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Making Comics

Keith Foster and Scott Lost

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Making Comics is a podcast where indie comics creators Scott Lost (Wanderers of Melissanda, The Second Shift) and Keith Foster (Kodoja, Three Protectors) discuss the world of independent comics from both artist and writer perspectives. It centers around one question - what did you do last week? Art, writing, promotion, you name it - it all adds up to the work behind an indie comic.
 
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Scott and Keith discuss the results of a scene rewrite (3:40), working through the Drawtober comic (8:05), big thinking around a story and how 'real' you choose to be (16:50), lettering and onomatopoeia (27:30) before this week's main topic: PDF preparation and final edits (34:00). Comic nerd stuff starts at 49 minutes.…
 
Scott and Keith talk Drawtober preparation (3:10), how a mistake ended up improving a story (9:00), a commission update (13:15), and an example where putting time in - no matter how much a grind it felt like - yielded results (16:30) before this week's topic: comic book covers (22:45). Comic recommendations follows at 46:00! Links to the indie book…
 
Scott and Keith discuss getting the final bits of product in for their Kickstarters (1:45), Rose City Comic Con (13:50), brainstorming future comic projects including drawtober (23:50) and reworking prose to get it ready to turn into a comic (27:30) before this week's topic: inking and coloring (31:20).…
 
This week, Scott and Keith discuss issues in flatted pages (4:15), brainstorming a new giant monster (9:20), commission work (18:40), upcoming convention schedules (24:45) making structural changes to your story (27:45) and new inspirations for a comic (35:00) before the two discuss the idea stage and scripting for comics (39:35).…
 
Scott and Keith recap their new comic book day event at SoCal Comics, covering setup (3:00), reading the crowd and adjusting your table inventory (14:10), developing a product portfolio (21:30) and the mentality behind working your table (27:30) before sharing tips to stay productive every day (36:50).…
 
This week, Scott and Keith discuss a dramatic change in a single scene's construction (2:30), getting through creative blocks by working (15:50), rewriting scenes on the fly in a pass of your story (22:15), bonus content for single issues of a comic (29:45) and redesigning a web site (34:00) before the week's main topic: books and tutorials on craf…
 
This week, Scott and Keith discuss master edition strategy (2:30), incorporating feedback from different sources (12:30), a redux of last week's conversation on inspiration (17:10), taking feedback and applying changes to create a final draft (20:50), that project that just hangs over your head (30:15) and a strategizing session that turns into an …
 
This week, Scott and Keith discuss last-minute Kickstarter chaos and the need for standardization (3:05), payment structures for commissions (11:45) and the pending culmination of a long project (16:40) before a lengthy discussion on sources inspiration, both conventional and unconventional (23:20).
 
With Keith live on the road this episode, the two discuss last-minute PDF fixes (5:30), cover work and warmup sketches (8:15), ridiculous mutant powers (15:30), giving feedback (21:20), non-comic convention opportunities (25:30) and finding the fun in boring pages (32:40).
 
Scott and Keith discuss a detailed cover (1:10), checking your splash pages within a PDF and allowing time for final revisions (3:30), making toys (16:15), ways to get your indie book out in the world (23:10) and finally Keith's trip to Philadelphia (44:00), covering comics and the idea of collecting themes in your comics.…
 
Scott and Keith - in the same room - discuss making a fun exercise out of tracking changes from ashcan to comic (3:00), the value of off-screen writing / riff writing (14:30) and comic recommendations (22:30) before they review dollar book (and not dollar book) purchases from recent shops (36:30).
 
Keith and Scott compare notes on project hiccups (4:25), covering Adobe Illustrator, finishing up PDFs, cycling through cover artists, feedback on non-convention commissions, toy-making, and a printing conundrum (33:40) before answering a listener question about juggling multiple projects (41:40).
 
This week, Scott and Keith revisit last week's discussion around changes for a master edition (8:45) before discussing corner boxes (14:50), slabbing comics and collecting in general (18:30), when writing refrains go wrong (41:00), holding back on information (43:30), and pet peeves on comic book covers (49:40).…
 
Back recording at a normal time of day, Scott and Keith discuss lettering nuances and shortcuts (6:50), finding a good printer (18:55), taking feedback and how the adage 'write what you know' can steer you wrong (25:05) before discussing changes to comic panels for a collected edition (48:15) and the question - change it, or leave it as is? Reminde…
 
Scott and Keith cover a lot of topics this episode - mocking up panels with sketch software to confirm the angles on drawn art are correct (2:30), editing for clarity after receiving finished pages (8:00), reading every day and how inspiration can be in unlikely places (24:10), working with printers (27:00), sifting through critiques and what to do…
 
