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How to Print and Price your Stuff

The main example used here is posters (and other print items for simplicity sake), but I do mention other items and what I talk about here applies to pretty much all produced products (posters, mugs, key chains, bookmarks, comic books, etc.)

Here’s some advice based on my own experiences and research.

General Pricing:

8″x10″ posters are usually at least $10 and up. Posters Larger than that are usually at least $15 or $20 and up. 

For a larger poster $45 can be perfectly acceptable especially if the content is particularly fantastic or detailed.

The exact amount really depends on you, art level, size of poster, printing costs, printing method, etc. Don’t under price your art, but don’t expect to sell a lot of and 8″x10″ print for $50 a piece unless your art is really frickin’ spectacular.

[Original art (not a print, an original, like a physical painting or sculpture) are a different story. Original paintings and the like can go for larger amounts, but your only selling the individual painting once. This will focus more on production of multiple prints and copies.]

Selling Factors:

How do you plan on selling these? For physical copies, if you’re not going to be at a convention or booth, online there’s

Shipping cost

to consider. Will shipping be an added on cost or will the poster price be higher and shipping free? (If you’re doing free shipping make sure to put that where it’s well visible. People always like free.) Also make sure to account for overseas shipping which can be way pricier.

Also consider deals.
Buy 2 get 3rd 50% off can help encourage people to buy more and raise your sales, but you have to willing to sell your product for that price. Other deals that are common are Buy $X or more and get free shipping, Buy X# of products and get free commission doodle or bookmark or other little trinket (doodles can be requests that you post on your blog rather than physically ship), Buy full set for $50 (instead of the $60 it would cost to buy them all separately), and other things in this vein.

Production:

Are you going through a site where you never actually touch the product (ie. RedBubble) or are you handling all the printing and shipping yourself?

Online Sites and 3rd Party Vendors:
If your going through a site that handles all the production and shipping it can be good since it’s very hands off. On the payment side though here are some question you need to check:

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tfw your kickstarter hits over 200% of it’s goal in the first half of the campaign. no, but seriously guys, thank you SO MUCH. 

this is actually part of an illustration that will be apart of the prologue for the book. right before harry has his queer realization. it’s going to explain how harry, ron, hermione and draco return to hogwarts after the war for their “8th year”. 

captainofthestars  asked:

Hi, I wanted to ask you a question! Your monsters are all A+ Super Cool, how do you design them? Like, do they start out as rough ideas/sketches you refine, or do they come out entirely as they are? Do you ever design characters by going like "ok I want a dude made of sugar, here's a few different concepts for that" or do you typically know what you want? Sorry if these seem like odd questions, I just really admire you and would like a look into your design process ^u^

Thank you very much, aha dang! Good questions, sure I can go through my thought process, its not super impressive or drawn out at all, but it’s what works for me and others.

  • For any character it all starts with a rough idea/concept. Usually my characters are based off of one or more particular animal/shape/object/theme, etc.

It takes some experimenting to see which things mesh together well, or what can be mixed together to make something different and creative.

  • And then from there I start to gather more resources to draw inspiration from. These resources could be from online, comics, books, TV shows, movies, real life, personal experience, other artists, etc. anywhere. 
  • It’s a good idea to stockpile pictures and links into folders so you can look at them later. Who knows! You might find something you forgot about and then want to use in the future.

Your example: A character made of sugar

  • Simply by googling “Sugar” I’m given an array of good reference pictures, and the ideas already start to pop up. If I were to go with a Sugar approach, I’d probably throw in some sugar cookie and candy heart inspiration~ (because I really love sprinkles and bright colors~)

The whole process for me is: think of a starting theme (ex. sugar), google references and inspiration, look in other media for other traits, use references + inspo to draw a rough-draft, pleased with draft = finalize design.

Once the character is designed they are open to changes and tweaks down the road. Remember! It’s okay to update your character’s design. The first drawing of them doesn’t mean their appearance is set in stone.

Maybe like? 80% of the time I already have an idea of what I want. After I see a couple pictures my imagination kicks in and I start drawing out the rough draft.

And it’s fine to not know exactly what you want at first. Be open to inspiration from surprising places! And as always: Keep practicing, show everyone what you can create~!  👍👍👍

Y’know what I’d love to see? Elder Scrolls comics. Like, an official series of comic book shorts released online and maybe physical editions in stores if the demand is there?? 

