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The Business of Being an Artist – Collaboration

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.

I get asked often enough by writers to collaborate that I thought I’d write a post on my thoughts on this. I’ve actually written about this in my FAQ section of the website, but I thought it’s important enough to talk about in a blog post. What is the significance of NFCC2015-Howardtheduck-WIPHoward the Duck in this post? Nothing, other than I just drew it at the Niagara Falls Comic Con and really thought it came out well. Here’s the information I give from my FAQ page.

Do you want to collaborate on a comic book or children’s book? Can I send you my pitch?

I’m going to ask you a few questions first, which may help answer the questions-

Are you an established writer or just beginning your craft?

Is this a work for hire project or a 50/50 collaboration?

Do you have a budget and is it one where you can pay someone a liveable wage?

Now if you have a budget but no experience or very little, then we may be able to start on something. However be aware that you are also hiring me as a consultant and as such you need to trust I know what I’m doing and give me the lee-way to do it. All of these things cost money, so make sure you have a reasonable budget. To give you an idea, it may take me a couple of days to create a single page of art. I am flexible in regards to pay, but it needs to be something that I can live off of. So think of what you would want to make in a full day of work, and then figure out the amount of pages that you want to have created. Add in the time that it takes to put the book together, as well as consulting which may be a couple of extra weeks time. That may give you an idea of how much budget you have to have to get your story created. It can get very expensive!

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The Business of Being an Artist – Catching up

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.
It’s been a busy time since my last blog. I’ve done a series of conventions, and prepare for Niagara Falls Comic Con this weekend. My website has been updated and is ready to be released to the world. I’ve been on a few podcasts, with Snake Oil Comics being the latest. And of course there is my main job, which is working on the third book of The Arcane Awakening for Mess Bucket Comics. All of those things are connected to each other in very immediate ways, but I also have to prepare for the future, and that’s why I’ve joined a few social networks, a critique group and plan on going to a life drawing class, so that I can bring something new to my next series of projects. And it’s almost summer so that means patio season is here, and with that my favourite activities of drinking beer and spending time with my wife, family and friends.
I’ve had some great cons this year and look forward to another great one, Niagara Falls Comic Con. It’s a three day event and is held by the same organizers of the Hammertown Con out of Hamilton which was an amazing con I was a guest at last year. I’ve heard nothing but great things about NFCC and so I was very eager to have a table and do a panel for this year’s con. You can look for me at table A41 in the Artist Alley section, and listen to me talk about creating a children’s book on Sunday at 2pm in room 201.

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