Monday Links and News – 04.07.2014

I made a comic book last week. Not just my usual mini-comics, but a standard size (give or take) comic book. It collects all four parts of my Chocolate Quest story on Clattertron–and features a cover I drew just for the book (hooray for new artwork).

SPACE (the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) is this weekend in Ohio. I’ll be there with a bunch of other Lansing comic pals. Four comic guys sharing one car and (I think) one hotel room. Should be fun! I am selling my limited run of comic books (all 15 copies) at SPACE, and when they are gone, they are gone. I numbered each copy by hand with my calligraphy pen (1 of 15 and so on).

If I need to do another run in the future, I’ll create a new edition (now that I know what I’m doing, I can get a bit fancier).

Other Good News: I will be appearing at Clems Comics & Games in downtown Lansing on Free Comic Book Day again! FCBD is Saturday, May 3, 2014. Swing by for some goodies and a free sketch from me (I am selling mini-comics too).

I had the honor of being a part of their Free Comic Book Day event last year too.

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Monday Links and News – 03.31.2014

Ah, the joys of sending out email newsletters. By which I mean learning how not to trigger TinyLetter’s spam warning system. Both of my newsletters have done so, forcing me to research how to avoid this with future newsletters. Thankfully, TinyLetter and its parent Mail Chimp offer advice. It could be something as simple as my using different font sizes for the different sections which trigger the spam warnings.

So, I’ll stop using Headings and do a few other things differently.

Still, despite the setback, I’m gaining subscribers. I already have more newsletter subscribers than folks subscribed to Feedburner’s get an email when a new post is published service.

Going over my taxes this month forced me to evaluate what I spent on advertising Clattertron in 2013, and if said cost was ‘worth it.’ I decided to cut my monthly budget in half for now, and experiment with different ad campaigns. It is very easy to spend, spend, spend, when it comes to online advertising and rack up hundreds of dollars in bills in no time. This is why I stick to a budget–and why I explore other options, like the newsletter.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 03.24.2014

A bit of a gear shift in my web-realm this past week. I decided to start sending out a weekly newsletter via TinyLetter.

I read more and more about how email newsletters are a great way to gain and keep readers, so I figured I would give it a shot. Plus, since Facebook keeps tightening controls on what people see in their feeds (meaning, if you don’t spend money, folks won’t see your post), I needed to try something else.

I will write my newsletters like a blog post and keep them fun. You can read my newsletter archive here.

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. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 03.17.2014

Convention season is starting. Well, next month at least. And the next month. I have not attended multiple conventions in the same year for a long time, but I am looking forward to this go round. I expect SPACE next month (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) to feel a bit different, but in a good way (my hunch is it will feel a lot like the MSU Comics Forum). Cherry Capital Comic Con is in May, which will be a fun time, as a bunch of my local comic pals are also attending (some will be at SPACE too).

I’m also busy practicing coloring drawings with watercolor paint, so I can jazz up my sketches at the shows. Here’s one I did for Stephanie as a test run.

watercolor cartoon

The mews!

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Monday Links and News – 03.10.2014

Spring is nearly here.  At least I hope. With Spring comes ‘convention season’ for most creative folks. Sure, there are shows in the Winter months, but April through September is the real deal–it seems like a show or convention is going on every weekend. I have a few on my plate, and I’m adding more. I’m no stranger to convention season, although this time around it is for Clattertron and not Magic of Eyri. SPACE is my next show, and I’m waiting for confirmation about Cherry Capital Comic Con (I sent in my money and forms).

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Daniel J. Hogan’s new blog, with a humor focus, is on clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.