We talk with Anthony Hary. I know, we’ve done that before, but this time, ON TOPIC! We discuss his most recent con attendance as an invited guest to the con built as the con for creators, FablesCon.
In this episode we meet with two other independent publishers, but not of the comic book variety. Actually, we were looking for some tech support and these two kind people popped into our online chat and helped us out. We realized pretty quick that what they do for their own projects is exactly what independent comic creators are doing. We ask their advice, chat, and talk about he importance of bacon in your life.
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We interview two niche webcomic artists in this episode. Rob Campbell of Cartoon Thunder and Sandy Debreuil of Crowbar Benson fame. Both these artist’s comics are “niche” comics, carving out a hilarious spot for themselves in the world of bikers and hockey players.
In the first half of the show Rob fills us in on the passion needed to bring your hobby into a comic and why involvement is more important than a patch. Eventually Sandy sorts out his technical troubles and joins in in the second half of the show and let’s us know how he appeals to the hockey fans without pandering to the hockey fanatics.
Want to know how passionate these guys are about their hobbies/cartoon subject matter? On the night we recorded this show both guys were unavailable until late at night AFTER they had gone to a biker rally and a hockey game!
We talk webcomic shop, a few pro tips, what makes a cartoon a niche player and how to promote your comic within niche markets.
Tip: Regularly exercising your skill will force you to improve. This is an exercise I love to do. Setting yourself a time limit, especially one of just 5 minutes per sketch, forces us to have to GO and not lose time over thinking our process. A desired skill in professional illustrators is speed, and its something we must train ourselves in.
DC Comics inker Tom Nguyen takes on the challenge to join in on the Comic Crossover Podcast, and comes on to the show to talk about his mainstream professional work, his independent work, experiences in photography, with models, bodybuilding, and more!
This is part one of a two part conversation we have with the once deemed “Prince of Pin-up”, where we discuss the growth of his career and his rise as an Art Samurai.
Tip: Second only to the human face, hands are key to portraying emotions in the silent world of comic books. Practice your hands. Many people are intimidated by them, and there is no need to be. They are the tool we use to illustrate, why not say ‘Thank you’ by mastering your ability to render them accurately!
We interview Nicolas P. Myers, fellow creator at ANA Comics. We talk about writing styles between long form books, 28 page comic book, and a three panel webcomic (and how novel writers have adapted to working with us). Nicolas lets us into his world a bit, discusses his storytelling methods, and gives us a history of his work so far. And then he delves into his most recent production, Seedlings, and the frustrating elementsof a two person team in comic creation for someone who’s always gone it alone.
note: We apologize for the ‘clicking’ sound, that was Nick’s computer connection.
You can purchase your own copies of Nicolas P. Myers books here.