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Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Well, we did it again. During this crazy holiday season where there are 5 billion things to do at once, a group of illustrators got out of their studios and met for coffee and to schmooze. I suppose it helped that we met inside a shopping mall across from a […]

How Superheroes Use Social Media

How Superheroes Use Social Media

Creative Relay co-founder Ed Shems has just posted on his blog a new personal project that’s a fun take on the proliferation of social media options. I asked Ed how this project came about: “It all started in my sketchbook a little while back. I drew a bad guy reading […]

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Recently, Creative Relay did what very few entities have ever been able to do: we got a bunch of illustrators to leave their studios for a few hours! These freelancers were forced together to schmooze, drink coffee and share chicken stories. In attendance were Lisa Graves, Jannie Ho, Gary LaCoste, Lauren […]

What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

One of the first decisions a creative professional makes upon starting their business is deciding on a name for the company. It’s also often one made in haste while a bank associate is setting up a business bank account. Since it’s literally the identity of you and your business, it’s important to give it some thought beforehand. For creative businesses, the naming […]

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

We’ve received a few messages from folks asking about the outcome of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt so here’s the info including links to more information. Top Cow received about 300 art submissions and over 800 writing submissions “some of which submitted more than once for a total of 1100 different synopsis/script submissions.” […]

Once Upon a Flock Book Review

Once Upon a Flock Book Review

In the midst of reading Once Upon a Flock, I would catch myself glancing outside into my backyard from time to time. I didn’t really know why I was doing it- I certainly wasn’t bored and I’m not afflicted by ADD- and then it dawned on me: I was trying […]

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

NEVER EVER LET FEAR DRIVE THE BUS This is great advice I heard from licensing guru Cheryl Phelps. We all are afraid of failing or coming up short, and that fear can paralyze us into not making changes or choices that in the long run could further your career. Five […]

Once Upon a Flock Advance Copy

Once Upon a Flock Advance Copy

We just received an advance copy of author/illustrator Lauren Scheuer‘s memoir Once Upon a Flock and we’re extremely excited to read it and tell you all about it! The book comes out March 19, 2013 and is available for pre-order at your local book seller or at Amazon: Once Upon a […]

A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

What we all need is a foot in the door somewhere. Whether it’s the door to an ad agency, a local shop or a publisher, a door that’s even slightly open to us raises our chances of getting the job. If you’re looking to break into the field of comic […]

Advice to Aspiring Comic Book Writers and Artists by Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins

To go along with the Top Cow Talent Hunt, we asked President/COO Matt Hawkins to give us a punch list of suggestions to those submitting their work for consideration. Here are Matt’s bullets: WRITERS Writers need to be able to convey mood, tone and character and do so very quickly. […]