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How Do People Get Anything Done? -.-

So there was an article on Natto Soup about all the various stuff she does to prepare for a con, including a boatload of original art, an elaborate table setup, etc., which, upon reading, I simply threw my hands into the air.

How the hell do people have time to do this stuff? It'd take me a month to get all that done– a month in which I didn't actually, y'know, draw any comics. Am I just ridiculously slow? I've been knocking myself out trying to get two pages a week done consistently, working on it full time, and even that seems to be beyond me.

The other thing I notice about her post is the numbers at the end: costs $575, total sales $740. I don't know how many hours she put in before the con, but if we assume three 7-hour days at the table, that's $165 profit (before taxes), or approximately $7.85/hr for just the labor of the con itself.

That's... not a lot.

It's one thing to be scraping by on fumes for a hobby; it's another entirely to be banging your head for a living as a day job. Even if you're banging your head for love, you still have to pay your bills.

I have a lot to think about.

-The Gneech


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Sep. 12th, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
*could tell you many stories, yes, of artists who are "doing art as a day job" but kidding themselves about making a living*
Sep. 12th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, my better half is taking care of the "food and shelter" part, so we don't have to worry about that. But from a purely psychological angle if nothing else, it's important to me to figure out a way to make this a viable living. Working on the Three Jaguars model, I'm trying to develop three lions of my own. ;) The hard part is that I am and always have been a terrible businessman; alas, my former business partner is gone, so there's only me to fill in the slack.

It didn't matter so much when the comics/writing/etc. were sidelines that I did "gratia artis" and just wanted them to pay for themselves. But now, it matters!

Sep. 13th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
I suppose that once the investment in the hardware is made, and the major sections are left as modules or otherwise packaged for easy assembly at the next event, is where the profit gets realized.

All that's needed to do is arrange the merch pleasingly on the new display, which you'd do at the con anyway. Time in any signs or displays is where i always slack off and end up having it look shoddy. On the other hand, my prices/list change every con, too.
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