Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
#27 Lucy Bellwood on Kickstarter and Comics

#27 Lucy Bellwood on Kickstarter and Comics

Lucy Bellwood writes seafaring comics.

When I saw Lucy speak at XOXO this past September, I was absolutely smitten. Not only has she turned her love of tall ships into two crowdfunded comics, she is also incredibly honest about what it takes to live the life of a creative person. She spoke about finances, dreams, and how having a big year can mean recognition and happiness, but that money still plays into the conversation. It was an incredible speech. I knew I had to have her on the show.

Thankfully, Lucy is a great sport and was absolutely game to chat. She shared about what it took to do two Kickstarter campaigns, how she is able to create with the support of Patreon, and she's also an inspiration when it comes to building community around the arts. I could have talked to her all day, but I know episodes over an hour are a little scary to commit to. I know you're not going to want to miss any of this conversation. I give you the delightful Lucy Bellwood...

Show Notes for Episode 27 with Lucy Bellwood:

  • Making a dream into a book (2:30)

  • How much the public persona has on the private persona (3:00)

  • The first time on a tall ship (5:00)

  • The resurgence of sail-powered vessels (6:00)

  • Becoming a cartoonist (8:00)

  • The emergence of web comics (12:00)

  • Growing up as an artist (14:30)

  • The camps of people who succeed as artists (16:00)

  • What training you need to be an artist (17:00) 

  • Having a drawing group and meeting your creative needs (19:00) 

  • Talking about the work vs. making the work and Kickstarter (21:15) 

  • Creative work and analytic work don't play well together (23:15)

  • Financial aid, day jobs, & the creator club (23:30)

  • Doing a Kickstarter right before graduation (25:45)

  • Making the Kickstarter video (28:00) 

  • The outcome of the Kickstarter (29:00)

  • Building community and the importance of connection (32:00)

  • Creating knowing people are watching (34:30)

  • Working for non-profits & life expenses as an artist (37:45)

  • Learning to trust support & being vulnerable (40:15)

  • Having a public persona as an artist (42:15)

  • Social media for artists & the addictive process of sharing vs. making (43:00) The business of commercial art (44:30)

  • Creative seasons (45:15)

  • The luxury of uninterrupted time (47:00)

  • The discipline of promotion vs. creation (48:30)

  • The nasty critic and never doing enough (49:45)

  • Creativity through the generations (50:45)

  • Looking forward at a career in the arts (52:00)

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Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.