Dirty Old Ladies: The Podcast

Amanda Lafrenais, C. Spike Trotman, Kel McDonald

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A Podcast about creating comics, hosted by three comic professionals, two of which make erotic content - listener discretion advised (or at least wear headphones) Updates every Monday.
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Episode 48 - Delegating

1:30:52 | May 8th

Sometimes you don’t have time to do everything or maybe you just don’t want to. That’s where delegating comes in. Spike, Kel, and Amanda all go over how they approach delegating, when they start thinking about handing stuff over, and when letting som...Show More
Episode 47 - Catch up

1:17:46 | Apr 17th

After a hiatus from recording episodes, the hosts return to detail what they’ve been busy with, their convention schedules, and what the rest of 2019 has in store.
Episode 46 - Writer's Block

1:12:11 | Apr 3rd

Writer's Block! What is it? Do we even agree that it exists? Why it do what it do? Questions for the ages, answered today.
Episode 45 - Spec Work

1:09:35 | Feb 27th

Spec work! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
Episode 44 - Publisher vs Self-Publishing

1:09:37 | Feb 13th

In this episode we discuss a topic of interest brought up by Kel: working for a publisher vs self-publishing! With Spike and Kel being experts in both areas respectively, there's a lot to talk about! (We are skipping episode 43 due to editing problem...Show More
Episode 42 - Tropes & Cliches: Love Triangles

1:02:33 | Aug 1st, 2018

In this heavily opinion-based episode the ladies discuss Love Triangles, and as usual with very opinionated subjects we emphasize: just because we don't like something doesn't mean its bad! And *any* trope or cliche can great with the right execution...Show More
Episode 41 - ECCC 2018 Retrospective

1:33:12 | Jun 26th, 2018

In this admittedly odd episode recorded back in March, the ladies talk about their experiences at one of their biggest and favorite shows of the year - Emerald City Comic Con! We tried to keep it professional, but we ended up complaining a lot... and...Show More
Episode 40 - Socializing and Networking at Cons

1:20:36 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Interested in going to conventions to meet comic creators, peers and network with publishers? The ladies share their experiences socializing at conventions, with both advice and some calming words.
Episode 39 - Worldbuilding

1:33:11 | Apr 1st, 2018

What is Worldbuilding? Well, we're prepared to talk about it tediously for an hour! Get ready for some pedantry and opinions.
Episode 38 - Inspiration

1:36:08 | Mar 21st, 2018

The ladies discuss their inspirations and the fine line between being inspired and being derivative.
Episode 37 - Pitches and Submissions

1:37:51 | Feb 21st, 2018

Pitches and Submissions! The ladies discuss how to submit/pitch, their experiences, and Spike is as humble as ever.
Episode 36 - Spikes 1st Year in Distro

1:25:14 | Feb 8th, 2018

We got a Spike-heavy episode for ya, where she recounts her first year of distribution for her publishing company!
Episode 35 - The Crowdfunding Update

1:13:47 | Jan 14th, 2018

The ladies discuss changes with Patreon as it relates to comic artists, the introduction of Kickstarter's competing platform Drip. And maybe a Nintendo character's butthole? Sorry not sorry.
Ep 34 - Magical Girls

1:28:24 | Jan 8th, 2018

When we recorded this episode, Spike was in England, so we invited a guest on the show: Mildred Louis! Since all three of us make or plan to make magical girl comics, we decided to talk about that very thing. You can find Mildred's comic here: https:...Show More
Episode 33 - Whats Your Excuse?

1:39:40 | Nov 3rd, 2017

In this episode the ladies asked their social media followers: What's your excuse? What is keeping you from taking those first baby steps towards making comics? While the title of the episode is cheeky, we fully understand there are a ton of very val...Show More
Episode 32 - Tropes & Cliches: The Chosen One

1:23:11 | Oct 19th, 2017

In this episode we discuss a trope/cliche and how we feel about it. This is a new series we're doing, with plans to touch on numerous tropes/cliches in future episodes. Due to the nature of the subject, this is a VERY SPOILER-Y episode. Here's a (not...Show More
Episode 31 - Listener Mail THE RECKONING

