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How to be a Nerd for a Living from Emerald City Comicon 2016

In Animation, Art, Best of Panels, Comics, Gaming, Live Panels, Misc, Podcast by Nerd For A Living

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.

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Emerald City Comicon 2016 Marketing Isn’t Magic Panel

In Best of Panels, Business & Marketing, Live Panels, Podcast by Nerd For A Living

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.

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Nerd for a Living Panel, Live at Wizard World St. Louis 2016

In Best of Panels, Comics, Gaming, Live Panels, Podcast, Writing & Publishing by Nerd For A Living

Recorded live at Wizard World Comic-Con St. Louis 2016, Nerd For A Living’s Adron Buske moderates our panel, “How to Be a Nerd For A Living: Finding Your Career in Pop Culture”. Our guests speakers include best-selling author Ellie Ann, Doctor Who comic artist Rachael Stott, video game creator and studio co-founder Carol Mertz, and Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Rick Burchett.

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San Diego Comic Con 2015 Panel – How to be a Nerd for a Living

In Animation, Best of Panels, Comics, Live Panels, Podcast, TV & Film by Nerd For A Living

We just returned from the joyous madness of San Diego Comic-Con. For us, SDCC produced a number of personal and professional highlights. Perhaps our favorite part of the show, though, was our “How to be a Nerd for a Living” panel on Saturday, July 11th. We assembled six of our favorite podcast guests to discuss their careers and how they …

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‘How to be a Nerd for a Living’ Panel from Wizard World St. Louis 2015

In Art, Business & Marketing, Comics, Gaming, Live Panels, Podcast, TV & Film by Nerd For A Living

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).

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How to be a Nerd for a Living panel from GeekGirlCon 2014

In Animation, Best of Panels, Business & Marketing, Gaming, Live Panels, Misc, Podcast, TV & Film by Nerd For A Living

Recorded live at GeekGirlCon 2014, our How to be a Nerd for a Living panel features Jaimie Cordero (CEO, Espionage Cosmetics); Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited); Heidi Gaertner (technology director, Big Fish Games); Jina Heverley (VP/general manager of PC, Mac & Cloud at Big Fish Games); and Rebecca Hicks (creator of Little Vampires).

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‘The Business of Self Promotion’ panel from GeekGirlCon 2014

In Business & Marketing, Live Panels, Podcast by Nerd For A Living

This episode captures one of our N4AL panels from GeekGirlCon 2014, The Business of Self Promotion: Marketing Your Art or Small Business Online. Nerd for a Living’s marketing director Wendy Buske hosted this discussion of how an individual or small business can work to establish their brand and promote themselves online. She was joined by Amanda Nuckolls, owner of GnomeAcres, and Christal VanEtten, the press and social media coordinator for Espionage Cosmetics.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 ‘How to be a Nerd for a Living’ Panel

In Art, Best of Panels, Business & Marketing, Live Panels, Misc, Podcast, TV & Film by Nerd For A Living

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.

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‘How to be a Nerd for a Living’ panel from C2E2 2014

In Art, Business & Marketing, Comics, Live Panels, Misc, Podcast by Nerd For A Living

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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‘Marketing Your Art Online Panel’ from C2E2 2014

In Art, Best of Panels, Business & Marketing, Live Panels, Podcast by Nerd For A Living

Recorded at Chicago’s C2E2 2014, this panel of professional artists, illustrators, writers, business owners and web consultants discusses marketing and selling your art and services online. Guests speakers Karen Hallion (illustrator and T-shirt designer), Andy Schmidt (founder of Comics Experience and former editor for Marvel and IDW), Janet Lee (Eisner award-winning artist of Return of the Dapper Men), and Kelly Stephenson (SEO consultant for SSM Healthcare, social media expert at SageLark) talk about starting an online business, their experiences with different vendors, licensing, intellectual property and engaging their audience via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. Moderated by Nerd For A Living’s Wendy Buske.