Chad Sell on drawing drag queens, creating all-ages comics and the power of winning collaborations

Chad Sell is one busy comics artist. He’s writing and drawing the online comic Vreeland, an autobiographical account of the years he spent in Michigan taking care of his grandparents. He does a brisk business selling illustrations of the drag queens who star on TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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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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Don’t want characters talking from their crotches? Then don’t skimp on the letterer

Unknown comic writers have it tough. To get something published they have to hire a penciller. Then they have to spend extra on an inker. That’s a lot of money right there. For a comic of 22 pages? You’re talking upwards of $2,000 — and probably more — for good artistic talent.

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