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Comics 101 for 02/14/2002
Never Give Up, Never Surrender!
Hi Joe,

Is there also information sources you could recommend that may have an analysis of the current comic book market?

Have you experienced any "lessons learned" regarding comics (how to's/the business) that you could share?

I enjoyed your web page and found your comicbook tips very helpful. Thanking you in advance.

Charles Griswel
Hi Charles,

I'd check out your local comic book store and ask the retailer which magazines on the shelves could best help answer those questions. I imagine Overstreet's Price Guide is a good publication to start but magazines like Wizard can usually give you an idea of current 'trends' in the market. As for lessons learned, way too many to go into detail here. You need to read Beau Smith's, Tom Beirbaum's, and Flint Henry's columns in Sketch magazine for some good stories as well.

The most important lesson I've learned is never get discouraged and never give up. You're always closer than you think and usually most of the trials you encounter along your pursuits are mental and can be defeated since it's only a state of mind. As long as you stay focused, pay attention and listen to the advice of other professionals who are willing to help and encourage you, you'll be successful.

I'm really glad you found my site and checked it out. I'm also glad you enjoyed my column and hope this reply helps you in your artistic endeavors. Thanks, Charles and keep drawing!

-J

See ya next week for a new Comics 101 column!

-Joe
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