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A Little Earlier…

29 Sep

I wrote awhile back about my routines.  You can go back and read it if you want (or don’t), but in it I talk about how I try to have a routine and it gets adjusted and so-forth.

My latest routine is waking up early.  Like, REALLY early.

I need to for work.  And that being said, I’m very happy with my new wake-up time.

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My Friend, Routine

24 Aug

I’ve never been in favor of having a routine.

Most of my life I’ve been spur of the moment.  Spontaneity was my friend – and still is.  Not knowing exactly what’s going to happen has always been appealing.

As much as I love being spontaneous, I find that when it comes down to getting stuff done – especially as a cartoonist – it’s not always best.

For many years I found myself just randomly working on my business (cartooning is a business, you know).  It would be days full of me saying, “I think I’ll draw today.  Well, at least for an hour.  Then I might do some marketing or something.  And possibly, if I get bored, I can color pictures.  And then order pizza.  Mmm….pizza.”

No plan.  Nothing.  Just the what do I feel like doing today lifestyle.

So yeah, it wasn’t a grandiose plan.

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One Peek

21 Oct

It’s absolutely none of my business, but I’d love to see what some other cartoonists make.

Why do I say that?

Well, I’m just curious.  As this industry (the cartooning industry, of course) evolves, I’m constantly searching out the best direction to go with my work.  I have thousands of gag cartoons that have been produced through the years, a few graphic novel ideas, strip features that have come and gone and also have been thinking about creating a more teen book (think ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid‘ type).  With all that being said, everything I do takes time to produce.  What should I focus on?

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For example, there are cartoonists out there that produce nothing but graphic novels.  Okay.  That’s great.  But I wonder if that’s how they make all their income?  Just off that?  I do know – from experience –  a book has to sell EXCEPTIONALLY well for it to bring in even a few bucks.  Yet, from my view point with Facebook and being online, it doesn’t seem like these cartoonists I speak of could possibly pull that off (but they look like they are online).  That being said, I know of a few that probably are.  But, most of them?  Eh, not too sure.  I also don’t get to see their pay stubs, so who knows.  I just hear about them locking themselves in a room for six months completing the thing and I think to myself, Who can afford to do that?

And syndication these days.  I’m not even sure if a syndicated cartoonist is doing all that well financially.  Newspapers continue to decline and the market is dismal.  BUT, I do know there are full time syndicated cartoonists out there.  And I’ve taken my shot of syndicating my work (in fact, I currently have yet ANOTHER submission out there).  I’m syndicated online, and honestly, it’s not enough money to keep the lights on.  It pays – but not a ton.  I have to have other work included.  I’m talking about print syndication here.

Then there are these web cartoonist that say they’re producing enough income to support themselves.  I know some are – but I wonder how much?  I swear most of them have web skills to enable them to come up on search results and so-forth to bring in the readers.  But I don’t know for sure.  I’m just guessing.

I ask the question about how much certain cartoonists are making because I do have a lot I want to do and sometimes you have to sacrifice one project for another.  I wonder what I should maybe focus on at times.

A lot of my current work brings in income from a tiny bit here, a bundle there and a sprinkle from that over there.  I have a lot of different sources (syndication, self-syndication, greeting cards, book sales, licensing, client work, the occasional magazine sale and selling original work).  I’d love to have a more solid, consistent ground for it.

Of course, I have to love what I do as well.  And don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t do something if I hated it.  I find I enjoy new areas though of all forms of cartooning, so my niche is really anything I focus on.  And even with that, I’ll probably always still do my daily gag cartoons (I’m just rather fond of them).

If there are cartoonists out there making a pretty consistent, solid amount off a certain product, I’d like to know what.  And maybe I would devote more time to that area.  Cartooning – though it’s a passion – it is a business too, you know.

You can never compare your income to someone else – and I’m not.  But if I could just once – just ONCE – have a peek inside the bank account of every cartoonist out there, I wouldn’t be as curious and might give me a better idea of where to take my own skills.

I might find that I’m doing everything the right direction already.

 

Wake-Up Call

17 Jun

When I wake-up in the morning, like a lot of people, I generally run through my mind and figure out what it is that needs done for the day.  Everyday is a bit different.  Right now, I have my daily cartoons that need produced, teaching Paint Nite some evenings, working on and promoting Nate Fakes Cartoons and BizComicsPlus, I have other projects that I’m doing regularly like oil painting, a children’s book and graphic novel.  Oh, and marketing, invoices and the office stuff.

