In this episode, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a discussion featuring two Eisner Award nominees: Anne Szabla, the creator of Bird Boy, a nominee in the Best Webcomic category, and Jehanzeb Hasan, the co-creator of Helm, which has been nominated in the category of Best Digital Comic.
They talk about the plans they had for their comics when they first started them, their current goals, the new horizons of comics in the digital age, and the challenges and opportunities of the webcomics medium.
Websites like Kickstarter have opened up a vast new source of funding for comic creators to make a leap from web to print. But it’s not as easy as just clicking a link! We are going to talk about the ups and downs of crowdfunding in this episode.
First, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando interviews Jason Brubaker, the creator of Sithrah and reMIND, about his experiences with using Kickstarter, and thoughts on why people still want to own physical books in the digital age.
In the second part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), Ben Fleuter (Derelict and The Sword Interval) and Ally Rom Colthoff (Chirault) about planning, running and fulfilling a crowdfunding campaign.
As a storyteller, you have in hand all of the things that you know, and all of the things that you want your readers to know, but pacing out how you reveal them is something that takes a great deal of skill, and also a great deal of restraint. What is the best way to go around doing it? And what are the pitfalls to avoid?
In the first part of the episode, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando interviews Tony Bourne, creator of the graphic novels The Fed and Gen-Eg, and the webcomic The 388th, about life experience informing fiction, using reality as a model for world-building, and pacing out information on a story’s world and background in a believable way.
Then, Colby Purcell of Lintier leads a roundtable discussion between Robin Childs (Leylines), Sophie Pfrötzschner (Soul’s Journey) and Denise Randall (The Only Half Saga, Gemutations: Plague) about drawing on life to write fiction, building convincing fictional worlds with real experience as source material, and revealing your world’s inner workings without overwhelming your readers.
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but sometimes, an artist realises that they’ve gone so far in the wrong direction. that they need to make a bigger change than usual. How do they handle it when this happens? And what if they feel like they need to make the ultimate change, and go all the way back to square one?
In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Karin Rindevall, creator of the action/adventure webcomic The Din, about launching a comic and then deciding to rework it to make the story better, making changes based on reader feedback, and reboots in general.
Then, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), G Pike (Title Unrelated) and KEZ (What it Takes) about rebooting a comic, coping with feedback, and making improvements and changes to a comic already in progress.
Comics that call for fantastic creatures and alien races can be some of the most fascinating to read, and comics are among the best media for stories of this type, but sitting down and making these creatures believable is one of the most challenging parts of writing a comic. Where does an artist start with this task, and how do they make the impossible seem real?
Then, Kat Feete of Sunset Grill leads a roundtable discussion with Alyssa Laraine Steele (The Ferrin), Alli Perry (Out of my Element and My Hero) and Sophie Pfrötzschner (Soul’s Journey) about the design of non-human characters and species in both science fiction and fantasy contexts.
What is style? What does it mean for comics? How does an artist choose a style and develop it, and what do they do when time has come to change it?
In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Braden Hallett, creator of the sci-fi webcomic Cato’s Apprenticeship, about adapting his short story to comic format, using webcomics to experiment and practice art, and how he arrives at his unique style.
Then, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), Robin Childs (LeyLines) and Ally Rom Colthoff (Chirault) about their own style experimentation, how readers react to stylistic changes mid-comic, and their own stories as they learn, accept critique, experiment with new tools, and push forward.