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Anonymous asked: When is it a good idea to sign your art? Is it a good idea to use an alias? How old should you be before acting professional?

-Sign it as soon as you are done drawing it!

- Aliases are fine, be it for privacy issues or wanting to create different things without association to previous work, just make sure the people who have the power to hire you can reach you with a single email without needing to play detective on who to contact.

- You shouldn’t wait to act professional, be it now, be it yesterday.

Hey Guys! I’m gonna be working on Carl Greenblatt’s new show, Bad Seeds, over at Nickelodeon! I’m super excited!  uhuhuhuhu

Hey Guys! I’m gonna be working on Carl Greenblatt’s new show, Bad Seeds, over at Nickelodeon! I’m super excited!  uhuhuhuhu

gingerhaze:

Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. 

I have had similar experiences in comic shops- the most memorable were these:

A good comic shop is supposed to make you be excited about comics- make you want more and read more and interact with the community.

There are a few shops around that make you feel truly welcome and comfortable and I am lucky that I have one of those here in Portland- Floating World Comics. If you find a gem of a store like that…hold on to it!

This is a neat thing that happened last week!

Check out http://haterfreewednesdays.tumblr.com- they do a good job of pointing out the shops that make you feel welcome!

sloaneshutup:

lineworknw:

We are proud to officially announce our lineup for Linework 2014! 
Art by Special Guest Michael DeForge.
Exhibitors:
2D Cloud
Alternative Comics
Bridge City Publishing
Crawdads Welcome
Lori D.
Farel Dalrymple
Dark Horse Comics
Barry Deutsch
Julie Dillon
Fantagraphics Books
Fantom Forest
Madéleine Flores
Foxing Quarterly
Grass Hut
Gridlords
Grimoire Press
Julia Gfrörer
Trillian Gunn
Hambrgr House
Hidden Fortress Press
Jonathan Hill
Meg Hunt
I Will Destroy You
Kinoko
Knotpile
Know Your City
Koyama Press
Kim Ku
Sloane Leong
The Little Friends of Printmaking
Most Ancient
Dylan Meconis
Magnetic North
Oni Press
Pigeon Soup Press
Plain Comics
PNCA Illustration
Pony Club Gallery
Pork Magazine 
Press Gang
Profanity Hill
Revival House
Yumi Sakugawa
Sardine Can Press
Snakebomb Comix
Sparkplug Comic Books
Studio JFish
Sturgill Studio
Teenage Dinosaur
Top Shelf Productions
Traditional Comics
Tugboat Press
Charmaine Verhagen
Pam Wishbow
Wuvable Oaf Comics
Yam Books
Whew! And we even have a couple of surprises left up our sleeves… Stay tuned for late-breaking additions, interviews with our exhibitors, and much more. Winnowing down to this final list was very difficult, and we had to leave lots of creators off that we would have loved to host at the show, but in the end we can’t believe what an amazing array of illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers have chosen to exhibit with us our first year! Thank you!

see ya there!!!


What Sloane said!!

sloaneshutup:

lineworknw:

We are proud to officially announce our lineup for Linework 2014

Art by Special Guest Michael DeForge.

Exhibitors:

2D Cloud

Alternative Comics

Bridge City Publishing

Crawdads Welcome

Lori D.

Farel Dalrymple

Dark Horse Comics

Barry Deutsch

Julie Dillon

Fantagraphics Books

Fantom Forest

Madéleine Flores

Foxing Quarterly

Grass Hut

Gridlords

Grimoire Press

Julia Gfrörer

Trillian Gunn

Hambrgr House

Hidden Fortress Press

Jonathan Hill

Meg Hunt

I Will Destroy You

Kinoko

Knotpile

Know Your City

Koyama Press

Kim Ku

Sloane Leong

The Little Friends of Printmaking

Most Ancient

Dylan Meconis

Magnetic North

Oni Press

Pigeon Soup Press

Plain Comics

PNCA Illustration

Pony Club Gallery

Pork Magazine 

Press Gang

Profanity Hill

Revival House

Yumi Sakugawa

Sardine Can Press

Snakebomb Comix

Sparkplug Comic Books

Studio JFish

Sturgill Studio

Teenage Dinosaur

Top Shelf Productions

Traditional Comics

Tugboat Press

Charmaine Verhagen

Pam Wishbow

Wuvable Oaf Comics

Yam Books

Whew! And we even have a couple of surprises left up our sleeves… Stay tuned for late-breaking additions, interviews with our exhibitors, and much more. Winnowing down to this final list was very difficult, and we had to leave lots of creators off that we would have loved to host at the show, but in the end we can’t believe what an amazing array of illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers have chosen to exhibit with us our first year! Thank you!

see ya there!!!