Instead of following a storyline or a plot, the books per issue are just chock full of cute 1-3 or more pages of short little comic stories from various regions and eras/times in Tamriel. Maybe one issue focuses on Skyrim, while the next one is various stories from Elsweyr or Valenwood. They have them labeled with different timestamps per story, like for example 4E, 201 they have a comic about Cicero doing something, or the daily routine of Paarthurnax, or a silly story about the adventures of Odahviing. Then another has a short story about Vivec or one of the Daedric Princes

Honestly I think that could potentially be really cool? 

Why I don’t have a strong online presence:

Watches TV/plays games/on computer/stressed out for 10 minutes: Vision goes blurry

15 minutes later (If the 4 painkillers I take don’t kick in fast enough): numb hands

20 minutes later: Migraine/ can no longer articulate speech.

45 minutes later: Brain does an entire reboot/ 50% chance I am unconscious.

It then takes me 24 hours to recover completely. I have silent seizures, these sometimes lead to strokes.

I am sorry I’m not online as often as I used to be, but I have not yet found medication that works. I hope you can understand.

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Thanks for invite me to do this :3

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Me vs. "Craig"

“Craig” is a guy in my grad program. I may have mentioned him before. He’s a perfectly nice, intelligent guy, but I cannot stand him. Here’s why: 

This semester, Craig has… 

  1. Handed in *every single* assignment days earlier than everyone else.
  2. Done high quality work on all of the aforementioned assignments.
  3. Held down a full-time job in addition to being in school.
  4. Regularly trained for a marathon. 
  5. Canned fruits and vegetables every week…FOR FUN.
  6. Written comic book reviews for an online publication.
  7. Presented a poster at a conference. 
  8. Travelled with his partner. 

Meanwhile, this semester, I have…

  1. Gotten really close to watching the Netflix movie that’s been on my coffee table since July. 

DO YOU SEE WHY CRAIG IS THE WORST????????

BECAUSE HE IS THE WORST

Adventure Time #24 is out today, featuring Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Lemongrab, Finn, Jake, gum zombies, BASICALLY EVERYONE??

Pick it up at your local comic book shop, online, or digitally - and before you do that, IF YOU’RE STILL NOT CONVINCED, read the first few pages for free!

FUN FACT: “[you/it] belongs in the garbage” is what my friend Carly and my wife Jenn say to each other in regards to… most things??

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okay so look at this for a sec

when i was really young, i was big into the W.I.T.C.H comic books. not the cartoon, the comic books, licensed by disney italia. i’m not going to lie to you. much like how i only read Maze Runner because i knew that one of the main characters was named Minho, when i looked at a cover of W.I.T.C.H i was immediately drawn to the character Hay Lin, who resembled me as a preteen so closely that i immediately became sucked into the story- simply to find out what happened to her. i almost had no choice in the matter!!!!! compare any picture of me from ages 10-13 to this character… when i looked at Hay Lin it was like i was looking at a drawing of a cuter version of myself.

because of this series, i idolized juanjo guarnido and alessandro barbucci and i wanted to draw just like them. whenever i found good reference for their drawing techniques i was ecstatic. so you can imagine my disappointment, horror, embarrassment and anger when i ended up finding these official how-to-draw pages from various publications of the comic book floating online… and reading the descriptions on the pages for Hay Lin, my favorite character- the one i heavily identified with.

what the fuck are ‘your usual set of oriental peepers’???? what the actual fuck are they? the second spread may have been fan-translated, but the first is scans from the actual publication. take a good fucking look at that shit. it was read by little girls all over the world. what the actual fuck, pray tell, are ‘your usual set of oriental peepers’? please tell me. tell me what they are.

it really kills your ego and self-love to read this blatant shit as a kid. here i was, loving Hay Lin and loving myself as a consequence, only to have this passive aggressive shit shoved in my face at a tender, young, impressionable age. (Hay Lin wasn’t the only victim of this shit, either. Irma, a wider, curvier character, has a million words that are meant to dance around the word ‘fat’ on her how-to-draw pages. and Taranee, a black character, has “ethnic style” and “ethnic accessories”. like, what… are… those?????????) i was this little innocent kid and when i read these words some tiny thing inside me shrivelled up and died and left behind something sour.

