How to make a winning webcomic with Tapas editor-in-chief Michael Son


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Today's episode features a guest I've wanted to interview for a long time, Tapas editor-in-chief Michael Son. Here's his bio.

Michael Son, Editor-in-Chief of Tapas Media, graduated from UC Berkeley where he facilitated a course on publishing creator-owned comics. Shortly thereafter, he joined Tapas, formally known as Tapastic, where he helped nurture a growing community of independent creators, starting with eight and growing it out to what is now over 50,000. As Editor in Chief at Tapas Media, he has helmed notable projects such as Cheshire Crossing with Andy Weir (author of The Martian) and Sarah Andersen (creator of Adulthood is a Myth), as well as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, a modern adaptation of Little Women with an all-star art team physically published by Hachette.

I was introduced to Michael a couple of months ago, and we got along well from the off. We've both edited and created comics, and now were very focused on how to build an audience for those comics.

However, while I'm doing it on a relatively small scale, he was handling it for hundreds of comics at once.

Listen to this episode if you want to learn:

  • How to create a popular webcomic
  • What editors look for in creator pitches
  • How to make your comic stand out from the crowd
  • How to build an audience for your comics

And much more. I really enjoyed this one with Michael, and if you've ever thought about creating a webcomic, or you have a webcomic that you want to take to the next level, you have to listen to this one.

You can find Michael on Twitter at or on Instagram at

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