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– I’ve been both busy and a little sick this week and haven’t had a chance to color the new Medusa pages yet. I’ve desided that I’ll work on them over the weekend and post them on Mondaya nd Weds. So hopefully there will be 3 new pages next wee! Anyway, sorry to keep you all waiting.
– In the meantime, here’s some great art for Koku-chan, who I swear draws the cutest Medusa!
– I’ll be at Sakuracon in Seattle all next weekend. Ben and I will also be hosting a special Modest Medusa/Dubious Company fan dinner on Saturday night. Come hang out and eat with us! More details on Monday!
I don’t know what your business model is Jake, but do you have a plan to expand? Outsource parts of what you do? You clearly have something successful on your hands here.
Well… My brother Nick is handling my non-Kickstarter shipping now. That’s helping, My other brother Will tried to do some coloring, but it didn’t really work out. Really, most of what I do is pretty hands on. There’s not much I can really hand off to anyone to speed the process up.
Expanding the scope of the Modest Medusa line though… there are the toys coming later this Spring and one or two other MM projects that are in the work that I can’t really talk about yet. Every now and then someone makes me an interesting offer. There’s also stuff I’d love to do that I’m not really sure how to pursue. I’d love to do a Marah and the Pirates graphic novel, for example. I’m not quite sure how to go about finding a publisher for that.
I love that you took the time to tell me what is happening with you and your business.
Well, thanks for asking.
ahh man another con in seattle.. I keep not being ready for them
oh well theyre not going anywhere
You could always make a kickstarter for Marah and the Pirates ? 😀
I may. The project is still taking shape in my mind. I’d love to find a publisher for it though, but Kickstarter is an easy fallback.
Got my hoodie today. It’s all nice and soft on the inside, and now I don’t ever want to wash it because then it won’t be the same kind of soft.
Only weird thing, I bought a large as I saw that they run small, and I normally fit a medium. The body is baggy, but the sleeves are super tight! I’m not a giant (nor puny), but the sleeves… I hope they break in fairly soon. They cut off circulation if they go above the wrist!
Also, I still say that I would have loved to have bought the hoodie in either the dickish Medusa style, or teasing Medusa style.
Also was curious to know if you are successfully making a living from your art? Normally that is an artists dream (even though I completely lack any artistic or musical talent whatsoever). Naturally you don’t have to answer me if you don’t want
Is it the cuffs that are tight? Or the sleeves themselves? I might switch to another brand oh hoodie.
I do make my living as an artist, and Modest Medusa is a big part of that. It should be noted that I live SUPER CHEAP. Book sales and extra Kickstarter money goes a long way toward paying down monthly expenses, and ad revenue helps a little too. The shirts and hoodies unfortunately don’t. I think I make about $2 for each one, and we don’t sell many. But it’s cool to have them so that people can enjoy them. Maybe at some point I’ll figure out a way to make them profitable. Anyway, some months are better than others, and every now and then I have a super tight month. But generally things work out and I consider myself to be pretty lucky. I usually work about 75 hours a week, but I’d rather do that than work 30-40 hours at a better paying job that I don’t like!
It’s the cuffs. I’m afraid to try and stretch them by hand, because I don’t want to tear my softy new hoodie. I needed something lightweight, since we have this bizarre weather here in New Mexico, where it’s 80 one day, and the next it’s a blizzard.
With that in mind, I’ll have to start ordering more books for people whom I think will appreciate them. I understand about living super cheap. Bachelor chow all the way! (Oh no, more ramen this month? But that’s what we survived on LAST month!) I’ll be looking at those times again, post graduate school! Here’s hoping I can get a job that will both support me AND pay my student loans. (Another reason I am busting my back to graduate Summa Cum Laude, or at least Magna, better grad school means more likely to get a good job.)
I’ve had tight cuffed sweat shirts before. I usually try gently stretching them by hand.
Living cheap can suck, but it’s usually not so bad. On a good month there’s plenty of money and everything is great. On a bad month I’m living book sale to book sale and begging my contacts for illustration work.
Webcomic artists seem to get sick a lot, between you, the guy who does Nerf This, and the guy who does Between Failures… I’m starting to wonder if this is a hazardous profession to take! O.O’
All half-joking aside, don’t push yerself on our behalf, I can’t speak for everyone but I got a pretty vast patience, so I can wait.
It’s probably more exhaustion than actual illness. It’s also probably more noticeable because it’s obvious when we’re sick. If your body calls into work sick you probably don’t notice, especially if you don’t work with him.
health always comes first; if you die, we have one less comic to fill our empty lives.