Today’s seller story comes from cartoonist Zac Gorman. Zac is the author of Magical Game Time Volume 1, a 139 page collection of comics, sketches, and character drawings. Based in Detroit, Zac was one of the pioneers of the current explosion of comics on Gumroad.
What are you selling? What’s the story behind it?
I’m selling a collection of comics inspired by classic video games and the formative experiences that we had playing them, called Magical Game Time. The comics were previously available online on my website magicalgametime.com.
The comic is my way to pay homage to these great games and also a way to examine the intimate, personal connection that we have with them. I started it because there was some sort of emotion I really wanted to capture in the interaction we have with games.
The decision to sell the PDF collection was inspired by the combination of a sudden financial setback, which made me look for a way to monetize the comic while still providing my audience with something they can enjoy, and the ease of posting the collection to Gumroad.
Why is Gumroad a good fit for the comic?
Gumroad was a great fit for me because it was easy. Not only the ease of posting the PDF but for my users as well. The pay-what-you-will option made it available to everybody who wanted to buy it, from regular fans of my site, to brand new ones who might just want to see what it’s all about.
What were the biggest contributors to your success?
Thankfully, I had an audience prior to posting the book who was kind enough to show an outpouring of support. After only twenty four hours or so, I’d already earned enough to alleviate my financial burden and I was able to get on my feet again and back making comics.
What could we do better?
If there was anything that I could change about Gumroad, it’d be a way for my audience to be able to pay using PayPal as opposed to just a credit card. I have a lot of younger fans and international fans who would’ve found a PayPal option easier.
For more information on how you can sell comics on Gumroad, please see our guide to selling comics.