Everyone wants to draw the next Penny-Arcade, right? I mean, who wouldn’t want to make a hugely successful comic, who wouldn’t want to put their thoughts and impressions out there for thousands, or even millions of fans and readers? Comics used to show up in newspapers and their own books exclusively, but that time is over, and it’s so easy now to get your artwork and your words out to an audience, especially when you have the first thing you need, a good idea.
Geek culture has blown up, and what was once a fringe element and fringe market is now big business, and in fact has a huge audience. Not only is there a huge market out there, but let’s face it, drawing comics and cartoons has finally started becoming, well, cool. There is a fan base now around some of the biggest comics out there. Again, Penny-Arcade, PVP, Questionable Content, Sinfest, all of these are webcomics that are no longer part of the fringe of popular culture, they are making, changing and guiding popular culture.
It does mean that the comic space is more crowded than ever. Everyone has an idea, and everyone thinks they have the vision to see it through. Even if you don’t think you want to be one of the big boys in the webcomic and comic world, there’s no reason that you cannot get your thoughts out there in a method that will satisfy you, and that an audience will respond to. A bit of training, and something that helps you start out, that’s all you really need to get started on generating your vision.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t some education required before you should just start blithely putting everything out there for everyone to see. As much as we all might want to, you need to go through and access some of your basic skills. Where are your talents? Do you draw? Do you write? Are you witty enough to keep your friends in stitches whenever you enter the room? A mix of those skills as a start will get you off the ground, but you really need to find a way to combine them all before you can get a successful comic.
There are resources out there to help you start out though, there are books to help you write, or draw, and ways of getting your stuff out there to market, such as the ebook available at ‘How to draw cartoon faces‘. Plus, there are huge communities out there dedicated to helping up-and-comic artists and writers hook up with their counterparts, so that you can fill in the blanks in whatever you really need help building your project. Don’t think that there is no space out there for you, either. There is still a huge market, and all sorts of niches you can fill that will make your head spin and give you all the opportunities you need. It just requires the interest, the drive, and maybe a little help from some formal training you can get through all the available resources, especially online and from trusted sources.
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