Keith and Scott discuss how a busy schedule makes people more productive (0:55), re-thinking overdubbed dialogue and cutting it down for clarity (3:00), editing language (10:30), project management for the upcoming Second Shift hardcover (16:00) and big-picture thinking for the next arc of Kodoja (20:10) before a large discussion on 'rules' and why…
 
This episode, Scott and Keith welcome friend Terry Mayo to the podcast! Topics this week include Terry's current Kickstarter Buddy (5:45), re-lettering older comics (11:30), an update on the Kodoja Volume 3 soundtrack (15:00), an upcoming project of Terry's and how copyrights play in (16:30), the joy of receiving art pages (24:40), more discussion …
 
This episode Scott and Keith recount Keith's trip to Richmond, Virginia (1:00), an episode of late night productivity (19:30), accountability threads (21:50), writing bonus material for comics (28:15) and listener questions (37:00) on media mail, rights and ownership before discussing character development (53:00).…
 
Scott and Keith discuss the completion of the 2nd Shift PDF (3:00), work for an ad that never happened (5:50), creating a project plan for delivering Kickstarters (18:05), and calibrating positive feedback into future artistic direction (22:40). The two then discuss comic purchases over beers in the field (34:00).…
 
This episode Scott and Keith discuss the twenty-five episode milestone (1:10), a batch of revisions on one of Keith's comics (7:00), graphic design for Scott's future hardcover (12:50), Keith's indie creator 'originality' conundrum (16:40), a comparative experiment Keith did with his novel (26:50) and revisiting the power of one panel a day (38:00)…
 
This week, Scott and Keith discuss re-finding your creative time as the world returns to how it was in 2019 (4:40), Big-picture thinking about future projects (12:45), figuring out the right stew of story ingredients (22:00), artistic techniques to make your images better (23:50) and revisiting great modern comics (38:20)…
 
Scott and Keith discuss characters with dialogue quirks (3:00), text-heavy and text-only pages (7:55), one-in-ten variants and value in comics (12:25), Keith's big-picture thinking for Volume Four of Kodoja (28:00), Scott getting back to the panel-a-day goal (38:50) and the pricing of commission work (44:50).…
 
Scott and Keith welcome Ed Brown, writer of the 2nd Shift, to the podcast! Ed discusses his current writing work (2:30), which leads to a conversation on his backstory and unpacking writing quality (16:30), author intent, and three-act structure (26:00). Scott and Keith review their week's art, administrative and even music activities (33:20) to en…
 
Scott and Keith discuss a current commission, which leads to a conversation about mermaids (4:50) before the two talk comic scripts against pencils (10:45) and likenesses of people in comics (15:00). Keith recaps his recent travels (18:05) and Scott goes over a heavy week of activity (33:25) before the two answer the question 'what comic advice wou…
 
Surprise! Scott and Keith welcome Gary Hodges back to discuss Godzilla versus Kong and the three other Monsterverse movies (Godzilla 2014, Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters) as a whole. SPOILER WARNING! Stay around for the post-credit conversation on 'live draw' models that's sure to win us a podcasting award.…
 
Keith gives Scott props (1:50) and discusses a personal goal before the two discuss Scott catching up on comic work (4:25), dark versus the conveyance of dark in art (11:05), the influences watching over us during creation (20:30) and further discussion on what indie is (26:10). Keith then makes a plea to the writers out there (39:05) to be mindful…
 
Keith gives a recap of his brief time in Denver (0:30) - hint, it involves beer - before Scott discussed his recent trip to Arizona (5:50). The two talk Kickstarters (15:00) and how long production gaps create writing difficulties (25:00). Bonus: the two return to the field (36:50) and review their purchases from another dig at Socal Comics San Die…
 
Scott and Keith catch up on recent reads (1:45), Scott's week and the perspective of convention organizers (10:10) before Keith reviews progress on his fourth novel draft (13:50) while remembering pivotal moments in earlier drafts (20:30). The 'Gary Yap email trilogy' concludes with a lengthy discussion on influences (25:00) before Scott and Keith …
 
Scott and Keith talk beer (1:00) including a real-time tasting, then move in to Kickstarter talk (6:00) before Keith talks about Marvel horror comics in the 90s (14:55) and both discuss production lead times (24:45). Keith then brings up two examples of rewriting-as-problem-solving (34:15) before the two discuss Keith's adult comic influences (46:1…
 
After a connectivity misfire, Scott and Keith start for good (3:30) with Scott's friendly 'productivity competition' with a studiomate and some feedback he got from Jim Lee and other artists (6:30). Keith discusses positive confirmations along the way (17:35), getting feedback and truly exposing yourself to critique (20:50), and Keith's primary fea…
 
In the same room for this episode, Scott and Keith begin with a discussion on Collaboration vs Work for hire (4:00), Scott's week and Keith's business preparation around Kickstarter launch (17:25). The two then talk respective future plans for story (24:55). Beer and basketball talk starts at 38:00.
 
