The Art of Davis
Anyone who cares about SPOILERS and hasn’t yet read the last issue of Atomic Robo Vol.8 SHOULD NOT go any further. Are we clear? Alright.
PS: Oh come ON! Get over your damn nerd OCD and peek below the break. I posted some boss new artwork.
Maybe …maybe just scroll through it quickly so you don’t accidentally read any words.
One reason I’ve been so busy lately is that I recently starting coloring Atomic Robo. Scott’s artwork is a lot of fun to color (lots of great shapes in there). Check out the first panel in the last page in that preview! There’s so much action! Anyway, it’s fun, and there are robots and cowboys, so I hope you all check it out when it’s released.
My friend Sara makes valentines every year and they are always charming and one year I gave one to a lady who then smooched me so I think that speaks for itself
Good advice: Make your comics and put them online, then make more then keep doing that without stopping for at least 2 or 3 years before you expect ANYTHING in terms of recognition or readership.
This accomplishes several things. 1) It keeps you from viewing your work as precious. Don’t obsess over one piece, draw and redraw, correct and perfect it all while never posting it. You get better by making MORE comics. Not by making the same comic over and over. 2) It gets you accustomed to the cycle of creativity. Have an idea, refine it, make it, put it up, repeat. 3) It gets you accustomed to taking and responding to feedback and criticism. The more work you post the more readers you’ll get and the more opinions you will start to receive directly or indirectly about your work.
More good advice: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be kind. Be kind online, be kind in person, be kind to your readers, be kind to your fellow artists, be kind to the world. This is important above all else because 1)Being an online persona means YOU are the product you are selling. If your product is a total dickbag, the only people who buy it will be total dickbag enthusiasts. 10 years down the road and you realize all of your readers are assholes and you’ve hand picked them because of how you acted. 2) Your peers talk about you when you aren’t around. They decide who to work with on collaborations, who to bring in on new opportunities and who share hotels/booths/wonderful experiences with at conventions. Word will get around SO VERY FAST if you are not a nice person and you will start to wonder why fun projects keep passing you by. 3) Can anyone honestly come up with a reason to NOT always be kind? When looking for a default behavior, you can’t do much better than this.
Even More good advice (lightning round): Don’t worry about merch. Worry about making good comics. Dont worry about getting more readers. Worry about making good comics. Don’t EVER compare your perceived success to that of your peers. You don’t know their situation, or how they came about what you think they have that you might want for yourself. Just worry about making good comics. Never envy your peers money, readers or success (sounds a lot like the last one right? That’s because it’s super important.) Instead, envy how hard they’ve worked and try to emulate that. Also, just worry about making good comics. Don’t try to find success by doing exactly what another artists has done. We all have different paths to success and you’ll do better finding your own rather than copying someone else (in art as well as in business). Also just worry about making good comics.
The worst piece of advice I ever got: Get an invitation to the cool kids table, i.e. Get in with this certain clique and you’ll be instantly welcomed into the secret world of webcomic success. This secret club, community, group, whatever you want to call it DOES NOT EXIST. I spent too many years waiting for artists I admired to take notice of me that I eventually started to obsess over making them like me. Spoilers, it never happened and I had nothing to show for all that worry and grief. I gave absolute strangers power over my mental well being that they didn’t even want and certainly didn’t deserve. Don’t worry about making “powerful” friends. You will make more friends in this industry by BEING a good friend first. Offer help, offer support, share your audience with artists whose work you admire. Be honest, be genuine and be kind. Repeat that 1000X in your head every day until it’s the only thing you even understand anymore.
By the way, the person who gave me that terrible advice was me.
All-around good advice from Joel, most of which I still need to work on.
Fun news! The first three volumes of beartato comics are now available to purchase in digital form. Perfect for reading on your computer or magic rectangle.
I’m putting together digital versions of my books and recalled all the time I spent putting fake book titles on this shelf. It’s not really legible in the print version so here’s a screenshot. Click through to see it full-size.
Bonus tidbit: the three books between “Reading” and “Responsibility Cat” are the three volumes of Beartato comics. Thus the book you are reading… is in the book you are reading. Did I just blow your mind
WHAT IS GOBLIN WEEK.
Goblin Week is a thing started by me last year as an excuse for frantic and uncritical creativity for myself and others. Goblin Week is the reason for the season.
YOU can participate in Goblin Week, AND IN FACT I INSIST THAT YOU DO. Beginning on JANUARY NINETEENTH and ending on JANUARY TWENTY-FIFTH, you should consider putting into the world as many goblin-related creative items as is feasible for you. The tag #goblinweek is at your disposal on tumblr and on twitter, and both accounts will do their best to publicize the goblin-week-relevant works of all comers.
WHAT DOES “GOBLIN” MEAN TO YOU. GOBLIN WEEK IS ABOUT YOU. FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
ANOTHER THING THAT WILL BE HAPPENING FOR THIS YEAR’S GOBLIN WEEK is the GOBLIN WEEK 2014 ZINE, which will be detailed further in the near future. But broadly: the zine will be available for preorder on Goblin Week and no later. The emphasis as to contents will be on intensity and quantity. Your contributions will be extremely welcome BUT NOT ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY NINETEENTH THE FIRST DAY OF GOBLIN WEEK 2014.
WHETHER YOU PARTICIPATE OR NOT I HOPE THIS IS FUN FOR YOU
It’s Goblin Week!
Because I am madly in love with Manga Studio 5EX and want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy it, I feel I would be remiss not to point out that Smith Micro is currently having a sale and you can get it for a really great discount both on their site