"Do whatever it is that you do, whatever it is that you love — and do it at least once a day."
Cartoonist and Toonhound Studios founder Scott Kurtz was one of the first artists to publish his comics online.
In the late 1990s he launched PvP, a.k.a. Player vs. Player, a daily webcomic about a fictional video game magazine company. Full of inside jokes and nods to nerd culture, PvP quickly gained a fanbase, and has gone on to win both an Eisner Award in 2006 and a Harvey Award in 2010.
Next came Table Titans, a long-form webcomic centered around a group of friends and their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game. In 2014, Kurtz and the Toonhound Studios team launched a Kickstarter project to create a print edition of the comic. The project ended up raising over $100,000, three times its original funding goal.
“We didn’t realize the depth of our readership, or how our little comic had affected them in such amazing ways,” says Cory Casoni, director of business development and brand management at Toonhound Studios. “We realized Table Titans was so much more than a comic to so many people.”
The campaign also connected the Toonhound team directly with their community of gamers and comic book-lovers, who Casoni says they now use as a sounding board for their creations. "[It's important to] listen to your community," he says. "Take the constructive feedback into consideration, leave the rest, and you’ll ultimately be happier with your work.”
For artists thinking about making their own comics, Casoni offers a piece of advice that the whole Toonhound team takes to heart: “Draw every day. Write, dance, sing, read, play video games, make video games, lift weights, skydive, build a chair... Do whatever it is that you do, whatever it is that you love — and do it at least once a day.”
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