So I came up with the above joke and decided to make a meme out of it. ‘Posted it on FaceBook in honor of Inktober and it went pretty viral. It expressed my frustration in the difficulty of making a living as a comic book creator and I guess it resonated with a lot of people. I have more of these that I was thinking of also sharing but I didn’t want to be too pessimistic about the business. Though just just for shits and giggles, here they are: Feel free to share.
Last October 11, I had the honor of creating and running Diversity Comic Con at the college where I teach SUNY | Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. It was a culmination of my two passions, comic books and event organizing! We had quite a star-studded line-up of guests including Vivek Tiwary, Heather Antos, Trevor Von Eeden, Larry Hama, Sean Chen, Dean Haspiel, Heidi MacDonald, Adriana Melo, Jim Salicrup, Robyn Chapman, Reilly Brown, Andrea Colvin, Janice Chiang, Kristen Gudsnuk, Tea Fougner, Chris Sotomayor, Joan Hilty, Brendan Leach, Sasha Matthews and many, many more! There were eight panel discussions, a cosplay…
A workshop that I’ve been doing at Comic Cons this season is called “Make Comics, Not Excuses!” An experiential lesson on motivation. The motivation to get off our duffs and get moving with that comic book or dream project we’ve been procrastinating on. More often than not, when things don’t work out for us or we’re behind on our goals, we blame our circumstance or something or someone else. “I don’t have the time.” “I’m broke.” or “I can’t find an artist I can count on.” The problem with blame is that it doesn’t give you control. It doesn’t give you power. In fact,…
Today – April 1st, I finally, FINALLY figured out how to make money at comic cons! Not sure if it will work for everyone! While visiting the DC Offices a few years back, a few of the folks working there said I looked like Jim. So hey… The way I figure it, I just need 2-3 fans to buy the charade in order for me to make table!
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts recently about bad behavior from fans and creators on social media and it’s amazing to me that so many people don’t know about “The List.” Every pro in the comic book industry has a list. One could call it a “secret” list but it really is no secret because everyone worth their grain of salt has one whether it be a mental list or a written one. This list is comprised of people they already know they DO NOT want to work with. The lists grow much faster these days because of social…
Here’s an interview I recently did with Travis McIntire of Source Point Press for Bleeding Cool. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/01/20/chat-travis-mcintire-source-point-press/
A great way to ring in the new year 2018 is to check out what the stars have in store for your comic career: Aquarius You pride yourself on your independence, sometimes too much. Often perceived as cold and unemotional, the Aquarian nevertheless is always a fountain of ideas. The problem is ideas without action are like water. Not sure what that means but it sounds really Aquarian. Expect some recognition this year. Hopefully, nothing associated with the words “sexual” or “harassment.”
As part of my meetup group NY Comic Book & Graphic Novel creators, we had as our guest speaker, Heather Antos. Heather is currently the editor of the Star Wars and Deadpool titles for Marvel Comics. She talked about breaking in, her work as an editor and her pastry of preference.
To con, or not to con? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler on the ego to suffer the slings and arrows of Marvel and DC fans or take to arms against the price of tables and by opposing them, to lie and sleep in some more; and by sleep to stay-in on a weekend. The heartache, and the thousand unsold books that my spouse is heir to. Tis a comic con devoutly to be publish’d.
If you like to send press releases or other correspondence to the comic book press industry (and you should), it’s good to know what kind of traffic their websites get compared to each other. Once a year, I like to check Alexa.com to see how they’re doing. Here’s what I came up with.