I’ve been too busy meeting people to really do much blogging this year. But here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to and what I feel I got out of this New York Comic Con that just ended today.
I went with the distinct purpose to corner some of the publishers who I pitched STILETTO to in San Diego, and remind them that I exist. I did just that with a couple of editors, but it felt akward to be bugging them about a response. Much like the concept of dog years, three months for a creator waiting to hear back may feel like a mere twenty minutes to an editor.There seems to be no ill will or conscious decision to ignore me. I guess I will have to be patient, which is NOT one of my biggest talents.
While STILETTO still hasn’t found a US publisher, it seems another property I’m involved with as an artist has been picked up and if all goes as expected, I’ll be drawing a monthly book for the US market next year. Exciting times, indeed!
I also got a lot of positive feedback on STILETTO from other artists and writers I met here. And while I’m here in New York, the national network of Denmark, DR, decided to put STILETTO on a must-read list alongside bestselling Danish fiction authors. So if you saw me at the con and thought I looked taller than normal, that’s probably the reason.
Another goal of my trip was to conduct some podcast interviews with other creators for the Comics for Beginners site. I managed to put up a daily podcast (!), recording and editing on my iPhone and uploading from coffee shops that had wifi. To listen to interviews with the likes of Jim Zub, Kurtis Wiebe, Jose Villlarrubia, Rick Parker and Tom Lyle, go to http://comicsforbeginners.com/blog/
I met with a lot of old friends and made new ones, actually starting to feel like part of a community where we try to help each other and create beautiful things. A lot of things about the industry are still a mystery to me, but much less so than even a year ago. And know I have a bunch of people I can ask for advice, which is awesome.
To everyone who looked at my books, listened to my stupid questions and let me into their lives and their craft this NYCC: Thank you.