Okay, Okay… I am doing Fan Art
After YEARS of people telling me, “you’ll never make money in artist’s alley unless you do a ton of fan art”, I have caved. I once told everyone that producing fan art was the same as selling my soul. My reason for being at these shows was to market my characters. I had to sell my appearance on my own merits. This stance caused me to lose money show after show. Sure, I would have a good show and break even every so often. The sad reality has revealed itself over the past 5 years. Most people attending these shows do not support independent artists.
Show after show, I sat and watched people with prints of popular characters making money hand over fist. Their tables were mobbed with people plopping down cash left and right. It is time I rethink my strategy. If fan art brings people to my table, why not embrace it? Last weekend, I gave fan art a test. I created a bunch of Pikachu mashups and people mobbed my table. I used the situation to educate the captured audience about my comic strip Charmy’s Army. My website numbers exploded afterwards and I broke even. If I did not have the fan art at last weekend’s comic con, I would have had my first loss of the year. Fan art saved my hide and my pride.
NOW TAKING PIKACHU MASHUP SUGGESTIONS
I am now going to be a Fan Art machine. I want to create a huge inventory of sketch cards, sketch covers and 11 x 17 art pieces. I have a TON of work ahead of me! I need art to sell. I will make a few prints, but I need to focus on the larger price point item… real art. There is more margin to be made with art. Prints cost a lot to create. Ink, paper and hard sleeves kill my profit margin.
For Bell County Comic Con, I want to have 18-19 new Pikachu mashups ready for purchase. I want to create 8 Marvel mashups and 9 “whatever” mashups. I already have a few DC Comic mashups but would love to do three more. The following cards are what I created for my last comic con. all are “baseball card” size.
I figured a simple Detective Pikachu would not sell as well as the Mashups but I sold out before the end of day two!
My personal favorite! I am going to make larger prints of this one. Nearly sold ’em all!
I did not think this would move but it sold out in 90 minutes… including the original.
My least favorite yet my fourth best seller. Only had a few left at the end of the weekend!
Harley Pika Quinn
Um… just disturbing, lolol… Huge hit! Gotta do more Pikachu mashups with DC female icons.
Shows how much I know. I thought THIS would be a hit. Sold well, but not like the others.
Green Lantern Pikachu
This one was fun! This was a bit of a jab at Ryan Reynolds. Attendees at the show immediately caught the gag.
This was another one that just did not sell as well as I thought. I thought this one would be a huge hit! Only sold a few.
Sold out in 5 hours. HUGE hit. I am going to create a Pika Pool sketch cover soon.
SEND ME YOUR MASHUP SUGGESTIONS!
Leave your suggestions in the comments below. I need a few more DC Comics mashups, a BUNCH of Marvel mashups, and a bunch of miscellaneous cool mashups.
CONTACT ME FOR A MASHUP COMMISSION!!!
I can draw up any size you want. I can create art of bristol board and recommend 11 x 17 inches. I can also create art on sketch covers… and I have a TON of blanks…. TONS!!!! CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
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