Creating a publishing company with Buno Books publisher Storme Smith


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I've known about the story of Buño Books since pretty much the beginning when they had a deal with Magnetic Press, before they went off on their own to conquer the brave new world of independent publishing. So, when Storme Smith emailed to ask if I wanted to have him on my show, I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. For those of you who haven't been obsessively following this upstart company for years, here's their bio:

Buño is an independent publisher founded in 2016, by Ulises Farinas and Storme Smith. We publish graphic novels and comic books by talented artists from around the world. We look for fresh and unexpected work, and believe in a diverse and dynamic community of creators, making work that connects cultures, experiences, and people.

I loved this conversation. I find the best conversations for this podcast come with people who've been on a similar journey as I have so we can dive deep into the aspects of commonality we both share, and Storme and I have both been fighting in the pits of publishing for years, which made this conversation as fun as it was cathartic and (hopefully) informative.

Listen to this episode if you'd like to learn:

  • How to build a brand from scratch
  • The perils of independent publishing
  • How to avoid being drowned out by the bigger players
  • How to design for markets
  • How to understand comics better

and much more.

You can find Buño on the web at and Storme Smith on Twitter.

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