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Thoughts on the 3rd-sort-of-annual Success in Comics

The third Success in Comics seminar is over. It was the first time it was held on the East Coast. The previous two seminars were held in Las Vegas. For those not familiar with the Success in Comics seminar, it’s organized by Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and his marketing/sales guy Bill Kellogg and it focuses primarily on how to grow your cartooning business or potential. The line up this year had big names with a variety of backgrounds and specialties. As always it’s a very informative weekend with lots of opportunities to network. I took notes from each presenter and live tweeted the event. My notes are found below in the order of the presenters. I hope you’ll find value in some of the ideas that were shared and plan on attending a future seminar. Live and in person is really the only way to capture and internalize this much information.

Disclosure: I attend the conference each year as a guest of Chad’s to help promote the event

Community Comments

#1 Justin Riley
February/18/2013
@ 4:34 am

Holy Smokes!!! Look at all these great posts by Alan!

Now we know why the website had been so quiet.

#2 Andy Anderson
February/18/2013
@ 9:23 am

I thought the seminar was great. This was my first time attending and thought it was well worth the cost of admission.

There wasn’t a moment of wasted time – each speaker offered some insight on how you can be successful with your own craft. The networking opportunities were great as well. How often do you get to meet with successful artists, syndicate leaders and book publishers – all in one day?

The content was very insightful, entertaining and above all, actionable. I look forward to attending the next one!

#3 Tom Briscoe
February/18/2013
@ 9:50 am

Thanks for taking the time to publish your notes, Alan. Very valuable.

#4 Mark Anderson
February/18/2013
@ 11:42 am

I so wish this had been available when I was starting out. Great stuff from everyone!

#5 Maria Scrivan
February/18/2013
@ 11:51 am

Great Conference! This was my second year in a row and I loved it–excellent information and great speakers.

#6 t.r. logan
February/18/2013
@ 5:47 pm

I went to the Success In Comics Seminar for the first time – and I really loved it. Great presenters, info, and inspiration. I’ve been a pro cartoonist for a while, and I loved the way the seminar spoke to all of us, no matter how new or seasoned you are to the profession. Tom Gammill told me about this site – :-)

#7 Eric H.
February/18/2013
@ 6:58 pm

These notes were awesome, thanks for posting them!

#8 Jason Campbell
February/18/2013
@ 8:29 pm

the seminar was great. I got a lot out of it, and met lots of great people. Thanks, Chad and Bill!

#9 Tom Racine
February/18/2013
@ 11:38 pm

Great coverage, Alan! What a terrific lineup.

#10 Aongus Collins
February/19/2013
@ 2:49 am

Excellent posts! Thanks for your reporting.

#11 Joe Engesser
February/19/2013
@ 6:21 am

Delectable! Thanks Alan.

#12 Jim Lavery
February/19/2013
@ 10:36 am

I have a question on a tweet from Alan:

Here?s a tip from @stephensilver7: Upload your art to Google Images and it will tell you which sites are using it. #successcomics

That used to be the case, but then they made changes on Google and it doesn’t seem to be able to do that anymore. Or did they change the way you could access that info?

#13 Bill Abbott
February/19/2013
@ 10:39 am

I just got back from the seminar late last night. I was an amazing experience getting to hobnob with industry icons. All the speakers had something valuable to offer and among my favorites were Mark Anderson and Jeff Keane. Lots of great people, great information, and limitless opportunity! Well done!

#14 Mike Ostresh
February/19/2013
@ 12:33 pm

Wish I could have attended. Any chance they might bring one to the Midwest? St. Louis, hint. hint.

#15 Rich Diesslin
February/20/2013
@ 1:19 am

It was a great weekend with lots of good information exchange with a good opportunity to get to know a lot of folks in the “industry” and deepen existing friendships. I suppose that’s what keeps bringing me back to them. Very motivating and helpful. Good show Chad, Bill, et al! Thanks for the great notes Alan.

#16 Jorge Pacheco
January/2/2014
@ 12:23 pm

Please keep me up to date on the next event. It would be great to attend!

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