They blew it up!
Just wanted to let everyone know officially that I will be at ETSUCon at East Tennessee State University.
I’m gonna be feeling as out of place as a Hobbit in Rivendell, if you get what I mean. What am I getting myself into?! I might have lost it by the time you find me, but come by and see me anyway. I’ll announce details on my panel and table when I know what’s going on. I may have some of my other art for sale.
First of all folks, sorry for the flakiness through November and December. Thanks for sticking it out with me! I had plans for that Christmas Miracle story arc, but I didn’t have time to follow through. I just had no idea how hard it was going to be to keep up with comics during the Holidays. Maybe I need to build up a buffer again, but I kind of like producing on the fly.
That being said, I have decided to pare the comics back down to once a week so that I can have more time to work on each strip. This will hopefully mean that I can maintain a timely schedule, and have time for a few other side projects. So from today until further notice, comics will be posted up on Fridays at 7am.
I’d really like to do better looking comics, and maybe comics with a story. I don’t know if this strip is the right place for what I have in mind, and it will definitely take some time to do the writing and character development, so I’m thinking I should spend 2014 working on that stuff and aim to launch in 2015. There’s no reason to rush this thing IMO.
I would also like to spend some time tinkering with the site’s layout and see if I can get something cleaner. I haven’t been happy with it, but comic easel seems to be difficult to work with. It doesn’t seem to jive with the templates I try, besides ones specifically intended for easel.
As for career related things, I’m learning that I’m impatient and that progress comes slowly. I’m not letting that deter me, but I have to be content with the progress I’ve made. the game I worked on, Outpost Luna, is out on the iTunes store. if you have an iOS device, you should check it out. If you have an Android device, you should pester them so that they make an Android version. I wanna be able to play it.
For some reason, most artists who come from university backgrounds graduate with little or no understanding of how their work fits into the business world. Most people think that if you plan to be a commercial artist, you just have to get a job working at some huge media studio and you will be set.
But let’s be honest, freelance work or running your own business is way better!
I do remember having a class that covered copyright and contracts, but this wasn’t until my last semester of college and it was also my portfolio production class, so most of my time and attention was focused on polishing up my work instead of studying. At the time I didn’t even plan to be a freelance artist, but that changed.
When I started this site, one of the things I wanted to do with it was post useful info for other working artists and students to take advantage of.
T. Vernon is another artist who wanted to do the same thing, and has created a site specifically dedicated to Copyright as it relates to art. Go check it out! I found the article on Licensing to be extremely helpful and it’s good just knowing that what I have in my contract is a very close match to the example he uses.
So you might notice that I finally switched from my really crappy hand lettering to a readable handwritten font.
When I started this comic, I really just didn’t want to use Comic Sans, and I had no other handwritten font licenses that would allow me to use the font without putting in some money. So, I decided to do some hand lettering.
My hand lettering skills are really not the best. At all. So I had been planning to either buy a font, or make my own.
The really sweet thing about this site is the gem I found in their free license section.
“If you are a comic book self-publisher/small press publisher you may use Blambot free fonts in your print or web comic without paying a license fee (excluding embedding, redistribution and webfont use) even if you are making a profit on your comic. You may also use Blambot free fonts in merchandise directly supporting your comic. This is Blambot’s way of supporting the indie comics community.”
So awesome. My way of paying it forward is to pass on the link, and maybe when I -AM- making money doing this, I can afford to buy a better looking one than the one I have now.