2018 goals (comic-centric)

I’ve written these a few places, but want to have them centrally on my blog. Without further ado, here are my 2018 comic-centric goals.

  1. 12 rejections from cons/anthologies/etc
  2. A minimum of 6 zines this year
  3. 40 posts to my web comic
  4. Improve on inking and lettering
  5. Read more comics
  6. Work on my OGN
  7. More collaborations with writers

This year is going to be a blast. I’m looking forward to all of the drawing I’ll do, and my improvement along the way.

PLUS Brewed Awakening comes back *TOMORROW.* Have a teaser!

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Every day I’m tabling

Yesterday I had my first comic con tabling experience at the South Shore Comic Con, held in Cohasset, MA. It was a small, gentle con, filled with kids and their parents. I didn’t make the table cost back, but I did sell a few of my books, and made a few observations.

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Tabling with my friend Kyri Lorenz (Dec 2, 2017)

While I was there, I made a few observations that will help with future cons:

Know your audience

Having not been to the con before, I didn’t know how child-centric it would be. My work largely skews older, due to language and themes surrounding mental health. Parents weren’t super interested in supporting my work, but older teens and young adults were.

Mark whether comics are child friendly

This, I found, is the biggest question that potential customers asked. They wanted to make sure that they could give their children my work. Kitchen Witches is my only all-ages piece at the moment, but my husband and I are working on a children’s comic for a con in April. I’ll be sure to color code or otherwise denote which pieces are kid friendly for future cons.

Colorful covers sell well

This ties back with knowing the audience. I found that people expect a higher level of production value, even with indie cartoonists. I’m not confident in my digital coloring skills, but it’s something to work towards in creating eye-catching work.

Fan art of licensed characters sells well

This really isn’t for me. Unless I’m drawing a Captain America book, I probably will not sell prints of Cap. Stickers maybe, maybe a sketchbook, but not full out prints.

I also had a great time buying pieces and supporting local artists! Check out my haul.

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My haul! Books by Jerel Dye, Dave Ortega, Jesse Lonergan, Kyri Lorenz, and Raul the Third. Plus the cutest little robot climbing a hill, by Jerel Dye.

Taking stock

It’s difficult to believe that 2017 is nearly over. True, there are five or so weeks left. But in the last 47 weeks, I’ve had an incredibly productive year for comics.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

  • Edited Spellbound vol. 2 and oversaw the art direction for the cover
  • Attended the Graphic Memoir workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies
    • Made my memoir comic Starman
    • Met incredible cartoonists from around the country
  • Created five mini-comics/zines that are available for purchase
    • Anxiety Diaries vol. 1
    • Anxiety Diaries vol. 2
    • Anxiety Diaries vol. 3
    • Kitchen Witches
    • Immature Language
  • Launched a (now on hiatus) web comic.
  • Took part in Inktober and created the Kitchen Witches comic
  • Tabled my first con (MICE in Cambridge, MA)
  • Had two pieces picked up for anthologies
  • Received two rejections for anthologies

There’s still a month left, and I think it will be a productive one.

I’m designing/co-editing Spellbound, Volume II: Modern Magic

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Legalize Magic by Oliver Tacke // cc 2.0

Not content with one project of a literary bent, I’ve somehow found myself roped into working on an anthology with the Boston Comics Roundtable, the Boston-area indie comics creator group.

Spellbound II is “Modern Magic.” Where tech meets hex, touch screen Ouija boards exist, and the WiFi fairy is the godmother we all need.

My role will be selecting the comics with my co-editors, and designing/laying out the book itself. I’m very excited to be part of this project. The BCR releases excellent anthologies. The aim is to have the book in hand by early June, just in time for the convention season.

Specifications:

Dimensions: Trim 7” x 8.5”, image safe area 6.5” x 8” — no bleeds
Color: Black & White or Grey scale
Page count: 1 – 6 pages

Submission information:

Please send a complete script and at least the first page in tight pencils to spellbound.anthology@gmail.com.

Important dates:

3/3 – Script deadline.

3/31 – Final art deadline. Expect us to bug for updates before this deadline.

Inktober 2016, Days 3 and 4

Day 3

Quick and scrappy sketch to make sure I drew something yesterday. I went to a networking event thrown by the Australian government, and came home rather later than I intended (due to spontaneous cookies and coffee at the Top of the Hub).

Day 4

Working on proportions and height. Not too bad, her legs are a little on the short side, but much better than my picture of Bonnie from the other day. Also just an excuse to draw muscle-y arms.

Inktober 2016, Day 2

So, first picture of the day is actually just another picture I drew yesterday. First time using a non-photo blue pencil, and I was pleased with how easy it was to use and ink over. I’ll continue experimenting with it as the month progresses.

Second picture is a quicker costume design for Bonnie, the other main character in the web comic. I like the shape of the dress and heels, but I don’t think that the dots (cute as they are) will stay. Those take forever to draw in.

Fun fact: Bonnie’s whole look was initially for a character in Samizdat, but Annie and I realized that it wasn’t quite the right look.