Alright! I’m back from RathaCon in Athens, OH. Not a whole lot of sales were made, but lots of folks signed up for the email newsletter and, by the sounds of it, I got a comic shop in the area interested in consigning my books. Plus I got to meet an indie filmmaker looking for pitches (I’ll get to him in the next post), and a T-shirt designer who REALLY liked my Dia de la Gata card design and wanted to get that on a shirt. (I’ll get to that in the blog post after the one about the filmmaker.) Continue reading “Bringing Blog Posts Back!”
How You Can Help
There’s a lot to look forward to this month – from Thoughtful Dinosaur books to the launch of The Case of the Wendigo on October 18th, and more illustration updates for the Patreon page.
All of this storming creativity has made me realize…
I need to quit my day job… soon-ish.
See, I work at a craft store as both cleaning person and person who stocks shelves. As it turns out, sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms of a 10,000 square foot store and then climbing up and down stairs moving 100+ pound boxes of books, rocks, and glass is REALLY exhausting work. And there are some days, especially recently, that feel like the job wants to pile MORE work on me for a multitude of reasons.
So… yeah, I’m going to start looking for opportunities in other avenues. I want to take it easier on my body and find some things I can do to make that happen.
How can you help? Well, here’s some ways presented in an “if-you-then-you” format.
The First Year of Youngstown Indie Comic Expo
When I told people at the convention where I was based, a lot of folks were like, “But that’s so far away from Youngstown!”
But after driving from Ohio to Georgia for Swarm Con, and driving from Ohio to Arizona to move – and driving back again – I can handle a two-hour ride, no problem.
The trip was totally worth it, too.
The Youngstown Indie Comic Expo started out slow but steadily got more people coming during the afternoon. It was a one-day event (kind of like Animarathon based in my old college town of Bowling Green, OH… only Animarathon is for anime, and YO-ICE is for independent comics).
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect out of the show, especially since this is the first year that it’s ever existed.
Honestly… it was a great show! I would 110 percent go back there again next year.
It’s small but you get a chance to talk to everybody. This is totally different from my experience with Phoenix Comic-Con, which is huge and had a lot of people just walk past the table because there were already so many more exhibitors to check out.
The more cons I do, the more I discover that I really like local shows. The selection of artists is smaller, sure, but you get to know the people there, both the artists and the attendees walking around.
That, and the commissions I get to make for people are a lot more fun to do.
Local shows are where it’s at! The atmosphere is more relaxed, the people are awesome…
And I don’t have to pay for a hotel room. Win-win.
So far this year, I’ve only had two local shows – RathaCon, and YO-ICE. But I would definitely do both again for next year!
I don’t have any other shows planned for the rest of the year. The exception is Youmacon, but I go there to attend, have fun, and hang out with friends. I don’t go there to sell stuff. The place is too big, and big cons have expensive table space.
However, I DO have to start planning for next year. If you want me to make an appearance at a convention or expo close to you, please drop a comment and let me know!
Thank you for reading.
You. Are. Awesome.
So, I’m Sick
By the title of this blog post, I don’t mean the “sick” that means “cool,” I mean the sick like “I am in pain and I don’t know why.”
I’ve been sick off and on for a few months. Usually it’s not bad but lately it’s been AWFUL. It’s gotten to where certain food are DESPERATELY TRYING TO KILL ME. Continue reading “So, I’m Sick”
Surprise! Ratha Con!
For the first time in a long, LONG while, I went to a convention in Ohio.
I know! It’s a shocker! I live in this state but I haven’t been to a Ohio con in almost three years.
(To be fair, for nine months I was in Arizona. But that’s besides the point.) Continue reading “Surprise! Ratha Con!”