Friday, April 27, 2012

The Conventions

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How to Become a Comic Strip, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Artist


Before I move on keep this in mind.

For comic strips, you are submitting and showing your work to the people that can hire you via postal mail or email. So keep it clean and simple.

In the comic book industry only the editor (sometimes art director) can hire you. You can submit your work by postal mail, email or show you portfolio at conventions. Showing your work to writers and artists at conventions can only get you a critique and maybe a recommendation.  Don't expect them to hire you.

Don't press the creative person for a referral or recommendation. You place them in an awkward position. They may like your work, but they don't know you. Your work ethic may not be good, you might have a bad personality, you can't meet deadlines and so on and so forth. Very few people will risk their reputation on someone they don't know.

Don't get lulled into getting a big head that you're great because your family and friends ooh and ahh over your art.

It is a good idea to show your art to other artists as they can give you feedback to improve your work. Show it to as many artists as will take the time to see you. Be respectful of their time. If you keep getting the same critique over and over then it's not their opinion, it's something you need to work on to get better.

Here's a calendar listing of conventions. Always go to the convention web site to verify dates, location and who is attending.





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