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FAITH ERIN HICKS

So, I stumbled upon this writer/artist via my daily reading at http://www.comicsbeat.com.  You can read the original article here.  So I decided to check her out via her website here.  She comes across as professional, committed and talented.  She has a lot of good brass tacks advice – and seems to be a pretty even keeled, down to earth, not OBNOXIOUS creator.  Some of these folks are downright unprofessional on their Twitters/Tumblr/Blogs.

But she seems like a good egg.  So, I’m taking a close look at how she lays out her webcomics, how she has her home pages, other websites, etc.

She makes a living writing and drawing comics – but she has made some sacrifices to do so:

  1.  Drives a ten year old car (check… well, until this weekend it was check – the car has finally died).
  2. Doesn’t buy new clothes (I rarely buy clothes, but should really check out a lot of the second hand stores and sales – my roommate is very stylish and is constantly coming home saying – look I got this for ten dollars!).
  3. Put your stuff on the web
  4. Do good work
  5. and Keep at it.

MONEY:

So, once I get out from under all the stuff on the business side (my other business).  I should be able to live lean and mean and make money in comics!!!!

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(the things you own, end up owning you!!!)

Maybe I’ve just seen Fight Club too many times.  But, I’m really starting to question a lot of my money-making motivations.  I think I need to make x amount per year… why?

There is definitely a keeping up with the jones’ type mentality.  And the more time I spend working (not that I don’t love working, it’s my business) – but it’s less time to spend on creative efforts.  It’s kind of like this – sure I exercise – a lot, which means I can be more lenient with what I eat – but…. that means I need to keep exercising A LOT.  If I generally ate healthier, I wouldn’t have to COMPENSATE so much on the exercise side – I could keep it reasonable.  That would never stop – just like my business (work, work) will never stop – but taking a hard look at costs to keep things lower – so I can be less stressed about making it happen at work – so I can pursue my creative stuff – and when I say creative stuff – I mean YOU KNOW THE STUFF I ACTUALLY ENJOY!?  Then, why not make time for that?

COMIC CONVENTIONS:

She goes so far as to say she’s never even gone to a comic con to get work.  Although she went to San Diego once and met a publisher from First Second – and thought this was the reason why years later they published her work.  (evidently the editor didn’t even remember meeting her – they had just interacted with her online).

Sure, back in the day – con’s were probably the way to go.  And when I say back in the day – I mean back before the current version of the internet.

I’m sure, if you can get out to cons – it doesn’t do any harm.  It is, however, a lot of work.  And I’ve learned that I need more stuff to sell at my cons if I really want to recoup the money I spend on a table – and it’s always a good idea to split a table with somebody.

I will, however, be attending this years Long Beach Comic con because – well, it’s a good con, and it’s really close.  And even without a car I can get there by Metro super easy.  I’ll be attending some panels on a portfolio review, and I want to see what Dark Horse is up to.

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DARK HORSE COMICS:

On my last day at Golden Apple Comics (tear).  I had one of our regular customers/comic professional look at my comic – and he enthusiastically said this was good enough for Dark Horse.  He said add some color, and make sure its serialized – so that every 8 pages there is a cliffhanger – and have it end on page 24.  That way, when they are taking submissions, I can submit my comic and give it a whirl.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND:

Now, I don’t know if Dark Horse Comics is ever going to publish my work.  (although I am toying with the idea of doing horror web comics and all-ages web comics – because I enjoy them both and they are both genre type work).  I enjoy books like BLANKETS or THIS ONE SUMMER – but I just don’t have a story like that in me…. yet.

But this is a good goal.  I’ll be putting my stuff online (UNCOLORED) and then my printed comics will be COLORED.  (I’m attending Hi-Fi’s color bootcamp in October).

So, that way I have it online (so people can see me on a regular basis – the goal is to have new comics every Wednesday – jUST LIKE PRINTED ONES!) and then make sure I”m writing in a format – that lends itself to submit to anthology series really well – like DARK HORSE PRESENTS.

WHAT’S NEXT

So…. that’s the current plan.  I’ll be updating this more often since I actually have a hold on the story now.  I have the first 8 pages plotted out.  So, I’ll be thumb-nailing – and then plotting out the next 16.  So, get ready for some more details on THIRD GRADE MONSTERS!!!!

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