Taking Myself Less Seriously?
Last year, I had revealed that I was no longer clamoring for success. The more I desired to become a real cartoonist, the harder the disappointments were to manage emotionally. Once I had dropped the idea of ever seeing success again, I was happier than I had ever been for the past three years. The truth set me free. I did not have what it takes to be a real cartoonist. I could now just draw these comic strips for fun and enjoy my creative outlet.
A year later, I found myself back with the drive to succeed. I had lost all but two of the newspapers I was running in. I decided to reach out to about 50 newspapers. None were responding until a few weeks ago. The two that responded asked for samples and then they both when silent. I figured they were just busy. One finally came back to me last week with a short, “no thanks”. I have no idea if it was the price I was asking or if my strip is just terrible. I am too scared to ask!
The rejection hurt so badly. I forgot how rough it is to see your lifelong dream slip through your fingers. I spent last weekend soul-searching once again. After 30 years of sending concepts to the syndicate without responses, I believe I am finally done with seeking a life as a syndicated cartoonist. I gave it a great attempt and I am proud of the work I have created over the years.
So now I am settling back to being a hobbyist. I will continue to produce my weekly comic strip for the two newspapers Charmy’s Army runs in. I will never stop creating because I love hearing from my fans. I love touching their lives and making them happy. As a hobbyist, I can once again just draw for the fun of it.
The only issue is that I am a competitive beast,
So, screw that.
I am out to prove to the world that I am the next big cartoonist. Hobbyist? Bwa ha ha ha ha!!!! Oh my, that is NOT me. Yes, I did pout all of last weekend like a big baby… but I also plotted as I brewed. Charmy’s Army is a masterpiece unlike anything in syndication today. My huge following of readers prove that to be fact. I am no hobbyist. I am going to figure this out and turn this around.
So what am I going to do? The syndicates never respond to me. The newspapers are all using the syndicates for their services. How am I going to be a success and make money?
I have no idea.
What I do know is that I need to reach more people. I am a marketing genius and I have not used my true wits to promote and spread the word about Charmy’s Army. I need to grow my audience again. Comic Cons are a thing of the past in the wake of the pandemic and I have felt the impact. My fanbase grew like crazy with every show appearance. This year, my following growth has flatlined. I am going to begin a new surge of activity very soon beginning with a Facebook Live INKtober Update. Videos add believability to a product.
Be sure to follow Facebook page for Charmy’s Army HERE to see my Facebook Live videos.
I will begin posting links to videos here once I get this project moving. I am extremely camera shy, so this will be a challenge! Wish me luck!!!