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Hey, Hooligan!

I'm leaving the house in a few hours to drive up to Grand Rapids MI where I'll be sharing a table at Grand Con with my friend Ryan Wellever! :D

It's my first time at Grand Con and Ryan's first time tabling anywhere. Wish us luck!

Otherwise I've got a lot of ideas for new comics and videos, I just don't seem to have the time to get them done as quickly as I'd like. The eternal struggle.  ;P

I'm thinking about doing a short, 10-15 minute video when I get back mocking the anonymous NYT Op-Ed "I'm Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration". That whole thing is just hysterical to me. ;P

How are you all doing? What projects are you working on?

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Samuel Isaac Dealey
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Hi! I'm Sam and I create Laughter for a Better World! You can help us do that by joining us on Patreon! Or just check out and share our comics at Woohooligan!

I have lots of sources of inspiration, my top three being the Daily Show's John Stewart, Adam Conover and George Carlin. Others include Gary Larson, Warner Brothers cartoons, public radio and cognitive science. I'm always looking for new material and challenging new projects.

And now I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Bob Dylan: "any man not busy being born is busy dying." :nod:



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Slouch to Bethlehem p16
Hey, Hooligans! I forgot to post this here last week when the page went live. D'oh!

Amity continues to lament carrying Lucifer's antichrist baby... and the seven deadly sins may not be quite what you expect.

Hey, Hooligan!

I'm leaving the house in a few hours to drive up to Grand Rapids MI where I'll be sharing a table at Grand Con with my friend Ryan Wellever! :D

It's my first time at Grand Con and Ryan's first time tabling anywhere. Wish us luck!

Otherwise I've got a lot of ideas for new comics and videos, I just don't seem to have the time to get them done as quickly as I'd like. The eternal struggle.  ;P

I'm thinking about doing a short, 10-15 minute video when I get back mocking the anonymous NYT Op-Ed "I'm Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration". That whole thing is just hysterical to me. ;P

How are you all doing? What projects are you working on?
I was tagged by FireNationPhoenix Hug

1. Marvel or DC?
Marvel. I know they have their Galactuses, but I always felt the marvel characters were more relatable.

Deadpool became my all-time favorite when they gave him his own title. The first 26 issues were amazingly well written, dealing with ideas of fate/destiny, free will, responsibility, etc. Subsequent stuff has been good comedy, but that first 26 issue arc was what hooked me.

2. Weirdest thing that has happened at work or school?
... fuck if I remember... two of the four high-schools I attended no longer exist... and I had a ton of jobs, but nothing "weird" is springing to mind.

3. Have you been to any Disney park?
When I was a kid, yeah, my parents were rich for a while and took us to Disney World in FL.

4. Favorite 80's song?
I truly can't pick one. The one I heard most recently, and definitely in my list of favorites, Africa by Toto.

5. Cats or dogs?
Cats. Dogs are too much work. Though lately our cats are giving them a run... Dexter whines for me to pet him almost every time I enter the room now.

6. If you could have any power, what would it be?
Read minds... but that's primarily because most people actually have that power (to a limited extent) and I was born without it. (Autism)

It also manifested in an intense interest in con movies like Ocean's Eleven and Focus because those characters understand people in a way that's always been really hard for me.

7. Do you believe aliens exist?

8. Most overrated Disney movie?
Toss up between Cinderella and Fantasia, although to be fair, I think Disney movies as a whole are incredibly overrated.

9. Corgis or Shibes?

10. Favorite video game?
Mega Man II ... despite the fact that I enjoy it, I've never actually finished it. ;P

I may come back and tag a few people later... Busy with some work at the moment.

Hey, Hooligans! This past week I published a new comic page, a new webcomic review, I finished my 2nd book (following the Kickstarter) and I got it off to the printer! (Waiting on delivery now.) :D

Woohooligan vol 2: Laugh It Forward by woohooligan

This morning I got a new comment on this old journal I wrote in 2011 about how to earn more commissions. In the seven years since then I've not really pursued commissions for myself, but it's still really nice to hear people enjoy the article. :aww:

Melinda McGill is a Hungarian illustrator who loves sci-fi and fantasy, and joined DeviantArt just two months ago, so she's just a babe. ;P

Griffin by melindamacgillart Cyber punk by melindamacgillart Tania the wolf by melindamacgillart

Beautiful work! :la:

She asks:
I don't know how to get started, I have my skills, I used to work on commissions full time previously, but I still feel a bit insecure. I made the choice to stop doing digital art, I enjoy traditional art so muck better, I wish I could earn a living drawing and painting exclusively that way. Is that possible? Do you have any advice where to start? What goals to work at, what opportunities to take, what doors to knock on?

