State of the Comic!

The year is 1937! Oh wait, the year is 2007!

That means another year of conventions, another year of working on the comic, new projects I haven’t even thought of yet, new foster kids, new challenges I can’t yet imagine.

A lot has changed since the day I first uploaded page one of my first graphic novel.

Back then I was working a 9-5 day job doing web design, graphics, and business cards. I would come home every day and draw from 6pm to about 11 or 12 then go to sleep and do it all over again. On the weekends I would wake up and get straight to work and draw until almost 2 or 3 in the morning.

Working in that way I produced over 500 pages of material in the first five years of the 19XX project. I published or manufactured too many things to list here. I was invited to the Eisner awards twice for my graphic novels and received other various accolades I never thought would come my way. But I couldn’t keep up that pace forever.

One year I did 12 comic book conventions. It was as exhausting as you think it was. This year I’m doing 5. Due to a combination of more books and getting better at doing conventions I’ve actually increased my sales. That’s right, doing fewer conventions I make more money. In addition to higher sales I have more time to create art. And that’s the whole point of this right!?

Then a few new opportunities came my way. I had the chance to open up a comic book shop with a couple friends of mine. It’s a great shop, Arsenal Comics & Games. If you/re in Newbury Park, CA you should check it out. I also was offered the opportunity to teach graphic design and illustration at the local college. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. And being foster parents we never know how many kids we’re going to have or how old they’ll be. That’s always exciting.

All that adds up to a lot of work. But They’re all dream jobs, every one of them. And it all started here, with that first page. I didn’t know what I was doing. Nobody wanted to hire me to draw for them, so I had to create my own drawing gig. I had to create my own opportunities. There was no guidebook on how to do conventions, I had to study them and come up with a system that worked for me. So looking back I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished with your help. Anyone who has supported my books, visited my booth at conventions, or come by the site to read a few pages. You’ve made this possible.

And it’s because of you that I’m excited for this year. Book Four is in progress, and I can’t wait for you to see it but I know the extra time that’s gone into it will make it the best book yet. And my goal when starting this whole crazy thing was to always create something better.

So please come along for another year of adventures and we’ll look back one year from now and marvel at what we’ve accomplished together.