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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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haikujaguar
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*
the_gneech
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!

-TG

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