Tag: Indie Publishing

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #006: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 6

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #006: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 6

Making a comic, sadly, isn’t as simple as knowing how to write or draw. It’s an amalgam of skills that run the gamut from the soup to the nuts (I seriously love that phrase). And in our world, you either choose to learn it all, or pay to have it done. This week, we’re going to cover the DIY approach that Unshaven Comics took. Experience our highs, and wallow with us through the lows. Let’s make an omelet, kiddos.

Printing your comic is far harder than you think.

When Unshaven Comics first started publishing on our own — recall that our first gig was through Mendoza Publishing, which was great, but they weren’t interested in doing floppy copies with us— we’d figured finding an affordable printer who could produce short runs of our book would be a cakewalk. Here we are, in the digital age, where the internet shrinks the world by the second! How hard could it be?

Hard. Very hard, in fact.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #006: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 6”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #005: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 5

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #005: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 5

This week, I am most likely to shoot myself square in the foot. And not with one of those fancy 3D-printed ghost guns you’ve been hearing all about. And not with one of my dozens of Nerf blasters. You see, I’ve been around the indie comic community enough now to divulge a little bitty secret no one would tell you openly about. It’s one of those “unspoken” head-nod dealies. A little grime on the underbelly of an otherwise joyous and hilarious community I’m proud to be a part of. If only on the far reaches of it. Because kiddosؙ—

There is a cool kids club, and I ain’t in it.

The key to remember is that in any industry, there will always be a social stratum. Niches within niches. Diversity where you’d think there’d be only commonality. What this means, in short, is that even within the tiny universe of comic book creators… there’s a cool kids club that you don’t just get to belly up to.   Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #005: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 5”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #003: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 3

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #003: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 3

 And so, we soldier on! In this my third installment of my ten-part series on playing the game of Independent Publishing, I turn away from the negative to embrace the positive. Where part one saw me bitterly biting folks over my trust issues, and part two was a wicked warning on the evils of exposure… this week, I’m opening up a topic that truly has no seedy underbelly! Wait, don’t quote me on that. This week, I implore you to consider this:

Networking is necessary.

No one is an island unto themselves if they want to be a success. Crack open nearly any comic worth its salt, and you’ll see colorists, letterers, editors, and others throwing in to the mix. When you’re starting out as a creator, shake hands with everyone you can. Because the next hand you shake may wind up saving your book in the eleventh hour. But let me not get ahead of myself… We should slow this down some.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #003: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 3”

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #002: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 2

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #002: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 2

Indie Comic Book Publishing 101

Part 2: Exposure is a Four-letter Word

Welcome back to my ten part deluge on how to become an independent success. Wait, let’s curb that term. Would you be OK with “independent non-failure”? Yeah… that’s the ticket. So, you’ve learned all about my trust issues. Now, we move on to the deadliest term bandied about to rookies trying to break in:

Exposure.

Don’t let its character count hide the fact that exposure is a four-letter word in my book… and it should be in yours too.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, man #002: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 2”