Sometimes, in pursuit of our goals, we can fall into fabulous mishaps.
Take, for example, my goal to get 12 comics related rejections this year. When I saw that the Small Press Expo (SPX) was open for the lottery, I figured I’d throw my hat into the ring. An easy rejection and one that I didn’t need to think about too much.
Until I got a half-table in the lottery.
So, here we are. It’ll be my fourth ever con, my first really big one, and my first all-weekend long tabling experience. I’m starting to rethink if I’ll want to table at MICE in October.
I didn’t want much time to think about it and chicken out. On Sunday, I paid for my half-table. Yesterday, I booked my hotel room. Today, I put in for time off at work. I’m doing it. I’m going.
SPX is in six months. I’m incredibly excited, nervous, and trying to keep the imposter syndrome at bay.
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.
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.
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
Please send a complete script and at least the first page in tight pencils to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/3 – Script deadline.
3/31 – Final art deadline. Expect us to bug for updates before this deadline.