A couple more original drawings done for some of my patrons at New York Comic Con. I also started a few more commissions for people who did not leave a deposit, but swore they’d pick up the art. If I have not heard from these people by next week, the commissions go on the open market.
This was drawn on the blank cover of one of those sketch comics people are raving about these days. Every artist I spoke to says an artist must do commissions at conventions: I had so many requests, I turned many away.
I’ve learned to say no to free sketches (I have a really hard time saying no to fans,) and the few doodles I did I made with a request that a donation be made to the Hero Initiative, which everyone who was asked was good enough to honor.
I suppose I will now be one of those artists who has their head down doing con sketches from now on, but even though many artists sell prints of publisher owned IP, I still can’t bring myself to do it without some sort of letter of agreement. All of my publishers say it is OK if print runs are kept under 50, but I feel hinky about it. So, I don’t do it. It’s a big loss of a revenue stream for me.
However, unlike many creators, I sell lots and lots of books. Someone came up to me to complain about how few books they sold because they had a bad Artist Alley location: but I have rarely had problems selling books wherever I was situated at a show. I have a wide catalogue of work, and a wide selection at every convention. The books are a lot more work to lug around than prints of Spider-Man, but at least I know my selling copies of my Spider-Man comics is not actionable. I sold around 200 books at the show. That’s about what I sell at a San Diego Con.
Sorry other people didn’t have as good a location. Then again, I wasn’t listed as being in Artist Alley at all, and my patrons had a lot of trouble finding me.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to seek me out. It was lovely to meet you and I am deeply grateful for your support!