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?
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.
EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS OPEN! $5 OFF ALL COMMISSIONSOY! I'm running a little low on money and I need money to buy convention supply! ;w; so yeh. I did the lil coffee thing but I don't wanna take peoples money like that. I wanna earn it! SO I'm opening emergency commissions.
ALL FINISHED COMMISSIONS ARE $5 OFF~!
Will be done within a week guarantee. Updates are available if asked~!
Ref sheets and Comic commissions are $10 off~!
But I also have some other cool news! Yesterday, Scott Rosenberg backed the project!
Scott's an NYT best-selling author, former VP of Marvel and Chairman of Platinum Studios (Cowboys & Aliens, Hero by Night, I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space). But what you may know best from his work is producing the comic series Men in Black from Malibu Comics, which he signed to the movie deal before selling Malibu to Marvel.
That's so flattering!
In the hours since I published the Kickstarter update about Scott backing the project, we picked up a couple more backers and are just $8 from our 2nd stretch goal! So I published another update to let all the backers know that anyone who pledged at $4 or more can upgrade to the next level to put us over that next stretch goal so that all the $12+ backers will get not just one Kickstarter exclusive print, but all three!
You've only got 3 DAYS left to get these cool rewards! If you get one of the books, you're getting it at regular price, and all three exclusive prints are FREE! And if you get both books, you also get a free custom art-card caricature!
The final exclusive print is my favorite, this tribute to the very first issue of Captain America, with our Pigasus standing in for Cap, socking old Adolf on the jaw!
This is awesome! It's kind of weird because I didn't expect to need stretch goals at all, but now it looks like I need to think up a fourth stretch goal, since it looks like we're likely to hit the first three. But it's so cool to have this project exceed all my expectations!
Last 3 days to get in on the action!
Keep on rockin' it, Hooligans!
I relaunched our Kickstarter this morning and we're already 48% funded! Just one Kickstarter Exclusive Print or $8 gets us to 50% funded in the first day! (EDIT: 55% by the end of the first day -- 2/3rds funded by day 5!)
Woohooligan Vol 2: Laugh It Forward! Dick Jokes for Justice!
Our patrons and newsletter subscribers helped design this cover!
Thank you all for all your support over the years, it really means a lot to me!
I've had some pretty good feedback on it so far!
"I love what you’re doing... like Swift meets a calm Bill Hicks, you use your comedy to expose the animal trappings of human nature. Ego, fear, ignorance, etc... You have a unique voice and perspective." - Eric Hailey
"oh...mygod. I... LOVED it xDDD Even lovey is sitting to the side, having no idea what I pulled up and says 'I love this guy, he's hilarious' and we're both just laughing our asses off." - Punkocalypse
I put it in my Twitter rotation with a bunch of Carlin-esque descriptions like:
"Meyer says jokes bring people together, so in that spirit, I think the world would be better off if he were butfucked to death by a pack of rabbid hyenas. #satire"
"Meyer says jokes bring people together, so in that spirit, I think the world would be better off if someone force-fed him 50 gallons of Ebola-tainted whale jizz. #satire"
Those descriptions make more sense a few minutes into the video, they're basically Meyer's idea of satire. Thanks in advance for the likes and let me know what you think!
And here's the video for the upcoming Kickstarter relaunch on Tuesday!
As seemed apparent within a few days of the end, our Laugh It Forward Kickstarter campaign didn't fund. I learned a lot, and I'll be relaunching the campaign in May. If you'd like to know more about the hilarious mistakes I made and the changes I'm making for the next launch, check out my post-campaign update.
p.s. What are you doing these days? New projects? Old projects? Let me know!
I've had three pledges from DeviantArt so far, which ain't too bad! You guys are trailing behind Facebook (9), Kickstarter (8), and Twitter (7), but 3 backers out of 38 from DA ain't at all shabby! Now's your chance, if you've been waiting or weren't sure if you could afford it, you've got a little over a day to get your copy of either or both of the new books!
Laugh It Forward on Kickstarter!
