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Self-syndication seminar set for September
As mentioned before, Bill Kellogg, the marketing/sales guy who has taken Chad Carpenter’s Tundra from a handful of papers to over 275 in just a couple of years will be hosting two 2-day seminars on how to self-syndicate your feature. Also invited to speak are known cartoonist/speakers who have found creative ways to monetize their cartoons beyond the traditional syndication model (internet, licensing, merchandise sales, etc.)
The seminars will be September 26-27th and the 28-29th at the Tuscany Suites in Las Vegas. Seminar admission is set at $500. You can repeat the seminar (take all four days) for an additional cost of $30 per day. You’re responsible for travel, food and lodging. The Tuscany has a $85/night rate for the 25th and 26th and $45/night for the 27th and 29th.
The guest speakers include:
Chad Carpenter and Bill Kellogg – Chad and Bill will discuss how they managed to get Tundra in 275+ newspapers without a syndicate including some of the largest papers in the US and Canada. They will also talk about self-publishing books & calendars, licensing and distributors.
Amy Lago – Amy is the comics editor for the Washington Post Writers Group. Being a big syndicate boss, she will look over attending cartoonists’ strips and give individual suggestions as well as talk to the group about what the syndicates are looking for. Be sure to bring your best samples of material. Who knows, she might find the next syndicated cartoonist at our seminar.
Andrew Feinstein – Andrew is the co-creator of Girls & Sports, a comic strip about dating and sports that has appeared in over 300 newspapers nationwide. What began as a comic strip for college newspapers, Andrew self-syndicated Girls & Sports into over 200 college and non-college newspapers in 2004, making Girls & Sports the most widely self-syndicated comic strip ever at that time. Girls & Sports is now syndicated by Creators Syndicate.
Mark Anderson – Mark is the creator of Andertoons. He will discuss his “mostly web-based” model including selling to magazines as well as selling to individuals and businesses for newsletters and presentations.
Howard Tayler – Howard quit his six-figure salary job in 2004 to concentrate on his webcomic Schlock Mercenary and has grown the strip, books sales and merchandize to a modest (near six-figure) income. See “Howard Tayler’s journey to profitable webcomics” for a good summary of Howard’s success.
Adrian Raeside – Adrian is the creator of The Other Coast. He is also the editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times-Colonist. His editorial comic is self-syndicated in about 100 newspapers and The Other Coast is self-syndicated in Canada but syndicated in the rest of the world through Creators Syndicate. Adrian says he is about 95% sure he will make the seminar.
More information will be posted shortly. If you have questions or suggestions for topics you’d like to hear from any speaker at the seminar, contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.