RELIVE FRIK IN ALL HIS INSANITY!
I’ve been writing “how to make comics” articles since August ’13 and publishing them on my site here. I have 19 articles so far with the possibility for more to come. End of last year I was contacted by a group who run a site called “Making Comics“, and asked if I would contribute my articles to their site as well. Their goal is to make this site a wiki for comic making, covering all topics possible with articles written by several different people in “the industry.”
I am very honored to be asked because I’ve been following the happenings of the man in charge, Patrick Yurick , for some time now. He has a studio out in San Diego where he runs “teaching comics to kids” classes and other various things he does online. He really wants to use comics as an educational tool and I have great respect for what he’s done so far.
That being said, I’ve had to “up my game” so to speak and go through a process of rewriting what I’ve created to meet the higher standards set forth by his site. (translation: I now have to deal with copy editors) My 2nd article just published on their site, and it’s a much better read than how it was the first time around. Go check it out as well as the rest of the site!
Edit: Not sure what happened but the link is working now.
In last week’s article, I talked about a bunch of miscellaneous topics related to comic cons, including defining what makes a con a success for you, people asking if you made your work, giving away free milk, and trading artwork. This week I will talk about original versus mainstream comic art, and what you should expect when you do your first convention.
In the last article, I talked about the psychology of people who attend comic conventions and how and when to engage them. This time around I will focus on a variety of subjects to help you prepare for your first comic convention behind a table, including defining what makes a con a success for you, people asking if you made your work, giving away free milk, and trading work!
Due to an illness, I won’t be able to do any “how to” articles this week. Climbing back in bed. End of line.
In my last article, I talked about how to prepare and practice your sales pitch for conventions. This week, I’ll discuss understanding people who attend comic cons. This is based on my experience behind a table at cons, so hopefully it will at least give you some insight into what is going on.
In my last article, I talked about two important bookkeeping things you should being doing during and after your first convention, which are keeping a sales sheet and a profit summary sheet for each convention. I also gave sample sheets that I use to help get you going! This time I will be talking about working on your sales pitch and having varying levels of it based on the people you are talking to.
And by “all of us”, I mean myself and the voices in my head…
I’ll have a table at the next PLANET COMICCON on March 14-16, 2014! Hope to see you there!
KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER
301 W. 13th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Also don’t forget to check out the APPEARANCES page to see other places I’ll be promoting my comics at!
In the last article, I talked about the importance of printing out a mockup of your comic before you send it to print, that way you can check for layout issues and grammatical errors. This week, I’ll cover how to properly price your comic and give an example from my own experience figuring all this out with comic conventions.