This episode features the return of Tony Kim to the podcast. Tony is well known in the convention world for his blog, Crazy4ComicCon, that covers all things San Diego Comic Con. Now, though, he has a new endeavor called Hero Within, a super stylish and classy clothing line for guys with a distinct nerdy flair. We talk about how Hero Within got started and what inspired Tony’s jump from content creator to fashion startup. We also discuss his busy slate of events and programming at San Diego Comic Con, including the return of the Game of Bloggers meet-up.
The wonderful Jamie Cordero and Christal VanEtten from Espionage Cosmetics return to the Nerd For A Living Podcast! Espionage Cosmetics is a nerd makeup company based out of Tacoma, Washington. They make a line of beautifully designed nail wraps and makeup products, and have been adding a number of really cool licensed properties to their offerings, including Borderlands 2, Firefly, Clive Barker’s Cenobites, and the Wicked and the Divine. Jaimie is Espionage’s co-founder, CEO and Glitter Jedi. Christal is their PR and Social Media Oracle. When we last talked to them, they were in the middle of a giant Kickstarter campaign that eventually raised over 144 thousand dollars. That crowdfunding success paved the way for a new bi-monthly subscription service, Boom!Box, and a brick-and-mortar retail location, the Geek Boutique. Now Espionage Cosmetics spreads their nerd domination with an additional subscription service, Nexus. And they’re appearing at pop culture conventions around the country, bringing the joy of glitter and the best squad of nerd ambassadors around. Adron talks with Jaimie and Christal about the expansion of the Espionage business model, the power of a great team, how they leverage social media, and the excitement of creating a product that makes their customers so happy.
Recorded live at Emerald City Comicon 2016 in Seattle, this episode features our Marketing Isn’t Magic panel, a discussion of practical advice for promoting your small business or other creative endeavors. Our guest speakers included Jaimie Cordero, the CEO and Glitter Jedi of nerd makeup company Espionage Cosmetics; Danielle Davis, the founder of LadyKiller Marketing & PR; and Jen Vaughn, a marketing professional who has worked with a number of notable comic book publishers. She’s also a comic book creator, and is currently a colorist on the new Archie comic series. Nerd For A Living’s Adron Buske moderated the panel.
Ellen Wright is the senior publicist at Orbit Books, which is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group. As a passionate genre fiction fan working at Orbit, her job is spread the word about exciting new sci-fi and fantasy releases and their authors. We explore exactly what that entails, from office communication to social media connections, fan outreach at conventions to building personal relationships with both authors and notable reviewers.
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.
In this podcast, we talk with PixelPop founders Carol Mertz and Jeremy Johnson. PixelPop Festival celebrates gaming and gamer culture, and explores careers and hobbies in game development. This includes traditional video games, mobile gaming, and also tabletop gaming.
In this podcast, we talk with Danielle Davis, founder of Seattle-based marketing, public relations, and event company Ladykiller. Danielle and Ladykiller serve the pop culture and gaming industries with marketing strategy, talent management, publicity and event services.
We talk Tony Kim, who blogs under the name Crazy4ComicCon. He’s been documenting and examining the San Diego experience for 10 years. His blog features one of the most comprehensive resources for advice and Comic-Con information. Tony’s work is a huge help for both regular attendees and enterprising nerds looking to network and advance their careers.
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).
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.