Exhibiting at a comic-con, particularly in Artists Alley, can be fun and lucrative — or it can leave you frustrated, exhausted, and broke.
Writer Bill Messner-Loebs – who once worked on The Flash and Wonder Woman, reinvented Johnny Quest, and made a million dollars writing dialog for The Maxx – is now homeless and working at various odd jobs, including a Panera and a janitor. That’s from a story by Derek Kevra for Fox 2 in Michigan. […]
“Do you have an original idea for a movie? And do you plan on attending Wizard World Comic Con Portland? This could be your day.”
Let’s investigate one of the most haunting quotes ever attributed to a cartoonist.
Last month at New York Comic Con, I had the chance to interview Tim Clarke, a toy designer with more than 30 years of experience, some of which through Jim Henson Company and most manufacturers in the business. He worked on the designs for both The Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock, co-created the Boglins […]
Making a living as a cartoonist isn’t easy, as longtime Beat readers well know. However, one excellent source of revenue for a while was The New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank, which licensed cartoons for secondary use, netting creators sometimes thousands of dollars. But as this amazing piece by Seth Simons at Paste reveals, the business has been neglected and revenue […]
By Andrea Ayres On the search for women colorists, letterers, inkers, writers or artists but aren’t sure where to look? Then the Visible Women hashtag is the place for you. The event is a project of the company Milkfed, founded by comic book writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (BitchPlanet) and Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS). The hashtag […]
The above post by Rich Tommaso on FB has been lighting up creator chatrooms and my inbox since it went up yesterday. Tommaso is a long time indie comics veteran, with such books as the well reviewer Dark Corridor and She-Wolf for Image, and prior to that a steady body of work for Fantagraphics Books, […]
Just as a feel good end to the week, cartoonist John “Derf’ Backderf posted on his FB some thoughts about how Trumpcare/ACHA, which the Senate is trying to pass, might affect cartoonists. A disproportionate number of people making comics don’t make a lot of money (The Beat included) and having access to affordable healthcare via […]
Hannah Berry is a UK cartoonist whose 2010 gn Britten & Brülightly was a well-received mystery tale (and an Angoulême prize nominee when it came out) Her new book, Livestock, just out from Jonathan Cape, looks like a sharp satire on celebrity, social media and politics. Sounds like a strong career, right? Jonathan Cape is one of […]