- Let’s Kickstart a Comic (and not screw it up) and This is Everything I Know, two highly useful — and inexpensive! — eBooks by C. Spike Trotman
- Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, What it is, and Picture This by Lynda Barry, for lessons in right-brained, feeling-instead-of-thinking art-making.
- Drawing Words and Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics by Matt Madden and Jessica Abel. You can also check out the Website that accompanies the two books.
- Making Comics and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
- Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling by Will Eisner
- Come In Alone by Warren Ellis. Philosophy and more harsh reality about indie publishing is. Initially a series of columns for Comic Book Resources.
- Gods and Tulips by Neil Gaiman – a short retelling of the 1990’s comics boom and bust, and why comics are meant for reading, and not for investing.
Using Kickstarter to fund the printing of my third book was one of the smartest things I’d ever done, and I had great success with it. I crowdfunded my first single issue and my first graphic novel by myself, and Kickstarter made the process a breeze by comparison. Their tools, assistance, and extra visibility was well worth the 10% of my gross. If you’re planning on doing a Kickstarter, these sites have great information:
- Kickstarter’s Creator Handbook
- Stonemaier Games has some really great essays and insights from their past campaigns. I read this site while I was putting my Kickstarter together.
- The Doubleclicks did this fantastic blogpost outlining their successful campaign. They Kickstarted an album, not a book, but the process is almost identical. Super cute and super informative.
- For an idea of what doesn’t work, browse through the “Failed comics” section on Kickspy. It’s painful, but it shows what types of projects are unlikely to succeed.
Artists’ Sites and Blogs
- Lynda Barry’s tumblr is a daily source of joy and knowledge.
- Every year, Erika Moen, Bill Mudron, Katie Lane, and Dylan Meconis get together for a Freelancer’s Roundtable podcast that I always find useful and informative. This page has a link to previous years’ podcasts, too.
- Comfycon is a free online convention run by Randy Milholland and Danielle Corsetto. Each year it features a wide array of video chats starring high-profile webcomics creators. Great shop talk on tons of subjects, and most of the episodes from previous years are still up on Youtube. Highly recommended if you want to start a webcomic.
- Jessica Abel keeps a blog, and also has a page with lots of reference on learning to make comics.
- Warren Ellis journals about everything from the weather to his choice of booze to the nuts and bolts of writing. His delivery systems for his writings change frequently, so visit his homepage to see what he has available.
- Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil website is a constant source of first-hand accounts of today’s comics industry.
- John Scalzi frequently talks about his experiences in publishing on his personal blog. Well worth following.
- Neil Gaiman’s blog
is also excellent reading. He often includes his take on the minutae of getting novels and comic books from manuscript to bookshelf.
- Scott McCloud’s blog is always worth a read.
- C. Spike Trotman shares lots of great information on her tumblr.
- Pam Bliss blogs daily at Kekionga Comics, and has a massive archive of her minicomic essays at Sequential Tart.