Creating Comics the Awesome Way: Generating a Buzz for your Comic

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 5

Episode five of the new UK Small Press Awesome Comics Podcast has just been released. In this segment, the hosts Vince Hunt (The Red Mask from Mars), Dan Butcher (Vanguard) and Tony Esmond (downthetubes contributor and reviewer) are reviewing a stack of small press comics and chatting about how you can create a buzz about your comic.

You have a comic and want to promote it? How do you take that first step into that swirling sea of small press buzz? These days a big chunk of your time is spent promoting the book that you finally have in your hands.

The boys discuss what the best way is to contact review sites,  throwing around the too much / too little attempts at creating a social media buzz, and discuss the etiquette at conventions and which ones are the best to attend.

They also discuss some great small press releases, list upcoming events, talk about a rubbish movie or two and answer some questions posed by listeners.

Mentioned on this episode are: ObsoleteNo Brow Press50 SignalNick GonzoThe Lonely Vincent BellinghamChris ImberReckless HeroReynard CityJon LockBajo ManoAlfie GallagherA Place to Hang Your CapeElizabeth QuerstretDean Beattie, Ink Outbreak, Comic Rocket, Nottingham Comic Con, Black Room Manuscripts, The Sinister Horror Company, Inter Comics, 11 O’Clock Comics, Word Balloon, Comic Geek Speak, Games and Graphics, Pop Culture Hound, Orbiting Pod, Pain is Really Strange, Singing Dragon Books, Invincible, and 3 Minute Max

Don’t be too hard on them, they mean well.

• You can listen to the epsiode right here and find new and previous episodes every Monday at or on iTunes.

• You can also chat it up with these guys on Facebook at or on Twitter @awesomepod

• If you have a new book dropping then feel free to drop them a line at

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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1 reply

  1. Sometimes you gotta take the bad with the good when it comes to reviews. But so long as you are being constructive about what you had a problem with in the review, then it won’t be an issue.

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