I apologize for lack of updates. Winter is here, and with it hibernation. It’s been nice taking a break from my online persona while I reevaluate things and discern direction.
Tabling at Alternative Press Expo got me down a little, and has made me take a step back. I learned a lot at APE, but financially it was disappointing. It wasn’t just me; I’d say at least half, perhaps even 2/3rds of attending artists didn’t earn back their booth fee. For an artist in my position (first time tabling, limited merchandise, hasn’t built a following) I was told this could be expected. Seeing artists who have been doing this for years struggle, however, is just another level of demoralizing.
I’m not doing it for the money or fame, but the experience has caused me to reexamine my priorities, and ask: How do I define success?
But enough with the heavy stuff. How about a Top Ten List? Everyone loves a Top Ten List! Here’s a dose of reality for all the young starry eyed cartoonists out there.
10 Lessons Learned From My First Comics Convention
- Have low expectations, then you can only be pleasantly surprised!
- It’s hard to stand out in a crowd, and helps to have spent major $$$ on your booth presentation.
- Take credit cards, you’ll get more sales.
- Your new girlfriend won’t enjoy helping you sell comics about your old girlfriend.
- People love caricatures. Do caricatures.
- 3/4 of convention attendees are there for superheroes and zombies.
- Competing against an airplane-hanger sized room of artistic talent can be demoralizing.
- Dog Grooming would be a more profitable career.
- No, seriously, there’s probably more money in Seashell Jewelry.
- Only create art for the love of it.