Exciting times! Make Your Comic Book, Pronto! is now available on Amazon as a lovely paperback or a handy little Kindle e-book. If you're interested in creating and self-publishing your own comic book, this is designed to get you there as quickly as possible and with a bare minimum of faffing around. It has tips on designing your comic book from the ground up to be a market-ready page-turner, including:
- How to come up with a concept that best fits your budget and best grabs passers-by with a killer title and cover art
- How to hire an artist to produce great artwork without you or said artist going without lunch money
- How to letter the artwork yourself to get the final say on the story without breaking the bank
- Ways to maximize sales at conventions
All this information has been learned the hard way by self-publishing comic books for over ten years. The book isn't going to teach you how to write a script and mail it to Marvel. It won't tell you the best way to write interesting stories about superheroes that are older than your parents. It's about guiding you in creating your own original story with your own unique voice, about making an entertaining comic book which will sell enough to get you on to producing the next one and the next one and the next one.
The book can be picked up at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and all other national versions. It's available in print and e-book versions and comes with a free download code so that you get digital copies of every single Attackosaur comic to date!
I'd love to hear how you get on with the book, and best of luck to you if you're starting out down the rocky road to self-publishing great comic books!
For a few months now, I've been working on a book all about creating and self-publishing comic books. I have basically taken every question I had when I was starting out over ten years ago and tried to answer it in this book. It's fuelled by over ten years of experience, and that's a lot of goofs, false starts and dead ends. I got my own rather shaky start by trawling through forums for tips and by good, old-fashioned trial and error. A couple of projects didn't meet expectations, one or two fell through completely, and I even got myself ripped off here and there. But, in the end, as painful as it was, I ended up with comic books in my withered old hands. The idea of this book is to spare new comic book creators the pain of all of those mistakes, to get them on track in the fastest, simplest way possible.
I'm nearing the end of the line with the Serbian Film audience research project. With over 300 responses, there was a lot of interesting data to swim through. One of the most interesting little facts that came out of it, for me, is that 78% of all participants watched an illegal download or bootleg copy of the film. 88% of British folks who took part watched an uncut version of the film, too, despite the BBFC's cuts. It seems like the real impact of censorship - it doesn't appear to be stopping anyone from watching the film - is the massive financial damage it does to independent filmmakers and distributors. My research isn't about that aspect of censorship, but it'd be fun to explore something like that in the future. I'm looking forward to getting this all polished up and ready for submission so I can share a little more (and hopefully publish the beast somewhere!).
I'm a PhD film student at Northumbria University. I self-publish comic books under the Attackosaur banner. This blog is for academic rambling, comics work and pictures of dogs.