I think all of you know, this year, I have been trying to gear up more and do more conventions to promote the webcomic. I decided to test the waters by picking all sorts of conventions to attend, to see where Casually Kayla actually fits in. I have tried anime conventions, alternative press conventions, and sci fi conventions, just to name a few. I must say, they have all been different animals and they all have their own cons and pros. I seem to be running into a problem though. The question I have been trying to answer from the start, where does Casually Kayla fit in or does it even fit in? Maybe I don’t fit in.
I must say, the conventions so far have been depressing; Not because of lack of sales or anything like that, but just because the attitudes of people. I think the most depressing part of it for me, is that no one seems to want anything new. They seem to want stuff that is already done and has saturated the mainstream. This makes it very hard for an indie artist or anyone just starting out.
My first con of the year was an alternative press. Not too bad. I set up my stuff, but everyone would come to my table and say, ” Oh man, that’s totally anime.” Now, I don’t think my style is anime… Not at all in my mind, but everyone seems to think it is. I was told that I would make a killing at an anime convention and that maybe, the alternative press was not for me. Hearing this was okay, since I had an anime convention the next month. So I left with those words, for the next convention.
Anime. I set up my table at the anime convention and waited for my big influx of people. Nothing. I was told that, no one would buy my stuff because they had no idea who the characters were. I advised anyone who said that, to pick up one of my books and find out who the characters were. If they were appealing, find out about them. No such luck. I was told that if it wasn’t Pokemon or Naruto, I might as well give it up. All this while the booth next to me is selling product hand over fist because they have made keychains with the Pokemon ip. I am definitely not a Naruto or a Pokemon– so maybe, I didn’t fit in there either. So where do I fit in?
All that said, I have a bad taste in my mouth about conventions and maybe it’s just because I’m not attending the right conventions, but it doesn’t seem like anyone wants to even entertain the idea of something new out there. I take most of my products with me, but I’m on the fence now, if I should make products with other artist’s ip ( ie pokemon, etc). I really don’t want too because I don’t want to make money off something someone else has come up with and has already done. I want MY stuff to get out there and for people to want MY stuff. So, do I swallow my pride and do fan art and fan art products or do I stand my ground and sell MY stuff?
So, what is an indie webcomic artist to do? Continue to attend conventions and get rude remarks/comments, unless you do fan art stuff or just stop and try to promote online. This is what I’m struggling with at this very moment.
I really do wish, people would give indie stuff a chance. It might be something you are really into after you give it a try…. Don’t just stay with what you know…
Hello Everyone! I almost forgot to mention that: WE ARE FULLY FUNDED BABY! This doesn’t mean that you can’t donate anymore. I urge all of you to continue to donate as all extra funds will go right back into the book.
As you may or may not know, I’m playing around with the idea of releasing a Casually Kayla compilation book that will probably have an indiegogo campaign. I’ve also been kinda torn on what incentives I should offer, being that I tend to like different things than most other people. So, I decided to ask you what incentives you all might like to see go a long with the book. So I’ve added a poll. You can choose up to 9 answers of what you would like to see. I could only have 10 options, but if you think of something you want and don’t see it on the list, feel free to add it in the comments.
**** Also, just a reminder or just a little tid bit, the books in the campaign ( if I go forward with it) will be 1) The Casually Kayla compilation book 2) Casually Kayla in Japan: A travelogue of our trip to Japan and possibly 3) one mini comic which I’m thinking will be called Daniel’s Big Adventure.
Welcome to the new and improved Casually Kayla, the autobiographical web comic about my life in the south. Things tend to happen and I’m unsure if they should happen at all, but they are all pretty funny.
*** I decided the site needed a slight redesign, so that is what I was working on during the holiday break. I hope you like it, it’s something a lil different.***
The comic updates on Sunday (Mid day).
Please remember to vote for this comic!! Voting moves us up in the ranks and the comic then gets more exposure. You can also just tell a friend about this comic and tell them to check it out.
Please also remember to check out our sister site, In Love & Justice, by the lovely Lisa
EDIT: Oh MY goodness! I totally forgot to add a big ol’ thanks to everyone who posted for all the Casually Kayla love! I didn’t know you guys felt that way about the comic. I really didn’t even think the comic was funny to anyone else but me. I’m glad to know that I’m not crazy and it really is funny! You guys are what keep me going when I think I can’t go on anymore! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!
#6= Jessica! Congratulations Jessica and thank you all for playing!
Be on the look out for more giveaways! Christmas is right around the corner and everyone knows I love giving presents!
OH YEAH! I wanted to announce that Casually Kayla officially has a sister site! That’s right!!! The incredible Lisa has started her own web-comic called In love and Justice! Check it out cause it’s Awesome-Sauce! And to commemorate her being my official sister site, this post is in pink, which happens to be one of her favorite colors!
I have added her site to my daily reads so you can click on the link there or you can just click on the banner above and head on over to her website!
I hate saying New Year’s Resolutions because I tend to get all paranoid about them if I don’t succeed. I’m weird like that. So, for now I am making a list of my goals that I would like to accomplish, not only in the new year but in general. They are in no particular order.
1) Go to Japan
2) Travel More
3) Attend a comic book convention ( SDCC/NYCC/SPX, etc)
4) Attend convention and actually have a booth set up
5) Animate more in flash
6) Update my comic more and devote more time to it
7) Update the comic layout
8 ) Get my portfolio site up
9) Apply for more graphics/animation jobs
10) Work on moving out of GA
11) Stop doubting myself and my artistic ability
12) More freelance work ( devoting more time to freelance work)
13) save more money
14) spend more time with friends
15)Re do my bathroom
Staple! Austin, TX March 2-3
MTAC Nashville, TN March 29-31
NashiCon Columbia, SC April 13-14
Xcon Myrtle Beach, SC May 17-19
Hamacon Huntsville, AL May 31-June 2
Sci Fi Summer Con Atlanta, GA June 6-9 Florida SuperCon Miami, FL July 4-7
MechaCon New Orleans, LA August 23-25
SPX Bethesda, MD September 14-15