This is the best account I've seen of of the costs related to self-publishing I've seen. I had a similar experience when I was working with my publisher to do the "Best of Your Square Life" and again when I was doing my runs of t-shirts a few years back. I thought maybe my problem with small profit margins was scale, only printing a few hundred books and around around a hundred t-shirts at a time, but I think I was doing fairly well all considered. If you get bored with large blocks of numbers, take a look at the "Combined Sales Scenarios" for the breakdown of percentage of books needed to sell before the break even point for an independent artist.
Jessica Able and Matt Madden just posted up that their follow up to "Drawing Words and Writing Comics" is set to come out soon. Its one of few 'how-to' books that has been constantly useful and was a gigantic help when I started developing my comics classes. Check their website http://dw-wp.com/ as they have made it a constantly updated adjunct to their first book, with expanded sections and teaching resources.
Here's the library approved poster with all the logos and an amended description of the class. I'm busy working on the activities, which I think will be immensely fun for whom ever strolls in.
I've been asked again to do a round of classes at the Anchorage Library. This time I'll be doing the same class at three branches for FREE so they'll be plenty of opportunities for any kid age 12 to 18 to catch it if their at all interested. We'll be talking about autobiographical and non-fiction comics, with the focus on the library's reading selection "Persepolis", with lots of opportunities for the kids to try their hand at drawing their own comics about their lives, hence the title "Life as Comics".
The classes are offered on two different in-service days, February 17 and March 9th at 3 to 5 p.m., and a weekend, March 3rd at 2-4 p.m., to make it even more convenient. If you have any questions email me at yoursquarelife at gmail.com and I'll be happy to talk to you.
I'm giving a new purpose to the Illustration Alaska Blog since I've been doing a lot more comics education classes. Keep your eyes here for updates classes in the Anchorage area next month and an update about the classes I did for 49 writers in December.
For more information about my personal artwork and commissions, go to yoursquarelife.blogspot.com