A lot of comic creation resources won’t keep it real.
They’re “yes men” who want you to keep buying a product or going to their site.
Sure I want you to buy my book and share the article links I post, but at the end of the day the most important thing is that you are successful in what you do. Success really is a flame, and lighting as many candles as I can doesn’t reduce my flame at all… in fact it just means more folks are gathering around the fire and I know at least one of you freeloaders 😉 brought marshmallows!
So here’s the thing. You’ve probably heard most new businesses fail. Depending where you look the numbers are really high… I think accurately, it’s something like 33-50% of startup businesses fail within the first few years.
Comics aren’t much different.
If you’re serious about a career writing and creating comics, think long term.
Odds are your first IP isn’t going to gain the traction you think and hope it will. This is marketplace reality.
If you stick it through and really work to have a career in comics, you’re more likely to get it right the third time around, maybe the second (heck “maybe” the first), but realistically the third time really is the charm.
It’s typically only once you’ve been to the dance a few times that you really get the moves down enough to impress the judges–and by judges I mean, the public.
If the thought of having your first IP crash and burn, upsets you to the point of not wanting to pursue writing comics, you might want to reevaluate your relationship as a comic creator now.
You’ll save yourself a ton of money, time and hair. 😉 ▪
About the Author —
Nick Macari is a full-time freelance story consultant, developmental editor and writer, working primarily in the independent gaming and comic markets. His first published comic appeared on shelves via Diamond in the late 90’s. Today you can find his comic work on comixology, amazon and in select stores around the U.S. Visit NickMacari.com for social media contacts and news on his latest releases.
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