Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to start making comics. I barely knew how to draw humans, I couldn’t write to save my life, and money was a figment of my imagination. I was just a dreamer trying to figure out how to share my stories with others. I was also a broke art student.
I started at zero and now I have 2 self-published volumes carried at local stores, dozens of mini-comics, and a daily webcomic with a steady readership. I do well at conventions and my readership increases daily. Most importantly I’ve befriended fans and met fellow comic-makers.
I chose to do the Indie Comics route because I want to have full control over my work. I want to meet readers and fans and get to know them personally. I want the freedom to carve my own niche and tell my own stories. Once I graduate, I want to try my hand at graphic novels.
I still have a long way to go and I invite you to come along with me!
Over the next few months, I’ll share with you everything I’ve learned about indie comics. From the basic art of making comics, to the business of making money, making connections and finding resources.
Together, we’ll dive headfirst and explode through the indie comics scene; shake up the very foundations of comics and make our every dream come true. At the very least, we’ll make some awesome comics and friends.
Some reading to get you started. All of these are available through your local library and bookstore.
1. Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel, Matt Madden
2. Understanding Comics by Scot McCloud
3. How to Fail at Indie Comics by Thomas Hall on The Backroom Podcast