Comic Art

Find your true audience

Long-time Comics Experience member Gamal Hennessy shares his insight on how to avoid targeting a “false market” for your comics and graphic novels. Hennessy provides invaluable marketing advice and legal tips to our members and has been a Master Seminar instructor.

Creator: Gamal Hennessy

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Hennessy says, “Just because a person likes comics doesn’t mean they like all comics. Focus on people who like your type of story. You will have a far more successful book than if you tried to get the Spider-Man and Superman readers into something they’re not into.”

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Learning through failure

IDW Group Editor and Comics Experience alum Bobby Curnow discusses the value of failure to becoming your best creative self.

Creator: Bobby Curnow

Comic: Ghost Tree (get it digital | get it in print)

Curnow says: “You gotta make some comics yourself. You gotta fail a bunch. That’s all part of the learning process. That’s how you get good. Being part of a community like Comics Experience is a fantastic way to get those samples ready.”

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Grow your network

IDW Group Editor and former Comics Experience member Bobby Curnow shares his advice on growing your creative network.

Creator: Bobby Curnow

Comic: Ghost Tree (get it digital | get it in print)

Curnow says: “It’s extremely intimidating when you’re first starting out. It feels so overwhelming. But you just have to start. Connect with the artists who the artists you are a fan of also follow. Over time you’ll see the people you’re aware of grow and grow.

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Learn from the experts

Colorist Pippa Bowland discusses expert tips from Chris Sotomayor’s Introduction to Comic Book Coloring.

Creator: Pippa Bowland

Comic: Ash and Thorn (get it digital)| 2000 AD (get it in print & digital)

Bowland says: “He would point out these little things [to work on] all the time, every week, and not just when he’s reviewing your work, but everybody else’s. That helps you to spot them and they all add up.”

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Honesty from experts

Pippa Bowland discusses how Intro to Comic Book Coloring’s instructor, Chris Sotomayor, made her a better creator with his honest critiques and industry knowledge.

Creator: Pippa Bowland

Comic: Ash and Thorn (get it digital)| 2000 AD (get it in print & digital)

Bowland says: “Loved the way Soto teaches, can’t fault it. He’s honest. There’s a balance and he gets it spot on. Before I was a colorist I was a teacher myself so I know how hard it is to strike that balance. He really cares, he enjoys it, he’s on the right side.”

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Never give up

Long-time Comics Experience member Amber Love discusses how the community members never let each other give up on their comics dreams.

Creator: Amber Love

Comic: Insider Art

Love says: “The benefits of being a long-term member: You get to know people more and in a very different way. ‘I remember when you were ready to give up!’ And they persevere. We have all said at some point we’re going to give up, but we’re still here.”

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