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COMICS PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: MASTERING THE BUSINESS OF YOUR COMIC

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Dear Comics Creators,

On February 4-5th from 1-5PM I will be teaching Comics Production Management at the International School of Comics in Chicago.  If you’d like to sign up call ISOC at +1 (312) 265-0982 to reserve your place today or visit their website at http://schoolofcomics.us/.  The price for enrollment is only $20!

To get a better understanding of what I will be teaching, please read the summary below.

The world of comics is very brutal and extremely competitive.

In order to survive and make a career in this field, creators must have a fundamental understanding of how every aspect of the comics’ business world works–even if your goal is to someday work for larger companies like Marvel and DC.

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Today more and more creators are breaking into the business by taking on the responsibility of self-publishing their work. This requires them to handle more than just story and sequential art. To survive, your skills in business must be as sharp as a sword!

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Having complete ownership and total control over your work is one of the many benefits to self-publishing. This seminar is designed to help creators hone their business skills so that they can develop their own unique methods of bringing their work to the world. During this fun and intense 8-hour program, I will focus on helping you discover creative ways to run your comic book project like a business.

We will focus on the four essential components of business which include–

ACCOUNTING/BUDGETING

Students will be tasked with putting together and presenting a mock crowd-funding campaign by setting up goals for what they need to raise in order to produce their project as well as what they plan to do with any money they raise beyond their goal.

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MARKETING/PR

What are you a fan of and why? I believe the best way to go about marketing is to first study the things you like. The most valued customer of your comic is going to be you so let’s figure out what it takes to sell you on the things that you like! If you can appeal to yourself, you can appeal to anybody! Students are going to do deep research on the one project that they love, which is not limited to comics. It can be anything! Then they’ll use that research to help polish their own projects and make them better!

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SALES/DISTRIBUTION

Students will develop and master a 15-second pitch that they will be required to memorize and repeat before the class loudly and proudly. Students will also develop loglines and synopses for their individual projects. If they have something in the works, they can work on modifying it. Students will also be tasked with coming up with three individual methods of distributing their work.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

In order for your business to be successful, you need to be able to properly process and assess information. You must always be thinking about how to grow and survive! We’re going to go over contracts together and learn how to avoid potential pitfalls. We’ll also discover ways that you can grow your business by exploring all the facets of licensing and merchandizing.

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REQUIREMENTS:

Students are welcome and encouraged to work on their existing projects or to start new ones! It is essential that you bring positive energy and a fire in your belly to my class!

Students are also encouraged to ask questions, speak their minds, and are in a completely safe environment where they will not be ridiculed but instead encouraged to explore new techniques for mastering the business of their comics!

Each section will be two hours long and every student will leave the course with a special Utility Packet to further help you along your journey to success!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Onrie Kompan received his BFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Over the course of the last six years, he has turned his independent comic book series–The YI SOON SHIN Trilogy into an international success that has now sold out at 50 conventions throughout the world and is the first independent publisher in comics’ history to complete the 1500 COMIC BOOK BATTLE, a self imposed challenge created by Kompan himself where he sold over 1500 comics and graphic novels in the span of 4 days at New York Comic-Con 2016.

Having mastered the art of convention sales, Kompan has hand sold over 58,000 comics to customers. He has also garnered huge support from South Korea and has brokered multiple foreign licensing deals based on the YI SOON SHIN property. He also works with charity organizations in Seoul. Onrie is excited to share his knowledge and grow with his students. He is honored for the opportunity to contribute to Scuola Internazionale di Comics.

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