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Webcomicry and Promotion, or Get Some Frakking Rest!

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As I’ve mentioned before, one good way for any artist to network is to hit the convention circuit.

I’ve been sticking fairly close to home, but not every craft fair, convention or comic event is located in Connecticut, so I often go out of state.

I’ve had positive experiences overall, however, I have had long drives, and for any of you that taken long road trips, you really start to feel the cramps in your rear and even your leg after a certain point. Sometimes, the trip itself can drain your energy more so than any activity at the convention proper.

At times, the check in process, getting to your booth or table can get trying, especially if you are in a bigger venue and you don’t get a map. If this is a high volume event, you’ll likely get a lot of traffic at your table be it sales, questions, or an admirer wanting to talk about your work. Doing this nonstop throughout the weekend can give you bursts of adrenaline, but I and others have joked about the amount of caffeine and sugar required to keep going.

As we all know, caffeine will lead to a crash of the body’s internal servers eventually.

This past month, I’ve had two back to back conventions, both involving long drives. I attended one this past weekend and will attend another at the end of the month. My sleep cycle has not been the best, especially since you may have to replenish your stock of merchandise….not always so easy when you’re more on the fiber arts side of art.

My advice is this: Learn to pace yourself. Get a sense of how much merchandise you’ll need. Keep coffee on hand, but don’t overdo it, especially if you’re driving.
Most importantly, try to get as much rest as you can, before, during and after the event.

If you start to dream like L in this piece of fan art I created for a small series, it may be time to lay off the sweets and stick to healthier snacks during the convention!

L's Pastry Dream from my

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Web Cartooning by the Signs

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I am sure we have all heard some hoopla regarding changes in the western zodiac as we all know it. Up is down, Cancer is now Gemini, Scorpio is now Libra and left is east.
Time’s website put out the following which my Pisces friend sent to me:
New Zodiac Sign Dates: Earth Rotation Changes Horoscope Signs.
Just as a few of my friends from all walks of the zodiac wheel were either scratching their heads or declaring horoscopes bulldink across the board, my Taurus friend posted the following:
Don’t Worry, your Zodiac Sign is not Wrong.

I’m a happy Scorpio…well, as happy as a Scorpio can be on an average day sans coffee. Seeing the buzz on Facebook and even in general conversation, it hit me that regardless of any planetary shift or what may or may not have to change in the newspaper horoscope section, that we have love by the signs, career by the signs, but I have yet to see cartooning by the signs.
I seek to change this. Now that we have our sun signs and astrological shifts back in place, I am going to attempt to show how one might create a web comic based on his or her astrological sign. I’ll state for the record, I am at best an amateur astrologer.
That said:

Aries:
My comic is the first of it’s kind. I know it’s a fantasy RPG adventure, but hey, let’s put a locomotive in that panel? Maybe some ninjas while I’m at it!

Taurus:
Soon as I’m settled in my comfy easychair, I am going to finish and upload this panel…maybe tomorrow?

Gemini:
New topic, new comic. Now, what kind of punchline can I deliver with that sledgehammer?

Cancer:
I’m going to need some alone time to get this comic finished and get better flow for that story arc.

Leo:
I’m going to have to showcase this comic at a convention…a big one. I know! I’ll go around the tables as my own main character! I’ll look goooood doing it too!

Virgo:
Drawing board: check
Drafting Pencil: check
Micron pens: check
T-Square: check
Everything in its place!

Libra:
I need to get banner balanced just right. The web page and art sshould look simple, yet aesthetically pleasing. Hmm…maybe I should get a second person on this, maybe a web designer or editor?

Scorpio:
I must be the best….who’s that other cartoonist and how did s/he get my readership? That’s it. Conventions and more XML and a darker story arc will rule the panels.

Sagittarius:
I’m going to have to draw this comic while on the road. How snarky can I make the punchline this week?

Capricorn:
I need to be at least 10 comics ahead of myself. Maybe more than that? I should get cracking!

Aquarius:
What can I do to make a more experimental comic strip? Maybe make this comic not a comic at all, but my illustrated spider monkey ninja opus…..

Pisces:
This comic needs more haiku. Maybe generate a few soul searching questions to the readers? That works!

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