Alliance Chat 25

Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before!

In this podcast, we’re chatting about… First we follow up on Tapastic and how it’s working initially for those of us here at the Alliance who use it. And then we chat about how we used to be concerned with page-views for Ad revenue and discuss if this is still even worth it or not. So pull up a chair, start to draw and listen in as most of us had our pants on when we recorded this podcast. I’ll leave it to you to guess who.

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          • There may be some budget transcription services online. Casting Words has a $1 per min option. Wonder if you can get an automatic transcript service to start the work then cleanup would be easier? Like an OCR does for scanning text?

          • Wonder if there’s a free automatic transcription tool that can help you with the work? Like an OCR does for text, leaving editing up to users. There are some budget transcription services online that charge as little as $1 a min.

    • Here’s the Cliff Notes version:

      I felt it was a good platform to display my comics as they come in short, story-arc themes and Tapastic provides a nice clean method of scrolling down all the comics in an arc without having to click “next” each time. Very nice. By short arc I mean 40 or less comics. Each “chapter” at Tapastic is limited to 40 comics (I believe that’s the right number).

      The only downside really is that Tapastic is like any other website; you get out of it what you put into it. If you promote your stuff there and point folks there a lot, then you’ll get results. If you ignore (as I do at the moment, but that will change) then you won’t get as much out of it.

      You can view 1977’s Tapastic page here:

      Note, if you’re not logged in, it won’t display the comics as I have marked them as “mature” due to the nature of my comic. I don’t think it’s THAT mature, but that’s a discussion for another day. 🙂

  1. Regarding your conversation about teaching classes at the library, I can give you some insight and a suggestion on this.

    As someone who works in a library and is in charge of booking performers / guests, we are always looking for fresh content. Often we have to do programs ourselves, which is fine, but we love to bring in guests that offer something we can’t.

    We have never had art classes at my particular branch before, but it has always been suggested (if I was more confident in my ability to teach art I would have done it by now, but… y’know, I suffer from the same “I’m not good enough” attitude that plagues a lot of cartoonists). Our kid art books check out like crazy, so I’m sure it’s something that would go over well with tweens and up.

    Regarding contacting the director, this really depends on the system you’re looking at. Some systems (usually the larger ones) might have someone specific to do the bookings / programs. A system as small as mine (five libraries) does not; each branch has people in charge of adult and children programming, so whoever is in charge of that would be who to talk to.

    I also LOVE discount bookings. Summer is always our big time of the year when we do the most programming and have some money to book people. But we are also always under a tight budget, so any help (whether it’s a free program or discounted) is nice. Typically what happens is I will be contacted by someone or vice versa and, through the conversation about pricing, they will offer a discount for multiple bookings (sometimes they have to be in the same day, sometimes it doesn’t matter). This discount can range from $20-50 off the normal show price. If it’s something interesting or fits with the summer theme, I’ll contact the other five libraries and see if anyone is interested, then make arrangements if they are. When I did this a lot, I booked one performer for at least three of our libraries for shows equally a total cost of about $600. That’s in one day.

    Whether your drawing program is popular or not will also depend on the time of year and the summer’s theme. As I said, summer is our busy time so we book performers / guests for June and July, as we’re pushing our summer reading program. Other times of year get a little trickier as we don’t have as much money to spend (that’s when some performers target special times of the year, such as holidays when libraries are more likely to open up their wallets).

    But you guys are in luck if you plan on doing this. There’s a national Summer Reading theme that a lot of libraries participate in. Each year is different: one year it was nighttime, another year it was world cultures, this last year it was science… but 2015’s theme is going to be Heroes. And let me tell you, ANYONE offering a super hero-related program is going to be in high demand. I’ve seen this with performers that had okay bookings but one year happened to fit a theme perfectly. Booking them suddenly became very difficult.

    So work on those ideas and see if you can come up with a super hero-like drawing class, and you might find yourself doing pretty well!

    If you have any questions about how libraries go about booking performers or what we look for, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll be happy to talk with you guys about it. I don’t know if my experiences are exclusive to the midwest, but I’m willing to bet it’s pretty universal with other parts of the country as well.

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