Monday Links and News – 01.27.2014

Plenty to do before next month’s MSU Comics Forum. I decided not to worry about selling prints in Artists Alley, just mini-comics. I’ll sell sketches too, of course. Now, to put together some new mini-comics to sell, be it ‘best of’ collections or new stories. I can easily make the Culture Fit storyline into a mini-comic, but I wouldn’t mind trying to crank out something new just for the show. We’ll see.

cat pillow comic

Throw my comics at people! Via my Society6 store.

Pillow Fight!

Yes, you can order some of my Clattertron comics as throw pillows now, via Society6. There are a few of my photos as well. I will try to get more stuff in the store soon, both photos and comics.

SPACE Cadet

Still waiting to hear if I made it as an exhibitor at SPACE in April–the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. Fingers crossed. There wasn’t anything indicating tables sold out when I signed up, so I’m pretty sure I made the cut in time.

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Monday Links and News – 01.20.2014

I took a few big steps this past week. First, I set up a Society6 store to sell Clattertron prints and merchandise. For example, this darling coffee mug, featuring my Coffee comic.  

clattertron coffee mug

Makes coffee taste funnier! Wait. Via my Socitey6 store.

I decided not to go with Zenfolio, mainly due to the monthly cost. I don’t yet know if there is even a market for what I want to sell, so it made more sense to go the free route for the time being. I can always set up a Zenfolio site, or a shop of my own, later if there is a good reason to do so. I also like how Society6 has its own community on the site, so my art is at least part of a bigger pool, instead of by itself on my site.

There are only a few items in my Society6 store at the moment, but I plan on getting more up soon. I might focus more on merch versus prints, at least for now. Although, the thing with Society6 is, if you upload an image you can make it both. I would like to try to create a few things specifically for Society6 as well.

Coming to Your Town

My other big step this past week was applying to be an exhibitor at SPACE in April–the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. The show takes place in Columbus, Ohio, and I always hear from comic-pals Ryan Claytor and Jay Jacot how much fun they have. So, yes: once I’m approved (or whatever), I’ll have a table at SPACE where I will sell Clattertron mini-comics and sketches.

A year ago I decided 2014 would be the year I actively try to appear at comic shows and conventions. I’ll be at the MSU Comics Forum Artist Alley next month, hopefully SPACE in April, and I’m toying with trying out the Cherry Capital Comic Con in May (again, I hear from comic-pals it is a fun time). My goal at the shows isn’t to make mad bank. I have done enough other shows while plugging The Magic of Eyri to know such a thing doesn’t really happen, unless you sell a bunch of merch. No, my goal at the shows is to get my comics in as many hands as possible, finding new fans, and meeting new comic pals.

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Monday Links and News – 01.13.2014

The snow began to thaw this week. Barely. Nothing like subzero temperatures to make 30 degrees feel like a heat wave. I miss the sun, but the weather letting me be a hermit is a good thing: I finished a fifth edit of Riddle of the White Gun. Plenty of cuts, especially near the end.

frozen plants

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The easy part, writing the novel, is over. Now begins the hard part: writing query letters for agents. I’m happy with the book, and I should be after working on it for the last five years (off and on–Life happens). Riddle of the White Gun is a good size read at just over 86 thousand words, but nowhere near The Magic of Eyri‘s 147 thousand words.

Right now, I’m going through this list of ‘words every writer should delete.’ It is a handy list, and you don’t realize how often you use some or that until you see them one at a time (thank Batman for the Find command in OpenOffice). I don’t mind editing, and over all the edits of this book, my ability to slash and burn parts of a story has only grown stronger.

As you will read below, I published new post for Magic of Eyri and Ginger and the Geek. Now, if a visitor goes to the front page of either podcast, they will see a post with every episode (plus it let me say, “Hey this podcast is done.”)

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Monday Links and News – 01.06.2014

The storm continues. The crazy snow-beast-from-beyond blankets Michigan with its frozen breath. Yeah, it’s a pain. The photo below is of an earlier storm, and ice storm, but I did get out and shoot some of the snow-aftermath today.

frozen grass

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I spent most of the weekend playing around with Zenfolio (a photo printing and hosting service) and set up my own site. For now, I’m still setting up the site, so it isn’t at 100% just yet–there is a learning curve, especially in regard to file sizes when it comes to printing. I’ll get it all sorted out soon though, as the Snowpocalypse granted me an extra day off work.

I have three Clattertron comics available as prints right now. I’ll get up others soon, now that I have the print size figured out–my comics are anything but typical print sizes. I made today’s comic available as a print, and well as Coffee and How to Make a Cat Bed. I will pick a few other favorites and get them up when I can. I don’t think I’ll make every strip available as a print, but I do say on the homepage, “if you want a print of a specific comic, send me the link.”

I think my focus for the Zenfolio site will also be a holding area for larger versions of the photos I use for blog posts here, Clattertron, and put up on Flickr.

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Monday Links and News – 12.30.2013

The holidays are over.  Want proof the holidays took a lot outta me? I just about fell asleep typing up this post Sunday night–and I put it off until tonight.

yellow pipe frozen photo

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I was busy over the holidays though–and not just with visiting family (and refilling my flask). Worked on novel editing a bunch (just about every day, except Christmas Eve, I think). I also decided to take a stab at selling photo prints through Society6. Setting up my own shop on Society6 was easy enough, and I enjoyed using the site a few weeks ago to buy Stephanie a Christmas gift (this tote bag by Jess fink). So I figured, why not give it a try? I’m still considering using Zenfolio as a way to sell photos too, but it would be more work up front (and there isn’t a reason I can’t try both), while Society6 only took a few minutes.

It is possible I could end up using Zenfolio for photos and Society6 for comic-related swag (and there isn’t a reason I can’t). I don’t have the money, or the time, to handle producing, selling, and shipping swag on my own, so these sites are a good half-way point. For now (yes, I would make much, much more if I did all this on my own). Our wedding photographer uses Zenfolio, and we loved the prints we ordered for Christmas presents–another reason to try it out.

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. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.