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Strip Business 5-19-9

A little freelancing, some pro talk and we end on a daydream…

  • Looking to work professionally in the freelance art world? Here are some solid tips for us at Yaytime. I liked this quote from the article “Being a professional is a state of mind.”
  • And sometimes being a pro means we need to ask some tough questions about our own work. Someone asked Tom Richmond if his Mad Magazine cartoons would have been funnier if they had been in color. Tom’s response is that he just had to draw with ink - and can read the explanation for yourself. I agree with it but with webcomics I think color is usually necessary in some way to help differentiate between the medium of computer screens versus print. That could just mean Sundays get color but the rest don’t or you just use spots of color, perhaps.
  • I dig this Self Licensing idea which would smooth the way for all kinds of projects and collaborations where others can use your work while paying you a portion of what they made. Some of my work I’d prefer to not share but other bits I am willing to fair game with. I’d probably put in an extra line about revoking a license with due notice. Just in case. For those who aren’t interested in licensing, there’s a good discussion on a Webcomic List forum thread about making money with products online. Personally, I was disappointed with Cafe Press (and even moreso with what is mentioned about their plans) and very pleased with Zazzle. Merch I created a few years ago still sells a few units once in a while which is a decent return.
  • How’s a geek girl to survive in these tough financial times? How do you get your tv fix, keep up on your comics and movies? Don’t worry, the article isn’t just for womenfolk.
  • And Jennie Breeden gives us a nice inking tutorial video on . Interestingly, she give some insight as to when to provide more art detail in our comics.
  • And then there’s this Writing Guide thread from The Webcomic List that I’m just starting to break down into useful bits. I have to convert these things into my own terms but I liked that the opening post basically says that plot is the when-where-why-how and story is the why.
  • Twitip shows cartoonists how to use Twitter to their advantage.
  • We might as well keep track of when Google last indexed our newest pages and what page of ours has the highest PageRank. Some still question whether or not comics available on the web are valuable and if you want to discuss it more fully then try doing so on this post at the Floating Lightbulb.
  • If you really want to argue about something, then this post about cheesecake from the 4th Letter should do the trick.
  • And remember to daydream. It’s good for you.

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