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This podcast we cover:

Ryan: How to respond when your blog posts trigger a heated debate (i.e. kill them with kindness…)

Dawn: The “female” demographic: merchandise, comics geared towards women, and “business” vs. “being PC”

Byron: What to do when you have fallen off the Social Networking radar.

Ken: Is having a “clique” or two of webcomics creators that you socialize with enough or should you continue to network with EVERYONE in webcomics.

Drink of the Week: Starbucks Coffee in honor of our guest Ryan Fisher from “Gin and Comics”

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13 Comments

  1. I had to try so hard not to burst out laughing in the middle of work listening to this. Great episode, I loved it! It was very nice to hear Ryan’s voice finally, since he and I have known each other for a few months now and I enjoy his comic. πŸ™‚

    I have to agree with Dawn that I don’t feel like the “normal demographic” as far as things for girls go. I mean… I do a mecha comic, so I guess that’s pretty obvious. Really enjoyed the social media discussion since I too am trying to get on the radar (AND battling with adjusting to a full time job!)

    I would actually really like it if maybe one day you guys could discuss strategies for balancing a job and… well, another job of making a comic! (I usually think of my day job as “the second job”, but it unfortunately seems to be taking up more of my time than my Real Job!)

    • I read Little Annie Fanny as a young boy and was amazed at the number of gags there were in the background (once you got past Annie’s assets).

      Elder is a genius comic artist to say the least. MAD magazine is one of my influences in drawing, but I don’t have the style that Jaffe, Davis and Elder do. If I can someday accomplish 10% of their style, I’d be thrilled!

      Thanks for the links… I need a cold shower now. πŸ™‚

      • The background stuff is the most interesting, heck sometimes it’s more interesting than the story. And it definitely gets you to go back and read it to see if you missed anything.

        I wonder how a style like that would translate to the web, not that I personally have the skill set to pull it off, but it would be interesting to see.

        You can always count on me to find the most titillating comics! πŸ™‚

  2. Luckily, I’ve never had any arguments on my page. I HAVE had people in other places try to start things with me over my comic I actually find those kinda fun. I can debate with an angry person and show other people that I am not the person they are trying to make me out to be. With my comic most people assume I’m a guy because girls “shouldn’t” be doing what I do based on the subject.

    Count me as another girl that isn’t really “girly.” I don’t really care for things “for girls” when I can just use things for guys. Like mentioned, I think if you target women it’s going to turn out awkward. Divas was written by a guy, however “Girl Comics” was done by all women and I didn’t find it anymore interesting.

    Social Networking? No idea. I think very few of my readers follow me on twitter.

    • You have two more… myself and the WA. πŸ™‚

      I went to your comic. It’s odd, but I never think about if the artist is a guy or gal… I just look at the comic. If it turns out it is a woman, I will go “Oh, hey, a chick…” and then forget it. I don’t read or not read a comic based the artist’s gender… seems silly.

      I know comics are male dominated, but I see that dwindling and I follow a great number of women creators. Go girls!

      Yeah, I can’t market for guys or gals… I just try to stay true to my comic’s theme and hopefully someone will like it. That’s all anyone can ask for in this biz.
      πŸ™‚

  3. You guys are doing a great job. One thing though, “you know” preempts a lot of your sentences over and over again. Not to pick on Ken specifically but “we know”.

  4. Another good one! I appreciate Byron talking the decision to go to a long-form strip. It’s something I have considered myself… But, I’m just not ready to make that call yet. πŸ˜€

  5. My (admittedly limited) experience is that “women’s comics” can be interpreted as “manga”. I think some of that is environment — comic book stores tend to be female-hostile, where bookstores are much less so.

    You can do a lot more in a manga-sized book than a 32-page comic issue, too.

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