with Brandon Dayton

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How does the relationship with your readers change when you make your webcomic an explicitly part-time job?

Over the last decade there has been an implicit contract made between a webcomics author and their intended audience. "I update regularly, and in exchange you support me through encouragement, word-of-mouth advertising, and purchasing merchandise." Because this contract is implicit, however, the commitment between author and audience is a bit fuzzy. If the cartoonist feels that the project has run its course or that it's not reaching the intended goals, they can retire the project without much fuss. After all, everyone was getting it for free.

As more cartoonists use Patreon or Tapastic's Support Program to subsidize their webcomic, the contract becomes a lot more explicit. Introducing support tiers and rewards creates an even more clear commitment to an audience. You're saying "This webcomic is now my part-time job, and (maybe) I hope to make it a full-time job."

But a traditional part-time job, even one you take on just to make some extra income, usually promises a well-defined amount of payment. With services like Patreon and Tapastic you're making the commitment to show up for the job, but there is no promise of any specific amount of pay.

So to whom are you committing? Are you committed to reaching a certain monetary goal first and foremost? Or are you committing to servicing an audience with the hope of reaching a goal? And if you fail to reach that goal, how do you navigate the friction of quitting when you've already made an explicit promise to that audience?

Join us for a Lean Into Art Cast with guest +Brandon Dayton. Brandon has been navigating these concerns with his new Green Monk webcomic, and together we'll explore how things change when you make your webcomics intentions a lot more clear to the public.

Rob has the week off, but he'll be back next episode!

Note about this episode - normally we have a video to share with the audio version of the podcast - I'm sorry we don't have that this time. Technical difficulties made video recording impossible, and for that we apologize!

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LIA CAST 113 - Webcomic Jack of All Trades with Special Guest Dawn Griffin

Do Jills and Jacks of All Trades gravitate to webcomics or does the pursuit of webcomics cause people to become a Jack/Jill of All Trades?

In this episode of the +Lean Into Art Cast, Rob is joined by special Guest Dawn Griffin of Zorphbert & Fred, the Webcomic Alliance, and professional illustration to discuss her Jack of All Trades approach to webcomics and illustration business.

Jerzy is traveling this episode, promoting The Warren Commission Report, a Graphic Investigation, he'll be back next episode!

Note about this episode - Rob here by the way - normally we have a video to share with the audio version of the podcast - I'm sorry we don't have that this time. I tried recording via my YouTube account (instead of Jerzy's). I learned via recording this episode that my YouTube account has a time limitation that it didn't used to have.

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LIA Cast 112 - The 4-Hour Project Experiment

Talking about client relations and project management on the Lean Into Art Cast!

We've talked before on the about using freelance gigs as an opportunity to experiment and learn new styles or skills. Recently, Rob took on a freelance job where he only allowed himself 4 hours to complete the project. As we've said before, limitations breed creativity, and Rob discovered some pretty interesting things about the creative process (and himself) in meeting his tight deadline while satisfying his client.

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