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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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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Don’t let a tiny budget hold you back: Just ask the Roll Four crew how creative you can be with limited dollars

Comics writers know how difficult it is to raise the money necessary to produce a comic book. Hiring an artist alone can drain a writer’s often-meager budget. Then there are the challenges in marketing a finished book: How do you spread the word about your comic book? But there are ways to stretch a budget.

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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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