I wrote this out in a reply to her, but it occurred to me that it might be useful for a lot of others as well, so I decided to make this journal for all of you, to share what I've learned in the last few years.

Is it possible to earn a living making traditional art commissions? I'm pretty sure I've seen people doing it, so I'd say yes. Personally I've opted to focus on making books, prints and similar products that I can sell to multiple fans -- that way what might have been a fairly expensive commission can be enjoyed by a bunch of fans and it becomes very inexpensive for them each individually. Just something to consider as you think about how you want to earn your living.

I set a goal to replace my disability income during 2016 and fell flat on my face. ;P By the end of the year I had achieved 4% of that goal. It was really hard on me, but I didn't give up, and I've found some really great resources since then. (Five years after the original commission journal.)

My best advice is start a newsletter. It's going to be awkward and uncomfortable at first -- you won't know what to say, you'll be afraid of rejection, etc. But if you push yourself through that awkward learning curve and learn to talk to your newsletter subscribers like any other friend, it will help you grow your audience. Set a schedule for it. I do mine every week -- you might choose 2-weeks or monthly -- however you prefer, just so you know when your next one will go out, and be consistent sending it out.

Most of your newsletters should be providing something to your subscribers, like in my case mostly jokes. I also give links to funny, important or inspiring news... I share a fair amount of science news. After having developed a rapport with them and proved that you're giving them good stuff, then they'll appreciate when you occasionally say "hey, I'm offering commissions" or whatever it is you need to sell, because they know you and they know you didn't just get them on your list to constantly advertise to them.

Speaking of getting people on your list... also look up how to create a landing page for your newsletter signup. I had a newsletter for a year before I figured this out (or that I should send consistent updates). Several of the mailing list providers like MailChimp offer some basic landing page features, and there are also third-party landing page providers like LeadPages, or you can design it yourself on your own site.

You should also have your signup form on your personal website or your blog (Sumo has some tools to help with that), but make a separate landing page you can send people to in your email (in your signature is great), or written on a cocktail napkin, etc. A page that tells visitors what they're going to get after they enter their name and email address. Offer them something extra they'll enjoy for free -- a tutorial, a book you made, etc. (mine is my first ebook of cartoons) and let them know you'll send them art or tips or whatever (in my case jokes) in each newsletter and that they can unsubscribe any time.

My landing page is here in case you're curious (it's not perfect):

Try out different landing pages periodically to see if you can improve on it -- try and find a way to measure the effectiveness of the page, like, how many people sign up? 1% of visitors? 5%? That's a huge gap by the way, and I wouldn't expect more than 5% -- I've heard of 10%, but that's exceptionally rare.

I'm also enrolled in several marketing courses from Tyler James (Vogel) who produces the ComixLaunch podcast, which is about publishing comics through Kickstarter. He also has a ListLaunch course that's specifically about building your mailing list / newsletter. The podcast and the courses are both very good. :nod:

If you're like me, that $400 price tag was the reason I never enrolled before. The reason I did eventually enroll is because he changed his pricing and he offered a deal at the time I could get in for $40/mo (and because it was new, he waived the setup fee). You can see that in the enrollment options for ComixLaunch ... I'm not finding it for ListLaunch, so you might want to contact Tyler about that. You can also find him on Twitter.

Also check out Russell Nohelty. I recommend his book Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career. I read a ton of marketing books and most of them are utter garbage, but this one had a ton of useful info in it. He also used to publish a blog / podcast called the Business of Art, which you can still check out the archives for good stuff there... and here's a Facebook group he runs for writers and artists

Russell also offers at least one premium course (like the courses I'm in with Tyler James), but I haven't enrolled in his course yet, so I can't really vouch for it/them -- but I assume it's very good, like the value I've gotten from his book and other resources.

Okay, I feel like I've given you a lot to think about. Feel free to ask questions in the comments, or send me a note if there's anything else I might be able to help you with! :D

Slouch to Bethlehem p14 art
Hey, Hooligans! Work on the Kickstarter and the new book has finally settled down and I've started getting back to my usual work of new pages and webcomic reviews. :D (Big Grin)

This week, Amity talks pregnancy and potential abortion with the father, Lucifer, the Prince of Pride!


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woohooligan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :nod:
Sheldon-clone Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Long time no see, woohooligan.
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kylukia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favs and watch! <3
woohooligan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome! <3
kylukia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! <3
woohooligan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! <3
Blueswoon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
Thank you for watching =D It means a ton to me!
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AbigatorDraws Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave on my commission pricing!! :iconsuperheroglompplz:
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