A mid-week Bonus Episode! We wanted to do something a little different to celebrate the dual timing of our Kickstarters so we hit up a couple San Diego comic shops, drank a few beers and recorded all along. Note: the episode was recorded in the field, so there are background conversations, wind noise and other elements not usually present. Kodoja V…
 
Scott mentions an interesting project (1:20) before both guys recap the work on their Kickstarters. They touch on two adages: 'youth being wasted on the young' (19:45) and 'ten percent of something or 100 percent of nothing' as well as Gerard Way, Parrish Smith and Rob Liefeld. A bonus pop cultre conversation follows with Gary Hodges, including God…
 
It's time for our first guest! Gary Hodges (writer/artist of D vs M 1997) joins Scott and Keith this week, beginning with a conversation about the script-crafting process for the next two issues of D vs M (3:45), then moving to panel layouts and the conflict between Art Gary vs Script Gary (26:30). The three discuss long-form and short-form stories…
 
Keith discusses his week which leads to a discussion lettering and consistency (7:00) and finding the right script balance to make your artists succeed (13:00). Scott recaps his week, starting with a discussion on references and spending money (15:35) before the two discuss Kickstarter preparation (25:00). Post-outro basketball talk at 42:30.…
 
A brief review of the week starts with Scott discussing dutch angles into his work (2:40) before Keith recaps a few actions on the comic 'Animals' (6:00), including the value of throwing work away when necessary. The two then discuss Kickstarters (13:50) with Keith asking Scott specific questions on prepping, launching and promoting them. Post-epis…
 
Keith reviews his week starting with a creative conundrum (2:15) and status on two other projects. in Scott's recap, her discusses the best person to do art for (13:20) before both guys talk about the necessary positive attitude through the creative process (23:00). The two then move on to live music, creativity and personality after Keith decides …
 
Scott begins his review of the week (1:00) with an update on Issue #10 of the Second Shift, SLAC method (12:20) for attacking an issue's worth of pages. Keith then reviews his 'CEO week' (14:00) with his comics and writing music to them (18:40). The two then share three comics (each) we've recently enjoyed (22:30). Bonus stuff (49:00) includes a fa…
 
Keith starts the episode discussing his 'Animals' project (2:35) and the new art process he's working on (and is a part of) for the book. The two discuss mid-stram artistic changes on books (10:30) and the differing roles in art and writing for comics (18:10). Scott reviews his week (24:45) and both fine-tuning and finishing touches on and upcoming…
 
Scott talks dialogue revisions and dialogue tweaking (1:00) before moving to the new coloring process he's experimenting with (9:30). Keith reviews his week (17:10) and character writing before we answer some listener questions on writing workshops, video resources for artists and comic scripts (32:05). As promised in the discussion, here is the li…
 
Keith starts his week with a status of his three comics projects in their various completion states, which leads to a discussion on trilogies (15:27). Keith then talks about gathering all his projects (17:35) in one place. Scott reviews his week (23:10) before Keith mentions a decade-old sociological learning between East and West coasts (31:30). T…
 
Scott starts the episode discussing his week learning lettering techniques (1:05) before the two talk dialogue authenticity (9:20). Keith mentions his early returns outsourcing lettering (20:35) before the two compare writing comics scripts (26:40) and conceptualizing scenes for both dialogue and music. Prince enters the conversation (38:50) before…
 
The two begin talking Inktober (1:00) before Scott gets to his own work as a part of Drawtober (5:19). Keith discusses his work on the comic Three Protectors (22:15) and its five-plus year journey from inception to completion. Scott mentions a similar journey for Wanderers of Melissanda before the two discuss nuances of self-publishing and how they…
 
This episode, Keith talks about what he did over the last few weeks (0:43) then Scott discusses how he spent his time (11:50) before the two discuss revisions and Star Wars (18:05), closing out Kickstarters (23:13) and other topics before discussing NBA free agency (34:20).
 
Welcome to Making Comics, a podcast where indie comics creators Scott Lost (Wanderers of Melissanda, The Second Shift) and Keith Foster (Kodoja, Three Protectors) discuss the world of independent comics from both artist and writer perspectives. Like any good zero issue, this episode is the origin. Scott and Keith share what got them into comics (0:…
 
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