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    So I met some people on Craigslist and I did the art for this comic they had written. It was the first comic I'd ever drawn (painted actually). The entire time I was working on it I would tell myself worst-case it's just a resume piece and even if it all falls through I still got a shitload of art done which I should be doing anyway. Well, it ended up going all the way to print and it looks great:

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    Seems like a silly question but now what? I've got some of my own stories I'm writing that I intend to draw but aside from those I really am at a loss on how to parlay this 90 page portfolio piece into another comic collaboration or as an "in" into comic illustration in general. I also feel like I really got the kind of lucky on CL the first time that I'm not going to be likely to repeat.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    May I email you later?
  2.  (10442.3)
    That looks really good
      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    That looks REALLY fucking good.

    You know how when you were in school, you'd doodle in class and really go crazy, and then get home and draw something else and it would never look as good? This looks like classroom doodles with polish and grit and paint and awesome. I really like it.
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    Email me anytime.

    Thanks Merc! I am thrilled (and surprised) with how well it turned out to be honest, which is part of the problem: I've raised the bar for myself. I'm refraining from pimping it too hard on here but you can see more of it or find links on my site if you are interested.
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    Thanks, that's the perfect compliment CK. I basically doodled incessantly for years then wondered "oh hey I wonder what would happen if I took this seriously?"
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    Yeah, @CK, that is right on the money. The art looks great @nocud, fantastic job. I don't have advice, but I wish you tons of luck and look forward to seeing what else comes in the future.
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    Please allow me to add my name to the list of people who are saying how good this looks.

    Congrats on crossing the threshold into getting paid for the things that we do.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    That is dope as hell.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    It looks even better in person folks. Quality art on quality paper. (and a wquality story, also.)
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    As others have said, that looks quite good. If the rest of the book looks as good as that, you could definitely do a book at one of the indy publishers.

    "I've got some of my own stories I'm writing that I intend to draw but aside from those I really am at a loss on how to parlay this 90 page portfolio piece into another comic collaboration or as an "in" into comic illustration in general."

    That's a difficult question to answer, because there are SO MANY possible answers for it. Really it depends on what you want to do in comics next.

    Do you want to pair up with more writers and produce more self-published work?

    Do you want to self-publish stories you wrote and illustrated yourself?

    Do you want to do creator-owned work for an indy publisher?

    Do you want to do freelance/WFH work for an indy publisher?

    Each of those takes a different approach. The one thing that would likely help with all of those is making a blog for your art — which I see you've already done. So, nice job!

    And I have to say — the fact that you've got a comic that's 90 fucking pages of painted art as your fucking portfolio is a HUGE plus for you. That shows a huge amount of commitment and work ethic for an artist who hasn't broken in yet. (For comparison, the first four-issue WITCH DOCTOR miniseries was 88 pages all together. Before we got picked up by Image/Skybound, Lukas and I had only done 24 pages of comics together.)
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    Thanks for the nice comments all, and cheers KP!

    Brandon you are getting into more what I wanted to talk about. Long term (1-2 years time) I can see having this pretty large story I'm working finished and painted and I'd be looking to find it a "home" somewhere, preferably with print and distribution. But this is really an ongoing project that I work on everyday in the background.

    In the meantime though I'm looking for another project to paint, to hone my skill and just generally get better and have more people see my stuff. The only requirement would be that it was either interesting/educational OR paid. I guess this would fall into the last one: freelance/WFH work for an indy publisher.

    So how does one go about that?
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    No Cuddle Time -- People are lazy, you should put a link up to where it can be purchased in the original post. Is there someone that this was advertised that I might have seen it? I recognize the cover...

    For those that are looking to buy it: click Here.
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    @no cuddle time — First, do some market research. There's only a handful of indy publishers who are large enough that they reliably pay artists, and not all of them publish books with an aesthetic that your style would fit in with.

    Find out who's out there, and approach them. Some have open submissions (especially for artists), and you can just email them with links or send in hard copies of your work. Approaching them in person (at smaller cons, where they aren't swamped) generally works better, so they have a face to go with your name.

    I'd also recommend the "Do you want to do creator-owned work for an indy publisher?" option, because that'll open other doors for you. A company like Image doesn't hire artists or pair artists and writers — but you can pair up with a writer and do a book through them, and presumably make more money than you did from your Craigslist thing (that all depends on sales at a company like Image, though).
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
    @NoCuddleTime, I saw this in a LCS yesterday ("Something Animal" yes?) and snapped a pic! It is a really handsome book in person, I have to say.
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    Thanks Brandon. I'm going to show it around and submit it to some places IDW and Dark Horse come to mind but If there are any other places you would recommend that would be great.

    I would pair up with another writer if it was the right project and I felt it was something I could do well and be the right fit for.

    Cheers Phil, thanks for checking it out. Where is your LCS? just curious.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is my LCS of pseudo choice. It is pretty effing awesome.
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    Oh wow. I used to live in Detroit and have been there a bunch of times. Yeah what a nice store. I had no idea a copy made it out there... Sweet!
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    Anywhere online I can order a copy sometime? Looks good, my initial reaction made me sorta remember Bill Sink-o-witz' STRAY TOASTERS comic.
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    Hah, I thought this thread was going to be about Enigma.

    (your art looks fab.)