I've learned a lot. I made a ton of mistakes in the preparation and execution of this campaign. I put a character's face dead-center in the campaign picture, so the PLAY button covered it right up. I put the tag line on the same picture in bigger letters than the title, so a bunch of people at the beginning thought the title was "Dick Jokes for Justice". I learned to contact bloggers and comics journalists a lot earlier! I was contacting most of them during the campaign and you really want to give them a couple months. I still managed to get pieces from Nicole D'Andria, the comics maven at Comics Frontline, Ben Howard at the Outhousers, Paul at ThePullbox.com, and a guest appearance on the Nerdfect Strangers podcast! I still think I might be forgetting someone. D'oh!
I overextended myself on the artist spotlights, trying to help people out, and then I ran out of content for the artist spotlights anyway because 24 out of 60 of them never got their interview responses to me. Next time I'm not going to promise them to anyone -- I'll take submissions, and I'll choose from those who I feel is a good fit, and ready to be promoted. I learned that, although more than the average number of Kickstarter project updates is good, 50+ might not be a good idea.
I also learned some things that aren't exactly mistakes. I learned that, in the long run it might have been a better idea to make this project just about Woohooligan vol 2 and reprints of vol 1 and run a separate KS campaign for Hellbent later. I learned that most artists, even those who say they "love telling stories" or are "compelled to tell stories" are horrible at telling their own story. I'm going to write an article about that soon-ish, my attempt to help other creators learn how to better present themselves.
I tried and failed to schedule a live stream on Facebook. I managed to start a livestream almost 2 hours late. Still no word on how to schedule one and go live at the scheduled time.
I've been surprised at just how many NEW people backed the project, coming in straight from Kickstarter! That's super flattering!
And although I was a bit rusty, I enjoyed making this video of our manifesto!
Laugh It Forward on Kickstarter!
My daughter announced she's getting married! They're planning a small wedding at the end of June.
I hope you've had an awesome month, and Easter Fools Day!
How've you been?
p.s. Feel free to note me if I can help with any of your projects!
And the rest of the convention was pretty sweet as well! I got to see Tea Time With Deadpool, and I met a comedy musician by the name of Mikey Mason. Check out this video of one of his songs!
I wrote more about the event here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/w…
I had to pre-schedule six of the artist spotlights over the weekend because I wasn't going to have time to format and publish them while I was there. That went great. And then the Monday after I got home, I had a ton of fires and wasn't able to publish my two spotlights for the day. D'oh! I did publish two yesterday and should have two more done a little later today. But also, I'm still waiting on 24 of the artists to fill out their interviews! So as of right now, I have enough content to last until Sunday if nobody else fills out their interviews.
I'm still trying to contact as many bloggers and so forth as I can to promote the Laugh It Forward Kickstarter. I got an interview with the Nerdfect Strangers podcast that went live on Sunday while I was wrapping up at Animatic, and Anthony Cleveland over at ComixCentral.com has offered to give us some ink for our Kickstarter over there as well!
If you haven't seen them yet, check out these YouTube videos. The first is our comedy manifesto, the Laughtifesto, and the second is a digital illustration tutorial I made back at the beginning of last year.
How are you hooligans doing? Having an awesome week, I hope!
p.s. Thank you to all the wonderful people who are sharing the hell out of our Laugh It Forward Kickstarter!
It's live! Laugh It Forward on Kickstarter!
This is it! The moment we've been waiting for!
I'm so excited! Here's a real photo of me, taken just this morning. This has not been doctored!
The Laugh It Forward Kickstarter!
Two new 64-page full-color trade paperbacks of Woohooligan laughtivism!
- Desktop Wallpapers
- Help design the book covers
- Your name in the book!
- Custom Art Trading Cards with a Caricature of your choice!
- Custom Comedy Ringtones! *
- 9x12 Caricatures! **
- Custom Comedy Videos!!
- Appear as a character in a future page of Hellbent or provide a whole page of Woohooligan vol. 2!!!
- Laugh Riot Comedy Jam! A Party at Your House!!!!
- Executive Producer! Rename one of the Books!!!!!
I'm so excited to be doing all this with you awesome Hooligans!
p.s. Remember to Laugh It Forward and share the Kickstarter campaign with your friends, so they can get in on the awesome!
In the meantime, my friend Emma broker her glasses and could use some help with commissions to get them fixed.
