Episode 21: Make Em Laugh Films and Viera Comics

Episode 21: Make Em Laugh Films and Viera Comics

Greetings Entreprenerds!

My guests this week are Jason and Peter from Make ‘Em Laugh Films and Viera Comics. I first met Jason and Peter at Boston Comic Con last month where they interviewed me for their cosplay interview video and Peter agreed to be interviewed by me for my Boston Comic Con Recap Episode.

Make ‘Em Laugh Films is a group of YouTube stars/popular cosplayers with a simple mission…to bring you endless laughter! Their videos have been featured on IMDb, Cinema Blend, Comicbook.com, Comic Book Resources, the Richest and more! As cosplayers, they regularly attend conventions across the nation to network with likeminded people, film new videos and host panels.

Their base of operations is Viera Comics, owned by Peter. The comic book shop in Melbourne, FL hosts regular events and has gained national recognition thanks to the great work of Peter and Jason.

We talk about a lot of great topics including:

  • How they come up with ideas and film their YouTube videos
  • How to build a cosplay community
  • Attending comic conventions
  • The importance of consistency in creating YouTube content
  • Doing panels at Comic Cons
  • Much more

Here are the links to some of their videos from Boston Comic Con and their event this weekend:

Be sure to check out Make Em Laugh Films on YouTube and give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and head to Viera Comics and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 20: Khepera Cosplay

Under the Capes Episode 20 Khepera Cosplay

Greetings Entreprenerds!

My guest this week is cosplayer Khepera Von Stitches. Khepera is an award winning cosplayer at many cosplay competitions, has judged competitions and has over 25 years of costume making experience. She is best known for her award-winning Evil Lyn.

This weekend Khepera will be a cosplay guest at Granite State Comic Con! Be sure to stop by her table if you’ll be attending.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

In this episode we cover a lot of great topics including:

  • Her first cosplay competition experience
  • Plans for Granite State Comic Con
  • Her secret project being unveiled at New York Comic Con
  • Setting commission rates and understanding what you’re worth as an artist
  • Managing your time
  • Working with new materials such as electronics, worbla and more
  • Organizing an annual cosplay competition on Free Comic Book Day
  • Using your brand’s reach to spread a positive message
  • Why you should avoid comparing yourself to other artists or entreprenerds

Look for Khepera at Granite State Comic Con this weekend and at NYCC next month. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also buy her prints on Store Envy.

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 19: Matthew Phillion Author of The Indestructibles

Under the Capes Episode 19: Matthew Phillion Author of The Indestructibles series

Greetings Entreprenerds!

This week I talk to the author of The Indestructibles series, Matthew Phillion.

The series has been described as the “Breakfast Club meets the JLA” and was listed as the best of 2014 and 2015 by SuperheroNovels.com.

A solar powered girl. A ballerina vigilante. A boy with an alien living inside his brain. A werewolf with confidence issues.  A girl with a black hole for a heart. Five teenagers, each with their own unique abilities, are gathered by veteran hero Doc Silence to become their generation’s super-team.

But when they find out someone else is building their own monsters to change the world, will the Indestructibles be ready in time? Or will their inexperience be their downfall?

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

I met Matt at Boston Comic Con last month and talked to him for a few minutes (which I recorded and shared in the Boston Comic Con Recap Episode) and now we were able to sit down for a much lengthier discussion where we cover:

  • His lifelong writing career
  • Working as an actor and director before focusing on writing
  • How comic books influenced The Indestructibles
  • Finding a writing schedule and process that works for him
  • The difference between “Planners” and “Pantsers”
  • How comic cons puts him in touch with his ideal audience
  • Building an expanded universe of books
  • Future plans for The Indestructibles series

Books 1-4 of The Indestructibles, Echo and the Sea and all of the one-shots and holiday stories set in the “Indestructiverse” are available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, iBook and Kobo formats. For more information, visit theindestructiblesbook.com or follow Matt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 18: Second Union

Under the Capes Podcast Episode 18 Second Union

Greetings Entreprenerds!

My guests this week are Jeff and Karma from Second Union.

Second Union is a website (and soon a podcast) devoted to pop culture and entertainment news, reviews and interviews! The various sections of their website include movies, television, video games, comic books & graphic novels, music, toys & collectibles. Their YouTube channel also offers collectibles unboxing videos, San Diego Comic Con recaps and more.

I talk to Jeff Andrews, Founder, Creative Director and Editor in Chief; and Karma Savage, Co-Founder, Art Director and Senior Editor, about how they’ve built a great site and following.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

We discuss:

  • How growing up in the 70s and 80s influenced Second Union
  • Researching other sites and brands in the space to find your own unique approach
  • Managing their team of 7 contributors
  • Promoting the brand at San Diego Comic Con
  • Expanding into multimedia through YouTube and podcasts
  • How Jeff’s experience launching two other sites helped create Second Union

Be sure to follow Second Union on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. If you’d like to show your support for Second Union, there are now two ways you can do that – become a Patreon supporter: http://bit.ly/2Upatron or make a purchase from their online shop: http://bit.ly/2Utees

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 17: Movers and Shakers Unlimited

Episode 17: Movers and Shakers Unlimited

Under the Capes Episode 17 Movers and Shakers UnlimitedWhat does it take to become an innovator and icon within an industry? That’s what the new series Movers and Shakers Unlimited will seek to answer. Created by Jerome Bourgeois and Brandon Troy, the goal of the series is to provide insight for aspiring entrepreneurs and artists to discover what it takes to join a particular field of interest and become successful at it.

