Who the HECK is Tim Demeter?
Submitted by Tim Demeter on August 7, 2006 - 12:46
Hi. Tim Demeter here. So, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve kinda had a busy couple of weeks, what with getting editorial postions at Graphic Smash and Clickwheel. Up until now, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve kinda been a down in the trenches type of webcomicer, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure a lot of people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who I am. After the last few weeks, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m having a hard time being sure of who I am. (In the best possible way.)
I thought after all of these happenings IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d make my first post for my guest week a little get to know each other.
SoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ come here often? Yeah, nice place, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it?
Can I buy you a drink? Cheers.
Hey, why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t we continue this below the fold, where itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little more privateÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
So the big question is, how does a relative unknown, with no professional editorial experience suddenly have to major editorial jobs?
I had been tooling around in the indiest of indy presses, in college, getting several published gigs, all of which went out of business before the work ever saw the light of day.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what drove me to the web. I was tired of working myself to the bone so that forces I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t control made it all for naught. I figured doing a webcomic would allow me to be sure that my work was available in some capacity. After a few years of getting my online footing, I submitted to Graphic Smash, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when things started changing.
Once I saw there was real webcomics medium being built, I got into it, WAY into it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m never content to just see how things play out. I need to push them. I started researching the business possibilities of doing comics online, and online economics in general. After about a year I had gone from a guy who put his comic online, almost as a matter of necessity, to one of webcomics most devoted acolytes. I believe in this stuff, folks, and I think I may be able to help it grow.
So I started thinking about what the next steps were, largely for my own comic, at that point. I started making some plans and told T Campbell that within the coming year I wanted to be the busiest guy in webcomics, and jokingly told him I was after his possession of that title.
I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect him to take that quite so literally.
So now here, I am, well on my way to that particularly masochistic goal, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m geared up about it. I LOVE this stuff, and I think this is big reason I now find myself as an editor, because I will do whatever it takes, not because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my job, but because I want to. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a lot of things I want to try and make work both for Graphic Smash and Clickwheel, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not afraid to try stuff that might sound crazy, so bare with me. As I see it, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here to help, not just those working on the sites I edit, but anyone I can, however I can. I have a hard time not getting along with anyone who loves this stuff enough to devote any portion of their time to it, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to hopefully making a whole bunch of new friends in the coming year.
So, if we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know each other yet, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see I like to talk, so hopefully, we will soon.
I'll be on the mic all week, with some more about some of this stuff, and also some much les "ME ME ME" posts.