Your podcast guide to comic book publishing, hosted by Alison Wilgus and Gina Gagliano, brought to you by The Beat.
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).
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.
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).
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/ )
Backmatter - Short Form to Long, with Sarah Winifred Searle
We interrupt our regular arc of Graphic Novel TK posting to bring you a new feature: Graphic Novel TK Backmatter. Where Graphic Novel TK follows a book through its publication life from book deal to post-publication, Graphic Novel TK Backmatter focuses on specific topics in comics publishing. We'll be sporadically bringing you featured episodes on these special topics in the months to come.
Some comics are short -- like mini-comics, contributions to anthologies, and some webcomics. And other comics are much, much, much longer -- like graphic novels. How does a cartoonist transition from doing shorter work to doing longer? What are the differences -- both on the creative side and on the process side?
In this episode, we talk to comics creator Sarah Winifred Searle -- who has done a lot of work on both ends of the spectrum of comics length -- about her methods for creating comics and organizing herself while doing so.
GN TK's 'Short Form to Long Form' episode is also our first-ever live episode! Thanks to TCAF for giving us the venue to host Sarah Winifred Searle for this conversation.
You can find Sarah Winifred Searle on her website ( http://www.swinsea.com ), or on Twitter (http://twitter.com/swinsea)
Episode 32 - Trade Publicity, with Calvin Reid
On the last few episodes of Graphic Novel TK, we've been talking to booksellers, comic book sellers, teachers, and librarians about how they work with graphic novels in their spaces.
But how do those industry professionals hear about graphic novels? How do they know what to buy, what to get excited about, or even what's coming soon?
One of the first ways that an industry professional might hear about graphic novels is through a trade publication -- a publication that is specifically designed to reach the industry, rather than the public. Today we talk to Calvin Reid, the Senior News Editor of trade publication Publishers Weekly, about the ins and outs of trade media.
For more about Calvin Reid, you can follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/calreid); or check out Publishers Weekly (https://www.publishersweekly.com) which has many enewsletters you can subscribe to, including a comics one.
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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.
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.
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!