Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience

mikedawwwson:

Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience

I’ve been publishing comics for coming on twenty years now. It’s hard to pinpoint a start-date, as like many cartoonists I’ve just been drawing my whole life, but sometime around ‘95 would be when I began putting out ‘zines…

The truth of any art career is that you never make “it”—it makes you.  A life in the arts is not for sissies and after some years in the trenches, trying and trying again you find out what a marriage it is.  This is a brave article for its honesty.  Mike is the real deal.

What a weekend!  I love you, cartoonists.  I feel so lucky to be among you.

What a weekend!  I love you, cartoonists.  I feel so lucky to be among you.

spx 2014

california slim on Flickr.My two diary comic collections are at the printer & I keep finding comics that I meant to add—like this one. Oh well.

california slim on Flickr.

My two diary comic collections are at the printer & I keep finding comics that I meant to add—like this one. Oh well.

I cannot believe that next week at this time I will be at SPX.  This is my packing list: my new collections #1 & #2!
Here’s my partial packing list for coming home from SPX:
John Porcellino
Lynda Barry
Noah Van Sciver
Alexander Rothman
Glynnis Fawkes
Jennifer Hayden
Eleanor Davis
and more more more
So frickn’ excited.

I cannot believe that next week at this time I will be at SPX.  This is my packing list: my new collections #1 & #2!

Here’s my partial packing list for coming home from SPX:

John Porcellino

Lynda Barry

Noah Van Sciver

Alexander Rothman

Glynnis Fawkes

Jennifer Hayden

Eleanor Davis

and more more more

So frickn’ excited.

SPX

Never in all my hippie upbringing did I ever imagine I would buy a can of this stuff, but I am making fried chicken tomorrow night for my birthday and when you want to do it right, you want to do it right.  May my anti-hydrogenated oil roots forgive me. Also: lets eat!

Never in all my hippie upbringing did I ever imagine I would buy a can of this stuff, but I am making fried chicken tomorrow night for my birthday and when you want to do it right, you want to do it right.  May my anti-hydrogenated oil roots forgive me. Also: lets eat!

crisco fried chicken

My new favorite vending machine, probably forever. Anyone got a quarter? At the DMV in Newburgh.  

My new favorite vending machine, probably forever. Anyone got a quarter? At the DMV in Newburgh.  

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