Digital art has changed the way creatives and artists work.

Preliminary sketches, inking, coloring, distribution, monetization, audience interaction…. These and more are done in new ways and will continue to change as technology and our society adapt. I love all that digital has done for me, but I have a secret…

I function better with physical things.

It sounds strange, but I would love everything to be digital. I imagine a life for me where all photos, books, videos, notebooks, sketchpads, daily planners, etc., etc. were all stored digitally somewhere else. Then when I need any of these things, I can access them from any computer or mobile device.

We live in a world where this is possible; I guess I am just not ready for it yet.

Digital Comics Hero you would love

I’ve been reflecting on the Madman of Magic comic book Kickstarter Campaign we ran in 2012. Specifically on what worked with promoting the campaign.

What I have found is that utilizing multimedia/multi-franchising to connect with an audience can make the difference between making a living and just making art.

The focus of this post is for people who have digital comics online, but this can be adapted to artist/creator who wants to increase their fan base and find alternative income streams in any media.

Ghost of Comic Book Past (recent past)

Comic books have been a means of entertainment and fascination for me ever since I was a child. Growing up, the heroes depicted in The Punisher, X-men and Batman were the people I pretended to be on the playground (I was always Beast or Wolverine).

A few years ago, I activated the plugin Tweet old post (now called Revive Old Post), and I have to say at first I loved it.  The first few months I couldn’t get it to work correctly.

Once it was updated, it worked great. A free plugin that does something cool, you can’t beat that.  If you are looking for an easy way to bring in your Twitter followers to your blog, this plugin is a cheap (free) way to do that.

Why should you post blog links on Twitter (3 good reasons):

  1. It brings in traffic to old posts that people might have missed.
  2. It gives your viewers another way to find you (especially if retweeted).
  3. It keeps your Twitter followers happy by giving them good content to read.

This free app does this.

Why I DON’T Use This App

Online Income Stream

When I started blogging, my hero and inspiration was Pat Flynn. I still love his work, but I don’t follow him as closely these days.

I like him because he was upfront about how hard it is to make a living with websites, digital products, and blogging. He was also very open about how much money he made/makes.

The reason I have a hard time following Pat today is that he now makes over a million dollars a year ($150,000+ for the month March of 2016). He deserves every penny, but it is harder to relate to him at that scale of income.

To help if you are just getting started, here are three types of online income I recommend. Each includes links to people who are doing them well.

Top 3 Types of Online Income:

Where is your audience?

I am a creator of things. Those things include comic books, animated shorts, videos, podcasts, blog post, on, and on… We will call this stuff content.

Some people like to see, read, watch, or listen to my stuff. We will call these people my “audience.”