How to celebrate a great #Trekker reception @RoseCityCC: ink more Trekker, of course. Trekkercomic.com

How to celebrate a great #Trekker reception @RoseCityCC: ink more Trekker, of course. Trekkercomic.com

From today’s TREKKER page: Mercy returns to space, once again stepping onto a larger stage, much against her will.

From today’s TREKKER page: Mercy returns to space, once again stepping onto a larger stage, much against her will.

This would be me at the excellent Rose City Comic Con this weekend, and a few of the commissions I did there. A great show and a great set of Trekker fans to meet and greet!

Dear Chris, what are (in your opinion) the top 5 mistakes to avoid, when creating comics? Thank you very much in advance.

chrissamnee:

I really only have 4. I tried to think of more but each new thing already fit into one of these categories. So okay, here goes:

1) Going off script: Stick to the script whenever possible. If you think you’ve come up a with a better solution to a problem, check in with your writer and/or editor before you do execute it.. There could very well be a reason *your* idea isn’t the best one either.

2) Being a disappearing act: If this is the job you want to do for a living, make yourself available. Answer emails. Pick up the phone. I realize that the majority of us arty types are home-bodies at heart but you have to be willing to talk to your collaborators if you want to get anything accomplished.

3) Missing deadlines: Deadlines are in place for a reason. Turn your stuff in on time, people!! For every day late that your piece of the project is, you’re shaving off a day of work from every person who follows after you. Monthly comics can sometimes be a grind, but if we’re all getting our work in on time it can run like a well-oiled machine. Don’t be the weak link.
And this going along with #2 but— if your deadline is fast approaching and you don’t think you’re going to hit it, don’t be ashamed. Kids get sick, accidents happen… but call your editor and let them know you’re going to be late. I’m sure they’d rather know ahead of time and be able to plan ahead with a fill-in or maybe tweaking the schedule.

4) Doesn’t play well with others : This is a small industry and nobody benefits from jerky behavior. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated. And I do mean *everyone*. You never know who, be they intern, flatter assistant, etc,. could wind up being your boss one day.

Chris lays it out perfectly: here’s your “Do-Not’s” primer for working as a professional cartoonist!

Haven’t posted a #WIP in a while, and almost finished this one before remembering. In the groove or something… #trekker

Haven’t posted a #WIP in a while, and almost finished this one before remembering. In the groove or something… #trekker

Production steps from today’s page, for those who are curious. This is the last page of Part One” of the story, so Mercy’s final line here had to be delivered with a certain intensity— she’s pissed and fiercely determined. Everything that follows in the story is based on this point. You can see in comparing the pencils to the color stage how I tinkered with that final panel. I was paying attention to not only the expression on her face but also the angle and the “cropping” of the shot. Everything contributes to the emotional “hit” a reader gets as they read the scene

A “flight” of commissions from last weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con. With RCCC coming up in two short weeks, thought I’d open up a list. Hit me with your requests!

A “flight” of commissions from last weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con. With RCCC coming up in two short weeks, thought I’d open up a list. Hit me with your requests!

One more commission from last weekend’s #baltimorecomiccon. A chance to revisit a character I hadn’t drawn in about nine lives. #blackcat #marvel

One more commission from last weekend’s #baltimorecomiccon. A chance to revisit a character I hadn’t drawn in about nine lives. #blackcat #marvel

From today’s trekkercomic.com page, wherein Mercy is, basically, having None Of It.

From today’s trekkercomic.com page, wherein Mercy is, basically, having None Of It.

Panels from today’s trekkercomic page. Evoking the charms of the New Gelaph Spaceport.