Mine and Neill Cameron’s new series, TAMSIN AND THE DEEP, starts next week (4th April) in The Phoenix! Above is our action heroine, who… doesn’t look so actiony NOW tbh but just you WAIT.
I made a longer blog about what I’ve been up to and general updates over on my journal: http://danse-macabre.nu/autojoy/
Hi, folks. Here’s a five-page preview of a mini I hope to have on sale next week. (People ask me for advice on a weekly basis, anyway; might as well consolidate it all into one handy package.) Stuff I plan to include:
- What to ask the printer
- How to calculate your goal properly
- How to price and sell your books
- Good backer bonus ideas
- Your Frenemy The Post Office
And so on and soforth.
It’ll probably run 30 or so pages- it’s roughed out that far, anyway- And I’ll be selling it for $5.00.
I’ll drop you folks an update when it’s finished.
Spike is full of good advice.
Here’s this week’s Cafe Suada cupdate, tea fans! http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/Cafe-Suada-Chapter-4-Cup-4-When-Life-Gives-You-Lemons/4570/3/33?lang=en Enjoy~
a secret, thats good, that’s confusing, that’s electic, euphoric sometimes- the emotions behind the idea of secrecy drive me crazy sometimes, but i love being able to feel intensely- it makes me run, only to feel like they’ve gone, just like that. and suddenly i am small again xx
If you’re tabling at a con as a Li’l Rookie, get ready to experience these 12 Stages of Feels exactly like this.
Heya folks. I don’t reblog often, but I’m rebloggin’ this.
That’s because I’ve had this day, multiple times. This was me. And if you’re planning on taking a shot at the whole cartoonist thing, this will inevitably, horribly, unavoidably be you.
Cartooning careers are forged in the crucible of obscurity. This period, the one where no one cares and you go home discouraged, is when most aspiring creators quit. It’s just too much.
But if you can live through a few years of Saturdays spent being passed over for meme t-shirts and fanart prints, if you keep producing and keep going to shows and keep sharing work, you can reach escape velocity. You can find an audience that wants to support you.
Talk yourself out of giving up. Give your work a chance. Your fans just haven’t found you, yet. ( o_o)-b
Oh god yes. So much.
THANK YOU FOR THIS!
this was me, at just about every damn convention i ever sold stuff at. i get so much anxiety, and can’t ever put myself out there loud enough for people to take notice. i barely made money the first few times, i did okay a handful of cons, and then it died again. con drama won. as of now i haven’t sold anything at a convention in over 3 years, and haven’t been to one in 2. social anxiety and being painfully shy coupled with feelings of horrible inadequacy for most of my life are not good (life drama did not help, either).
perhaps i’ll go back to a convention someday. just gotta work myself up to it.
I sympathize with this, because I had retired from doing conventions for a long, long time for exactly this reason. But I would also like to speak up on behalf of the nameless “grumpycat” artist. Because moreso than being outsold by fanart at a convention, the thing that hurts me deepest in my soul is feeling like I’m pitted cruelly and competitively with the other artists (fanart, original, or otherwise) I want so badly to be friends with. Jealousy has eaten me up alive before, and really harmed my career, and I never want that to happen again. The industry seems hellbent on keeping me in a constant cage-match with other artists, and I have to bust out at every turn.
So here we go:
Dear grumpycat artist, your work is not just “topical bullshit.” You have a place at conventions and nerd-culture gatherings, and you are no less worthy than the folks with original content. Creativity expresses itself in many different ways, and there is no “right” way to make a living as an artist. It’s true, you are fortunate to have the talent, business savvy and affection for popular properties that allows you to sell well at conventions. Hold onto that! It’s important! It doesn’t make you any greater or lesser than another artist, but… if you can, please share the wealth. With that extra money you make at cons, go buy another artist’s original comic. Go commission another artist to draw something you love. Approach someone who’s art you admire, and tell them you admire it! …. And if someone approaches you and asks if you have any advice for selling your wares and making money at conventions, please share your knowledge. You might even make a friend.
The reason for my survival as an artist is due to the kindness of other artists. I can’t spend my days eating jealousy, or I’ll die. I want to live my life by the rule that “Successful people help others become successful”, and I think I’m doing okay at that. Or at least better than I was.
No fear, no envy. Ride together, die together. *brofist to my artists peeps*
*BROFIST* Wholeheartedly agree with Jo laying down the wisdom—there is inherent worth in all creative expression, be it Grumpy Cat tributes or original comics of weird childhoods. We’re all part of the creative spectrum and the makers community! Jealousy is creative poison, don’t anybody drink that stuff, let’s just be friends <3
If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
-Hayao Miyazaki (x)
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.
a coping mechanism for the intensely paranoid