LIA Cast 243 - Tools and Thoughts about Updating Your Portfolio

Portfolios, business card sites, web presences that convey the kinds of things you do are a deep well of questions and options. On a recent Extra Lean podcast (a special show for the awesome Patrons of Lean Into Art) Jerzy and Rob talked about updating our portfolios when Rob was in the middle of updating his. Now that Rob finished updating his portfolio, we’re ready to continue the conversation.

Join Jerzy and Rob for a discussion about the tools Rob used, the fresh goals he had in mind, and getting Jerzy’s feedback on the results.

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LIA Cast 242 - Project Triage

Whether you have obligations and responsibilities that compete for time you’d allocated for making art, or if you’re a professional artist who struggles for time and energy to put into personal projects, chances are you’ve faced the friction between having so many things you’d like to make and time available. Join Jerzy and Rob for a discussion on deciding which personal projects they take on when they have limited resources.

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LIA Cast 241 - Launching a Product

In this episode of the Lean Into Art podcast, Jerzy and Rob discuss a series of questions about launching a product asked by listener MuShinGirl. Join us for a discussion about questions about composing your Patreon presence, marketing your product, and starting at the beginning considering MVP/MLP (minimum viable/minimum lovable product).

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LIA Cast 240 - Relaxing and Keeping Things On Track

We’re more than half way through the 2018 calendar and that hopefully means progress on goals and projects we intended to make happen. It also happens to be the middle of the Summer. For those of us who live with cold Winters, warm Summers are a reminder to get away from the work desk.

In this episode of the Lean Into Art podcast, Jerzy and Rob discuss what we’re doing to enjoy the Summer and still keep things on track with our projects.

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LIA Cast 114 - Webcomics: to Whom are You Committing? with Brandon Dayton (Rebroadcast)

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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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