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Creator Spotlight: CEE RAYMOND

This is the first feature in a series of Creator Spotlights exploring the business and career side of being a comic book creator. Here I am honored to present one my favorite collaborators, Cee Raymond! Please tell us who you are and what you do. My name is Chris (Cee) Raymond. I’m a cartoonist and a writer. I also do freelance illustration. How long have you been in the comic book business? I’ve been working in cartooning and comics off and on for going on twenty years. It’s only been in the last six that I have been buckling down and…

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Building Tension & Excitement

A few years ago, I shot my first short film as part of a weekend contest. I soon realized that my filmmaking skills were really bad. I wanted to take a class but they either cost too much or took too long or both. So I contacted my friend Sean Sullivan, Pratt film instructor and owner of Digido Productions and asked him how much he would charge to teach an intensive weekend course. He said $1000. So I booked him to do the workshop at my apartment and I invited other people to join me (and charged them $200). The…

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Careers in Comics II at Eternal Con

I had the honor of being asked to organize and moderate another episode of my panel discussion CAREERS IN COMICS at Eternal Con in Long Island. This time, my special guests were (left-to-right) Peter Hamboussi (DC Comics), Hunter Gorinson (Valiant Entertainment), Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Heather Antos (Marvel Comics) and Maria Cabardo (DC Comics). A fun time and great connections were made by all!

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My 2015 Comic Con Schedule

Ramon Gil will have a Scifies table at the Following Comic Cons: • Special Edition, June 6 & 7 in New York, NY • Heroes Con, June 19-21 in Charlotte, NC • Small Press Expo, Sept. 19-20 in Bethesda, MD • Baltimore Comic Con, Sept. 25-27 in MD Come out and say Hi! Get a free comic book if you post a photo online!

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Don’t Just Read Comic Books!

If you want to be a professional comic book creator, it takes more than just talent and perseverance. It also takes “connections!” Like any other industry, who you know makes a world of difference. The problem for many creative types is that we tend not to be extroverts. Some of us are just downright socially inept. And that’s bad because the people who hire creators want to work with people they know, like and have chemistry with. And how do you achieve “chemistry” when networking? I’ll tell ya… While we all got into this because we LOVE reading comic books, as…

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After 20 Years, the Indie Scene Has Truly Changed

A year or so after I graduated Cal State Long Beach, I was hanging out with fellow art student Ted Seko. Ted had been doggedly self-publishing his own highly acclaimed indie title, Billy Cole. He told me “Ramon, self-publishing your own comic is like having a heroine addiction. All you do is work and work to get enough money for your next issue.” At the time, 1993, he was the only guy I knew who was self-publishing. Today, it seems like everyone is. I did my first in-store signing a few weeks ago at Carmine Street Comics in New York…

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Meeting Whilce Portacio!

With Maria Paz Cabardo and Whilce Portacio at East Coast Comic Con. I finally got to meet one of my idols, Whilce Portacio. He posted this pic on his Facebook page and captioned it “The Pinoy (entertainment) Mafia… stateside!!!!!” This early in my career, I usually don’t make a lot of money when I table at a comic con. But that’s usually not the reason I go. I go primarily to meet people, the right people. I check to see who the featured guests are and which publishers will be there and make it a point to try to connect…

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Full Circle

The comic book shop of my childhood in California, where I once was kicked out of, is now carrying Scifies! How did I get kicked out of a comic book shop, you ask? I picked up an unbagged New Teen Titans #1 with my bare hands while it was being appraised. I got yelled at and told to “Get out and to never come back!” I was so desperate for comics and that was the only shop within biking distance so I asked a friend to buy me my comics but he took my money and bought drugs instead. It…

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Web Comic Rankings

I’ve decided to put some of my comic stories online, but wanted to figure out which comic websites, or just online publishing sites, had the most traffic. So I went to Alexa.com and looked up the stats on various online comic publishing options. Here’s what I found: • Scribd – 415 • Issuu – 495 • Comixology – 10,615 • Smackjeeves – 20,826 • Tapastic – 22,477 • Comic Genesis – 137,837 • Comic Fury – 204,696 • Drunk Duck – 263,314 • Indy Planet – 708,664 • Comic dish – 960, 687 • Drivethru Comics – 1,845,542 • Freedable –…

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Places for Freelancers to Work

This is a list I originally posted on my business blog but I figure, any creative freelancer who uses a laptop can use it too. If you ever want to get out of the apartment and be around other people, there are co-working spaces now available but they tend to run around $300 a month to use. Here are some interesting alternatives I’ve found: Parks & Recreation Centers and YMCA’s – In New York City, most of these facilities have a computer room. And in the earlier part of the day, before kids get out of school, these places are…