Working From Home

My daughter Anna to a friend’s mother: “My Dad can’t come out east when we go because he has to get work done first.”
Friend’s mother: “But why, doesn’t he work out of the home?”


Quick aside; I moved in with my brother for about a year when we first moved to Minneapolis. He said, “I always thought working from home would be great…until I saw you do it. Realized that working from home means you NEVER LEAVE WORK.

Add to that (and in no particular order);
No paid sick days.
No tech department to fix your computer.
No health benefits.
No HR department to make sure you get paid.
No 401k.
Never mind someone “at the office” to fill in for you when you’re not there.
(Much less clean up and empty your waste basket during the night shift.)

And just to clarify, I get no health coverage through my work but I do get coverage through my wife’s job.

This is not the case for MANY freelancers who are one sickness or accident away from bankruptcy. GoFundMe accounts seem to crop up daily for fellow freelancers (sick or aging) caught in this trap.

Yup, just another day in the merry land of freelance-land!

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Sally Forth – Wonder Woman

With the San Diego Comic Con coming up this weekend, Sally is deciding between the 1970s or 2017 version of her favorite character.

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Working Professionally as a Cartoonist

A few things that I’ve learned over the years that have crystalized through teaching…


• Devote your time to sharpening your art skills AND your business skills – trends, networking, contracts, etcetera all.

• Don’t pigeonhole yourself to one small aspect of the art form, like limiting yourself to just comics. Remember that Michelangelo wanted to devote himself to sculpture when he was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel.

• The people who succeed are generally the people who are working their asses off. Surround yourself with people like this, people who commit themselves fully and are getting their work out into the world. They’ll generally be better than you which is a GOOD thing – that way the bar keeps getting raised.

• Working hard isn’t enough, you have to work smart as well. You have to create work that’s marketable – that will suit the needs of someone who will then pay you.

• Working long hours with no sleep to meet deadlines isn’t the answer. Your career is a marathon, not a fifty yard dash. Eat right, exercise and sleep regularly like your parents told you to.

• Start now (yesterday is even better). Research the jobs you want, look at the submission guidelines (and follow them METICULOUSLY), then work up samples that will blow the competition out of the water. Follow Steve Martin’s advice to those aspiring to enter the entertainment field – “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

• To cap this off… If you treat your skills as a hobby then that’s where they’ll stay, as a hobby – and that’s FINE as long as that’s your conscious decision – but if you want to have it as your career then you need to get on board and on track.

And that’s…
The-More-You-Know

For more info, check out the following links:


Comics – Pricing your Work

Things to Consider When Commissioning Artwork

Work for Hire – The Fallout

Homage or Swipe?

Cartoon Art Scams


Comics – Tools of the Trade

Comic Book Inking Tutorials and Videos

Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning

Smudging

Using Reference

Procrastination

When you wish upon a star…

Motivational Misinformation

Working From Home


Convention Prep – AHHHHH!!!

Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions

Mike Wolfer on Fan art/Homage art


Graphic Novels

Comic Book Podcasts

Intro to Anime – sorely needed…


And last but not least, The Business of Cartooning.
This page has a number of subcategories, including…

1 Comic News Blogs
2. Contracts
3. Resources/Articles
4. Print On Demand Publishers
5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles
6. Convention Resources
7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations
8. Financial Aid

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I started these posts after teaching Comic Art at the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Here’s the biggest thing I learned teaching there.

Hammerstein

…and a special thanks to Professor Barb Schulz, head of the department,
for giving me that opportunity.

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The Comic Book Inside and Out – MCAD Continuing Education

Posting some art from a cartooning class I taught this summer for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Continuing Education program. Hope you enjoy!


The Comic Book Inside and Out
Ages 15-18 – Summer 2017

– Comic Book Pages in Progress –
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Dale Austin

Reilly Stokes

Nina Brennecke

Ellery Hanson

Neeva White-Glasper

Mayu Watson

Grace Bocek

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– Pics of Students –

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Comic Creation I – MCAD Continuing Education

Posting some art from a cartooning class I taught this summer for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Continuing Education program. Hope you enjoy!


Comic Book Creation I
Young Teens Class Ages 12-15
Summer 2017

– Introduction to Penciling and Inking –
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Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas


Evan Blodgett

Evan Blodgett


Erik Westgard

Erik Westgard


Kate Westberg

Kate Westberg


Henry Stephenson


Wyatt Ropal

Wyatt Ropal


Josiah Ndiritu

Josiah Ndiritu


Gus Muehlhausen


Veronica MayRose

Veronica MayRose


Tyler Longtin

Tyler Longtin


Aidan Longtin

Aidan Longtin


Griffen Johnson

Griffen Johnson


Rosie Burns

Rosie Burns


Joe Bunay


Thayer Slichter

Thayer Slichter

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– Pics from the last week of class –

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Anime News Network Interviews Sally Forth Creative Team

Check out Francesco Marciuliano and Jim Keefe’s interview for the Anime News Network.
Interview: Sally Forth Creative Team Talk Anime, Kaiju in Latest Arc

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Godzilla!

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Black and white with title panel.


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