May proved to be a productive month. I got inspired to buckle down on administrative work for my illustration goals and really make things happen. I had begun listening to Comic Lab
, a podcast hosted by Brad Guigar and Dave Kellett, two long-time comic artists. (Dave’s comics Sheldon
have been some of my favorite webcomics!) Anyways, a lot of their advice on comic making carries over for graphic novels, which is really what I want to do! Between their inspiration and the advice of my kidlit friends, I set about planning out deadlines and schedules for myself to help get me where I want to be.
A kid’s comic anthology called Adventures Everywhere was asking for submissions with a due date of May 15th. I began thinking of an idea back in April before dropping it entirely and pursuing one that seemed like a better fit. The anthology has an 8 page limit per story, which proved challenging for me. I had never written a story that short before! I submitted my pitch along with links to my portfolio and a couple concept sketches for the story. They ended up receiving around 200 pitches, and mine ended up not being selected. I am not too put out about it, though, since I plan to go ahead with making it anyways.
I set up a Patreon
for myself! It provides behind-the-scenes info and early access to my latest goings on, as well as a tier for receiving a monthly sticker in your mailbox from me. I’m hoping to build this over time as a way to help fund more of my art by helping pay for supplies, classes, membership fees, and program subscriptions.
My Kickstarter fully funded, and I even reached one of my stretch goals! It has been such a thrilling, nail-biting, exhilarating ride, and I’m glad to have gotten as much response as I did. Sweet, sweet artistic validation. Ha! I built Backerkit surveys, tweaked the art, and got the ball rolling on placing my order.