I think I was trying to wait to post this journal until I had recorded a better video for our Laugh It Forward Kickstarter, but I've been having trouble getting a mic that works with my Canon Vixia, so I'm going ahead and posting now instead of waiting 'till at least Tuesday.
The Laugh It Forward Kickstarter launches in a little over two weeks on March 6th! I did manage to find 60 people who answered the call for artists to spotlight, and about 17 of them have already filled out their interview questions. One person dropped out, so if you'd like a spotlight during the March campaign, there's one empty seat.
I think the project is pretty ready for launch. I am of course pretty nervous. Here's the preview if you'd like to offer your thoughts on it, that'd be great!
I know the video's real rough -- I'm waiting on a new mic from Amazon before I record another one where I'll be more excited and hopefully funnier.
The endocrinologist changed my mix of diabetes drugs. Reduced my insulin by half down to 18 units a day, which is great, but the new Victoza and especially Metformin prescriptions have been kicking my ass for three weeks. I'm told it's a temporary adjustment period, hopefully I'll be better before Tuesday when my new mic arrives. In the meantime my work has been a bit slow.
How have you hooligans been?! Let's catch up!
I also got my 60 artists just at the end of the month and sent out the forms for the artist spotlights during my Kickstarter next month! I've already seen several responses, and, the google form doesn't work the way I thought it did! But the foul-up isn't so bad that I can't work with it.
I've been seeing a lot more engagement with people on Twitter lately, sharing my tweets about a couple of the strips and blogs I'm trying to promote, like my comedy manifesto and the trickle-down economics info-comic.
Oh, subscribers on our mailing list TRIPLED last month to 93!
What were you up to last month?!
Thank you for sharing yourself!
p.s. My friend Angel is selling some things on Ebay to fund some things she needs like dental work. See if you can give her a hand!
First, if you'd like some Free Promotion in March, I'd like to remind everyone that I'll be doing a daily Artist Spotlight during my Kickstarter that will start March 6th. All you have to do is let me know what project(s) you'd like to promote and how best to contact you (note, email, Twitter, etc). I'll get you in our spreadsheet and follow up with more details closer to March.
I just found out Lehmurix had a house fire and the family lost everything. Please help if you can.
Ive lost everything in a fireUpdate #3: I havent really had the heart to be active on DA and TH. All I did was read the comments and browse and what not. But Ive told myself that being depressed and just sitting around all day isnt going to bring my house and cats back. SOOO Im gonna try and reply to all of your comments (theres 43 btw holy cow Ive never had that many before!) and finish setting up my contest!
Also, for all of those who have donated please check out Kavaro's journal! She's hosting a small raffle and the winners will receive a chibi! ;v;<3
Staccatos has also made these super adorable adopts and all the funds will go towards the fundraiser! >>
Update #2: Im totally speechless with all the people who have come forward to help donate and share my journal! ;; I already said this on TH but its at times like these that I love being apart of this community. I cant thank you all enough for the kind words and encouragem
JA Meyers TheBrassGlass is compiling a list of comic creators on DA.
My friend SavvyRed is giving away a 1-month core membership, some points and some features in a Pay It Forward contest. You have to get in by Jan 1 to be eligible for the core membership.
Pass It On Giveaway - Giving Out Points + Feature:icondisney-heroines::iconcomicunderground::iconloveseesnogender:
UPDATE: I have chosen to give the Core membership to BudderMeow!
Yes, that's right! This is a giveaway! The first 20 people who enter will get 1 point each,
and one awesome person will get a FREE 1 month Core Membership!(Core membership has been given away already to BudderMeow!, but we still have plenty of space for free points and a feature!) The next 20 people will end up in a feature. You don't have to advertise anything, write a journal, or anything like that. However, you MUST follow the directions!
WHAT YOU CAN WIN
FIRST PRIZE (Given to one person chosen by me who properly enters the contest by January 1, 2017)
1 month FREE
This next subject is a bit personal and emotional for me. I spent most of this week working on a very specific blog on my Tumblr, about changing careers to comedy and how it forces me to wade through a lot of very disgusting marketing stuff in order to do this cool comedy for you that really is my passion. It took me most of the week and five revisions to feel ready to publish, and the last two days I spent uncontrollably sobbing over my keyboard. (Many of them happy tears.) I hope you enjoy it!
