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teelowegreen:

If you’re tabling at a con as a Li’l Rookie, get ready to experience these 12 Stages of Feels exactly like this.

A comic about an experience we’re all familiar with. Hang in there, guys! We’re all in this together!

okay, stop. S T O P.

first off, if you want to sell/be known, don’t ever call yrself “Li’l Rookie.” this completely prostrates you, immediately, before other people can make a judgment call themselves. why would i ever be interested in yr work when right off the bat you’re debasing it? if you don’t care enough to be confident at all, why should i care enough to buy it?

also, don’t be such a sad sack because people spring for more mainstream or interesting-looking work. the truth of the matter is that many people you meet, whether in day-to-day life or at cons/festivals, will not care about you or yr work. that’s it. that’s how it is. not every person who walks by yr table is going to buy something or compliment you. many people won’t! instead of looking like a sad puppy when they walk away disinterested, be proud of yr work and focus on the people who do want to see. and don’t blame yr audience for not being interested in yr personal experience. they don’t know you! and they don’t owe you anything because you chose to be vulnerable. don’t expect them to; that’s self-centered and shitty.

if you want to sell, and you want people to be interested, understand that independent comics, even sensitive comics about yr personal life, are only half about art — the other half is business. at this stage in the game, you are yr own artist, writer, manager, secretary, publicist, and financial department. this is a lot of work. don’t expect to immediately soar and make bank just because you put in time drawing — you have to put the time in for everything else as well. manage yr time so you’re not spending too much time editing yr scans. if you fuck up yr printing, do it again. package yr work so it looks unique and interesting. even basic practices like this will help immensely.

basically: learn up and toughen up, or be miserable. the choice is yours!

there’s nothing wrong with selling comics about your childhood but basically if you don’t make it look nice (printing, presentation, table set up, etc), most potential buyers will read that instinctively as a lack of care on your part and if you don’t care enough about it to make it look nice, why should they care enough to buy it? tbh no matter how great your art or ideas are, if you can’t present them in a way that is accessible and appealing to the public, it’s gonna be hard to sell. especially at cons where a lot of people appreciate talent and some people buy based on talent, but most people actually buy things that hit them in the feelings within the first few seconds (something funny or sad, etc., that gives them that immediate emotional gratification, usually fan art because it gives them an immediate frame of reference, something they’re already familiar with and have feelings towards). ahaha sorry i don’t usually reblog this sort of thing here but i have a lot of thoughts about convention tactics.

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— 57 minutes ago with 6306 notes
#good advice  #con tabling 
saihariigyaru:

omg it snowed this afternoon ! ♥ I spent like 8 mins doing my make up cause I didnt wan’t it to get too dark to take pics xD ..so today is a sexy/sweet look

saihariigyaru:

omg it snowed this afternoon ! ♥ I spent like 8 mins doing my make up cause I didnt wan’t it to get too dark to take pics xD ..so today is a sexy/sweet look

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— 3 hours ago with 5054 notes
#holy shit  #more perfection  #lolita  #how  #inspiration 
tamorapierce:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering African-American Victims Injured By Police Brutality In America
Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. (Pennsylvania): Tased By Pittsburgh Police While Praying & Giving Last Respects For His Deceased Stepson In A Hospital, Survived The Taser Attack, Has Now Sued Pittsburgh In A Civil Rights Lawsuit Over The Tasing
Reverend Earl Baldwin Jr. of Pittsburgh filed a civil rights lawsuit against police after they allegedly restrained and tased him in a hospital emergency room. Baldwin claims he was trying to pay his last respects to his dead stepson when the incident occurred.
According to Baldwin, he was trying to pray for 23-year-old Mileek Grissom in the UPMC Mercy Hospital, when officers pulled him away and tased him. “I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK,” Baldwin explained to WPXI. “I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK.”
Video from a hospital camera shows a distraught Baldwin handcuffed and surrounded by several officers trying to pull him away from his son, and one of the officers shooting him in the back with a taser. Officers say Baldwin was interfering while doctors tried to revive Grissom, but a family attorney says Grissom was dead and not being treated at the time.

The police department has not issued a statement about the lawsuit, but UPMC refutes Baldwin’s claim. “Clearly this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family,” it said. “However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate.”
Tori Baldwin, Grissom’s mother, was denied entry into the hospital at the time.
Source: Carimah Townes for ThinkProgress

Dammit, Pittsburgh.  Aren’t police-community relations bad enough?

tamorapierce:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering African-American Victims Injured By Police Brutality In America

Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. (Pennsylvania): Tased By Pittsburgh Police While Praying & Giving Last Respects For His Deceased Stepson In A Hospital, Survived The Taser Attack, Has Now Sued Pittsburgh In A Civil Rights Lawsuit Over The Tasing

Reverend Earl Baldwin Jr. of Pittsburgh filed a civil rights lawsuit against police after they allegedly restrained and tased him in a hospital emergency room. Baldwin claims he was trying to pay his last respects to his dead stepson when the incident occurred.

According to Baldwin, he was trying to pray for 23-year-old Mileek Grissom in the UPMC Mercy Hospital, when officers pulled him away and tased him. “I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK,” Baldwin explained to WPXI. “I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK.”

Video from a hospital camera shows a distraught Baldwin handcuffed and surrounded by several officers trying to pull him away from his son, and one of the officers shooting him in the back with a taser. Officers say Baldwin was interfering while doctors tried to revive Grissom, but a family attorney says Grissom was dead and not being treated at the time.

The police department has not issued a statement about the lawsuit, but UPMC refutes Baldwin’s claim. “Clearly this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family,” it said. “However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate.”

Tori Baldwin, Grissom’s mother, was denied entry into the hospital at the time.

Source: Carimah Townes for ThinkProgress

Dammit, Pittsburgh.  Aren’t police-community relations bad enough?

— 3 hours ago with 19418 notes
#wtf  #police brutality  #racism 

amaninyc:

Dressed hime for Kawaii International~ 1/21/13

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— 4 hours ago with 694 notes
#holy shit  #perfection  #that hair  #lolita 
URBANCE →

This looks AWESOME. The animation’s really smooth, the character designs are super cool and they’re going to have someone from Studio Ghibli on the team! Just 15 days to go and they’re at $108,000 out of $189,000. I’ve backed it; anyone else up for it?

— 5 hours ago with 1 note
#kickstarter  #animation  #crowdfunding  #anime  #studio ghibli 

you all deserve someone who isn’t embarrassed to love you and tells all their friends about you and saves your selfies, whether they’re good or bad to look at when they miss you and loses sleep to talk to you and tells you how much they love you all the time and i really hope all of you find that one day because you all deserved to be loved

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— 5 hours ago with 250202 notes
#found him!  #kirill  #love 

dutchster:

this was the result of a korean high school having no rules for their senior photos

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— 5 hours ago with 232135 notes
#lol  #this is beautiful  #senior photos 

ranooooo:

今年の残暑お見舞いの絵でした!(+別加工ver)

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— 6 hours ago with 1052 notes
#art  #illustration  #drawing  #anime