In this admittedly odd episode recorded back in March, the ladies talk about their experiences at one of their biggest and favorite shows of the year - Emerald City Comic Con! We tried to keep it professional, but we ended up complaining a lot... and talking way more about food than comics.
Interested in going to conventions to meet comic creators, peers and network with publishers? The ladies share their experiences socializing at conventions, with both advice and some calming words.
What is Worldbuilding? Well, we're prepared to talk about it tediously for an hour! Get ready for some pedantry and opinions.
The ladies discuss their inspirations and the fine line between being inspired and being derivative.
Pitches and Submissions! The ladies discuss how to submit/pitch, their experiences, and Spike is as humble as ever.
We got a Spike-heavy episode for ya, where she recounts her first year of distribution for her publishing company!
The ladies discuss changes with Patreon as it relates to comic artists, the introduction of Kickstarter's competing platform Drip. And maybe a Nintendo character's butthole? Sorry not sorry.
When we recorded this episode, Spike was in England, so we invited a guest on the show: Mildred Louis! Since all three of us make or plan to make magical girl comics, we decided to talk about that very thing.
You can find Mildred's comic here: https://www.agentsoftherealm.com/
In this episode the ladies asked their social media followers: What's your excuse? What is keeping you from taking those first baby steps towards making comics? While the title of the episode is cheeky, we fully understand there are a ton of very valid reasons people are hesitant to make comics, or decided to never try. So we're gonna talk about the answers we got! And maybe get a little political. And talk about old witches in the woods who hoard anime titties.
In this episode we discuss a trope/cliche and how we feel about it. This is a new series we're doing, with plans to touch on numerous tropes/cliches in future episodes.
Due to the nature of the subject, this is a VERY SPOILER-Y episode. Here's a (not comprehensive) list of stories we spoil:
- Harry Potter
- Magic Knight Rayearth
- Jupiter Ascending
- 2 Discworld stories
The ladies answer more listener mail! We talk about a great many things, from the illustrious career of Alex Toth to the masterpiece that is Jupiter Ascending*
*a contested fact
This episode may be a bit dry, but its very educational! The ladies discuss this summer's American Library Association conference and how is may or already has affected their careers as publishers.
The ladies discuss climbin' that convention ladder -- from their first cons to their worst cons, and their lists of demands.
In this episode the ladies talk about censorship, editing, self-editing, and go on some tangents about why white people fear the robot uprising and how TV show ratings for kids work. WE HAD FUN.
In this episode we talk about SELF-PROMO! Join our hosts, one of which has The Con Crud and the other broke her butt riding a bicycle. It's a long ep!
Sorry for the weird schedule! Editor has been busy with a lot. We're returning to normal now, with early Patreon eps resuming next week to keep us on a recognizable schedule.
This episode was also kind of a pain to edit, as poor Spike was sick and forgot to put her headphones on, so the echo coming from her speakers had to be edited out as best as possible. It was time consuming, and mostly successful -- there was some choppiness especially at the end.
In this episode we discuss a question we get asked a lot: where do your ideas come from as a comic maker? One of our more casual recordings, if you're into that.
Minor content warning: During the course of discussion, rape as a cheap and exploitative story-telling element is discussed.
The ladies discuss their experiences making and prepping books for printing, sprinkled with a little advice, with a dash of blatant unrepentant product placement.
In this episode, the ladies discuss Comixology -- what it is, and how to use it!
WE'RE BACK, IT'S BEEN SO LONG! We sound different this time, there's been some recording changes, and more are coming. In this episode, we play catch up and talk about what we've been up to since the last episode.
Next episode will be our recordings from the floor of SPX comics back in September!
Note: This episode was recorded way back in January, and it shows.
In this new episode we talk PACING comics... aaaaand other things, since we were terrible and had a hard time staying on track, lol.
Note: This episode has a special guest, Amanda's cat, who yelled in the background in a way that couldn't be edited out. She has a lot of important opinions about comics, y'all.
Today's episode is about doing comics Full-time vs Part-time, pros and cons of both, and our experiences. Plus we dunk on some dumb fallacies, and reveal ourselves to be the worst girl gang.
Whoops sorry for getting busy again, but we have a backlog of episodes recorded. Today's episode was recorded a few months ago, so there are some audio footnotes at the end.
In Episode 20 we talk about our experiences publishing porn with our special guest Erika Moen!
Production note: For the first 10 minutes, Spike sounds like she's in a tin can. This is a problem we've since fixed, but there was no way to up the quality this time. Sorry!
We're back! For real! In this episode we answer some listener mail and talk about, among other subjects, pitches, taxes, impostor syndrome, and a subject of seething, passionate disgust.
See you next week! Also be sure to see Amanda and Kel at Vancaf!
In this episode we loosen our ties and get comfy while we talk about taking care of yourself, at home and at conventions. Should you bathe from head to toe in lemon-scented antibacterial hand sanitizer? The jury is split.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today's episode is about making and selling merchandise, specifically with conventions in mind.
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Some behind-the-scenes for this episode: Spike was late to recording, so when we started, Amanda was high. That's why they are both fired. We had a good run!
... but for real, see y'all in 2016 with more episodes!