Why don't Indie creators help each other? That's the million dollar question isn't it? Now hear me out, I'm not saying EVERY indie creator is out for themselves; I'm talking from my own personal experiences. The way I see it a large percentage of creators self publish for one (or many) of the following:
A. They have a big enough fan base to make it on their own and do very well financially. (Very low percentage)
B. They're not talented enough to go pro. (Very high percentage)
C. Can't work well with others. (Bad team player)
D. Both B & C
I feel the vast majority of indie creators are out only for themselves, even when they work on the same studio/company/team; their sole purpose is pushing their projects, themselves and their brand. It boggles the mind how they can't understand that by building each other up you can reach a much larger audience as well as make wonderful allies. I've dealt with these type of creators for years, they claim to be "all for the team" but actions speak louder than words; if you spend every day pushing only your work and you're part of a small indie publisher then I'm sorry to burst your bubble but you're only looking out for yourself.
That's one thing I've seen over and over when dealing with other indie creators at different forums and social media outlets is that to me, they come off as jaded and cynical people, to the extent that they completely blow you off even when you're genuinely trying to help them; they still refuse to engage. I admit I'm a bit cautious myself, mostly do to the fact that I've been burned so many times on this indie comics road; I've become very distrusting of people. Especially when it comes from a potential business/corporation and/or a fellow colleague, but you have to take a chance sometimes; it's the best way to ride the dangerous waters of independent comics publishing.
We all need a little help sometimes even when you're one of the best creators or an unknown... and that's ok. It shocks me to my very core than almost nobody is talking about Buy Indie Comics Day and we're only a week away. You'd think indie creators would be all over this event, but no; all I see on Facebook is a constant bombardment of "buy my book" promos on as many comic book groups as possible. Quick word of advice: rather than waste all your time and energy pushing your book on your own, why don't you reach out to another creator and swap ideas and cross promote yourselves; maybe that's all you need to make it in this crazy indie comics world... combine efforts to lift each other up instead of knocking each other down for scraps, that's a great mantra to live by.
¿Por qué los creadores indie no se ayudan entre sí? Esa es la pregunta del millón de dólares, ¿no? Ahora escúchame, no estoy diciendo que CADA creador independiente está fuera por sí mismos; Hablo de mis propias experiencias personales. La forma en que lo veo un gran porcentaje de creadores se autopublican para uno (o muchos) de los siguientes:
A. Tienen una base de fans lo suficientemente grande como para hacerlo por su cuenta y hacerlo muy bien financieramente. (Porcentaje muy bajo)
B. No tienen el talento suficiente para ser profesionales. (Porcentaje muy alto)
C. No puede trabajar bien con los demás. (Jugador de equipo malo)
D. Tanto B como C
Siento que la gran mayoría de los creadores independientes están fuera sólo para sí mismos, incluso cuando trabajan en el mismo estudio / empresa / equipo; su único propósito es impulsar sus proyectos, ellos mismos y su marca. Se agita la mente cómo no pueden entender que al construirse unos a otros se puede llegar a un público mucho más grande, así como hacer aliados maravillosos. He tratado con este tipo de creadores durante años, dicen ser "todos para el equipo", pero las acciones hablan más fuerte que las palabras; si pasas todos los días empujando sólo tu trabajo y eres parte de un pequeño editor independiente entonces lamento reventar tu burbuja, pero sólo estás cuidando de ti mismo.
Eso es una cosa que he visto una y otra vez cuando trato con otros creadores indie en diferentes foros y redes sociales es que para mí, salen como personas desalidecidas y cínicas, en la medida en que te vuelan por completo incluso cuando realmente estás tratando de ayudar ellos; todavía se niegan a participar. Admito que soy un poco cauteloso, sobre todo hacer el hecho de que he sido quemado tantas veces en este camino de cómics indie; Me he vuelto muy desconfiado de la gente. Especialmente cuando viene de un negocio potencial / corporación y / o un colega colega, pero usted tiene que tomar una oportunidad a veces; es la mejor manera de montar las peligrosas aguas de la publicación de cómics independientes.
Todos necesitamos un poco de ayuda a veces, incluso cuando eres uno de los mejores creadores o un desconocido... y eso está bien. Me sorprende hasta el fondo que casi nadie habla del Día de Buy Indie Comics y nos queda sólo una semana. Uno pensaría que los creadores independientes estarían por todo este evento, pero no; Todo lo que veo en Facebook es un bombardeo constante de las promociones de "comprar mi libro" en tantos grupos de cómics como sea posible. Palabra rápida de consejo: en lugar de perder todo tu tiempo y energía empujando tu libro por tu cuenta, ¿por qué no te acercas a otro creador e intercambias ideas y te promocionas a ti mismo; tal vez eso es todo lo que necesitas para hacerlo en este mundo loco de los cómics indie... combinar esfuerzos para levantarse unos a otros en lugar de derribarse unos a otros en busca de chatarra, ese es un gran mantra para vivir.
With less than two weeks away until Buy Indie Comics Day we now an official webpage! Go to: www.buyindiecomicsday.com, sing up on their mailing list and be the first to find out about all the events going on that special day. Buy Indie Comics Day 2019 is on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. Contact your local comics shop and/or your local library and ask them what they have planned for this year's BICD. If they don't know, point them in our direction.
