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The Business of Being an Artist – The Waiting Game

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

Fan Expo 2015 has come and gone. It’s a roller coaster of a show, with lots of people roaming the Artist Alley, many looking and buying and many just merely window shopping. It’s also the place where I’ve made a lot of friends, as well as made some professional connections. It’s been a testing ground for my new artistic products, and new set up, which then inform me what I should work on for the coming year and what I should maybe put on the back burner or try in a different way. It’s the show that makes me feel like I’ve gone into the gladiator pit, fought the lions and come out scathed but alive. And this year was no different.

This was the sixth year in a row that I’ve done this show. And as cliche as it is, time does fly. The days flew by and the show was over before I knew it. I feel like I’ve got a good sense of the show by now, knowing how much I’ll make as well as what will most likely sell. That being said, this year through me for a bit of a loop, in that the first two days of the show were what I expected but Saturday was way off in numbers, so because of that I had to reassess my figure for Sunday. It was a bit soul crushing because it meant that the show was going to barely break even for me. But then Sunday blew my expectations and made up for Saturdays loss. Did I mention it’s a roller coaster?

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FLORIDA SUPERCON

This weekend I’ll be at the Florida SuperCon with my mom, Amy Grachow. This will be our second year in a row, but we will be  premiering our second book, What Does Slog Do? at this show. People were very receptive to On A Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky last year so I expect they’ll want to take a peak at the second book. I’ll also be bringing both parts of Concrete Martians as well as the first two books in the Arcane Awakening series as well as my art book, prints and of course I’ll be doing commissions. If you’re going to the show, you can find us in Artist Alley at table E-11 from Thursday to Sunday. Come by and say hi!

 

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The Business of Being an Artist – Toronto Comiccon and ECCC 2015

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.

Whew! Wow! Those are the words that pretty much some up the last few weeks of going to cons. Both Toronto Comic Con and Emerald City Comic Con were successful and exhausting both in it’s own right. I’m happy to be on the other side of them, so that I can focus on Arcane Awakening for the next month, and so that I can gear up for the next wave of cons in May and June. But I’m also still absorbing the lessons learned from each one, and that’s what I want to go over in this post. Continue reading

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The Business of Being an Artist – Toronto Comic Con 2015

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.
Convention season is starting up for me, so what that means is that I will be on the road for the next several months, meeting lots of new artists and fans as well as selling my wares. First stop is Toronto, which is my old haunting ground. It’s always fun to do a show in T.O. because I get to see friends I haven’t seen since the last Toronto comic con. I also get to apply some of the tweaks to my table presentation, as well as try out elevator pitches on new products. It’s all around exciting and scary, even though I’ve been doing this for half a dozen years now. For next week’s blog I will report on how Toronto went, the trials and tribulations of the show as well as my take a ways to apply for the next con. Hope to see you all there!

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