What Sloane said!!

Anonymous asked: what to do if you are in a european country where comic cons don't exist and you really want people from that country to get to know your work because you're from that country? :/

First thing- don’t ask this question anonymously! If you want people to know who you are then…let people know who you are!

Second, I did a quick google search and found at least one major comic convention in every European Country or Bordering Country- find comic artists from your country and find out which conventions they go to! That will be your best bet to meet more artists from where you are from. Europe has a great train system, make use of it! 

If visa issues prevent you from traveling to specific places- start posting your work online ! Find comic stores that will sell your published minis!

Don’t be discouraged- Conventions are a great place to network, but your biggest asset in getting your work known is *the internet*

episode21 asked: hIII!! I was wondering - is there any way I can order Lumberjanes? I'm afraid my schedule won't allow me to be free on Wednesday to go to the store :/// but I really really want it - so is there any other way that I can still order it? :/

If you have a store that you go to- give them a call and see if they will hold things for you! 

I used to have a box at my old comic shop and they would put all my subscriptions in there and hold it up for a month until I could come in!

brofisting:

gingerhaze:

Guys! LUMBERJANES #1 is coming out April 9th! As you may recall, LUMBERJANES is a story about five badass girls who are best friends and go to camp and fight monsters in the woods! You can read more about it here, and here. 
But just because it’s being published, doesn’t mean it’ll stick around. The most important thing you can do to make sure that BOOM! Box can keep publishing LUMBERJANES for as long as possible is pre-order LUMBERJANES #1 at your local comic book store. Comic book retailers aren’t allowed to return any comics that they order for their store and can’t sell — because of that, they generally play it safe and order mainly what they know their customers will buy. Let them know you want LUMBERJANES and more comics like it. These comic book store sales numbers determine whether we can keep making the book! You can read more about how comic book distribution works and why pre-ordering is so important in this fantastic post by Kelly Sue DeConnick here. Here’s what you gotta do: 1) Print this form out today.2) Fill it out, including how many copies at $3.99 you’d like to purchase.3) Bring it into your local comic shop on Wednesday when you go buy new comics, or if you’ve never been to your local comic shop, you can find one here. You can take it in anytime before March 16! That’s the cut-off date for pre-orders!
4) Pick up your LUMBERJANES comic on April 9th and be like, “Dang, this rocks the most!”

Download the PDF version here! 
JOIN THE REVOLUTION! KICK BUTT, TAKE NAMES! FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

REMEMBER TO DO THIS!!!

Do this!!!! I am super excited about this!!!
(ehehe i did a cover for it too)

brofisting:

gingerhaze:

Guys! LUMBERJANES #1 is coming out April 9th! As you may recall, LUMBERJANES is a story about five badass girls who are best friends and go to camp and fight monsters in the woods! You can read more about it here, and here

But just because it’s being published, doesn’t mean it’ll stick around. The most important thing you can do to make sure that BOOM! Box can keep publishing LUMBERJANES for as long as possible is pre-order LUMBERJANES #1 at your local comic book store. Comic book retailers aren’t allowed to return any comics that they order for their store and can’t sell — because of that, they generally play it safe and order mainly what they know their customers will buy. Let them know you want LUMBERJANES and more comics like it. These comic book store sales numbers determine whether we can keep making the book! You can read more about how comic book distribution works and why pre-ordering is so important in this fantastic post by Kelly Sue DeConnick here

Here’s what you gotta do: 
1) Print this form out today.
2) Fill it out, including how many copies at $3.99 you’d like to purchase.
3) Bring it into your local comic shop on Wednesday when you go buy new comics, or if you’ve never been to your local comic shop, you can find one hereYou can take it in anytime before March 16That’s the cut-off date for pre-orders!
4) Pick up your LUMBERJANES comic on April 9th and be like, “Dang, this rocks the most!”
Download the PDF version here! 

