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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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