Special Edition Podcast

Make Comics #4 – Good Feedback

Show Notes

Josh Flanagan is back with Andy Schmidt to bring you a weekly dose of advice on breaking into and making comics!

This week, the discussion centers around feedback, and how you get it. One of the hardest things about making comics on your own is finding valuable feedback on how you’re doing. Not everyone has an editor to watch for mistakes, both big and small, as well as to point out things you’re doing right. Good feedback is invaluable to comic book creators, or anyone doing creative work. We’ll talk about what “good” feedback means, and how to get it.

Running Time: 00:13:58

Andy is the founder of the online comic book school Comics Experience, as well as a former editor at Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing. Josh Flanagan has been working on iFanboy.com, talking, reviewing, and thinking about comics for over a decade, as well as writing and creating some of his own.

If you’re interested in going further, you can check out Comics Experience, where they offer live, online courses in writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering comics, as well as a workshop community, where creators can interact with and get feedback from other creators.


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  1. great podcast! chance we might get a little on where artist could get professional feedback without standing in line for hours.

  2. interesting conversation. One thing i’ll add…don’t underestimate the power of getting a “civilian’s” opinion on creative work. Always remember that the best commercial art speaks to the everyman (for the most part), so with basic things, its important to see what someone who isn’t a hardcore comics person or pro thinks. For comics, seeing if your sequencing makes sense, does this look like the same character throughout….do you get the story etc?

    I ask my wife all the time “anything look weird? can you read that? does that image make sense? etc etc. She can give an unbiased opinion that my design colleagues could never give. At a level, they sometimes know too much to see things honestly as an end user. That being said, the pro opinion can really be valuable as well.

    love these segments…more like this please. =)

  3. Whew, thanks for the heads up. I was actually going to ask if I could get Josh’s thoughts on a story I wanted to do. Great podcast. Keep the lessons coming. I’m learning a lot. Thanks

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