Sequential Underground #36 – Acting Locally

Sequential Underground

On today’s podcast, we kick things off with listener feedback from Javier Hernandez, cartoonist and podcaster. Then Shawn Atkins, Dan Greenwald, and Nick Marino get hyper-local with cartoonist and Pittsburghese expert, Virginia Shields.

Virginia’s “Words and Phrases for Getting Arahnd Pittsburgh” (available on Etsy)

We discuss staying active in your local indie comics scene by creating comics that represent your community, participating in local shows and events, and working to generate local success.

Shawn and Nick at Pittsburgh’s Artists Meetup at Assemble.

While this episode focuses on Pittsburgh, you can apply what we’re taking about to almost any other locale. And if you don’t think you have a local cartoonists scene, you might be surprised what a little bit of digging will reveal — Google your town or nearby cities to find out where comics creators are meeting up and don’t be afraid to get yourself in on the action.

2 Responses to “Sequential Underground #36 – Acting Locally”


  1. 1 Brian John Mitchell

    A thing I’d like to add when dealing with the comics community is realizing that we don’t all get along & get geek rage over certain things & you have to respect that. If you haven’t read a superhero comic in ten years, you don’t have the right to make fun of someone who loves Green Lantern. Some people hate funny comics, some people hate sad comics, some people hate action comics, & it’s a good idea to have one or two things you can talk to people about regardless of their favorite genre (& yours) as something you legitimately like. I’ll talk to any fan of super heroes about the first Human Torch stories for hours (because it is awesome) & I’ll talk to sad story people about Will Eisner (who is surprisingly little read) & manga people about my love & frustration for that genre (I miss the 1980s when mangas read left to right & everyone was left handed in the drawings (which I never noticed until somebody told me a few years ago)). People who like funny jokes & are routinely swearing in conversation, I point them to Super Haters…..

    I also personally try to always offer to help someone (be it offering to split shipping costs when sending out some books for promo or doing a proofread before a print run) & plant a seed for a possible collaboration in the future.

    Also, if you don’t have anything to say positive – just start talking about what kind of pens they like.

  2. 2 nick marino

    @Brian: Lots of really interesting points and a good extension of this discussion. Sometimes, I do find that I have no common ground with other comics people I meet… at least a few people at every show I exhibit at. When I’m striking up conversations from my side of the table, I normally say, “What kind of stories do you like? Sci-fi? Action? Comedy? Drama? Horror?” Most of the time, people name off titles instead of replying with a genre, and I tend to know most of the stuff they’re talking about. And then I try to sell them my books :) But I rarely have that conversation with other creators… most of the time, we end up discussing other creators or industry issues instead of just recommend stories to each other.

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