Episode 155 - A Moment with Modest Medusa

Feb 24, 2014

After a terrible bathroom flooding incident Modest Medusa was born. That's sort of the beginning of the story of Modest Medusa, but also how the comic began too! In this Quackcast I interview Jake Richmond, the creator of the very successful and popular Modest Medusa: a pretty amazing webcomic success story. Starting out at Drunk Duck with his comic in 2011 he's been able to quit his main day job and work on his comic full time! He does some freelancing and teaching as well, but his comic is his main source of income. That's awesome! And this wasn't by luck either, or “being in the right place at the right time” that many have leveraged much of their success from, Jake got there though hard work and dedication to his readers. A real webcomic inspiration! This is the goal that every webcomicer should be aiming for and his success shows that it IS acheiveable! - Only IF you can put in that work though. It's not easy, no short-cuts.



Jake Richmond at 9:31AM, Feb. 26, 2014

HippieVan, you're totally right. "Start fast, then get good" isn't a rule or anything. There's lots of good comics that start "good and fast", and there are plenty of comics that are good but not particularly fast and do well anyway. But, I know a lot of people who never start a comic because they're afraid that their work isn't good enough. I think very often if you just do the work it'll get better as you go. Shipping outside the US is expensive, but Canada isn't so bad. Unfortunately my store doesn't differentiate between Canad and, say, South Korea, and wants to charge you the same amount for both. Same with kickstarter. If you (or anyone) want some Medusa stuff but are turned off by the cost please contact me. We may be able to figure out a reduced shipping price.

HippieVan at 5:01PM, Feb. 25, 2014

Triple post! I disagree a little bit with Jake on the "starting out fast then getting good" premise. MM has had excellent art all along of course, but there are definitely other comics I've seen that get so caught up in updating on time that they never seem to focus on improving the art.

HippieVan at 4:57PM, Feb. 25, 2014

**outside the US to Canada, I mean.

HippieVan at 4:48PM, Feb. 25, 2014

Jake seems like such a great guy! :) I wish it didn't cost so much more to ship his book outside of Canada, I would love to have a hard copy of Modest Medusa! (Not that that's Jake's fault, shipping costs just suck.)

Ozoneocean at 3:02AM, Feb. 25, 2014

He does sound like that doesn't he? A big, enthusiastic, happy guy! ^_^

kawaiidaigakusei at 2:31AM, Feb. 25, 2014

Jake's voice sounds strikingly similar to Seth Rogen. I laughed out loud at the Chinese Dragon's tail story.

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