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Q11: How do I make a name for myself in comics?

‘Stick at it – there are very few overnight successes in this industry, and most of those who do appear to make a quick splash have been working even harder in another industry (children’s books or animation) to get their skills to where they are. You have to love the form, love the people working with it, and have a long-term view. I think of it like the long-distance running I did in secondary school – you need patience to succeed.’ Ellen Lindner, Mentor.

‘I haven’t got there yet, but I think, Keep working hard That’s what I’m doing!’ Isabel Greenberg, Intern.

‘Ill let you know when I know. But I guess making a flipping awesome comic must be pretty far up the list.’ Abraham Christie, Intern.

‘Persevere. I’m not sure it’s something you really aim to make a name in anyway. It’s a bit like stamp-collecting: you just do it because you love it.’ William Goldsmith, Intern.

‘No one’s going to know who you are if you sit at home, making comics, and then hide them away. Post them online, and show them off. Don’t be arrogant about it though – instead, try asking others for help with improving your work. People will find out about you and come to know you better through helping you to grow as an artist. And then go to events! Meet up with other comic people, and keep showing your work.’ Jade Sarson, Intern.

‘The UK comics community is fairly small and friendly, so it’s easy to get to know people who read or make comics online and at comic festivals. Comics are like a big party attended only by the kind of people who don’t like to go to parties. Don’t wait until you think you are ready – start making comics right away, you can get better as you go along. Put your work online, in a community where you can get advice from comics creators and readers. Make friends. Be friendly. Ask creators who are at a similar stage to you about their advice and experiences, about what comics they like and make, and offer your own (many creators swap their work with each other). Take part in group projects, find a friend who writes and wants to write a comic for you to draw, or an artist who wants to draw from your comic script…’ Lily-Rose Beardshaw, Intern.