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PP05: Marisa and Michael are creating Webcomic Underdogs

Get to know creative couple Michael Yakutis and Marisa Brenizer, who are creating a community for indie webcomic creators, Webcomic Underdogs.

About Marisa and Michael

Having spent the past four years in Washington state, Michael and Marisa have recently moved back to their home state of California with their dogs Bastion Gatsby and Caprio.

Michael has been a comic artist for some time and Marisa is a writer.

Comics

The couple got started collaborating on comics together when Marisa came up with an idea for a screenplay and then realized her boyfriend can draw comics. Together, they created their first joint webcomic, And To Be Loved. Since then, they have created several other webcomics, and are currently working on The Maidens.

Michael’s first introduction to webcomics was The Perry Bible Fellowship, which he describes as swinging between “vulgar and offensive while maintaining a level of lighthearted sweetness.” His other influences include Dave Sim and Alan Moore.

Marisa’s favorite comic is Pandyland, a gag-a-day comic she describes as “deliciously weird and hilarious.” Her other comic influences include Ghost World and Betty and Veronica!

Webcomic Underdogs

Webcomic Underdogs began as a Facebook group in 2013, but the active community outgrew the social network and expanded into it’s own website, featuring discussion boards, resources and featured artists.

They’re currently organizing local chapters, including meet-ups along the west coast. They are also developing a podcast for the community, as well.

The Webcomic Underdogs Patreon Page

Because their current contributions to  the Webcomic Underdogs community take up much of their time, Marisa and Michael are holding off on listing incentives and milestones on their Webcomic Underdogs Patreon Page. Instead, they’re making careful decisions about how they spend their time and energy commitments, and are simply allowing those who enjoy what they’re doing  to support them through Patreon.

Favorite Quotes

Marisa:

Michael:

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What’s with Space Lincoln?

There was a contest held among the members of WCU when they first started the group. The Space Lincoln design won. It was designed by Martin Pope, creator of Vorto the Pirate.

Connect with Marisa and Michael

Patreon | @webcomicu | Facebook | DeviantArt
www.webcomicunderdogs.com | www.maidenscomic.com

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PP04: Meister Lehnsherr is creating Get Germanized!

Dominik (Meister Lehnsherr) is creating Get Germanized, a YouTube video series dedicated to sharing about the German language and culture!

About Dominik

Dominik is 27, graduated with a bachelors in American and British Studies in Sociology, and now spends his time making YouTube videos!

Videos

Dominik has been making videos for fun for several years, including Anime Music Videos & Star Wars fan films, having started publishing on YouTube in 2006.

Get Germanized!

In 2013, he started focusing on publishing videos about Germany and German culture, mainly as a way of improving his English skills, but it has since turned into a means by which his thousands of subscribers have been able to learn about his culture and language!

Dominik’s favorite videos he’s done so far:

Least favorite: Some of his earlier episodes.

We mentioned this video, which talks about whether Germans today are guilty for WWII:

Get Germanized Patreon Page

Highlights from the Get Germanized Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include shout-outs on videos, covering a topic of your choice, a free t-shirt, and meet-ups and hangouts!
  • Milestone goals include a new camera and videos traveling around Germany

Favorite Quote

Connect with Dominik

Patreon | @vuko | Facebook | YouTube

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PP03: James Kennison is creating Nobody’s Listening podcast

A conversation with James Kennison, who is creating a podcast about funny life stories; Nobody’s Listening. We even get him to play an impromptu recap song!

About James

James is a husband and father of two. He is a Children’s Pastor in-between pastorships and has been podcasting since 2006.

He says one of the secret reasons he likes being a Children’s Pastor is so that he doesn’t have to sit in “big church”!

Podcasting

James was first introduced to podcasting through a friend who had his own podcast. James found out what he could about podcasting and did his best to start off the right way and avoid the pitfalls of amateur podcasting.

Since launching Nobody’s Listening in 2006, James has created many other podcasts, most of which are available on NLCast.com.

Nobody’s Listening

James got the concept for Nobody’s Listening when he realized his brother was constantly calling him with a friend on the line so that James could confirm that some of their crazy stories were true. He decided it would save a lot of phone calls if they just started telling the stories on the podcast. This eventually lead to listener’s sending in their own stories as well, making it a place for people to share all their funny life stories.

Favorite episode so far: NLCast 210: Hot Doctor

James’ least favorite: “The JoJo the Clown Episode”
James learned that if you can’t do a good show, don’t do one. It’s better to skip a week than put out crap!

Fan favorites are often the ones from the early days of the show that helped form the podcast.

The NLCast Patreon Page

Highlights from James’ Patreon Page:

  • Stickers and guest host spots being raffled off to Patrons
  • Live streaming and equipment upgrades and milestone goals (both achieved!)

Favorite Quote

Connect with James

Patreon | @nlcast | Facebook
podcast.NLCast.com

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PP02: Ethan Nicolle is creating Bearmageddon

A conversation with Ethan Nicolle, who is creating Bearmageddon, a webcomic about mutant bears taking over the world!

During the interview, I make a failed reference to The Chris Farley Show. Here’s what I was talking about:

About Ethan

Ethan is a cartoonist and writer. His other projects include ChumbleSpuzz, VeggieTales in the Houseand, most famously, Axe Cop. Ethan is recently married, and says he finds being a husband and step-father much more fulfilling than the overnight success he has experienced.

Cartooning

Ethan talks about his experience seeing Axe Cop go viral, his making the switch from print comics to web, and some of his early comic influences.

Bearmageddon

“A slacker zombie movie–with bears!”

Ethan originally created Axe Cop with his brother as a fun way to test the webcomic waters for his passion project, Bearmageddon.

Bearmageddon is an online graphic novel telling the story of a few friends and a mysterious outdoorsman fighting to survive in a world that has been overrun by bears!

Ethan’s favorite Bearmageddon moments so far:

Ethan’s Patreon Page

Highlights from the Bearmageddon Patreon page:

  • For every new milestone, Ethan sends out a PDF copy of past graphic novels to all his Patrons.
  • Incentives include custom wallpapers and an advanced PDF copy of the final Bearmageddon graphic novel.
  • Ethan opted to go with digital incentives to make the rewards as accessible as possible to Patrons.

Connect with Ethan

Patreon | @enicolle | Bearmageddon.com

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PP01: Chris Cowan is creating Patreon Podcast

I just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself! I’m the host of Patreon Podcast, a podcast featuring conversations with Creators on Patreon.

About Chris

I’m a family man and podcaster. Some of my other podcasts include The Truth About Special Needs, a podcast about raising special needs kids, and Pop Mockers, a comedy pop culture podcast. I thrive on creativity and love connecting with other creative people!

Patreon Podcast

I started Patreon Podcast because I think Patreon is a great place for creative people to get together, find out what each other are doing and get support for their projects. Through Patreon Podcast, I hope to get to know some of these people a bit better, build community, and introduce their projects to a new audience.

My Patreon Page

There are a number of milestones and incentives available on my Patreon page, and I invite you to check that out if you’re interested.

Connect with Chris

Patreon | @patreonpod | Facebook | YouTube   BreakroomStudios.com | MadCowan.com

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