Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience
I’ve been publishing comics for coming on twenty years now. It’s hard to pinpoint a start-date, as like many cartoonists I’ve just been drawing my whole life, but sometime around ‘95 would be when I began putting out ‘zines…
Real talk from Mike Dawson. A must-read.
Comic-Con, Kickstarter, and, uh, Me. And you, too:
I’m headed out to the one and only San Diego Comic-Con shortly, as Kickstarter's roving Community Manager for Comics. Want to talk to me about Kickstarter, comics, or whatever else? Please do! Here's where you can find me:
- The CBLDF’s Welcome to Comic-Con Party. Thursday evening at the Westgate Hotel. I’ll be there celebrating awesome Kickstarter creators, and would love to chat with you. Details here.
- Kickstarter Office Hours: That’s an overly formal way of saying “hey, want to talk to me about your project idea?” I’ll be at the show Thursday and Friday and would love to discuss your idea. Email comics at kickstarter.com and we’ll set up a time to meet, wherever is convenient for you.
There will also be many Kickstarter-related panels, including one on Thursday afternoon moderated by our own Craig Engler. More details about that and other programming can be found over on the Kickstarter Blog.
Hope to see you there!
Do you like to draw? Do you want to talk about comics and Kickstarter? Then come check out this week’s Dare2Draw at the Society of Illustrators here in NYC. I’ll be there to answer your burning Kickstarter questions. There will also be live figure drawing with cosplay models and a screening of Dare2Draw’s Kickstarter-funded TV Pilot. Basically, it will be tremendous fun.
Case in point: I went to the last installment, and drew the above sketches of the live models dressed as Dr. Doom & She-Hulk. If that sounds like a good time to you (and why wouldn’t it?), come on by tomorrow night.
More details right here. Hope to see you there!
So, that amazing-looking Little Nemo book you’ve been looking for? It’s now funding on Kickstarter. Gonna be great, well worth the price of admission. Go have a look, why don’t you?
Very excited to have a comic in this. You can read a bit more about my contribution here.
fantasticcats said: Hello! Have they given any release dates beyond fall for the Little Nemo book? It is on my list of Things I Must Own since I saw your pages :) I'm trying to make sure I don't miss the release and it gets sold out.
Thanks for the kind words! I’m eager to get my hands on the finished book, too. Last I heard, the hope was still to have it out this fall, perhaps in time for SPX in September, but I’m no authority on the matter. I’d recommend keeping an eye on the publisher’s website for updates: Locust Moon Comics. I’ll certainly post about it here when I know more, too.
What I’ve seen of the book so far looks pretty amazing. I’m pretty thrilled to be in it. Not too long ago I saw this post about the great Gerhard’s contribution, which is absolutely stunning. Weirdly, I recently met another cartoonist who also contributed a Sleep No More-inspired strip, which I’m excited to see. Something about Nemo makes one think of the McKittrick, I guess…
Anonymous said: I´m from Argentina. Is it possible to order an illustration from Jamie to be print it here and hang it as a ad outdoors panel
Thanks for asking! My illustration schedule has slowed down dramatically of late — a full-time job and a small child occupy most of my time. I still do the occasional illustration or commission as time permits. If you’d like to inquire about some specific work, please feel free to email me. I’m jamietanner at gmail.com. Thanks again!
MoCCA was fun! Here’s my blurry photographic evidence.
Saying Hi to Kickstarter Creators at MoCCA Arts Fest
Beneath the watchful eye of a giant floating Charlie Brown, we visited the MoCCA Arts Festival this past weekend and caught up with some fantastic project creators. There were great Kickstarter-funded comics to be found all over the festival — above are just a handful of the creators we saw (and managed to take photos of). Pictured:
Great seeing everyone — now go back some projects and read some comics!
Kickstarter Office Hours at MoCCA
Hey, will you be at the MoCCA Arts Festival in NY this weekend (April 5-6)? Want to chat about your Kickstarter comics project idea? Or chat about any other questions you have about Kickstarter or comics or life in general, or just have an awkward guy who works at Kickstarter (that’d be me) hold your hand and tell you everything’s gonna be okay?
"Office Hours" may be too strong a term for this, but I would love to have such a conversation with you, if you so desire. Just give me a shout here on Tumblr, or on Twitter, or via this form. Or just look for a bald guy wearing the green button you see above and tap me on the shoulder. I’ll be walking around the festival late afternoon Saturday and all day Sunday, and would be happy to meet up and talk. Oh, and I’ll bring some mini-comics in case you want to swap, too. Sound good? Good!
See you there?
Some recent holiday show posters I made for Josh Flagg (whose band I occasionally play in). Thought they turned out pretty fun.
Ho, ho, ho, folks. Have yourselves a merry little whatever-you-like…
A year ago, I “published” THE BLACK WELL. To commemorate that oh-so-fateful day, and because it’s vaguely horror-themed (happy Halloween, folks), you can now download it free, because why not. Pay what you want, if you want.
You can still read it online for free, too. Or buy it cheap from pretty much anywhere; Comixology, Print-on-demand, etc.
It’ll be free all day today. Or until next week, or whenever I remember to change it back. But grab it if you like, and throw a few dollars my way if you care. Thanks!
Update: Now it’s still pay what you want, but the minimum’s a dollar. Why? Again, why not. This will be the case for a while, so, enjoy…