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.

2005
Total Cost: N/A
Gross Profit: N/A
Net Profit/Loss: N/A

All Years (2002 – 2005)

Total Cost: N/A
Gross Profit: N/A
Net Profit/Loss: N/A

I wanted to learn some editing, so I took footage from college and applied it to background music.  It is not on many sites anymore because I was using music that was copyrighten from before everyone started attacking them more online.  BlipTV & Facebook will not host them.

Holy crap.  YouTube added the sound back in, and in return, the entire advertisement on the bottom is an ad to buy the song that is playing:  Brilliant! Unfortunately, they only did this with the first video.

Wesleyan Music Video – Friends

BlipTV / YouTube / MySpace / Facebook / Vimeo

Wesleyan Music Video – Party

BlipTV / YouTubeMySpace (low quality) / Facebook / Vimeo

Wesleyan Music Video – Betta Than M

BlipTV / YouTube / Myspace / Facebook / Vimeo