1:14:19 | Aug 31st, 2017

The ladies answer more listener mail! We talk about a great many things, from the illustrious career of Alex Toth to the masterpiece that is Jupiter Ascending* Join us!   *a contested fact
Episode 30 - American Library Association Conference

53:04 | Aug 21st, 2017

This episode may be a bit dry, but its very educational! The ladies discuss this summer's American Library Association conference and how is may or already has affected their careers as publishers.
Episide 29 - Levelling-Up at Conventions

1:22:12 | Jul 27th, 2017

The ladies discuss climbin' that convention ladder -- from their first cons to their worst cons, and their lists of demands.
Episode 28 - Censorship vs Self-Editing and Critique

1:08:22 | Jul 13th, 2017

In this episode the ladies talk about censorship, editing, self-editing, and go on some tangents about why white people fear the robot uprising and how TV show ratings for kids work. WE HAD FUN.
Episode 27 - Self Promo

1:24:04 | Jun 29th, 2017

In this episode we talk about SELF-PROMO! Join our hosts, one of which has The Con Crud and the other broke her butt riding a bicycle. It's a long ep! --- Sorry for the weird schedule! Editor has been busy with a lot. We're returning to normal now, w...Show More
Episode 26 - Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

1:04:58 | May 31st, 2017

In this episode we discuss a question we get asked a lot: where do your ideas come from as a comic maker? One of our more casual recordings, if you're into that. Minor content warning: During the course of discussion, rape as a cheap and exploitative...Show More
Episode 25 - Printing a Book

1:16:21 | May 10th, 2017

The ladies discuss their experiences making and prepping books for printing, sprinkled with a little advice, with a dash of blatant unrepentant product placement. Let's Print a Comic (PDF)
Episode 24 - Comixology

55:03 | Apr 27th, 2017

In this episode, the ladies discuss Comixology -- what it is, and how to use it!
Ep 23 - Catching Up

1:09:31 | Feb 2nd, 2017

WE'RE BACK, IT'S BEEN SO LONG! We sound different this time, there's been some recording changes, and more are coming. In this episode, we play catch up and talk about what we've been up to since the last episode. Next episode will be our recordings ...Show More
Episode 22 - Pacing and Misc

57:29 | Sep 9th, 2016

Note: This episode was recorded way back in January, and it shows.   In this new episode we talk PACING comics... aaaaand other things, since we were terrible and had a hard time staying on track, lol.
Episode 21 - Full-time vs Part-time

1:07:26 | Sep 1st, 2016

Note: This episode has a special guest, Amanda's cat, who yelled in the background in a way that couldn't be edited out. She has a lot of important opinions about comics, y'all. Today's episode is about doing comics Full-time vs Part-time, pros and c...Show More
Episode 20 - Publishing Porn w/ Erika Moen!

1:11:27 | Aug 18th, 2016

Whoops sorry for getting busy again, but we have a backlog of episodes recorded. Today's episode was recorded a few months ago, so there are some audio footnotes at the end. In Episode 20 we talk about our experiences publishing porn with our special...Show More
Episode 19 - Listener Mail 2: THE RECKONING

1:04:18 | May 14th, 2016

Production note: For the first 10 minutes, Spike sounds like she's in a tin can. This is a problem we've since fixed, but there was no way to up the quality this time. Sorry! We're back! For real! In this episode we answer some listener mail and talk...Show More
Episode 18 - Taking Care of Yourself

58:03 | Jan 22nd, 2016

In this episode we loosen our ties and get comfy while we talk about taking care of yourself, at home and at conventions. Should you bathe from head to toe in lemon-scented antibacterial hand sanitizer? The jury is split.
Episode 17 - Convention Merchandise

1:07:50 | Jan 1st, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today's episode is about making and selling merchandise, specifically with conventions in mind. Mentioned in this episode: Amanda's list of digital/print-on-demand printers Kel's current Kickstarter! Some behind-the-scenes for...Show More
Episode 16 - Scripting

42:23 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Come, friends, listen to us informally shoot the shit about scripting comics, featuring special guest host: Amanda's barely-audible but no-less-distracting cat, Meato.
Episode 15 - Prepress