JOIN THE REVOLUTION! KICK BUTT, TAKE NAMES! FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

REMEMBER TO DO THIS!!!

Do this!!!! I am super excited about this!!!

(ehehe i did a cover for it too)

thesoandso asked: How long did it take you to develop your style? Your art is amazing!

i don’t know- i’ve been drawing and trying to get better since i started and it keeps changing and it will probably be different in another year or so- at least i hope so! gotta keep moving and growing!!!

sleep-is-a-beautiful-thing asked: I love your drawing style! It's like a cross between Adventure Time and Hayao Miyazaki

thank you! that’s super nice to hear :)

Anonymous asked: Hi! Your work is super duper awesome and it gives me such joy when I see it! thank you! I have a sort of unrelated question though- I'm going to be doing my very first table at a local convention this year and I don't know how to turn all the stuff I've made into printed goods. Do you go to a printer or do it at home or what? Could you go into what it takes to prepare for something like this? Thank you so much!

Hi! That’s a super good question and i’m going to do my best to answer it! Here we go-

I do a mix of both printing at home and using a printer!

I’ve done mini comics that where just folded- like this : http://www.cartoonistsleague.org/how-to-make-a-no-staple-mini-comic-or-zine/

Those were the cheapest I’ve ever done- I layed it out properly in photoshop, printed it out and folded it! 

I’ve never been good at imposition- numbers always confused me, so when I wanted to do a stapled mini comic I didn’t lay it out the way it’s traditionally done in a printing process. So I printed each page separate (page 1 on front, page 2 on back- next piece of paper is page 3 on front page 4 on back etcetc) and then stapled the cover and back to it. I did that for a couple of years- I don’t think the comics looked very nicely constructed but they were just okay.

Some important tools to have would be a long arm stapler & a bone folder

NOW I use a printer- primarily lulu.com (i’ve only done black and white printing) and i’m super happy with it.

I don’t do a lot of other merchandise- I’m not too confident with my design skills, but I’ve done posters&shirts& bags etc all done through society6.com!

When you’re getting ready for a convention you’ll need some things besides just the goods-

-a cash box & plenty of small bills (so you have change! sometimes convention goers will go in with large bills and it sucks if you loose a sale because you don’t have change- it’s happened to me!)

-signs! they don’t have to be big- you can get little round circle stickers but label the prices of at least one item OR write out a little card with each price

-decorate! maybe have a nice table cloth, something to make you stand out a little bit. The table cloth is one of my favorite bits, I like the feeling of how it denotes ‘these are my things, come look at them’ Makes me feel like I’m a shopkeep in an RPG or something….

-food! bring snacks & drinks, you’ve got to take care of yourself, if you have a friend with you maybe ask them to watch your table so you can get lunch- get them something too or give them one of your comics as a thank you!

-don’t forget to browse the floor! the downside of tabling is not being able to see all the other people- take a break and see what everyone is making

-trading comics- this can depend on the show and artist,it is not uncommon to simply ask ‘do you do trades’- please don’t be offended if someone doesn’t do trades! Conventions mean a lot of different things for everyone, they might be on a tight budget and can’t afford to trade their merch, they might have spent a pretty penny on their merch and don’t want to lose profit. Conventions to some people can be their sole source of income and don’t want to take a chance on not earning rent for the month just because they traded something. 

I think that covers a lot of it???? HAVE FUN!!!

theladybadass:

Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911 – December 26, 1985) is known as the first African American female cartoonist. Her strips, featuring the lovable characters Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger, appeared in the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier in the 1930s - 1950s. 

Jackie Ormes said, “No more…Sambos…Just KIDS!” and she transformed her attractive, spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first upscale American black doll. At long last, here was an African American doll with all the play features children desired: playable hair, and the finest and most extensive wardrobe on the market, with all manner of dresses, formals, shoes, hats, nightgowns, robes, skating and cowgirl costumes, and spring and winter coat sets, to name a few. (Jackie Ormes Online)

(via mingdoyle)

Anonymous asked: madeleine what would your mersona look like? (mermaid persona)

'Bee And PuppyCat' #1 Launching From Boom! Studios In May

spankydoodleart:

Yes hello that is my name in there kinda freakin out right now

I am so excited! Garret, Natasha and Patrick are gonna do such a good job!! 

Hurray May!!! Hurray 2014!!!