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20 May 2010 @ 01:12 am
SpringCon and things...  
I had a table at SpringCon this past weekend. Local affair. Pretty sweet deal for any comics people in the area, since the tables are free and they feed you. I didn't do too bad! Business wasn't as good as Stumptown, but it's a different crowd. Besides, it was pretty much pure profit. Aside from getting practice in being a salesman for my own work, it was also a good opportunity to commiserate with people I guess you would call my peers now. (That's not meant to be sarcastic. It's just that a lot of them are older and more experienced than I am, and it feels weird calling them peers, but there you are.) Hanging out, talking shop, and thinking a lot about what I want to do next.

I've got a long to-do list for the stuff I need to get sorted in the next year to year-and-a-half, but I've also been thinking about strategies to help hoist myself up the ladder to something resembling a successful career. As nice as it would be to just draw the best comics I can and put them online and wait for the world to beat a path to my door, that's not how it really works...for most people. And if that worked for you, then you can just GO TO HELL.

So there's my comics to-do list. The two things at the top of that are Girlbot and Poorcraft, of course. I'm just hoping and praying -- okay, not really praying -- that Spike and I can get Poorcraft done by the end of the year. It depends on a few things, which I won't go into here. And my goal for Girlbot is to just keep it going so that by the end of next year, I'll have enough material for an actual book collection and an audience to support its printing. But I also REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to make Saving Halloween happen. And then there's miscellaneous other comics I want to do, like my auto-bio stuff and mini-comics and contributing to some anthologies and whatnot. All together, it's a ton of work, and one of the things stressing me out when I made that last post was just thinking, realistically, about the sheer amount of time needed to do it all and lamenting my terrible time management skills.

But that's not even all of it.

If I really want to get anywhere, I have to build myself a business. This means not only actually declaring myself a sole proprietor, which I've been putting off due to lack of funds, but figuring out how to invest what little money I have to make it grow. In my immediate future, I think that amounts to learning how to advertise wisely to get fresh traffic to Girlbot, getting my "web presence" better designed and arranged, and gathering supplies together to start making a splash at the conventions I go to. I predict a lot of trial and error.

Then there's my plans for funding a comics-related trip this fall, but I'm keeping that kinda hush-hush for now.

I don't really know what I'm doing, I guess. There are just so many ideas buzzing around my head, I want to pin them down so I can see what they're all about.
 
 
 
Breelancharissespieces on May 21st, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of work, but you seem to have your head on straight about it. I know what you mean about realizing that there is a massive amount of work to do to accomplish your dreams. Good luck, and hang in there :D
d-rex-8seserakh on June 13th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
You will be the best because you are the best.

Also I am surprised you have me defriended. But if that is what you want then that is what you want. :(
Diana Nockjinxville on June 14th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Aw, I never defriended you. I only ever added comic-related people to the friend list for this account to keep things nice and tidy, but I can certainly friend you, if it means that much to you.
d-rex-8seserakh on June 14th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Haha, unless you have SOOPER SEKRIT locked posts in which you make fun of me behind my back, don't worry about it. I was drunk last night and missed you and decided to look at your journal and then get all emo. Going back over my comment, it reads as super passive-aggressive. Sorry about that! *kicks wine bottle*
Diana Nockjinxville on June 14th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
OH EM GEE! Just caught up on like months of your journal posts. WHERE ARE YOU MOVING?! PLEASE SAY SEATTLE! I will likely be moving to the Pacific NW in a year or two, so that would be lovely!
d-rex-8seserakh on June 14th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
That is our ultimate goal! For now we are moving to Charlotte, NC because it is cheap and we can both go to school at once. We should be there for 3 years. After that the sky is the limit! :D

God I wish it could be Seattle. But mom and Jeff aren't moving out there anymore and it's so expensive and there's only one school I could go to and waah. :(
Diana Nockjinxville on June 14th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Aw, well, it looks like I'll be beating you guys there, then. Good luck with school! Never forget: you are very clever.
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