obviously Hay Lin has smaller eyes than the other characters. it’s not bad. it’s just part of her design, like how she has bigger ears, a pointier face, and a shorter overall physical makeup. it’s just representation of diverse body type. but when you go and put a fucking label on her eyes like that, generalizations that make you somehow feel horrible about her eyes and therefore your own, that’s where i draw the fucking line.

what’s ‘too small’? what’s ‘too crocked’? what informs anybody’s generalization of any ethnicity’s facial structure like that? what the actual fuck, pray tell, are ‘your usual set of oriental peepers’?????????????? somebody tell me. somebody fucking tell me.

watch your language, y’all

anonymous asked:

(Part 1) How low can comic sales get before they get canceled? Recently someone said on forum: "You want diversity, but you don't buy book with female lead. Look at Black Widow sales. It's only on issue 5 but only sold 27,055 copies. I bet it'll be cancelled soon". I've checked comichorn and it's true. She-Hulk & Black Widow "only" rank #83 & #84. Since you've got many followers, maybe you can signal boost this.

(Part 2) Black Widow comic received positive review. The art is pretty. Plus she is awesome. She help an abused woman. It’s worth try. I’m afraid another female lead book will be cancelled.

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Hey there anon! Marvel’s cutoff point is usually around 21k sales when they start considering cancellation. This is not a hard number, and Marvel sometimes will push a low-selling book despite being below the sales point. For example, Captain Marvel (KSD’s first volume of it) dipped under 21k early on in its run and Marvel kept it going to support the title. Now the volume stays over 28k. 

Some food for thought, from my experience of anxiously monitoring female lead Marvel title sales for awhile now -

  • First issues always sell more than subsequent issues. This is partially due to speculators (people who collect to attempt to turn profit and often do not read) and partially due to people checking out a book for the first time then changing their mind about actually committing to the subscription. This means that actual ranking is less important since the top 10 sellers are almost always first or last issues (with a splash of eternally popular books like Batman or Amazing Spider-man) - so ranking by itself is not a good indicator of the health of the book.
  • Raw numbers are less important than stability. Black Widow in particular is ranking around 27k - but taking into consideration that this number has not fluctuated much for the last few issues-  this means that the book has managed to find a loyal audience of subscribers. Sudden sharp drops in sales indicate people dropping a title and are scarier to me. 
  • Comic book issue sales do not take into account trade paper back sales  in the future - many modern comic book readers trade wait for convenience sake (saves some money and a heckuva lot of space)- and this is something that Marvel execs take into account when considering cancellation. 
  • Selling 27k copies on issue 5 - and therefore waist deep inside of an ongoing comic book arc - is good. It is obvious that the deeper into a book you go, the harder it is for brand spanking new readers to jump in, therefore sales will be lower. This is why Marvel is so into rebooting volumes at #1 these days, rather than pushing books into their 200th issue.

In any case - none of the female-lead titles are under the dreaded 21k line so haters on forums can shut it. 

HOWEVER - it is important to stress this to all of my followers - if you want female lead titles to succeed it is imperative that you actually buy the comics. Ideally, this means going to your local comic book store (or favorite online retailer if you live somewhere rural) and establishing a subscription for the titles you want - whether your subscription is digital or physical. When you subscribe, you are essentially pre-ordering the book, and Marvel can see those numbers and judge what kind of a fan base the book has on those numbers. If you are new to subscribing at a comic book store, know that this does not mean that you have to commit more money upfront, or automatically be billed like you would for a Netflix or magazine subscription (obviously this is not true for online retailers, however). What it means is that your  comic book store will let their distributor know that you want to buy X title, and will order enough of that title to ensure that you will have a copy, then they will set a copy back for you to pick up and purchase when it is released.  If you trade-wait, go pre-order the trades when they are announced, so that your voice is heard.

It is also possible to subscribe in bulk through online distributors - this works more like a traditional magazine subscription and you will often save a little bit of money this way by “buying” several issues of a comic before it is released at a reduced rate, then the distributor will mail your issues to you as they become available. 

It bears saying- if you illegally download ongoing female-lead comics, you are part of the problem that contributes to the failure of these books. Seriously. Just don’t do it.