Comics Success Story
Submitted by Compugasm on April 3, 2007 - 18:19
I thought comixpedia might find it interesting to hear my comics success story. In fact, I didn't have time to blog at comixpedia lately, because the growth of the comic left little time for blogging. A little backstory, I'm Jeff Knooren, and I draw two comics [sample] . Thanks to DJ Coffman, who set me down the path for global domination. He didn't hold my hand, but inspired me to figure out 'how he does it'. I mean, make money with stupid webcomics. So, this is what happened:
I didnâ€™t specifically draw comics until October of 2005, at a previous job. There were numerous meetings, which never started on time, and went on way too long. So, while I was waiting, I would draw something. A few months ago, I was interviewed by Davi Hamilton about webcomics, and now the interview is published on Fleen. While one article doesn't mean I've arrived, it's a small recognition that I did something noteworthy in comics. In 18 months, I've gone from ten readers, to making a real product with my comic characters! But, I didn't go the plush-doll-made-in-China route.
I'm a bit of a control freak. So Instead of 'Munys' or plush toys, I build cat furniture, called SuperUnit5000. I hand build the units, take all the photographs, built the eCommerce website, do live demonstrations of the product, draw the characters, and make movies/commercials using the characters I created, to promote my own product! It's turned into quite a little business!
The downside is you're constantly working. Yes, that is a downside because It takes many months, to make even slight headway. If youâ€™re spending time promoting yourself, then youâ€™re not drawing. If youâ€™re upgrading software, youâ€™re not blogging. Or in my case, making furniture, and not animating my comic... But your readers don't see all that behind the scenes work you do. All they see, is the frequency of updates.
But realize, you might learn a lot, that you could apply at a real job, and make more money than selling a comic series. So making comics isn't a total waste of time. I was lucky enough to make way more money in consulting, though knowledge I gained making comics. And I was able to keep myself afloat, and now produce my own line of furniture, based around a webcomic I made! If you really want to be a comic artist, or a writer, or both, create your own comic for a resume. That is what you should be focused on.