Today’s post is brought to you by guest writer Mitch Cook. Mitch is a freelance artist and writer of Concrete Martians.
I want to make a personal appeal on behalf of artists. Most people in the art community, and especially in the comic book world understand this very important concept; artists must be paid accordingly for their art. It might seem easy for an artist to “whip up” a concept or commission on the spot, but as with most occupations that require a specialized skill, the art isn’t easy or sudden and, therefore, can not be treated as such. Most artists spend years learning how to hone a natural gift either through school, mentoring, or on their own (most do all of the above) just to get to the point of being able to create a great piece of inspired work in a matter of an hour or two for you to frame for your wall. These hours and hours of practice come with a lot of personal price. The rest of us get to ponder and gasp in awe at the work they do. That being said we need, no, MUST, support these talented people, who bring much happiness to our lives by paying them what they are worth.
This is why we are asking for your contributions using Indiegogo for our comic book project. We can’t afford to work on speculation. Keith needs to be paid for his time and efforts to bring such a wonderful story to life. If the income isn’t available, he has to look elsewhere so he can help support his family, like the rest of us do.
Concrete Martians has proven to be popular and sells consistently at conventions but doesn’t earn a lot. In fact proceeds from sales pay for the sales efforts that would normally come from our own pockets. That is great. A self supporting book is a great goal and this has helped us to promote the book without costing us money in the process. The hope is to create enough material that a distributor/publisher will want to add Concrete Martians to their portfolio of sales and make it become a revenue maker.
But we HAVE to finish the story so we are counting on you to provide the means so that Keith can create the fantastic art you expect from our story AND convince anyone who reads it that it really should be in stores nationwide.
One very noteworthy addition to this campaign are the contributions from other artists who have given their valuable time to create and donate Concrete Martians inspired artwork as EXCLUSIVES for our fundraising efforts. It’s an extraordinary commitment and shows how a great story can inspire great art. The contributions from you are really a bargain because these pieces could go for much higher prices at conventions and art shops. We are honored and humbled by their support, and yours.
Mitch and Keith