PK 130: How to Create a Graphic Novel and Launch it Successfully on Kickstarter. Interview With “North” Creator, Scott Sawyer

Want to know how to create a graphic novel and get it published? In this interview, Scott Sawyer, creator of ‘North’, reveals how he got his passion project off the ground

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“I’m not really ‘me’ if I’m not telling stories somehow”

~ Scott Sawyer

Want to know how to create a graphic novel and get it published?

Kickstarter is littered with failed art projects, and one of the biggest reasons for this is the lack of an established audience.

Yet, despite this, today’s guest Scott Sawyer was able to buck the trend and raise
CA$ 12,181 in just 8 days.

So how did he do it? In this interview, you’ll hear just how powerful networking can be, and why this is such an essential part of marketing yourself as an artist.

You’ll also hear just how long a passion project like this can take, but how collaboration and dedication can get your dream project off the ground sooner than you think.

So, if you’ve ever wondered how to create a graphic novel and get it published, you’ll find plenty of great advive in this interview to help you get started.

How to Create a Graphic Novel

Interview Chapters:

00:00 – 01:00


Mitch introduces today’s guest, Scott Sawyer, who reveals how he launched his graphic novel, North.

01:01 – 03:35

What is North, the comic, all about?

What is Scott’s graphic novel about and who are the main characters in it? Get an overview and outline of the story in this chapter.

04:50 – 13:23

Scott on the Candian comic book industry

We’ve all heard of the famous American superheroes, right? But what about the Canuck crime-fighters on the other side of Niagara Falls? In this chapter, Scott introduces you to just a few of them…

14:47 – 20:59

What inspired Scott to create his own graphic novel?

Creating a graphic novel is a big deal. So what inspired Scott to do it…and how did he manage to fit this in around his full-time job?

23:58 – 39:35

What really goes into creating a graphic novel?

Creating a graphic novel takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and pure passion – and that’s before you’ve even started! So, check out this chapter to get the lowdown on the process from someone who’s been there and worn the T-shirt.

42:31 – 49:13

How Scott launched a successful Kickstarter project

We’ve all seen Kickstarter projects fizzle out into one big fail, so what made Scott Sawyer’s project, North, so different?

50:02 – 53:23

Scott’s advice for artists

Like many artists, Scott has to juggle his love for creativity with a full-time job. How does he keep going? You’ll find out in this chapter.

454:06 – 57:38


Where can you find Scott online and read more about North? It’s all here in the final chapter of our interview.So, if you’ve ever wondered how to create a graphic novel online or in print, we hope this week’s interview with Scott Sawyer points you in the right direction.

Have you got any plans to create a graphic novel in the near future? Tell us about in the comments box below – we’d love to hear from you and we’ll do our best to help 🙂

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