“What The Duck” Creator Visits Kenosha

September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Aaron Johnson, creator of the comic strip, What the Duck, visited Kenosha, WI on September 23rd and spoke to a packed house at the Overlook Lounge in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s library.   It was a beautiful sight to see many people of a shared interest in comic book art and comic book art’s future join together for this presentation. 

Among the information he presented:

  • The Web has changed the rules on how comic art reaches readers.  Artists can build their audience through their Website or blog.   Newspaper syndicates are now coming to these artists to ask to carry the artist’s material rather than the other way around. 
  • The Web makes it easy to create and distribute merchandise that helps to promote your comic art.   Companies such as CafePress will place your custom design onto shirts, hats, coffee mugs, etc., package and ship these items, and send you a commission check for the items it sells.
  • Don’t worry about creating something that might sell.  Create something that you love to create.  If you try the first approach, you might find success but at the cost of drawing an orange cat for many years.
  • The public loves to support artists.  (Enable them to support you). 
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