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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 – it’s the bare bone basics and it works.

• 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. I like the following advice from Steve Martin to those aspiring to enter the entertainment field as it applies to any pursuit – “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 job, 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:

GENERAL INFORMATION

Comics – Pricing your Work

Comic Book Inking Tutorials and Videos

Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning

Graphic Novels – Addendum to Lecture

Commissioning Artwork – Things to Consider

Cartoon Art Scams

Getting a Portfolio Review

Procrastination


DRAWING SALLY FORTH

Comics – Tools of the Trade

Inking Tutorial – Video

Lettering – Part of the Layout

Smudging

Sally Forth – Roy Crane Style

Scouting Locations – Minneapolis

Sally Forth/Flash Gordon Jam

Sally Forth/Doctor Who Jam

Using Reference:

Using Reference – Couple of Tips

The Frankenstein Monster-Like Collage

Drawing Bikes


COMIC CONVENTIONS

Convention Prep – AHHHHH!!!

Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions

Mike Wolfer on Fan art/Homage art


COMMENTARY

Work for Hire – The Fallout

When you wish upon a star…

Motivational Misinformation

Homage or Swipe?

Working From Home

My Somali Neighbors Are Not the Enemy

Appearing in a Comic Strip While Black


ARTICLES

Intro to Anime – sorely needed…

Adventure Strip Finales

Irish Comic Book Characters

The Palm Restaurant – Cartoon Art Trashed

Coloring Spider-Man

Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson

Flash Gordon – A History

The Five Best Flashes Anywhere

The Origin of Cow-Guy


Cartoonist Spotlight

Joe Kubert 1926-2012

George Evans

Daisuke Higuchi

Will Eisner – The Spirit

Dick Guindon

Jerry Craft

Tom Gianni – Memories from C2E2

Bernie Wrightson

Thomas Nast

John Prentice

Steve Ditko – Creating Spider-Man

Jose Delbo – Teacher

Bud Grace – Piranha Club Comes to an End

John Romita – The Crying Game

Hy Eisman’s 90th Birthday

Herb Trimpe

Charles Schulz

E. Simms Campbell – Map of Harlem

John Cullen Murphy – Interview

Gary Gianni – Prince Valiant

Al Williamson – Flash Gordon

Bill Mauldin

Craig MacIntosh – Guest Penciller


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

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.

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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