Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 21 – Get A Grasp! MOOC Panel

Everyone knows what it’s like to have to present something in school, having to stand up in front of a group of peers and present something or give a speech. Everyone also knows the sweaty palms, the white knuckles, the quasi out of body experience while speaking. If you can even get the words out, that is.

Well, don’t look now but if you’re an artist with a project, your speech giving days aren’t over. And in fact, this one’s for your livelihood: You have to pitch your project, your baby, to an individual who receives pitches from others and their babies all day, every day. Feel free to have a seat, if you need to. We understand.

But fear not, dear artist. Our esteemed CEO and panel host Patrick Yurick, along with some of the great minds in the industry today, are here to help. Even if it involves stalking. While we here at Making Comics don’t condone it, there just may be a benefit in there somewhere. Take a listen to this week’s Get a Grasp! MOOC panel podcast and find out how.

For stalking purposes:

Patrick Yurick, host and CEO of Making Comics (dotCom) (@patrickyurick)

Colleen AF Venable, senior designer for First Second Books (@colleenaf)

Carol Burrell, senior editor at Abrams ComicArts

Chip Mosher, VP Communications for ComiXology (@chipmosher)

Arnie Gordon, freelance artist (@dreamerwestAG)

Caleb Goellner, senior editor at Comics Alliance (@calebandrew)

For legal purposes:

Intro & Outro Song:

“RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


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One Response to “Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 21 – Get A Grasp! MOOC Panel”

  1. James H

    Good tip with memorizing the pitch! I don’t think I would have thought of that!
    It’s a bit nerve-racking to hear all of the hoops you have to jump through to get published. However, I’m glad I was on the right track with looking for a publisher who has published similar work to mine!
    Keep up the awesome podcasts!


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