My guest this week is the host/co-creator/executive producer of Movers and Shakers, Brandon Troy. He brings a lot of cool stories and insight because he started his career in the film industry early on as a child actor in films such as “Louisville” and “Mars Attacks,” and the Showtime series, “Linc’s.” He also has experience as a director, writer, & editor and has been an entertainment reporter for various outlets.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Maximizing your production schedule
  • Opening yourself up to new connections and opportunities
  • Importance of brand recognition
  • Being able to improvise in live interviews
  • Just get started 26:00
  • Tips for doing interviews at conventions
  • Taking advantage of student and community resources
  • Building your team

All them good links:

Be sure to check out episodes of Movers and Shakers Unlimited at 8pm EST on Cox 9, 11, 74 & 77 or view episodes online at moversshakersunlimited.com or cox11.com and follow on Twitter @MoveNShakeUnltd  and on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Also follow Brandon on Twitter @BrandonTroyENT and Instagram @BrandonTroy_ENT

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 16: Boston Comic Con Interviews and Recap

Episode 16: Boston Comic Con Interviews and Recap

Under the Capes at Boston Comic Con

Greetings Entreprenerds!

This past weekend was Boston Comic Con! Over the weekend I interviewed some amazing artists, authors, cosplayers and business owners about their experience exhibiting at the con and growing their geek brand.

In this episode I share those interviews and talk about my own experience at the con!

You can look for interviews with:

I also discuss:

Thank you to all my guests and everyone I met at Boston Comic Con for making it such a fun weekend!

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 15: Everyone’s Hero Cosplay

Episode 15: Everyone’s Hero Cosplay

Everyones Hero Cosplay

Greetings Entreprenerds!

This is a special pre-Boston Comic Con and cosplay episode of Under the Capes. My guest this week is Everyone’s Hero Cosplay. In the three years Marcos has been cosplaying he has created over 60 cosplays and been to dozens of conventions including New York Comic Con, Katsucon, PAX East and this week’s Boston Comic Con.

In this episode we talk about how he keeps the many work in progress cosplays organized, how he takes and edits photos and the importance of reaching out to other cosplayers before and after conventions.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

Here are the links to everything we discuss:

Be sure to follow Everyone’s Hero on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and look out for him all this weekend at Boston Comic Con!

Stay tuned this Monday for a special Post-Boston Comic Con episode where I’ll share interviews from attendees!

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 14: Friends of Comic Con

Episode 14: Friends of Comic Con

episode 14: Friends of Comic Con

Greetings Entreprenerds!

This weekend is Boston Comic Con! My guest this week will be attending the convention (as will I). It’s Alyssa Franks from Friends of Comic Con.

Friends of Comic Con started as an online forum and message board for attendees of San Diego Comic Con to share wisdom with newcomers and make friends with people attending the con. The forum has grown to include New York Comic Con, C2E2 and nearly every other convention. The blog also covers con culture, pop culture, entertainment news, cosplay and much more. Alyssa hosts A Cup of Tea with An Englishman every Sunday where her and Leonard, An Englishman in San Diego, talk upcoming conventions and entertainment news with convention organizers and other industry professionals.

Now, Friends of Comic Con is multi-platform organization dedicated to creating a friendly, innovative community where people can collaborate, learn, create, and expand in an effort to promote individual expression and enjoyment of comics, fandoms and pop culture.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Learning how to roll with things during a show
  • Choosing whether to work or enjoy a convention
  • How FanExpo might change Boston Comic Con
  • How other conventions compare to San Diego Comic-Con
  • Allowing software to grow with your site

Here are the links to everything:

Make sure to follow Alyssa on Twitter @FriendsofCCI, join the forum at FriendsofCC.com/forum and check out the blog at FriendsofCC.com

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 13: Nerd Chronic

Episode 13: Nerd Chronic

Nerd Chronic podcast geek brand sdccGreetings entreprenerds!

My guest this week is Kam and Eric from Nerd Chronic. The Nerd Chronic Nerdcast discusses movies, TV, video games, comic books and other geek and entertainment topics. They review movies and TV shows and cover a wide range of topics such as future Marvel movie predictions, comic book superpowers and dream casts for superhero movies.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

  • In this episode we discuss:
  • How Nerd Chronic got started
  • How to create high quality podcast audio
  • Promoting their show through social media and live events
  • GeekTyrant – PodTyrant
  • Eric’s trip to San Diego Comic Con
  • Episode 7: Geeks World Wide
  • Videos and other future plans for Nerd Chronic

Be sure to listen to Nerd Chronic at NerdChronic.com and follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.

I’d really appreciate any feedback either on Twitter @UndertheCapes, in the blog comments or through a rating on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks and see you soon!

Episode 12: Special SDCC Recap Show

Episode 12: Special SDCC Recap Show

sdcc san diego comic-con recap showGreetings entreprenerds! I hope anyone that was able to make the trip had a great time at San Diego Comic-con! In this episode I’m joined again by Rob and Lee as we do a quick recap on our favorite parts of this year’s convention.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

We discuss:

  • Favorite Offsites
  • Favorite Parties
  • Favorite Panels
  • Magic Tournaments
  • Plans to improve next year
  • Tips for SDCC attendees
  • Emergenseat – collapsible seat for waiting in line

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Comic-con specific episodes. Next week we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled podcast where I interview entreprenerds about building their geek business. If you want me to try more things like this, or if you think I should stick to the usual format, be sure to give me some feedback in the comments below, on iTunes or Stitcher or on Twitter @UndertheCapes.

Thanks, see you next week!