UPDATE: The piece of art previously accompanying this was actaully by Rafael Albuquerque Here’s a legit piece of Murphy art: a variant cover for the upcoming Vertigo monthly Saucer Country. You may enjoy his commentary in the link.
Artist Sean G. Murphy (Joe the Barbarian) has posted a piece on his DA page called
5 Year Plan — it’s about planning for the future — something very few young cartoonists seems to have the courage to do. I recently told a talented young cartoonist “Keep doing what you love until someone pays you for it” — which is pretty basic “follow your bliss” advice. Murphy’s is a little more practical:
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan of newer freelancers, it would sound like this: “I’m always working on my craft and trying to get to shows. Maybe I’ll put a sketchbook together. I tweet with a lot of other artists during the day, and I kind of have this story of my own that I’d kind of like to work on someday. Then again, I also have back-end offers from writers who seem like they know what they’re doing. I don’t know yet–mostly I’m just going to hang in there and hope that Marvel or DC will take notice and offer me something good. Then I’ll have a fan base. I don’t know, but I’d like to be the next Jim Lee.”
This kind of ho-hum approach drives me crazy. The sit-around-and-wait-for-opportunity-of-comics has retarded freelancers into submission. But there are other reasons why I think this happens.
There’s much more solid practical advice in the link. Go read it — much of it applies to any vocation. Just in case you are too lazy to click on the link — in which case we’re not certain we should be helping — here are the topics, PowerPoint style:
3 THINGS AT ONCE
CONNECT THE DOTS
There’s a follow up interview with Murphy in the Daily Trojan
“Because of the nature of my work, my vocal reputation and the fact that I’m getting paid to write for myself, I think my position in comics is unusual,” Murphy said. “I owe it to people to describe what I’m seeing from where I stand. My thoughts are worth nothing unless I write them down — even if it upsets a lot of other professionals, which my blogs often do. It’s worth it for me to piss off one professional if it helps 10 students.”