In funnier news, as I braved the zombie apocalypse we know as "holiday shopping" this year, I found a great many weird and wonderful and definitely stupid things! I posted a blog about that on my Tumblr, with photos of all the stupid things found at the store this year:
Also mentioned in that blog, my friend ChibiCelina sent me this really cool hand-drawn picture of Lucifer and Amity from my Hellbent story. It was a thank-you for something, but I actually don't remember what. This is a lot more menacing than Lucifer ever looks when I draw him. You can read Hellbent starting here: www.woohooligan.com/comics/214
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that I'm launching the Kickstarter for my next two books in March. I'm also using this as an opportunity to promote some of my friends and other artists. So, every day during and maybe even before the launch of the Kickstarter, I'll be publishing a daily update and artist spotlight!
All I need from you right now is an idea of the projects you'd like to promote and a way to contact you -- social media, an email address, whatever. Leave me a comment or a note. We'll talk more about the details of the promotion closer to March.
If you're new here, Hi! My name is Sam, I'm a comedian and a cartoonist. If you're wondering if this promotion is a good fit for you, you can check out some of my comedy here: Laughter Is a Moral Imperative and some of my more popular comics from 2016.
I also review webcomics.
And please share this with your friends!
Thank you for sharing yourself,
I made the last couple updates on my Patreon public.
First, both of my younger kids (16 and 19) got official autism diagnoses yesterday. It's good news, because it makes them eligible for supports they wouldn't otherwise have access to.
And the other thing is I'm planning a Kickstarter for March to publish the next two Woohooligan books.
And the rest of today I'm working on another comic page and a couple of comedy articles.
How are you folks doin'?
p.s. If you haven't seen it yet, check out Laughter is a Moral Imperative. I'm really happy with this little manifesto, I think it's one of the best things I've written.
Also, my friend Amy lilrebelart is having some tech issues and could really use a commission or two. Here's her commission page radamy.wixsite.com/lilrebelart…
- Still struggling with diabetes complications from an as-yet undiagnosed second condition (doctor wants me to see an endocrinologist) - my money is still on hypothyroid - despite the insulin getting my blood-sugars down to the high side of average (100-150 most of the time), I'm still having a boat-load of the diabetic symptoms -- feeling hot or cold at normal room temperatures, frequent urination, constant physical exhaustion, even a little blurry vision (small print on pill bottles or my phone in particular)
- need to switch my medicare provider as soon as enrollment starts next month because my provider is cheap and doesn't want to pay for my doctor's network anymore
- my mother-in-law has an adenocarcinoma in her lung that was discovered on a scan after her hyperparathyroid surgery
- but her bone destruction hasn't healed since that surgery because when she was told to stop taking calcium she heard "STOP TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS!"
- thankfully her cancer was caught early at stage 1 and didn't get into her lymph which means only 2-weeks of radiation therapy...
- I'm still the only driver in a house of 5 and all of us now have therapy sessions on top of frequent doctor visits for 3 of us due to diabetes, back injury (and associated attempt at disability), and Carol's age-related issues like the hyperparathyroid and cancer...
- The exhaustion from the diabetes has seriously impeded my work during the times that I haven't been driving errands and doctor's appointments
- I finished reading two books recently, Seth Godin's Tribes and Amanda Fucking Palmer's The Art of Asking (both good) mostly while waiting in doctor's offices
- both of the break lights in our new car stopped working (not sure if we have any money left to get them fixed)
- we've been living about $100 below poverty for over a year - I did pick up a single new $1 Patron in the past couple months, but that's the only growth I've had all year - I'm thankful that I haven't lost more than about $3 in pledges this year though
- I've got about 50 people on my mailing list and I'm hoping to double that before the spring when I want to run a Kickstarter in the hopes that funding around $5k will bring in enough capital for me to visit a few conventions next year in addition to having a 2nd book on the table.
