So what's been going on with me and my comics recently?
A lot, I guess. This is like 3 separate posts combined into one because I have been bad about doing anything recently.
Okay, so where to start:
A fan of mine (we're starting to become online friends, but that's more of an aside) commissioned me for a tattoo of my art. Not only did he get a tattoo of my art, he got a tattoo of ME. This kid, as sweet as he is, is also nuts. I was freaking out about the fact that Everything's Fine Vol 2 wasn't making any money online (it eventually did btw, but as the time no one was buying it even though you can literally get it for FREE) and in the middle of my "OH MY GOD HOW DO I MONETIZE MY WORK???" crisis and this guy (James) DMs me asking for a tattoo. I bang it out in 3 minutes, make $35, then he gets it done at noon the next day. Anyway, it was obviously very flattering and sweet and cool and a major artistic achievement for sure.
I'm currently working on penciling the first section of the prologue to my webcomic starring these guys. I'm sure I've talked about them before, but I don't have a title or a elevator pitch for this thing yet. Also I keep getting sidetracked by smaller projects. I've been working on the script on and off since May and will make FINAL edits to it tonight. And then I don't care if the script is full of wholes anymore I'm done with it I need to start working on the fun part of this freaking comic which is drawing it. THAT SAID, there's a ton of action in this thing because it's a fantasy comic (or at least, a slice of life comic with fantasy elements) so I have to draw action which is kicking my ass because I've never done it before and my art is SO STIFF.
The various sidetracks I've had that have kept me from working on this comic include: Everything's Fine Vol 2, Safe, designing a pin, and writing a script for a non fiction comic about abortion for a charity anthology (more on that later). I also tried making prints but I decided that I don't want to lug prints to Canada for TCAF, so I'm going to make stickers instead.
Which brings me to the fact that I got into my first juried convention: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). I'll add it to the calendar when I am told what table I'm at. I'm very nervous about it, but hopefully it'll be good. I usually hate conventions, but I've had fun at the last two events I tabled at, including the New-ish Festival last Saturday. The last two shows also have not been comic centric. I was the only cartoonist at both shows, and I think that might be partially why I enjoyed them more. Being at non comic show is WAY less pressure, and it's much more exciting to sell a comic in the wild then at a show that is specifically for comic fans. Also, because both the events were local and at night, I actually slept the night before (I always pull anxiety induced all nighters before major cons, I just can't sleep because I'm too stressed out). But yes, I had fun at the New-ish festival, and hopefully will have fun at TCAF. I'm going to try to apply to a lot of conventions this year, we'll see if I get in. I have been doing conventions all wrong the last two years, focusing on sales and not on networking. But I'm tabling with new people who know a lot of other new people so hopefully I'll rectify that this time.
Finally, I had this conversation with my psychiatrist:
Long story short, I'm fucking impossible.