How Not To Make Money In Comic Books

My Self-Publishing Adventure

Part 4: 2005 (Wesleyan World)


      In late 2004, I started making comic strips that were 1 page (pretty large) and then I would scan them in with my Lexmark photoscanner and edit them in MS Paint. I would remove splotches of pencil, then increase the gamma so it looked like the art had been inked, and finally added word balloons.

      I had already finished 30+ comic strips, but had no way to show them off. After talking to Rob Baden (mentioned in my first How Not To Make Money In Comic Book post) he graciously offered to host my comic book on his website DownTimeComics.com, where he had created a new webcomic, as well. And an even greater bonus was that his webmaster even made a logo for me (it’s on the Wesleyan World page in my website – http://shawnpmurphy.com/?page_id=1219)

      The DownTimeComics site was still the same web address as the old one (with the older comics from college now stored on another page called “Old DTC”. Unfortunately, this website no longer exists online or at WayBackMachine’s archive, either.

      The comic would be posted on his website weekly for 3 1/2 years. I have since put the entire collection of strips (215 strips) on my website (http://shawnpmurphy.com/?page_id=1219) separated by storyline (though half of the storyline are just one-shot strips with a central theme) and individual strip. If you click on the Story title, you can read the entire storyline on One Page.

      I had fun doing this. There was no money in this, but luckily, there was also no cost (I did not buy pencils, paper, or the scanner for the comic strips, and will state when I have to buy something for a specific project). And so, I started working on these comics for years, but about 3 months in, I realized that I had a storyline that was way too dark and didn’t match the tone of the comedic Wesleyan World. Eventually, what spiraled as many strips of a darker saga just became it’s own comic book storyline. I was still doing comedic strips and generating more funny storylines, but what would I do with this serious tale featuring some of the characters (and myself) from the strip? Find out in the next post.

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How Not To Make Money In Comic Books

My Self-Publishing Adventure

Parts 2 & 3: 2003 & 2004 (I Made No Comics & The WebComic Emerges)


      The year 2003 (spring of junior year & fall of senior year at West Virginia Welseyan College) I spent most of my time at college doing my Psychology Thesis and Writing Thesis and generally just enjoying life. Though I continued to buy and ready Spider-Man & Transformers comics every month (and could continue to do so until 2011) I never considered doing them in the foreseable future.

      In the Spring of 2004 I obtained my degrees in Psychology & Writing, and still spent most of the semester spending time with friends while working on my final year to earn these degrees.

      In the fall of 2004, I was starting my first semester at graduate school at Southampton College in Southamton, NY. During the coming months, I was already misssing my friends from undergraduate college and created a few comic strips called “Wesleyan World” that were just me and my friends messing around at college and going on adventures. They were one page strips that had a punchline at the end. However, all I did was draw them and nothing became of them that year.


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How Not To Make Money In Comic Books

My Self-Publishing Adventure

Part 1: 2002 (DownTimeComics & Demon Heir)


      In this Blog series, I will be breaking down my comic book expenses and profits (ha, that’s a good one) by year. My hope is that people will see that putting together a comic book requires a great deal of work and a lot of start-up capital; you will rarely see any return in profit. If you get into comic books, it’s because you want to publish them for the love of it (though hoping it leads to being picked up by the major companies or get a movie deal is a nice dream, too)

      My friend at college, Rob Baden, had been doing a webcomic online called DownTimeComics (http://web.archive.org/web/20050430040909/http://www.downtimecomics.com/dtc/). He had wanted to expand the website to include others.

      I had an idea about a Demon Hunter, called Demon Heir, that I got my friend RL Shawver to do some art for. I had already written an entire universe along with 8 major storylines leading up to an epic conclusion for the entire series. The comic strip lasted around 1 ½ months and 8 pages. I was a junior at college at the time and only 21 years old; my ideas for that story were pretty ambitious and unrealistic since we were both at college at the time with our own degrees to work on.

      The webpage no longer exists, though you can still see the main page on Wayback Machine. Unfortunately, none of the comics are available online anymore. I have now input the old Demon Heir comics on my website (http://www.shawnpmurphy.com) under Webcomics, where you may see the first comic I ever did.

      That’s it for this year. It doesn’t start to get more advanced until 2006. I will be tracking everything, from my website fees, printing costs, artist payment; everything! If you have an interest in making comics (and you are a writer with no artistic skills) then you will want to follow this.


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How to play Scrabble. Learn how to play a game you already know and learn some rule variations. This is the last episode of the “How To Play” series.




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So after tricking people with the previous video, I actually show you how to play Scene It? in this video.




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Do you really want to learn how to play the popular DVD/Board Game Scene It? Find out here, maybe.


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I was so excited after meeting the inventor of this game that I decided to do a description/review of his game: The Omega Virus, as I always liked it growing up. This game talks and taunts at you the entire game, making you want to destroy him even more, but at the same time, you are trying to stop the other players from winning, even though there is a chance you can all lose in the process.

I was originally going to try and make many reviews of the games that I own, but I did these videos when I first moved to Baltimore and did not know anyone, which is why I am the only one in the video. I ended up only reviewing 3 games total. I would like to take a shot at a series like this again someday, but in a much different format.




How To Play – Episode 1 – The Omega Virus Part 1 of 2


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