Everyday I’m faced with the same question:  What is the priority?

What NEEDS done today?

So, now that a lot of what I’m doing is ready to go, it’s time to really focus on the business side of things.  I mean, I always do have that focus (business side) but it’s time to fine-tune a lot.  The NEEDS are ones that produce regular income.  The stuff that is fun (like the children’s book, painting, etc.) are activities that I will continue doing, but aren’t exactly necessary on a daily basis.

Cartooning is enjoyable – and challenging – profession.  The enjoyable side is creating everlasting ideas that people enjoy.  The challenging side is getting those ideas to payoff.

I’m extremely excited about quite a bit in my profession right now.  Nate Fakes Cartoons is still being built-up and worked on, but it’s open and I’m thrilled to FINALLY have a place for customers to get instant downloads, license cartoons of mine and contact me for custom work.  This has been on my mind for years (a site like this) and now it’s here.

Also, BizComics is going to open the doors to some great new series for businesses that they’re going to love.

The “side projects” are things I do because I want to.  Will they payoff?  Well, in financial terms, who knows.  I’d do them anyway, so it doesn’t matter too much (although, let’s be honest, if they DO somehow, that’s never a bad thing).

Of course, I still have those really BIG ideas as well floating around.  And of course, I’ll try them out.  You The Big Picture (1)never know.

So, waking up there are a lot of things running through my head.  I make decisions and hope they’re good ones.  Different days and different decisions are what I wake- up to.  And when fueled by morning coffee, it helps give my decisions a well deserved wake-up call.

Elance Experiment

9 Jun

Last year, I tried a little experiment.

Since I was working on developing my own site at the time that would feature my work, I decided to give Elance a try.  What is Elance?  Well, it’s a place for customers to hire freelancers.  That includes cartoonists.

Eh, why not?  Seemed legit.

I put together an online portfolio with all the bells and whistles featuring my best work.  It looked good, if I say so myself.  Yeah, I spent some time on it.  Didn’t just toss it all on there like a Jackson Pollock.

How the site works is, once you have your portfolio and personal stuff up there, they “verify” that you’re a  real person by doing a quick Skype interview.  That took a second and then I was an official Elancer.

From there, you can view projects.  For example, I would type in the keyword ‘cartooning’ and it would pull-up all the people out there looking to hire a cartoonist for something.

“Great!” I thought.  “This could be fun.”

When you find a client and a project that looks like something up your alley, you bid on it.  You quote them, basically.

Here, you can do it by an hourly rate or by a flat fee.  Or, the client sets it either/or so you don’t have a choice.

Sound exciting with potential?  Sure.

First off, I bid on a lot of projects.  I was very professional about it and bid what a professional should.  I wasn’t always cheap – but fair.

When I have a client, it’s not just about creating a pretty picture.  I ask questions.  I do MORE than just draw things.  I learn what the illustration is for.  Where it will be presented/displayed?  What is your goal for it?  How can this be the most effective?  I really dig-into my clients head so that I produce quality work.

Elance though, has a higher ratio of non-professionals.  And the clients can get someone much cheaper than me.  Some “cartoonists” will quote rates cheaper than what the 5-year-old down the street makes on her lemonade stand.

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And so, people looking to hire a cartoonist tend to go that route – the cheaper.  Or, they would argue with me on why I’m so expensive.

My response is I’m not just a “for hire”.  I’m actually a partner with you on your project seeing the BIG picture of what all you’re trying to do.  I base my rates around my experience and professionalism.

Anyway, I think you get the idea.  It wasn’t for me.

I know some people out there can eek out a good living on Elance, but from what I hear, you must take a bunch of cheap projects first before making something of yourself and getting to the point where you can quote a bit higher.  I’m sure that’s not always the case, but generally, that’s what I’ve read via online.

You see, you’re rated on there as well.  Every customer can rate you 1-5 stars for your work and leave feedback.  So, once you have a dozen or more ratings, you’re a bit more established and can maybe quote more.  I’m not sure, but I’ve read a few things that basically say the same thing.

I actually ended up with a few projects.  And they were fairly quoted and after talking with the clients they realized who they were dealing with – someone who actually cares and doesn’t just want a job.  Again, that’s not every cartoonist out there on Elance.  I’m sure some are like me and really do care – and quote low.  But, if that’s the case, they should quote more if they’re professional.

The ONE big mistake I made was actually taking a per hour job once.

