That's awesome news, man.
Well - I came away from Emerald City Comicon very happy! Our ashcan was well recieved, and we sold enough to make back our print cost! Brandon Graham and Moritat were nice enough to let us post up at their table and pimp our book - They are two of the nicest guys, totally down to earth, and two of my FAVORITE artists! They are friends with my writer, and so it was a HUGE honor to just get to hang out with them and while they were away at panels, sell books for them....I was sitting 2 seats away from ERIK LARSEN - my childhood favorite, the guy who got me into comics!!! It was so awesome!! I was doing free sketches for whoever bought one of our little previews, it was super fun! I've really been trucking on finishing the follow up pages that come after the preview pages, and I feel like I am improving with every new page!
Here it is -
I will say I came away from the convention revitalized and VERY excited for some potential opportunities!
I start to think, and then I sink,
into the paper, like I was ink.
If you have the talent you will develop it in the gaming industry in ways you never would be able to if you didn't have those assignments keeping you on track.
if you've the talent you'll get to where you want to go.
In summary, if you expect to make a comfortable living creating comics, penciling the work for others, inking the work of others, etc... you are in for a surprise. Making $150 per page is not great money ($3300 per issue/month) - broken down to $20 an hour on average. Making $20 an hour in New York, you might as well be homeless or expect to live with 5 other starving artists.
FYI - I used to script, pencil, ink, and color comic strips for Impulse magazine in NYC for $5.00 a panel just for the exposure and thrill of working for a company that wanted to utilize my abilities. Subsequently, I had a revelation and realized that I may never “make it big”.
So what? I still love to illustrate. While DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, etc… can take that dream away from me, and rightfully so, no one can take away my passion to be a comic book artist. I am a comic book artist – I just work for myself.
Web publish. Seriously. Take a look at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary or Randy Milholland on Something*Positive, check out their first strips and compare it to their latest, and tell me they're not inspirational. Especially given that they're both successful and self-sustaining sources of full-time income for their creators. It takes a few years of steady work, but it DOES work, if you have stories to tell and a willingness to work until it works.