Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Theft and haters should probably be the least of your worries at this stage, honestly. Focus your energy on telling a good story, developing an artistic approach that complements the story, communicating effectively with your dialogue and your page layouts, working out a production schedule, and just hunkering down and doing the work (which will probably amount to more blood, sweat and tears than you can prepare for, assuming you haven’t done this before). Those are the things that are really worth troubling yourself over because that’s ultimately how the undertaking becomes fulfilling…they’re the satisfying meaty bits of a creative diet…the marrow even…
…the colorful, delightsome dehydrated marshmallows in the soggy, beige compost of your breakfast cereal…not altogether unlike Life cereal, but not exactly Life, which is a shame because that would really drive this metaphor home…like the Kool Aid man through your living room wall…
There will be people who won’t like your comic. It’s not hard to distinguish thoughtful criticism from ridicule and resentment, though. Filter out the former and sift through it for useful information. As to the latter, well, electronic outrage from anonymous assholes is rather a fact of life in this day and age, isn’t it? No matter who you are, what you do, what your art looks like, how you write, or what you choose to write about, there are going to be people out there who’ll glean some perverse satisfaction from telling you how much they hate it. You can’t spend your life hiding away from inevitable nonsense like that, though, and trying to tiptoe around it by making everyone happy is limiting, sterilizing, and equally futile. Come to grips with the existence of the vitriol, know that along the way at least a little of it will pelt you in the face, and though it will quite probably sting, understand that it’s often more about the individual it’s coming from and their personal issues than it is about your work…then move along because other things are more important. Do the comic for your own gratification foremost. Do it how you want to do it. Do it genuinely for your love of the art, the process, the story, the characters. When you love it, it’ll sustain your interest and will demand to be done with integrity. The quality of your output will reflect that - work really shines when you’ve loved it so much it could kill you - and the quality of the feedback you get will tend to coincide.
Art thievery is a pain in the ass, to be sure, and while it can make you feel like crumpling into a heap, lashing out, setting the internet on fire, becoming a cave hermit on impulse, crying and rage-vomiting all at the same time, incidents are fairly uncommon. When they do happen, they’re usually minor and the internal melodrama is quickly replaced with resolve to continue along and address the problem as best you can. Someone reposting something you made and taking credit for it, slapping your art on a set of table coasters and putting it up for sale in an Etsy store, compiling it with a bunch of other things into a slipshod publication or app - these things happen, they’re vexing, but they aren’t career-ending catastrophes and they’re usually not particularly detrimental to anything but your pride. For rarer but more heinous situations involving revenues and corporations that should know better, the art community at large is usually quick to come to the outspoken defense and aid of artists who have clearly been wronged. You can take sensible precautions as well, like including your copyright information on everything and registering trademarks if you’re making a business of your art.
Yes, conceivably something terrible and personally devastating could happen, but you have to weigh for yourself whether all the good that can come of putting your work out there - the people you’ll share something with, the friends you’ll make, the connections you’ll establish with other artists, the things you stand to learn, the freelance and job opportunities you’ll create for yourself - is worth the risk. I’ve had my share of art theft headaches and heartaches, but if I had to make the choice again, I wouldn’t flinch in decision to share my work online. It has made all the difference in my life and career as an artist, as it has for many others.
Well, that was a lot of words. Sorry. I hope it contains something useful. Good luck with your comic!
We went to a diner today and there was a fireworks shop right next to it. My father wanted to buy punks so I looked around.
And I found Lackadaisy art all over these fireworks. They were called ‘Poker’ fireworks or something like that?
But I fear that this is art theft! And I want to make sure the artist is aware of this.
Yeah, I’m aware. I managed to get into contact with Jake’s Fireworks (the manufacturer/distributor) about the unauthorized use of my art on their packaging last year. They say they’ve stopped producing it. Hopefully that’s true. There was nothing that could be done about the fireworks already sold to various retailers, though, so I guess they’ll continue showing up for a while.
Watching various other entities profit off your hard work - fun times. =/
I’ve been sitting on these since winter, although I’m not sure exactly why. I still think about doing a playing card deck someday and started working up some face card designs when I had a little time off over the holidays. I couldn’t settle on a standardized backdrop, so I began tailoring them to each character instead.
If I were to do a Kickstarter campaign for something like this sometime, would anyone be interested, or not so much?
Just posting this stupid, scribbledy comic for everyone who commented and sent me notes after I responded to that ask the other day. I didn’t mean to make a thing of it - I just couldn’t resist replying with snark to something so abrasively nonsensical. Nevertheless, I ended up with an inbox full of kind/funny messages and, well, let’s just say a self-help book penned by Jack Handey himself couldn’t have done a better job of being that uplifting, bizarre and hilarious. I just wanted to say thanks for making me laugh.
But what if my talent is drawing cats in clothes? Would my social life blossom if I drew something else? Cats without clothes?
Please - more anonymous, vague, non sequitur advice around which I should restructure my life is urgently needed!
I really love Tracy J. Butler’s “Lackadaisy”, please check it out if you don’t know about it! It’s amazing ♥ Since Ivy and Freckle are the cutest things I decided to draw them. Here they are-in human form.
Thank you for creating such great characters and making such incredible art Tracy. You’re awesome and an inspiration!
Oh, wow - lovely!