Why is that a mistake?

I saw a great cartoon awhile back that illustrated the point.  I might have the wording off a bit, but it was something like this:  It had an artist go up to a client and say, “Here you go.” holding up a completed illustration.  The client says, “That only took you about 15 minutes.  Why should I pay you?”.  The artist then says, “It took me decades to get to the point where I could complete it in 15 minutes.”

I can work quickly.  And professionally.  But, it wasn’t easy to get to that point.

So, back to my hourly job I took.

I took it because it wasn’t major – it was a t-shirt design.  Also, I quoted $28 an hour and got accepted for that.

HOWEVER, going back to how quickly I work.

I was able to execute this project at a pretty fast pace from conception of the gag to the actual illustration.

When you work hourly on Elance, you set a timer up that automatically takes screen-shots of your computer.  Which is kind of lame considering not much of my work was on the computer – only the Photoshop part.

I’m an honest person, so I didn’t just let the timer go while I didn’t work.  I took the job and that was that.

At any rate, I was able to complete this very quick and only made just a little chunk o’ change.

I go back to that cartoon I saw about working quickly and I’ll probably never do an hourly project again – unless it’s something like teaching or where it would make sense.

After a few months, I ended up deleting and cancelling my Elance account.  It just wasn’t professional to have – in my opinion.  I saw a lot of amateurs and clients that didn’t want quality over value.  Not saying some of these people that quoted lower than me couldn’t draw better than me.  Actually, a lot of them were stellar and could illustrate a lot better than I could on some parts.  BUT, for what they quoted, they’re not getting paid what they should.  And I’m not sure about the “extra mile” they go for clients as well.  I like having a personal one-on-one relationship.  My clients should have my cell phone number – and I believe they all do.

Is Elance a good starting point?

I’ve quoted lower prices to clients before if it was a long-term project or something that I felt was worth it.   That being said, I did have several clients that did pay what I felt it was worth on Elance also.  What I think Elance DOES do well is it gives you the experience of negotiating rates, handling clients and fine-tuning communicating with customers that you might work with.  I guess I don’t highly recommend it, but it might be a good place to get your toes wet as a cartoonist.

I just found it exhausting and not worth my time.  This was when I didn’t have a site of my own up and it was a temporary “fix” (I thought).

So, it might be worth experimenting with to find out if Elance is right for you – or not.  But in the long-run, I’d get away from it and create your own identity and not be labeled an Elancer.

 

 

Sharks and Candy: Week-In-Review

22 May

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No, you’re not experiencing a scene from Jaws.  However, it is another shark cartoon that is featured in today’s Week-In-Review.

I’ve had quite a few shark cartoons recently.  I believe it has something to do with the summertime and beach/swimming…stuff like that.

Also, I often times have fond memories of living in Florida and swimming out on the coast trying to find a shark.  Never did.  And that’s probably a good thing.  (I could’ve easily lost my drawing arm.)

bod150517The next cartoon is a sign that maybe the hiring manager found a good fit for a certain position.

I created this one out of my own experiences of working day jobs.  I’ve had some good bosses in the past, but many of them were controlling, enjoyed telling people what to do and also held their noses up high.  Basically $#%^holes.

Were they bright?  Eh, not really.

I was actually a manager (well, shift manager) at Pizza Hut for many years when I was out of high school and in college.  Not once did I ever have to yell at any employee and I DIDN’T enjoy telling people what to do.  But, honestly, I think I did a pretty decent job.  I learned from all the bad managers I had that to be a good one you just have to be a good person.  That means no yelling about too much extra pepperoni.  People generally just do their work then.

bod150518I love pizza, but soup…..bleachh!

Okay, that’s a bit harsh.  SOME soup I enjoy.  I used to like most soups (including Alphabet Soup that is featured in this cartoon).  But one time, I became VERY ill.  Had a fever, cold shakes – the whole nine-yards.  And during that time, I lived off of soup.

Ever since that (and this was fairly recently) I just haven’t had a craving for it and cringe at the thought of eating it.

What soup is still good?

I like most Chinese soups that I can grab at China Wok.  Those are still alright in my book.  Probably because I didn’t have China Wok while I was sick.  I probably should’ve though so I could’ve read fortune cookies that come with their soup and determine how much longer I was going to be stuck on the couch feeling crappy.

bod150519I had a lot of fun creating this next one.

I was trying to imagine what a “creative field” would look like.

