Sunday, January 18, 2009

JAVILAND Episode 10: The importance of your Readers becoming Active Fans

We all want readers, whether we make web comics or print comics. But to help us indie creators prosper and even live off our own work, perhaps the model of the "1,000 True Fans" should be looked at, or at least adapted to our individual endeavors. An 'Active Fan' supports all your work by helping promote it and purchasing new products you create.

There are a lot of things we can do to cultivate an active fan base, some being communicating online, meeting fans by exhibiting at conventions and art galleries. Basically just keeping in touch with your fans by more than just creating the work (which is the primary concern). Personable skills are obviously important in cultivating true fans, and some D.I.Y publishers will have to work at this. But the rewards are positive and really motivating (not to mention financially beneficial!)

Calling in on the show were cartoonists/podcasters Ted Seko, Jerzy Drozd and Krishna Sadasivam. Joining in the chatroom were argonsassistant, dungeonwarden, KipOneil, Mark California, Vertigo X and Mark Rudolph.

One thing I tried to do different starting with this podcast was to focus on staying on-topic! If you've listened to previous episodes, me and some of the other callers veer off on tangents that usually revolve around old 1970s Marvel comics or TV shows. While this stuff is obviously fun for some of us, I've realized that it could certainly turn off many listeners. I want folks to be able to listen to these podcasts and hear content useful to them in learning about self-publishing and creating comics.

So, my promise to the listeners, and readers of this blog, is to strive to keep the episodes focused on the topics at hand. And now I'm going to work on making these podcasts between an hour and 90 minutes in length!

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