Aside from creating comic books, the other thing I’ve always enjoyed doing is teaching. And one of the things I always like to impart on people is the importance of measurable “results.” A few years ago, my wife dragged me to a workshop* that forced me to re-examine my emotional hang-ups, crystalize my true dreams and taught me the right kind of attitude to get real results. As a consequence, my wife started her own successful business and I am now giving comics another shot. There was a lot to learn over this 4-day workshop but the most important lesson I…
We had dinner with a good friend recently and she was very excited about my new career as a comic book creator because she had an idea. And her idea actually did sound really good but I needed to make sure she understood what was involved in producing a regular comic. So this is what I emailed her.
Time After Time (2010). My little homage to Groundhogs Day. Phil keeps asking Rita out on a date only to have tragedy befall her every time. Luckily, he has a mysterious computer program that lets him turn back time. This film placed top ten at the International Asian American Film Festival in New York City and was an official selection at the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival. See production photos here.
In as many years I’ve been trying to “break-into” the comic book industry, I’ve heard as many stories of how creators actually did it. The avenues of entry have changed over the decades and some stories are definitely more colorful than others but when you distill these methods down to their essence, there seems to be a few prevalent ways that one makes it in this industry if at all. Here’s an analysis: