This episode was recorded live earlier this year at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, WA. Our Wendy Buske moderated this panel, titled How to Be a Nerd For A Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture. It features a collection of great nerdy professionals, including Dane Ault, artist and co-founder of Monkey Minion Press; Samantha Kalman, creator of the video game Sentris, and previously one of the team-members behind video game engine Unity; Kevin Konrad Hanna, a film director and comic creator who was also the art director on Plants versus Zombies: Heroes; Janet Lee, comic artist and Eisner award-winning co-creator of The Return of the Dapper Men; and Jaimie Cordero, co-founder and CEO of nerd makeup company Espionage Cosmetics. Our speakers pull from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds to discuss how they got started, the ongoing challenges they face, and the successes that keep them going.
We talk with Dane Ault and Ashlie Hammond, the founders of Monkey Minion Press. Dane is an artist and graphic designer. Ashlie is a creative copywriter and crafter. Together, as Monkey Minion Press, they produce art prints, T-shirts, greeting cards, kids’ books, and much more. Monkey Minion’s first Kickstarter campaign, for their book “Eureka! The Art of Science”, just blew past their initial funding goal of $8,500, and will close at more than $32,000.
N4AL’s Wendy Buske presents our How to be a Nerd for a Living panel at Wizard World Comic-Con 2015, featuring guest speakers Warren Dion Smith (Weta Workshop), Carol Mertz (Happy Badger Studio), Lorenzo Lizana (Lion Forge Comics), Britta Buescher (freelance graphic artist), and Amanda Nuckolls (GnomeAcres).
N4AL’s Wendy Buske talks with artist Janet Lee about the Kickstarter campaign for her new adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. They also discuss her Eisner-award winning book Return of the Dapper Men, and other comic book projects.
We talk with popular illustrator and t-shirt designer Karen Hallion about her career as an artist, the transition from her previous jobs as a school teacher and waitress, and how she has employed her family to help balance her business. We discuss the influence social media has had on her popularity, the opportunities presented by online retailers, the challenges of working conventions, and the fellow artists that still leave her starstruck.
This week, we have a delightful discussion with artist and YouTube breakout star Mary Doodles. You may have seen Mary’s gorgeous, hypnotic, and often hilarious time-lapse paintings and drawings on her YouTube channel. She also produces art tutorials in her “How to Art” videos. Her artwork and engagingly whimsical personality have earned her main YouTube channel almost 247,000 subscribers. She also has a secondary channel, “More Mary Doodles”, which hosts her video blogs about art and entertainment, which has almost 27,000 subscribers of its own.
We had a fantastic time at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, especially presenting this panel to a packed Room 4 on Friday, July 25th. We had the pleasant surprise of being included on The Mary’s Sue’s rundown of the Top 25 Must-See panels at SDCC, and even received a mention on the Chris Hardwick Comedy Central show @Midnight. For everyone who couldn’t make it to the show, we captured it in audio form for your enjoyment. Our amazing line-up of panelists gave the enthusiastic crowd a wonderful discussion jam-packed with real-world experience and useful info. This is definitely a can’t-miss episode.
We talk with indie comic creators Rebecca Hicks (Little Vampires) and David Accampo (Sparrow & Crowe: The Demonaic of Los Angeles) about the craft of making and marketing comics, how to build and sustain a loyal audience, and how to carry over skills from your day jobs into your nerd passion projects. Networking and selling at San Diego Comic Con is a hot topic, and we veer all over the nerd culture landscape in this highly entertaining discussion.
Tom Kurzanski, art director for massively popular online T-shirt store Tee Fury, talks with N4AL about his career in design and illustration. We discuss Tee Fury’s method for artist support and community cultivation, the challenges facing freelance artists, the necessity for constant learning, and the power of customer feedback as a marketing resource.
Recorded at Chicago’s C2E2 2014, this panel of nerd industry professionals discusses different types of jobs that exist within pop-culture. Each speaker talks about their career path, from education to on-the-job experience. Topics include small business start-up, the challenges of working for yourself versus corporations, networking and more. Panelists include Lorenzo Lizana (art director, Lion Forge comics), Andy Schmidt (owner, Comics Experience and Brand + Entertainment Solutions), Jaimie Cordero (CEO and art director, Espionage Cosmetics) and Pat Loika (Comixology, the Loikamania Podcast). Moderated by Nerd For A Living’s Wendy Buske.
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