Mostly, I envisioned some type of Van Gogh style of a landscape.  So, I turned to my friend Google and explored a lot of paintings of his (I’m very familiar with Van Gogh, but it does help to go look again at things before diving right in).

And I must admit, this was based off a lot of his stuff.  However, I added my own little twists to it.  What are they?  Well, for one, don’t ask me what he’s growing.  I have no idea.  It’s a bit tall for wheat.  Yeah, that was all me making those crops that tall.

As for the clouds – I’m not sure what you would call those?  A-Wall clouds, maybe?

Several people assumed Jimmy (our farmer friend featured in the cartoon) was on an acid trip.  Hey, interpret these cartoons as you will.  I can’t control Jimmy’s drug issues if he is on one.bod150520

When it comes to tires, I don’t have many cartoons based off of them.

I decided it was time to get one drawn out, so this was it.  (Actually, the coffee probably decided for me as I came up with this one in a caffeine-fueled session of writing – like I typically do.)

Not my most shining moment of the week personally, but oh well.  That’s just my opinion.  The Michelin Man would probably get more of a kick out of this than I did.

bod150521Ugh. The crime in this country.

Here we have another example of something that probably takes place in an office near you.

Taking calls has become a major business amongst career secretary criminals.  I know I’ve experienced it several times when I call a company and some secretary takes my call before I get a chance to talk to the person I want to.

I’m not sure what the punishment for taking calls is.  However, for the victims, it’s usually being placed on hold.

bod150522And speaking of crimes, the next cartoon I’m definitely guilty of.

Yes, I’ll admit it – I sneak candy into theaters.

I have my whole life.  In fact, when I was in middle school, my friends and I would make it our mission to stash as much candy as we could.  To the point that our jackets/shirts were bulging out and candy was spilling on the floor.

We looked SO much into getting away with this crime and thought we were cool for it.

The reality is though, do those guys that take the tickets REALLY care?  They might, but more often than not, I’m guessing they just want to take your ticket and get on with their day.

I don’t believe I was ever caught doing this (or again, they “caught” us but didn’t say anything).  So, I continue to sneak things in from time to time.

As for several of my other friends that committed this crime, a few of them haven’t been heard from or seen since trying to sneak some M&M’s and Goobers into a theater one night.

That’s it for my Week-In-Review.

If you haven’t noticed, there are a LOT of new blogs being posted up regularly.  Yes, I’m starting my posts about random activities happening in my life.  So, if you want MORE reading, you can check those out.

Until next time, watch-out for those sharks and careful sneaking snacks into those movie theaters.

 

 

Bally Total Funniness

3 Apr

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As many of you know, I’ve had a lot of odd day jobs growing up.  I won’t go into details about all of them, but I will about one – Bally Total Fitness.

I was the morning man at Bally’s for about nine months.  That entailed getting up EVERY morning at 5:30 AM, driving 15 miles and opening up the gym (which is what Bally’s is, for those of you that couldn’t figure it out).  And let me tell you – if I wasn’t there on time – there would be people out for my death and hell to pay.  There is nothing more upsetting to a morning person who works out then driving to a gym that early in the morning (that you pay a membership for) and finding it locked.  Especially if you have a job to go to afterwards.  I understood this.  So, I’m proud to say, as the morning person I wasn’t late once.  Not one time.  I even had my car break down once and managed to get there by 6 AM.  The lackluster hourly pay I received was pathetic for the amount of dedication I gave to this gig, but hey – I have a good work ethic.

I really enjoyed this place.  And honestly, the early hours weren’t bad because I’d be off by noon typically.  It required a lot of self-discipline on my part though (a lot).  Like, if there was a party during the week, I would have to leave early.  If I didn’t – I would pay the price the next morning.  I had a couple of occasions where I just pulled an all-nighter because I was up to my typical debauchery, but not too often.  It wasn’t fun going to work like that.  Especially if someone asked you how to use a piece of equipment and I had to demonstrate it with a pounding headache.  Yeah, that was torture.

The best part of the job was the people.  I learned just about everyone by name that came in to the gym when it opened (generally, it was the same people on given days).  Most the staff was awesome as well.  We joked around a lot, had fun and when it was slow, I’d sit and read or draw.

The drawing part was interesting.

Let me just say that every day job I’ve had, I typically would create drawings – or mini-books – about either co-workers or something that related to the job.  They were extremely funny.  The only downside to them is they were only extremely funny to the people that worked there.  If you were and outsider looking in and read it you would have no clue what it was talking about (they were full of inside jokes) and it was worthless.  So, there was no selling these books or publishing them.  They were just enjoyed by an audience of about ten people or so.  But totally worth it.

