Deb Aoki: Using her storytelling skills to explain how business works

Deb Aoki began her comics career in the traditional way: The writer/artist drew comics and sent them out to publishers. She had some success, too, landing a weekly slice-of-life comic strip — Bento Box — in the Honolulu Advertiser. Today, though, Aoki is on a different path.

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That lightning-in-a-bottle idea and the art of marketing indy comics

Sometimes you need a great idea for inspiration to strike. Just ask comics team Timothy Compton and Aaron Nicholson. The Chicago-area residents had their own big idea: Why not create a black-and-white noir-flavored comic series about a mob war in which the mobs are headed by classic film monsters such as Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera?

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Need to make money? Ever thought about custom comics?

Ryan Estrada has tackled the comics industry in the traditional way. The writer and artist has seen his comics published by companies such as Iron Circus Comics, Grand Central Publishing and Hive Works, among others. But Estrada is also the creator of Cartoon Commune, a company that produces custom comics.

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Considering a Kickstarter campaign? You can learn a lot from Kung Fury (and it helps to get David Hasselhoff on board)

Comics writers and artists are no strangers to Kickstarter campaigns. But how many of these campaigns actually earn any money? Comics creators who want to make an impact with Kickstarter can learn a lot from the campaign for the short kung-fu cop movie Kung Fury.

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