This new year again offers me a bounty of creative possibilities, a too-long list which needs trimming down to a feasible workload. There are only 335 days left in the year, after all! Fortunately, my reader survey gave me food for thought which has been useful in narrowing my focus not only to work I will enjoy doing, but work that my readers will enjoy, too. In fact, my four word New Year’s resolution pretty much sums things up:
With that in mind, here are my priorities for 2017:
1. Set up a Patreon account. I don’t expect it to earn me a living wage, but it would give a way for readers who wish to help support what I do, a way to do it.
2. Begin a “Human Spring” webcomic. Since my survey revealed that more people wanted to see something else (rather than more frequent Watusi episodes), I see no reason to keep putting this off!
3. Find a better way to promote and get more eyeballs on my work. People can’t purchase my work if they don’t know it exists.
4. Finish and publish old projects. Specifically Doghouse Funhouse #2, Larry’s Kitchen #80, and Double Dip #2.
5. Undertake a general website/logo refreshening. I need to start consistently presenting myself as “Dale Martin, cartoonist” rather than “Smeary Soapbox Press” …
6. Make more “fine” art. I want to take advantage of group shows as they come my way, and paintings are a simple way to participate.
Finally, 2017 is the centennial of Jack Kirby‘s birth, and I have a couple of projects in the works– including my big print comic project for the year– that celebrate the occasion. More as they develop…
Any creative goals for 2017 you care to share?