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Making a Career in Comics

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Jazzlyn Stone is a freelance Comics Marketer, part time lanyard designer, occasional writer, and Co-Captain of Very Very Shopping Network. Seattle based, her greatest love is a tie between coffee and Donkey Kong Country. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @jazzlynstone, or at

Gale Galligan
The Baby-Sitters Club 8

They/Them & She/Her

Gale Galligan is an Asian-American cartoonist and creator of the New York Times bestselling The Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adaptations of Dawn and the Impossible Three, Kristy’s Big Day, and Boy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin. Their most recent book, Baby-Sitters Club #8: Logan Likes Mary Anne, was released in September 2020! 

Gale holds an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When they aren't making comics, Gale enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with their adorable roomies: Lemon the leopard gecko, rabbits Dipper and Serena, and Patrick the husband. They live in Pleasantville, New York. For more information, visit:  

Spike Trotman
Yes Roya


Spike is a cartoonist, editor, executive producer, Kickstarter pioneer and thought leader, and founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago's largest comics publisher. She has earned nearly $2,000,000 on Kickstarter since the site's launch, and grown Iron Circus from a self-publishing imprint for her webcomic Templar, Arizona to an internationally-distributed small press powerhouse, responsible for provocative and timely Amazon bestsellers like The Harrowing of Hell and Banned Book Club. Under Spike's direction, Iron Circus recently became a multimedia company, launching its first animation venture, "Lackadaisy," with a $330,000 Kickstarter project, unseating Academy Award winner "Good Hair" as the Short Film category's highest earner.

Spike likes Korean food, pit mixes, obscure animation, minicomics, and vids of Columbus statues being rolled into the sea. In her spare time, she likes to fall asleep. She has been to France exactly once, and hasn't put on anything that wasn't a set of pajamas since late March.

Taneka Stotts

Taneka Stotts, is a queer little tumbleweed that rolled back into the warm embrace of Los Angeles.

After spending many years as a spoken word artist, writer, editor, and comic book publisher, Taneka’s focus shifted to TV animation—yet another medium full of collaboration and imagination. Taneka is currently a Emmy-nominated Story Editor on a new show (Shhh!). Past writing credits include work on Steven Universe Future, Craig of the Creek, My Little Pony: Pony Life, and various other shows.

Before coming to animation, Taneka worked as an editor and publisher for multiple award-winning comic book anthologies including the 2015 Lambda Literary award winner Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and the 2017 Ignatz winner for Outstanding Anthology, 2018 Silver Medalist at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and 2018 Eisner winner for Best Anthology ELEMENTS: Fire – A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color! The second installment in the ELEMENTS series, ELEMENTS: Earth, was released in spring 2020.

Other work includes Taneka’s writing on webcomics such as Casual Hex, Love Circuits, and the Eisner-nominated Déjà Brew.

Making comics requires dedication, time, and skill of course, but a cartoonist has to eat! How can you sustain a comics career with major publishers, by self-publishing, or through crowdfunding? Join some of the hardest working cartoonists in the business for a frank discussion about money and making a living in the comics industry.

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Program sponsored by The Graphic Artist Guild of New England