1:00:33 | Dec 21st, 2015

In a special live-from-Kel's-living-room episode, we spoke with frequent collaborator and friend Rhiannon about the nitty gritty of PREPRESS. Scared about getting your comic print-ready? Don't worry, Rhi is here to help! Interested in learning more ...Show More
Episode 14 - Distribution

1:00:40 | Dec 1st, 2015

In this episode recorded around October, we discuss DISTRIBUTION, from shipping inventory out of your bedroom to getting a graphic novel into major bookstores.
Episode 13 - What's Up

54:27 | Nov 2nd, 2015

After a short hiatus, we're back! In this self indulgent update we talk about what we're working on, what we want to work on in the future, and even take a break for Spike to explain a special kink called "pedal pumping." Amanda also apologizes for ...Show More
Episode 12 - MY BRAAANNDD!!!

50:58 | Sep 12th, 2015

In this week's episode we break down this "MY BRRAAANNDDDDD" thing we're always croaking about, what it means and how we apply it practically.
Episode 11 - Webcomics

1:06:21 | Sep 5th, 2015

Each of the hosts has a webcomic, so why not talk about 'em? Join us for a very loose history lesson about slapping comics on the internet and making money off them.
Episode 10 - Inevitable Fatigue

1:16:53 | Aug 26th, 2015

In this casual episode we talk about fatigue as a comicker, and how it's pretty much inevitable at some point. We discuss our lowest points, grumpy convention stories, and the highlights that make it worth it.
Episode 9 - Listener Mail

1:17:00 | Aug 18th, 2015

We're answering listener mail! Our rambling spans across commissions, Chinese New Year, Kickstarter fulfillment companies, our gross desks and how Spike tortures us with recipes.
Episode 8 - Characters

1:02:46 | Aug 10th, 2015

Get ready for salt, the ladies have opinions about characters and writing them. Apologies in advance. Spike goes on a roll.
Episode 7 - Selling at Conventions

1:28:34 | Aug 5th, 2015

Prepare to hear us gurgle-hiss the phrase "MY BRAND" multiple times like withered little comic witches as we discuss selling at conventions Mentioned in this episode: Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood (Kickstarter) ...Show More
Episode 6 - San Diego Comic Con

1:04:09 | Jul 27th, 2015

Spike and Kel, both seasoned SDCC exhibitors, elaborate on their experiences to Amanda, who refuses to ever go. Mentioned in this episode: "Here's Why Comic Con 2014 Was Actually Great For Comics" by David Brothers "ONE ARTIST GOT FED UP WITH CO...Show More
Episode 5 - Comic Publisher Horror Stories

1:09:38 | Jul 20th, 2015

Gather 'round the campfire with Amanda, kids, cuz Gramma Spike and Aunt Kel are gonna tell us horror stories of (web) comic publishing, and maybe even how to avoid reliving the nightmare yourself. Mentioned in this episode: "Monstrous Discrepenci...Show More
Episode 4 - Creative Process

1:03:56 | Jul 14th, 2015

In this episode, we discuss our creative process! From editing to burning out to solutions for those little scraps of ideas you don't know what to do with... we discuss it all. And Sims 4. Disclaimer: In terms of recording time, this is one of the e...Show More
Episode 3 - Art Education

1:14:34 | Jul 7th, 2015

In this episode, we talk about our varied experiences in art education, the lessons we learned and how we've applied that to our careers. Also the ending's editing is a bit raw to keep in tact that chaos that recording with Spike can be. Links/sourc...Show More
Dirty Old Ladies - Episode 2: Kickstarter

1:00:40 | Jun 30th, 2015

Today we utilitize our varied Kickstarter experience levels to give helpful advice and tell some crowdfunding horror stories -- boo! Links/sources for this episode: Erika Moen's Kickstarter Financial Records "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City"...Show More
Dirty Old Ladies - Episode 1: Introductions

34:50 | Jun 22nd, 2015

The soft reboot to Dirty Old ladies is live! Get reacquainted with C. Spike Trotman, Kel McDonald and Amanda Lafrenais, along with what they've been up to that's been SO DANG IMPORTANT that they neglected Dirty Old Ladies!