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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…

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A Dream Come True!

I was too late to see the famous autographed wall but this was just as good! Big thanks to Director of Editorial Administration, Roger Rivera, I got to visit the famous DC Comics office in New York before their big move to Burbank CA. Got to see Dan Didio and a bunch of other DC staffers in action. Left some samples but no job offer though. Sigh…

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Using The Perception of Luxury To Promote Your Work

I was at a New Year’s party recently where I happened to have had the good fortune to strike up a conversation with the “Product Manager” of a major financial magazine. And after she described to me what her actual role was, I asked her if she had any ideas on how to sell comic books online? Though it’s easier than ever to distribute content, it is practically impossible to get people to pay for it. I told her that a common tactic was to build an audience first then sell them merchandize later. And that’s when she lit up…

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Healthcare for Comic Book Creators

Recently, I had to go into emergency surgery for my heart just two weeks before NYCC! I’m fine now, but off the top of my head, I can name several other comic book creator friends who are currently having health issues. Unfortunately, because of the freelance nature of our work, health insurance is sometimes something that is overlooked. I was lucky in that I had a policy but for those of us who don’t, here are some options. With the Affordable Healthcare Act, many freelancers can now avail of health insurance at reasonable rates. Open enrollment begins November 15 so…

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Baltimore Comic Con was a Blast!

I had a full table at the Baltimore Comic Con this past weekend and it rocked! Aside from all the great responses from the crowds, all the amazing panel discussions and Irish food with the guys from Comics Experience, I got to personally hand my books to Tom Brevoort (Marvel), Mark Chiarello (DC), Matt Gagnon (Boom), Jim Kuhoric (Avatar), Hannah Gorfinkel (Dynamite), Warren Simons (Valiant), Chris Staros (Top Shelf),  Josh Blaylock (Devil’s Due), Mike Gold (ComicMix) and Thomas Doherty (Committed Comics). The big surprise was my book “The Men from DARPA.” I thought it was going to appeal to kids…

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Boston Comic Con was a Great Learning Experience!

I did an Artist Alley table for the first time and it was quite an experience. Met a lot of great folks and learned a lot of things from some really cool creators! Anthony Del Col, Kill Shakespeare – Leverage all your skills when you’re pitching your comic. If you can do marketing, say so! Bob Salley, The Salvagers – If it’s more important that you let people know about your comic than for you to make $2.99 off each issue, then give it away. Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Nick Pitarra, Ming Doyle (Image Panel) – After we got our…