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Would Fluther be upset if I mentioned a project I got published?

Asked by cookieman (37574points) 1 month ago

It’s a comic I have been working on for a while and I finally got it published. Would love to share the link with my fellow jellies, but not sure if the LMT (Lagoon Management Team) will allow it.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Congratulations! I’m very happy for you!
I’d love to see it!

Jeruba's avatar

I think there are legitimate ways to post information you want to share without its being flagged as spam. I hope you find one.

janbb's avatar

Oh Cookie! We want a bite of you!

Please post the link.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I^^^ agree would love to see it.

cookieman's avatar

Thanks folks. I appreciate the enthusiasm. Here is the link…

https://www.comixology.com/Alice-and-the-Moons-1/digital-comic/859969

janbb's avatar

Congrats @cookieman ! It looks cool. will have to check it out.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@cookieman -Your illustrations are beautiful!

chyna's avatar

So cool!! I knew him when he was a mere tadpole in the lagoon! Now he’s famous!

KNOWITALL's avatar

That’s very cool @cookieman!!! Just shared for ya!

Jonsblond's avatar

This is so cool! Congratulations @cookieman!

mazingerz88's avatar

Awesome! Congrats! :)

longgone's avatar

[Mod says] The LMT is fully on board.

We bow before your giant brain. And also, since you posted that link here, I think we will receive a substantial cut of the proceeds. Go draw more.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Congratulations !
Keep us posted of futures issues as well.

cookieman's avatar

Thank you so much folks (and the LMT!) !! I hope you enjoy the story.

Issue No.1 was just released. No. 2 will be out in July with No. 3 arriving in September.

I’ll be sure to post a reminder fo y’all.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Congratulations on your big success. So exciting! Thanks for posting the link!

cookieman's avatar

@longgone: I think that is an entirely fair deal.

@KNOWITALL: That is incredibly kind of you to share it.

@chyna: “Famous” may be pushing it, but I’m really happy its out in the world.

Jonsblond's avatar

I see they had you fix the typo in your question. I had a feeling that would be the only problem the mods would have with it. :)

cookieman's avatar

@Jonsblond: Ha! Hence why I have an editor on my comic. :^)

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

This is all kinds of awesome! Love it! Ho’omaikai!

jca2's avatar

Really impressive work!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@cookieman My pleasure. I don’t remember you telling me you were a writer, that’s a pleasant surprise. :)

cookieman's avatar

@KNOWITALL: I sort of wasn’t. I’ve had professional experience writing ad copy for print and radio and then curriculum writing for colleges. I’m primarily a visual artist though. So when I told my advisor in grad school that I had these story ideas but needed a writer, he said, “Um, you write. Just write them yourself.” So now I do.

raum's avatar

Radness!

Just purchased and created a ComiXology account. Dusting off my inner comic book nerd. Excited!

cookieman's avatar

@raum: Thank you so much!! And, ‘hello’ to your inner nerd.

Caravanfan's avatar

@cookieman Are you the writer and the artist?
Is it available in print? If so, where? Is it being distributed? If it’s available I’ll purchase it that way as I far prefer print copies to digital copies.

(I’m a big comic book geek—I have an order ready at my comic book store that I’m picking up tomorrow).

I had tickets to San Diego Comic Con this year but it got cancelled.

cookieman's avatar

@Caravanfan: Yes, I am the writer and artist on the book.

It was published digitally by Comixology, but I have a few print copies (I had made for promotional purposes). If you PM me, I’d be more than happy to mail issues 1 & 2 to you.

It’s the least I can do in return for your amazing COVID-19 AMA threads.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Congrats, Cookieman! I think the fact that you have published could give me some hope for my project too!

How did you get them to publish your comic? Do you have an agent or something? Can you share any publishing tips? My biggest worry about my project is that I would run out of publishers, so if you can share your publishing experience it would be a big help :)

cookieman's avatar

@Mimishu1995: I am no expert, but what I learned from some folks who have been published (colleagues, grad school people, friend) is that major comic publishers (Marvel, DC, Image) want see that you already have published by smaller publishers. It’s frustrating because it’s like the old axiom that you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job.

That said, there are a number of smaller publishers (Action Lab, Black Mask, Dark Horse, Lion Forge, and Comixology Originals) that do accept story proposals. The rub is that they want your comic to basically be completed for them to consider publishing it.

In my case, I have the first 2 (of 3 issues) all done, so they were comfortable that I’d get issue three done. Plus the script, layouts, and cover design for No. 3 are all done. They also wanted all the digital files ready to publish. Luckily, I’m a graphic designer, so I know how to do that. Essentially, this means they have to very little work if they decide to publish your work.

Of course, they still have to want to publish it. The folks I spoke with say there is a large market for Young Adult (YA) material. Luckily, my book is an all ages, family adventure story. Even so, I submitted it to Comixology Originals three times. The first two attempts I didn’t even hear back. Not a rejection, just (I assume) a “we’re too busy to even look at this.” Third time, they got back to me in a month with a “congratulations, we would like to publish your book” email.

It’s a small victory, but the idea is to be able to say you have been published to get the attention of larger publishers, who are constantly trolling smaller publishers for new talent. At least, that’s the theory.

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