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Your podcast guide to comic book publishing, hosted by Alison Wilgus and Gina Gagliano, brought to you by The Beat.

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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

Your podcast guide to comic book publishing, hosted by Alison Wilgus and Gina Gagliano, brought to you by The Beat.

    Episode 38 - After Publication, with Julia Pohl-Miranda

    Episode 38 - After Publication, with Julia Pohl-Miranda

    So your book has been published! It is now in out in the world for everyone to read.

    And now . . . what happens? Do people mostly come to find your book organically? How do you make sure people are still reading your book in a year . . . and what can you do to make sure that they're still reading your book in five years?

    We talk to Julia Pohl-Miranda, Director of Marketing at renowned Canadian comics publisher Drawn and Quarterly, about the long-term view on publishing graphic novels.

    Interested in learning more about Drawn and Quarterly and Julia Pohl-Miranda? You can check out D&Q's website ( https://drawnandquarterly.com ) or find them on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/DandQ )

    (We note that we recorded this episode in 2019, so the discussion and advice here is sometimes not representative of the state of the world in 2020/2021. For more on that . . . more TK.)

    • 1 hr
    Episode 37 - Approaching Publication, with Jacq Cohen

    Episode 37 - Approaching Publication, with Jacq Cohen

    Your publisher has called you to tell you that your book has a publication date! It's coming out! In the future!

    What . . . do you do in the meantime? You want everyone you know -- and also everyone you don't know -- to be the most excited and to buy your book when it appears in stores. How do you work with your publisher to make that happen? What does your publisher want you to do? What does your publisher want you NOT to do?

    Today we talk about all these questions with Jacq Cohen, the Executive Director of Marketing, Publicity, and Promotions at Fantagraphics (which basically means that her job is to work with authors to plan and execute the best strategy for getting people excited about their graphic novels).

    Interested in learning more about Jacq Cohen and Fantagraphics? You can find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jacq_cohen) and also Fantagraphics (https://www.fantagraphics.com).

    (We note that we recorded this episode in 2019, so the discussion and advice here is sometimes not representative of the state of the world in 2020/2021. For more on that . . . more TK.)

    • 56 min
    Episode 36 - Working with a Publisher, with Nilah Magruder

    Episode 36 - Working with a Publisher, with Nilah Magruder

    Publishers! If you've got one, they're involved in all the parts of making a book -- from negotiating a book deal to contracts, editing, design, marketing, publicity, sales, and all the bits where you work to get the book out to readers.

    How do you make sure that your relationship with your publisher goes well -- and that they're on the same page about what you want to happen with your book that you are?

    Today we talk to Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning comics creator Nilah Magruder about just that! Having done picture books, chapter book illustration, cover illustration, and graphic novels, Nilah brings her expertise from various publishers (and lots of different kinds of work) to the discussion.

    Interested in learning more about Nilah Magruder? You can find her on her website (http://www.nilahmagruder.com/) or on Twitter at @nilaffle (https://twitter.com/nilaffle).

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 35 - Media Outlets, with Petra Mayer

    Episode 35 - Media Outlets, with Petra Mayer

    Headlines! Radio segments! Feature pieces! Your comic might be in one of those spaces one day. But . . . how?

    Today we're talking to Petra Mayer, the editor at NPR Books, about consumer-facing media outlets. What do they do? How do you work with them? And how much are national media outlets interested in comics and graphic novels?

    For more about Petra, you can follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/petramatic) -- and NPR Books has a website (https://www.npr.org/books/) and a Twitter (https://twitter.com/nprbooks) also.

    • 51 min
    Episode 34 - Conventions, with Christopher Butcher

    Episode 34 - Conventions, with Christopher Butcher

    Conferences, conventions, and festivals! As a comics creator, should you go to them? What should you do there? What's the best way for you to work with all the very different public event spaces there are to promote and support your comics and your career?

    Today, we talk to the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Comics Art Festival, Christopher Butcher, about how conferences, conventions, and festivals work, and how best to plan to interact with them as an author.

    For more information about the Toronto Comics Art Festival, you can check them out on Twitter (https://twitter.com/torontocomics) or at their website (http://www.torontocomics.com). For more on Christopher Butcher, you can follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Comics212).

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 33 - Social Media, with Ngozi Ukazu

    Episode 33 - Social Media, with Ngozi Ukazu

    Social media! Authors are there, talking about themselves and their books, all the time. What goes into thinking about how to do that in a successful way and manageable way?

    That's what we explore in this episode of Graphic Novel TK. We're delighted to be discussing the ins and outs of having an online presence with Ngozi Ukazu, the author of webcomic sensation Check, Please!

    Want to learn more about Ngozi Ukazu? You can find her on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/ngoziu ) or on her website ( https://www.ngoziu.com/ )

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

KS_anon ,

Insightful listening

This podcast saves you time and money by explaining topics you'd otherwise bumble through on your own. The publishing world is a convolted and confusing place, but the hosts light your way with their passion for the subject and help peel back the layers.

An excellent listen for anyone invovled, looking to be invovled, or just curious about what's involved with books/comics publishing.

quif ,

Much appreciated

The show is a gift on several levels. The hosts are experts but never talk down, and they have great conversational chemistry to boot. The guests I’ve listened to so far have been terrific picks — well-placed in the business, thoughtful, articulate. Impressive material all around.

Alizarin Central ,

So good!

Wilgus and Gagliano go into amazing, thorough detail on every step of creating a graphic novel. It’s inspiring to hear from so many people working in non-superhero long-form comics (although superhero comics are represented as well). The two presenters are knowledgeable and clearly having such a good time. Also, the podcast doesn’t delay getting into each episode’s main content, apparently a rarity. Please don’t stop, and keep zooming in on more aspects of the process!

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