You’re an artist, or a writer, and making comics is your passion. You’re longing to get to a place where the start of your daily routine means walking into your studio and putting pencil to paper (or pixel to screen, as the case may be) to form a work of art that gives pleasure to other people. That’s how you’d like to spend your life – not in a boring nine-to-five job.
You don’t want to deal with a boss, co-workers, and endless meetings. In your ideal world, the only person you have to please, other than yourself, is the person who will end up enjoying your creation.
Of course, life doesn’t work that way even when you are a successful artist, writer, and publisher, because nobody works in complete isolation and there’s always someone who wants something.
But that ideal world seems much closer when you work in your own studio, make your own hours, and call the shots yourself.
Not to mention the immense gratification you feel when you’re sitting a comic con doing signings and you look up, and there’s a long line of people waiting to see you.
Getting to this point isn’t easy. There are a lot of ingredients that need to come together in just the right way to make it happen.
It’s a dream that’s realistic, but only if you’re willing to put in the work to hone your creative skills. And even when you’re confident in your creative abilities, that’s not all it takes to be successful at making comic books.
Good creative is the starting point, but here’s what else you need:
- A way to publish. Print or digital, your work has to take an acceptable form.
- A way to get it into the hands, or onto the screens, of readers.
- A platform where you, the comic maker, are visible. These days, that means both going to comic cons and having a solid online presence.
- A support system, for yourself and for your business. A like-minded community to provide advice, feedback and sympathy for when things aren’t going so well, and to give you a pat on the back when you make progress.
- Information and knowledge. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and finding out where you stand, and either learning what you don’t know, or partnering with someone with complementary skills, is a critical part of success.
Making comics that someone else wants to read, and reaching your goals; whether you want to self-publish, work with a small publisher, or aim for one of the relatively few spots at the big publishers, is a matter putting all the elements together, and then just putting in the work.
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