- Despite the illness, I finally managed to publish a 4-page comic about trickle-down economics last month, although it was the only work I managed to publish for the month
- my webcomic reviews have been a lot slower than I'd hoped because of the illness
- but I did just standardize my reply emails for authors requesting reviews, which will at least make that part easier, and I added some links to articles that may help them with Kickstarter campaigns and such (just today)
- I've gotten a bit better about Facebook -- when people send me friend requests now, I copy and paste a thank-you onto their wall or a message to them, I offer to help with any of their projects, and I link them to my Patreon page -- it's resulted in several great conversations this week
- I finally published my review for Russell Nohelty's new Sell Your Soul book, which I agreed to reed an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of, and agreed to review many months ago woohooligancomics.tumblr.com/p…
- I ran out of episodes of Voyager and DS9 and have been watching episodes of the original Star Trek recently... when I run out of that, the only one left that I can get for free will be the animated series.
- I have really mixed feelings about The Good Doctor - a series about a severely autistic resident surgeon... it's the only new show about an autistic character that I can see for free... I wish someone would make a network show about an autistic character who represents the majority of autistic people like me, who frequently hear "you don't seem autistic", instead of making all of them talk like Rain Man - Bones had a lot of autistic characters, but none that were described as diagnosed
- I don't like that any new show you're interested in now requires a separate subscription for a network with virtually nothing else on it
- This year's political comedies are fantastic! Colbert, Seth Meyers, the Daily Show, Full Frontal, and I'm really happy with Jordan Klepper's new show, the Opposition
- Oh, and there are two awesome half-hour sitcoms on lately -- The Good Place is in season 2 and Ghosted just started -- and Seth McFarlane now has an hour-long sci-fi comedy called the Orville, loosely based on Star Trek and that's also awesome
- I'm vaguely considering making a board game in which the goal is to outlive all the other players (like Monopoly), whilst navigating the corridors of a hospital that puts the Minotaur's labyrinth to shame, with heart counters, money, and byzantine amounts of red-tape and insurance cock-ups -- I want to have event cards like "receive an asshole transplant - pay $x and move to the recovery room" or "doctor left a wristwatch in your colon, receive $x from malpractice, lose one heart and move to the surgery room for follow-up". I'm contemplating a lobotomy card, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I don't have a good name for this game, but I feel like it's a great opportunity for comedy.
How and what are you guys all doing?
I know I haven't been very active here in the past couple months. I've been having some issues with my diabetes that the doctor still hasn't figured out. I'm fairly certain that it's hypothyroid, which is 1-in-10 for people with diabetes, and my mom says our family has a history of it... unfortunately, I've had a couple thyroid panels come back normal, although I've read that those labs aren't very reliable. If you get one that's not-normal, then you know for certain you have it, but on the other side, you can apparently have several normal thyroid labs despite having a thyroid problem. I'm sure this will all get figured out in the long-run, although in the moment right now it's pretty frustrating. I just published a new comic about the problems of trickle-down economics, and it's only about the 2nd I've been able to finish in the past two months. Today I got nine hours of sleep last night, was up long enough to get breakfast this morning and then after only about an hour or so being up was suddenly exhausted and had to take another nap for another hour. Woke up again feeling weird and a little shaky like a low-blood-sugar event, despite being 110, which is right in the normal zone for BS. (Bullshit has a totally different set of zones.) That's how it's been in the past few months and why I've been having such difficulty getting work done, along with a lot of doctor visits and other errands (I'm still the only driver in our house).
How have you guys been?
DeviantArt is still my favorite social media site. I do have over 5k followers on twitter and a few thousand Facebook friends, but at least so far, I've never been as close with those groups as I am with my DA Family.
A few of my friends have commissions open. Check them out:
- I didn't see a journal
Quick Reduced priced Commissions..Hey guys, just going to offer a few reduced priced headshot commissions this month.
First come first served. Equines only for reduced priced commissions.
7$ per headshot
1. Minty-mouse - Finished -
2. Fade--Touched - Finished-
3. Inkqubus - Finished -
4. Thesmia - Finished -
5. Little-Fork - Finished -
6. Little-Fork - Finished -
7. SG-Phantom - Finished -
8. SG-Phantom - Finished -
9. xVerdelet - Finished -
10. Euryba - Finished -
Comment below or note me to snag a slot (or more if you want more than one)