So for those who don't know, I want very badly to make a living off of my comics. At least I think i do. It's tough sometimes. I wonder what's the point of trying? I'm 26, how do I expect to get into this market at my age? How can I compete with all this talent? Well when I'm super down in the dumps and depressed about how little I've done with my life, I turn to a reply Becky Cloonan, one of my idols, once left me when I asked how I could make it in the comics industry. It's pretty much been my mantra since I was 20. That's right, over six years ago she left me this response on here and I haven't removed it since.
"well see, drawing comics, and getting published has the same answer: draw comics! ross had done a bunch of pages before he was picked up by Oni. and I had self published 12 mini comics before i hooked up with brian and ait on Jennie One. so if you want to get published, drawing comics is also the answer to that question too.
the only way to improve your comic skills is to draw comics. likewise, the more comics you draw the better you will get. the better you get the better your chances of getting published are. therefore, the more comics you draw the better your chances of getting published are. A good portfolio is one thing, and it's always nice to have around, but having finished comic pages are so much more impressive. and showing you can follow through and do a whole comic is even more impressive. So get to work on that story of yours!! XD
getting a comic deal is 3 things. How good you are. How fast you are. And who you know. The best advice I can give is go make some minis and get yourself to the next comic convention, and give them out to as many people behind a table you can. editors, publishers, even other artists. they are your peers and it's just good to get to know people :3."
It's really excellent advice. I just need to learn to follow it better.