Here are some of the topics covered in the show, after its introduction.
- Madeleine Holly-Rosing's process of writing, which includes permission to "write badly," conciseness for comics, and loose outlining.
- What I've learned from my interactions with her—including how successful her Kickstarter campaigns have been, a note about creative people and life partners, and thoughts on time management.
- What I liked about the Boston Metaphysical Society webcomic—including dialogue, characterization and its overall professionalism.
I did say in the show "I would explain later," which I never did. I made the call for the show to be cut off early in an attempt to just get this screaming, angry child out the door. So—quick explanation—the video sequence was meant to have episode 2 immediately deal with my "failure to launch" the Animus: Rites of Passage webseries on its intended date. I just couldn't stomach the negativity of diving into that so soon, so I thought I'd come up with another episode that more clearly defined the meaning and vision for the channel—hence was born "Building Your World" which is the "hand-drawn artwork" episode I mentioned. But when Madeleine's Kickstarter campaign deadline crept up, I decided just to put this one out first. Even though the episode didn't get out by the end of that campaign, I still wanted to help her, and I suspect this will be a major boon for her when she Kickstarts her next installment, chapter 6.
For those of you watching, you may be curious about where to find some of the things mentioned.
- First of all, there is Kickstarter.com, the place to be for crowdfunding, which has really taken off in later years.
- Then, of course there is the Boston Metaphysical Society webcomic which you can now read online.
- You probably don't want to miss checking out Madeleine's successful campaign, just to be inspired.
- Finally, if you'd like to join me in continuing playtesting for the Animus card-game, you may want to check up on the Roll20 app, and sign up to play.
In the first place, I feel I owe our guest Madeleine, whose Kickstarter deadline inspired me to get moving again, a much needed impetus to get the ball rolling on everything Launch Your Universe related. Also, a heartfelt sorry as I intended to get this out before the end of her Kickstarter campaign. Hopefully, the podcast last week, as well as my sharing of her work on Facebook and (most importantly, to my over 17 thousand followers) on Twitter, made up for it.
Either way, she won.
(Check out the completed Boston Metaphysical campaign here—which pulled through, despite being an end of the summer slump-time!)