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Breaking and Entering

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:

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A Little KickStarter Experiment

Back in the 90s before digital and print-on-demand, my friend and classmate Mark Okui, creator of BILLY COLE, told me “Publishing your own comics was like a heroine addiction. You just work and work to make enough money to print your next issue.”

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How Networking on Facebook Helps

I’ve heard Facebook described as a total time-suck and it can be. But my friend and master letterer Janice Chiang has described it as a life-line that helps her stay connected with other creators who otherwise would be working alone. I’ve always believed that Facebook was a great way to network and build relationships and here’s the story of how it got me my first paying gig as the cartoonist for TRUER THAN TROUSDALE at the University of Southern California (USC). Back in the early 90s, I used to write and draw a comic strip about life as a freshman student at…

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Two New Printers That Are Great for Comics!

Having been a graphic design professional for the past twenty years, I’ve worked with a lot of printers. And when I started this new journey of being a comic book creator, I made it one of my missions to find the best printer for self-published comics. Well…I found two! And they even had better prices than the usual comic book printing suspects! I was able to print my perfect-bound, 72-page trade SCIFIES GREATEST HITS for $5 each, and my 24-page MEN FROM DARPA comics for under $1 each. All in full-color! And not just that, it was a month before…

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Look Who’s Reading Scifies!

A few months ago, I posted a blog entry that featured Rowan Atkinson reading a copy of Scifies #1. Since then, I’ve gotten a few critics claiming that Atkinson wasn’t actually reading my comic book and that I had just photoshopped it. Needless to say, I am both shocked and offended. The fact is, major celebrities have been reading my books for years now. And to prove it, here are a few photos sent in by some of our more famous (and infamous) readers and fans. And these are NOT photoshopped!   Snoop is one of our biggest fans.  …

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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…