If you are an artist, you may have probably dreamt of having your artwork featured in a gallery, conference, or other similar events. For an artist, being able to showcase his/her talent to art enthusiasts gives him or her a sense of fulfilment. One such event where certain types of artists gather to share their common interests is the comic con. Basically, it is an occasion where your favourite comic book studios and their fans attend to mingle with other and celebrate the art of comic books. Television shows and movies which were adapted from comic book stories also come to the event.
The comic con is such a big deal that artists would die just to have their portfolio accepted and featured. Because it is not easy, you should know what to do before submitting your work for the event and during the submission process itself. Read on for some tips.
Before you arrive in the studio, you should have a plan that is well thought of. How will you present your work? Are you going to give an original copy or a photocopy? If you are going to have it printed, will you hire a professional to print it? Whatever way you go, one important thing to do is to always include your name and contact details on every page of your work, as much as possible. Surely, the studio would be reviewing thousands of submitted portfolios and you don’t want to get lost in all those. Even if the pages get jumbled, they will still be able to contact you if ever they are interested in your work.
Always show your best work. Sometimes, you only get one opportunity so put your best foot forward. Your portfolio should tell a story that the audience will like. The comic con will feature lots of masterpieces so yours should stand out from the rest.
It is also important to be yourself. Do not submit something that is not your own. Your artwork should show who you are and what you want to be as an artist. If you want to be a penciler, present your best piece in pencil, not in watercolour or paint. Comic book experts can easily detect if you are not confident with your work. Make them feel that you are proud of your own creation.
During the actual day of submission, do not get overwhelmed with the number of applicants and booths. Make sure that you take your time and visit all the booths that you want. Patiently wait for your turn and make a good impression to the reviewers. Do not waste your time on the wrong studio. For example, choose publishers who put out books that are similar to your interests. You may also make a list of the studios that you want to apply for so as not to miss out on one. Once you have chosen the studio that you want, introduce yourself properly and present your work well. Good luck!