Quote Me: On Going Freelance by Luc Belanger

“The first couple of years you don’t make enough to pay the bills. The next couple of years you barely make enough to cover the bills. And then a couple of years after that you make enough to pay the bills. 🙂

“I think a lot of people go work for a company and then jump into freelance. From what I’ve heard it makes the transition easier. Although if you have a lot of support (financial…) and are ready to tackle the market head-on then you might want to go for it.

“The first thing you need (after a portfolio obviously) is a list of people to send submissions to. I would suggest you get a copy of “Artists and Graphic Designers Market” by Writer’s Digest Books. [Note this covers the US market].

“You should also get a hold of “The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines“. This is a great reference source for pricing and what to expect in each industry.

Luc Belanger (Advice posted to the egroup, small_press_comics: used here with his kind permission)
Luc’s Home Page: http://www.gingerillustration.com/comics.htm

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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