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The Innovative Cartoonist: How Scott Kurtz Turned A Passion For Drawing Into A Booming Business

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About Today’s Guest, Scott Kurtz:

Scott KurtzScott Kurtz was introduced to me by former guest, Gary Arndt. Part of Gary’s email said this:

“Scott is an Eisner and Harvey award winning cartoonist. He has been drawing PvP for over a decade and has been the leading voice in the industry. He has a great podcast and co-wrote the book on webcomics. He has been a leader in helping creators profit from their work.

I think Scott would be a great guest for the show, and it would probably be one the best shows you’ve ever done.

I couldn’t agree more with Gary. This is one of the longest interviews I’ve ever done on the show because I was just enthralled by Scott. He has an amazing story, a rise to success that went against the traditional path, and is just an interesting guy to boot.


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  1. K. Alan Martin says:

    “Make as much money as you can, and don’t apologize for it. ” …Great comment.
    I always enjoy the “where does the money come from ?” question that you ask (as I have posted on here before). ….but that has led to another question that I can’t quite calculate. What is the expected start-up costs to a legitimate web based home business?

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Ah thanks, Alan. Glad you like that question. From my experience, I don’t know if there is a GREAT answer to that. There are sooooo many factors. I know many people that are dominating with just a laptop and the Internet.

  2. Mars Dorian says:

    Grrreat interview..yet again, David. I luv how you invite creative entrepreneurs like these instead of “just” the usual suspects a la Seth Godin and Chris Brogan.

    Both him and Matthew from “The Oatmeal” have build digital comic empires themselves, and they’re a HUGE inspirations to my comic brand that I’m building as we speak.

    Turning into a true fan now thanx to your kick-ass commitment of conducting high quality and unique interviews.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Thanks, Mars. Exactly what I’m going for. Sure, the big people are awesome, but I love stories like this of someone who is a rock star to a different community of people with a heck of a story.

  3. pojut says:

    Dude! Can’t wait to listen to this…Kurtz seems like the kind of guy that can teach you months worth of knowledge in a single conversation.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      He is a SUPER smart (and great guy).

  4. Anonymous says:

    GREAT interview! This is actually the first time I’ve listened to the interviews here, but super impressed and will be working my way through archives. Question, I may have just missed it, but do you put up transcripts of the interviews? Thanks!

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Thanks so much! At this point, scheduling is pretty tied up, so I focus on the video/audio; however, one day there might be transcripts 🙂

  5. Andy Hayes says:

    That. Was. Epic. Loved it, so fascinating – would love to know who his ad sales guys are and if they’re looking for new clients =)

    1. David Siteman Garland says:


  6. Cris Cohen says:

    Great interview. I like that he gave very thoughtful, honest answers. I also like that he is a mellow guy, further proof that you don’t have to be like the loud, obnoxious car salesmen on TV to promote your work.

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