Webcomic Workshop Podcast 70

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Byron: After a few  years of doing conventions, I want to revisit the notion of attending comic cons. Are they truly worth it? Would we be better off focusing our attention to our comics and creations, especially since we have limited time for creating anyway?

Chris: All of a sudden, I have become inundated with a handful of freelance projects. That’s causing my time to be very, very precious. My feeling has always been that freelance PAYING gigs always come before the free strip. Do you guys agree?

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  1. Chris: I was thinking of that today. If you’re going to publish a comic, I think it needs to stick to the schedule. Too many cartoonists take time off for other gigs or family problems or whatever. What if you were syndicated by King Features tomorrow for the next 40 years? Would you take time off?

    But therein lies the catch 22 — if you had the syndicated gig, you would be paid, so that would be your job and you would have the strip done daily without any personal breaks, but then if you don’t do your current free strip now per the schedule, how would you ever be considered to be a serious cartoonist who could keep a daily or weekly or whatever schedule?

  2. I’ve only listened to the first half, but this feels like stuff you’ve talked about before. Bryon, go out and try some of these other cons! I hope they work well for you.

    By the way, what’s a “good” con anyway like what Chris and Dawn keep mentioning? $1000 profit? $5000 profit?Even if you’re making like $10 profit per book, are you guys really selling a couple hundred books per con?

    • Yes, we have talked of Conventions before, but as I stated in the podcast, I wanted to revisit the conversation. My underlying opinion NOW is that you need to really pick and choose your conventions carefully. This takes a lot of pre-thought of WHO your audience IS and WHAT they want to buy. For me, it’s NOT books or posters, it’s pin-up commissions. Doing a Kid-friendly show is therefore a waste of time for me.

      To me, unless you are making $1000 or more in profit, then conventions are pretty much a waste of time… UNLESS you are building your brand and audience. Even then, the same criteria applies. I can’t build my audience at a kid-frenziedly event. I’m not saying don’t do conventions, I’m saying DO YOUR HOMEWORK and really look at what the show can bring you in terms of audience. If your comic is broad enough, then the average convention will work for you. In my case, it does not and therefore for ME, most conventions are a waste of time.

      • Sweet! Thanks for the reply.

        Honestly, with the internet it is so much easier to reach a specific audience I’m surprised that anyone except the biggest names are able make much money at a convention. It would be great if Dawn and Chris could break it down for us sometime concerning how much product to bring, how much they make with different avenues, etc. That way the rest of us would have a better idea of what to expect from a successful con.

        • Well, Chris did say here recently that his last two shows of 2013 completely funded ALL his Christmas shopping. Now, that’s not thousands of dollars, but it sure takes a punch out of your credit card debit by paying cash for Christmas!

          I would think at minimum you’d want to PROFIT (not total sales) at least 1.5 to 2X’s what you spent. If the table cost $100, printing $200 and travel $100, then that’s $400 in costs. $600 to $800 in profits is a LOT of books to sell. But, I’m approaching this strictly from a business stand-point. There are many other benefits to attending Conventions, so weigh out what’s right for you.

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