You’ve got a book deal! Or a self-publishing plan! A graphic novel is your next project.

Yay you!

But how do you go from a book deal, or a plot idea, to a final finished book? What does your day-to-day work look like? How do you plan for the process that takes you from the blank page to a comic?

In this episode, we talk to Carey Pietsch about the creative and logistical process she embarks upon when she’s creating a comics project. From scheduling to strategy, she has some amazing advice!

For more about Carey, you can check out her website,, or find her on Twitter at @careydraws. You can also find the graphic novel planning spreadsheet she talks about in the episode here, and a larger document of resources for NYC undergrad comics students here!

Alison Wilgus is a writer, editor and cartoonist; her comics have been published by First Second, Dark Horse, DC, Del Rey and Nickelodeon Magazine, and she’s currently working on a graphic novel duology with Tor. You can find her online @aliwilgus. 

Gina Gagliano is the Publishing Director of Random House Graphic, Random House’s dedicated imprint for comics for kids and teens, and has worked with organizations like the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Toronto Comics Art Festival to coordinate programming and media. You can find her online @_GinaGagliano.

Thoughts? Feedback? Email us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter at @GraphicNovelTK.


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