Remember That Buy Indie Comics Day Is, And Always Will Be On The 1st Saturday of August. #buyindiecomicsday
For a while I've been thinking about giving fans a little extra when they invest their hard earned cash on my books, not because I think the books aren't worth the money; but because I want to show my gratitude towards the readers. I talked about this with my partners in crime Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr (Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord) and Corey "Rocbottom" Davis (Jetboy) and they either agreed with the idea or had a similar idea, so I started thinking of what I could do for the fans that wasn't just a cheap throwaway; and I found the perfect way to make these little giveaways extra special for the fans.
So, as I was getting ready for Plastic City Comic Con I decided to go ahead and put this idea in motion. Here's the deal, with every new comic book I put out I'll be putting out extra material that will be exclusively available when you buy that specific comic book making these giveaways limited to the number of comics published. But there's one more detail, all these giveaways eventually become a top secret record full of information pertaining our characters.
For example, with issue #1 of Project: New Wave I put out an incident report for each member of the team from a military group called Lion Fang, detailing various incidents they've been involved with, damage done, powers, abilities; etc. Each report gives some insight as to what this agency thinks about our young heroes and what they plan on doing about it.
Project: New Wave #2 will be released with new extra material exclusively for that issue, you won't be able to get these anywhere else; so make sure you save them. As each issue comes out all these giveaways will keep on piling up and eventually will become a full military record of our team, this record will allow you the opportunity to not only know the characters more in depth, but also understand what other entities think about them; as well as give you some insight as to how our heroes see themselves.
In all seriousness, this will be your in depth character guide and I wanted to give this to the fans free of charge to show my gratitude. I wish I would've gotten this type of information for some of my favorite characters when I was first starting to collect comics, especially free of charge! So I decided to do it for my readers instead, I do hope you all enjoy these giveaways as much as I enjoy making them. I'd love to see pics of your Truthful Comics military records as more issues come out.
On Saturday July 13th, I attended my first Plastic City Comic Con not knowing exactly what to expect other than it was a long way from home. I did know a few things beforehand though.
1. Keith Gleason and his wife Amy (the organizers of this convention) are genuinely good people.
2. Keith, besides being a creator himself; LOOOOVES comic books!
3. Plastic City is supposed to be an artist/comic book centric show.
4. They had a great lineup of creators for this show.
5. Table pricing was great!
So what were my thoughts on Plastic City Comic Con? In order to give a proper review I feel I have to judge every aspect separately.
Set-Up - From the time you arrived Amy and Keith were right there to greet you either in the front lobby or the loading area, on top of things and with a warmth that is quite rare in these type of events; especially from the organizers. Loved the chill vibe!
GRADE - A+
Artist Alley - Well... there was no "artist alley" per se, craters were distributed evenly throughout the convention floor and some on the top level front lobby. The way it was organized they sprinkled mid to low level creators throughout the floor and the bigger names all along the wall of the skating rink. I feel they did a great job distributing creators and actually liked the idea rather than have a hundred artists chomping at the bit whenever a would be client walk in the "alley".
GRADE - A
Attendance - Attendance wasn't bad although it could've been better, but the people who actually attended were great and really interested in everything that was going on. I'm sure as more people find out about PCCC throughout the year the bigger it'll get in 2020. This convention will only get bigger and bigger!
GRADE - B
Food - I feel there wasn't enough food variety but hopefully that changes for the next one. Although... they did have a table with Brownies so I there's that. Maybe next year there will be a proper cantina... Star Wars style! ;D
GRADE - B-
Vendors - There was a variety of vendors selling products ranging from a lady selling Brownies to card games, hand crafted hats, self published comics, action figures; you name it! My only real gripe is the same one I have with every convention that allows it to happen... PRINT JOCKEYS!!! I truly feel that people who set up booths selling thousands of unlicensed prints/posters should be banned from conventions... but it's not my call to make. Other than that it was a a really fun show all around and can only get bigger and better! I already talked to the organizers about Truthful Comics being a part of it next year.
GRADE - B-
On a side note, we left Norfolk, Virginia on Friday around 7:00pm, drove all night and arrived at Agawam at 5:30AM. Dropped our boys with my mother-in-law and head straight to Fitchburg, MA. Arrived at around 7:45AM to start setting up our table... If that ain't love for comics and what we do I don't know what is!
Till' next year PCCC, it's been real.
For the past eight years we've been working alongside children hospitals, schools and many other places to provide a little bit of happiness to kids in our area through our non-profit initiative Comics For Christmas. Even though I had made an original sketch we used as an impromptu logo I always felt it looked incomplete, probably because it was; but last night I fixed that for good. So without further ado here's the brand new logo for our non-profit initiative Comics For Christmas!
Let us know what you think of it and don't forget, if you'd like to donate comics to our cause you can contact us at: email@example.com. Thanks in advance!
Well, convention season is upon us and of course I'll be representing Truthful Comics to the fullest at various comics conventions throughout the East Coast starting with Plastic City Comic Con. After Plastic City we'll be attending Buy Indie Comics Day in Norfolk, Virginia and if everything goes accruing to plan; Soda City Comic Con in South Carolina.
I'll be premiering Project: New Wave #1 at Plastic City along with a few freebies that'll enhance the fan experience, bringing you a step closer into this universe we're creating. That's gonna be something I'll be doing at every convention and with every new book that comes out, I'll be producing new bonus material to bring the fans closer to the characters, to experience these stories in a more inclusive way. I don't want to give away too much because I want it to be a nice surprise but it'll be a little something extra for the fans as a token of my appreciation.
Besides that, I'll be doing commissions at each one of these events so if you're interested in placing a commission in advance you can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll have your commission ready when you arrive at my table. Make sure to find out which show I'll be attending that's close to your neck of the woods and hopefully we get to meet in person.