Happy New Year! It's time for my annual year-in-review post! (2010) (2009)
(Drawing in the Stumptown Comics Fest Comic Art Battle! A goal and fear of mine for years, CONQUERED in 2011!)
Goals I set for 2011 and how I fared:
1) Stay financially independent -- Yes!
2) Stay ahead of my deadlines on my big projects -- Ehh...I did my best. I blew several deadlines while I was still drawing the children's books and Between Gears, but I finished my Oni book early and believe I can catch up on my other book and hit our original Final Deadline.
3) Have great shows at ECCC and Stumptown -- Yes.
4) Study French with Mom -- Oui.
5) Stay healthy -- Up and down. I need to renew this vow.
6) Pitch *** and *** (and hooooopefully get one approved!) -- Pitched one, and it was approved!
7) Finish Between Gears... (-- Yes) ....and 1-2 more chapters of Over the Surface -- No.
2011 was a good year. I joined Periscope Studio. I celebrated making it through Year One of my freelance/financially-independent lifestyle. I got a taste of storyboarding and lucrative freelance work. I had lots of fun at ECCC and Stumptown, although it was a lean year for comic conventions. I read my comics out loud at Comics Underground. I finished 2 graphic novels for big comic publishers, and 4 children's books with my dad. I worked really, really hard, and I should see a lot of the payoff from that work in 2012. By my count, I drew 292+ comic pages (82 Between Gears, 70 WUIY, 140 ABAAG).
1) Be more proactive about getting work. Go after what I want, versus sifting through what comes my way. (To help quantify that: check job listings at ***** and ***** every week and send a pitch or letter of introduction to ***** ******.)
2) Also, be good about saying NO. It's been hard to learn this, because the freelance lifestyle and money stress/uncertainty can make artists job hoarders, but a lot of jobs aren't worth my time, and I can afford to be picky. I need to prioritize the things I really want to do.
3) Keep up karate and French. Get my green belt and plan my 2013 France trip.
4) Draw Over the Surface 1 start to finish! :D Script book 2.
5) Get Adobe Flash and a Lynda.com subscription, and make 3 minutes' worth of practice animations by the end of the year.
6) Be active and creative about marketing Between Gears and my other two books when the time comes.
I plan for the worst and hope for the best. This year could be really lean for me. It could be a breakthrough year. I'll just do my best and see.