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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LIA Cast 111 - What's So Great About Manga Studio?

Talking about drawing digitally on the LIA Cast!

Almost everyone in illustration or comics has heard about Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint at this point. More and more creators are switching to it from other drawing applications, and most seem pretty happy about it. Some artists are even suggesting it as a full replacement for the Adobe Suite.

But who has time to invest in learning new software, especially if you're not even sure that it is a good replacement for your current workflow?

Join us for an interactive demo and discussion that will introduce you to the basics of Manga Studio. Together we'll highlight 3 key features that MS has handled exceedingly well and changed the way we approach digital illustration.

DISCLAIMER: We are in no way being compensated by Smith Micro for this demonstration/discussion. We're just exploring some tools!

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LIA Cast 110 - So You Want to Start a Passion Project?

Talking about spinning up and managing personal projects on the Lean Into Art Cast!

It’s time to start a new personal project! How do you get it underway, keep it going, or know when it’s time to adjust?

How do you keep the load manageable?

This time we explore ways we've spun up to working on passion projects past, how our approaches have changed over the years, and how we might approach such projects in the future.

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