I’ve been mostly non-communicative the last couple of weeks, and there are two good reasons for that:
- I have to compile my graduate portfolio/set up my graduation committee (more on that in a later post).
- I’ve been getting everything ready for the Stumptown Comics Expo, which runs Saturday and Sunday.
Prep for the expo has required a lot of research and project management. I need to go in having an idea of who could have the most interest in my work. I need to know what they’ve published before and how my work can complement their backlist. Its’ similar to searching for a market for any other type of writing except that I’ll be meeting people face-to-face.
I’ve also been getting my pitch book prepped. If you’re pitching at a con, you’re expected to have an 8-page pitch book which showcases the core of your idea. It should be as close to a finished product as you can make it, but it doesn’t have to be overly fancy. Mine is black and white art (from the very talented Laura Laurin) with a color cover on regular copy paper. I’m going to be spending a piece of the afternoon folding and stapling copies of Girl Who Loved a Zombie, and then I’ll be printing a few backup copies just in case. It’s not difficult work, but it’s definitely time-consuming because I want it to look good.
So, that’s where I’ve been the last couple of weeks; up to my ears in an exciting, consuming project.