I’ve received this message a hundred times in the last few months:
“I have a great portfolio/story/idea and I don’t know where to take it from here. Please help!”
Unfortunately I have nothing overly helpful to reply with.
Connecting a talented (and motivated) creative team together is a long, and VERY difficult process. I can tell you from working with a few comic book creators that it doesn’t just happen by accident.
And once you get together, there are always roadblocks: physical printing or digital? How do you letter it so it looks professional? Should it be color or black and white? And how is the best way to color it?
And once the project is complete, it brings up an entirely new set of questions, like how do you market and advertise? Can you do it for free, or do you need a budget? Can social media help? What’s the most profitable way to sell a comic online?
One forum to rule them all…
I’ve been looking for these answers for the last year, and I’ve been successful to varying degrees – the problem is that I can’t find a great spot where this is all in one place.
Not just a Craigslist-style forum (“Me writer, need art guy!”) but a place where writers and artists can actually share, connect and collaborate.
Along with a few friends, I want to launch an online community where these challenges can all be addressed.
Whether you already have a book and want to promote it, or you’re starting with just an idea, I want you to come on board.
Happy Thanksgiving, Americans…eat turkey and be merry.
Love you guys,