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New Comics, and New Comics

Welcome to Falling Rock National Park: Season 2 has begun! Check my website for new comics. If your paper doesn’t carry Falling Rock, write the editor! They listen to the people who pay for the paper a lot more than some cartoonist who just takes up space with his silly picture-stories.

In other news, I attended the annual Portland Zine Symposium over the weekend. For those of you not in Portland, the Zine Symposium is for those who have published their own zines to sell or trade with like-minded folks. There were six or so rows of tables in a large but still very crowded room. I brought copies of my comic book, Dancing with Jack Ketch, to trade. Most everyone was happy to trade with me, so now I have a stack of new comics to read.

It’s very exciting to talk with people who are making comics as well as publishing on their own. I know for me making comics will always be a part of my life, but getting others to read them takes a different part of your brain. For Falling Rock I rely on MCT Campus to distribute my comics, but if I have an idea for a comic book, then it’s up to me to get it out there. Self-publishing is a quick and satisfying way to do this – quicker, I should say, than sending it around to various publishers and waiting for the inevitable rejection. The difficult part is, I’m no salesman, so I’m glad there are events like the Zine Symposium so I can get my comic out to other people without feeling like I’m selling anything.

I’m sure most of you artiste-types can relate. You do what you love, but when it comes to making a living, it’s most baffling. Publishers exist for that reason, but when publishers want nothing to do with you, you have to take the proverbial duck by the horns and self-promote. It’s something I’m still working on.

2 replies on “New Comics, and New Comics”

Josh, I’m so jealous! I wish I could have come to the Zine Symposium this year, but alas it was not in the cards.

Self-promotion is definitely a hard egg to crack. You’ve got to just put your stuff out there and hope that it connects with people. No one’s stuff is going to be right for everybody and there can be rejection even on the smaller scale (stores not wanting to carry your comics) but you just have to stick with it and win the battles that you can.

Anyways, enough preaching! I hope you are well in beautiful PDX…

Alec, thanks for the pep talk. You have certainly found a good groove with promoting your comics. It also helps that I live in a place with so many outlets for self publishing.

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