I remember that I used to make books about the characters that we had come to the gym.  And boy – did we have some characters!

There was Jump Rope Girl.  She would come in maybe once or twice a week and jump rope. But not just jump rope – she would jump the damn rope for hours.  And hours.  It was incredible.  Superhuman, to say the least.

Stick Man was another great character.  He would come in with this – oh, I don’t know how best to describe it – stick.  And he would beat the stuffing out of our punching bag with it.  It was like one of those ninja sticks (maybe?).  Wooden, maybe bamboo.  At any rate, he was weird.  He had a bald head, glasses and was real soft spoken.  The staff and I have to stop him several times from beating things with his stick.  He didn’t like that too much.

We also had Run Backwards Man.  He would get on the treadmill and run backwards.  We always waited for the day when he would get into a major accident by doing this, but he never did.  Incredible.

There was another guy, I believe his name was Chris (yeah, no nickname and not too sure about that first name) that was always interesting.  He constantly wanted to sue Bally’s for ANYTHING he could think of.  “I can’t use the bench because someone is on it.  I’m suing!”  “My membership fees were more than my neighbors.  I’m suing!”  “It’s loud in here.  I’m suing!”  Constantly stirring up rumors as well.  He would tell other members we were shutting down (which we weren’t) and more.  I actually got along with him, but I thought he was out of his mind.  Obviously desperate for attention (and he got it).

The Old Pool Ladies were the hardest to contend with (but did make great characters in my books).  They met every M-W-F for a pool class.  Okay, one thing you should know about the pool at Bally’s:  every night it gets filled up.  When it’s filling up, it’s cold water.  It gets shut off then when the last person leaves for the evening.  HOWEVER, there were a few occasions when the water was left on all night.  What does that mean?  Cold water.  And if you combine cold water with a bunch of retired seniors, you get to hear the complete wrath of their complaining about it being the front desk man (like I was).

And those old ladies could get vicious….

I knew it happened (that the water was cold) because I would see a swarm of 70-80 year old women in their bathing suits start heading my way.

I usually tried to duck under the desk or something at this point and let my manager handle them – which she did.

Yeah, not a pretty picture.  Cold water doesn’t sit well with seniors.  I promise you.

Anyhow…

Bally’s also had some interesting stories.

There was a time when someone would steal the shower handles weekly.  For no reason at all, every week, a new shower handle was stolen.  It was hard to catch the guy because it was happening in the showers, so obviously we couldn’t set up a camera.  It was fun trying to investigate it though.  I had a sheet with names of people I suspected.  Again, no way to really prove it.  He was never caught.  And I wasn’t about to frisk people on the way out.

There was also the guy who kept defecating in the shower.  That was pleasant for our maintenance man to clean up and always enjoyable to discover.

Aaah, what a workplace.  What a gym.

Again, I had fun.  Well, I had fun until the end.  I was forced out of my job, so they looked for any reason they could to fire me – and they did.  (I got someone to work for me on Thanksgiving, but they said I didn’t.  The person even showed up, but they still canned me.  Yeah, pretty wrong and I’m still bitter about it, but that’s a corporation for you.  That’s why I like to work for myself as a cartoonist.)

They wanted to weed out the position of front desk man and leave it to the personal trainers to open the place up.

Anyhow, it was a good experience.  I still pat myself on the back for being on time through it all.  I mean, that’s an early shift.

This Bally’s that was located in Centerville, Ohio, has now closed.  It’s been closed for several years now.  I’m guessing there was probably too much cold water or maybe Chris (or whatever his name was) finally won a lawsuit.

 

The days after a day job

11 Dec

Jeez.  I’m such a typical blogger.  It’s close to a year’s end, so – of course – here’s some more year’s end material.  Original, huh?

No, listen, I won’t bore you with sentiments of 2012 or anything like that.  What this time of year does remind me of is my last “real” day job I had.  I call it my last one because it was full time.  After this, everything was basically part time.  Anyway, I bring it up because I was laid off from it back in December 2008.  You know, when the economy basically went to (insert favorite vulgar adjective here).

And getting laid off was the best thing to ever happen to me.

