OMG Comic-Con!San Diego Comic-Con was so amazing this year, I am exhausted but elated. I hardly even know where to start! Be ready, guys, this journal will be full of pictures and feels!OMG Comic-Con! by damphyr
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I got to see amazing old friends once again, which is one of my favorite parts of Comic-Con. So many artists who are not only stupid talented, but also terribly friendly and just too kind for words, who I only get to see once a year. Thanks to everyone in the Alley and at their own booths who take the time to chat! It totally makes my fangirl heart happy.
akreon and vesner flew all the way out for the convention, these girls are so amazingly fun, guys, I can't even explain it. They signed a Milk for the Ugly poster! The poster is so gorgeous, a lot of people who came by the DeviantArt booth thought it was a movie poster! We had a great time at the DevMeet.... don't worry, ladies. I won't post that picture we took
I Got Angry Pt.5Something else to get a bit angry about...I Got Angry Pt.5 by LiamSharp
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If you GET a distribution deal, you'll be in the long shadow cast by the big companies, buried in a dark corner of a vast monthly catalogue.
If you have no marketing budget, then your only option is to hit message boards, FaceBook, indie-driven comic sites, and by getting hold of a list of the internet comics news sites – they're easy enough to find, you just have to Google them.
If you have created your own book, and your dream is to see it printed, but you have literally no funds and nobody is willing to publish it, there are other great options, such as http://www.lulu.com/blog/tag/print-on-demand/. Here you can upload your entire book having placed it into one of the templates they provide, and you can then order a printed, bound copy direct from them for the price you set for it. Print on demand is an incredible innovation, and like Amazon, they will list your book for anybody to buy, they'll eve
I got angry!Anger.I got angry! by LiamSharp
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Anger and frustration.
That's what started it all!
I'm not somebody that feels entitled. I don't expect anything from the world, or anybody in it. That said, I did feel I had earned a fair hearing. I'd put in the years, drawn the BIG books, and the cool ones! I thought I should, by rights, be able to get at least one pitch for a creator-owned comic written and drawn by me off the ground. But though I must have pitched upwards of 30 titles across the board over a period of TEN YEARS, nothing landed.
So yes. I was angry and frustrated!
I was asked, by the very excellent Joseph Michael Linsner, what Madefire was all about a couple of weeks ago, following the Big Wow Comic Fest. It was a good question, as it pointed out a gap in our message, something people were perhaps not getting:
Why do it?
What was the need?
The need was to create a platform for the digital age on which creat