I'm writing a historical fiction on an ancient British tribe that existed while England was part of the Roman Empire. I know I'm taking on a lot, and I've tried to change my story to a more simple and well known setting, but for whatever reason, my mind just can't let go of this. So I guess I have two questions: 1) do you know of any resources for ancient historical fiction writing, where I'll be able to find factual information? And 2) when is it okay to guess on what happened?
There are lots of resources out there, and our knowledge of history is growing all the time. If you’re honestly, truly stuck, you might need to take your search elsewhere—check your local library, head out to a museum, get in touch with historians if you can. On the flip side, you are first and foremost trying to tell a story. As that last linked discussion goes into, expecting a well-researched story and expecting a textbook are different things.
Hey!! Sorry to bug you...I really love that Skadi drawing you did. I was wondering if I could get permission to post it on my Skadi site and on Dumm comics? I think the other readers would really appreciate your depiction of her. They might even rebel against me and demand I draw her cooler from now on! I'd of course link to your tumblr, or another site if you liked. And if you'd prefer I not post it, that's totally cool too. :] Thanks again for showing me your art!
Yes! Absolutely! Thank you, that would be quite the honor! I can be found on Tumblr, on Twitter, and at www.yaodraws.com. And thank you, for making wonderful work!
At my local grocery store, bread is about $4.50 for a decent size italian loaf. If I make $7.25 and hour, that means I’d have to work 37 and a half minutes for a Loaf of bread.
but hey, that’s not so bad right? Work two hours and you’ll have a sandwich, eh?
Oh hey, turns out I also need toilet paper, rice, chicken, some veggies, a can of soup, and some cereal. (to name a few basic groceries one might need on a budget) we’ll round those things down to $25 just to make the math easier.
at $7.25 an hour I’ll have to work about 3 and a half hours for basic groceries.
That doesn’t include bills or gas or all the other groceries I need, That’s ONE quick trip to the store and I already have to work half a day just for that.
You don’t understand Anon, my pages could take HOURS if not DAYS. Between the sketching, inking, colouring, lettering, and finishing it’s taken at least a full two day’s work if not longer for each page.
I have a job that pays me beans, I cannot afford to post more pages a week without compensation. I literally cannot afford to do that. Not to mention the idea that art is only worth minimum wage cheapens the amount of work and effort that goes into producing it. I should be making WELL ABOVE minimum wage for my art via page count and commissions but it’s this damn “deviant art” mindset that makes people feel like they’re being swindled for paying a livable wage to artists. It’s rude and childish and I ask that you please stop considering artists as less worthy of affording a normal life.
You can either pay me what I ask for what you want or stop complaining about what I already give you for free.
A few weeks ago I put out an open call for questions about the comics industry. A penance maybe, for having so many unanswered emails on these kinds of topics. I’m sorry! My email is terrible.
Anyway: I said I would answer the most frequently asked questions, to the best of my ability. This isn’t a book on how to make comics, I can only speak from my own experience (in some places this will be painfully obvious), so keep that in mind. Questions came from all over the spectrum of artists, so if you are, say, a teenager and read an answer that seems crazy inapplicable, I possibly had another type of person in mind when I typed the answer.
This is part one, part two will have the big two questions that I got asked most of all- “how do I get people to read my comic” and “how do I generate an income.” Anyway I’m still talking, as usual, too much of that, let’s get going.
(hope you like my meandering answers, I love meandering like babies love their mommas)
“We clutter the earth with our inventions, never dreaming that possibly they are unnecessary - or disadvantageous. We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another? We move our bodies to and fro at incredible speeds, but do we really leave the spot we started from? Mentally, morally, spiritually, we are fettered. What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?”—Henry Miller, The World of Sex (1940)