Well, to start, I was working tech support/customer service at a marketing company.  So, I sat in a chair all day and had to put up with people call in all day griping about everything from how to work their radio controlled helicopter to how to play a song on their cheap MP3 player.  Yeah, we covered just about every crappy electronic you could imagine.

Micro_Remote_Control_Helicopter9dcStandardAbove:  Part of the highlight of my career as a tech support person was trying to figure out why an adult male is playing with a cheap $10 remote control helicopter that you probably know isn’t going to work well to begin with.

The job was one of the few where I also didn’t really mesh with my co-workers.  Not to brag, but generally just about every other day job I’ve had, I get along with everyone.  I kinda become friends with most people I work with to an extent – or beyond – just depending, you know.  There?  Eh, not so much.  It’s not that I didn’t like them, it was just – I don’t know – didn’t have the vibe.  There were a couple people there I hit it off with alright, but generally, it was kinda a drag to hang out with everyone for my nine hour a day shift.

The perks of the job were free coffee, soda and snacks.  I would raid their fridge every half hour or so.  Not only to catch a donut break, but also made for a good excuse to get off the phone for a bit.  I think they all thought I just had to go to the bathroom a lot.  Suckers.

So, back to my point.  I did get laid off.  No shocker.  I kind of knew it was coming when I was basically handling about three calls a day and stuffing envelopes.  In a desperate attempt to try and look busy, I’d start at my MySpace account and try to look productive.  Also, when the higher ups crept in and started to keep a written tally of what we all do all day….yeah, I knew I was in trouble.

Me and quite a few others were ‘let go’.

I was a bit worried that day.  I actually made decent money for doing what I was doing, and I had bills and rent to pay like most people.  So, what now?

I called around and it seemed as no jobs were available.

But then, I thought of something.  I can collect unemployment!

I never had to file for unemployment before, so I didn’t know much about it.  But, I did.  And I got a pretty substantial unemployment check (for what it’s worth).  I ran with it.

So….

Again, back to my point.  I mentioned this was the best thing to happen to me.  Well, career-wise, yes.

I took advantage of my unemployment (again, ran with it).  Yes, I’ll admit it.  You may think of me as one of those people taking advantage of the system or something, but you know what?  I earned it.  I’ve always worked generally two jobs at a time to make ends me and I’ve paid into it.  So, bla!  (If you’re not thinking that about me, just consider my “bla!” a kind gesture.)   Day jobs have kept me from hours of productive work at what I’m good at – sitting at a drawing table.

When this happened, I took full-advantage of cartooning.

2009 is there year I really honed-in on my career (remember, I was laid off at the end of 2008).  I spent well over 40 hours a week at the drawing table instead of a day job.  I worked like crazy.  I learned what quality papers to buy, the correct ink that works best, Photoshop, how to talk to editors, where to submit to, what works – what doesn’t and so on and so on.  I perfected all my basic knowledge in 2009.

And don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t an unemployed bum sitting on the sofa eating Chee-to’s.  Nope.  I worked my ass off.  I – of course – had to deal with the people that thought I was just lounging and not working, but oh well.

If it weren’t for getting laid-off, I’m not sure where I’d be right now.  At this moment, I’ve got a new book on the way, comics in the newspaper/online, MAD Magazine features here and there, greeting cards and I’ve been cranking out custom work for customers regularly.  2013 is looking to be a good year.

You must understand, I was a pretty lousy cartoonist up to this point.  I thought I was good – but I wasn’t.  I could draw and do a decent job.  Professional though?  No.  And this is all after my internship even with MAD Magazine.  I still wasn’t that great.

So it goes.  And now?

Yes, I still have that fear of having to get a day job.  I’ve mentioned it on here several times.  And even as short of several months ago, I was about to again.  And there’s still a chance in the future I’ll have to.  I never wake up feeling I’ve made it or that everything will be okay to the point where I can just work on my illustration and art and never have to worry.  Some successful people have had that feeling of not having to worry (I’m guessing Charles Shultz didn’t really think about having to do tech support for cheap helicopters).  However, in this day and age and economy – I have no idea.  I’d like to think it’s going to keep me okay and making enough like it is now.  But….

Still, regardless of what happens, I’m very thankful for getting let go at that marketing position.

So, if you find yourself in a similar situation, take advantage if you can.  God forbid you do get laid off or something if you don’t want to be – BUT – if a situation happens, hey, you never know.  It might be the best thing to happen to you.  The only thing I miss about what happened to me are all the free sodas, coffee and donuts.  I have to pay out of pocket for that stuff now.