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My main piece of advice would be to move the camera around. Do some up shots as well as down shots. Also pull the camera back and then ...

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DJ Keawekane
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Hello fellow deviants. My name is DJ Keawekane. I'm from Hilo, Hawaii. I'm a freelance artist who has done work for Big Dog Ink and Sand Box Studios. I grew up always getting into trouble for drawing too much because i just couldn't stop and now I'll never ever have to listen to any of those damn teachers or ex-bosses used to tell me to stop drawing.
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I just got through skyping with a friend of mines and we were talking about Marketing in comics. The friend I was speaking with was Howard Wong a writer who works as a freelancer and put out After the Cape from Image Comics, has just been part of a successful kickstarter campaign with True Patriot and has been nominated for a Shuster award. So our situation is a bit odd because everyone who knows anything about comics knows that a huge part of marketing is the convention circuit but I live in Hawaii and he lives in China. So, we need other means to market our books. On-line of course is invaluable- twitter and facebook is a no brainer but after that it gets a bit fuzzy for me. Obviously you want to hit up CBR and Newsarama but the problem with those are you're in direct competition with the big boys Marvel and DC who lets face it they're going to win the attention battle. I mean I do it myself, I'll see something done by someone I may know personally but the whole time I read the article I can't wait to see what the big two have cooking- even if it's not that exciting. Marvel and DC are at the top of the food chain. Then you'll have the next tier of publishers like Dark Horse and Image, and then I think maybe IDW, Boom! and well I'm not sure how the order goes in terms of what's popular. So to me it's a battle of attention. People know what they want and it's hard to break them off of their habits. Marketing, it just isn't my thing.

Now having said that. I would like to offer what I think may potentially be a good idea. What about an agent that does the marketing for you? This is just me speaking off the top of my head so it may be the dumbest thing ever or maybe not. But how I imagine it is a person who lives in the U.S. Not Hawaii or Alaska- the lower 48 who's already doing conventions and he gets a cut off of everything sold, a percentage, something honest but gives him the initiative to sell more. The more he sells the more he makes. Think about it, there are those guys who believe and want to be a part of the community but never figure out how, I just figured it out for them. Now of course there are other issues at hand like him running off with all the profits not paying me or the other creators. And then you'd also have to add in more expenses on his end of things- hotel, lodging and whatever else but that's a different topic altogether. I think having some friends in this department would be great for the business.

What do you guys think? Brilliant? Dumb? Meh? ALready done before?

It would be great to get some feedback on this if indeed I do have people who read my journals.
  • Listening to: Marc Broussard
  • Reading: how can I be reading when I'm posting here?
  • Watching: see above
  • Playing: Again see above

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FlatsNColors Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
and thanks for the fav
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FlatsNColors Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Great work on the superman new 52 .. Is that marker or color pencil you used too color it ??
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shushubag Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeahs some copics and some prisma color markers. Both are amazing to work with. And thank you.
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AngelaNarish Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
You're awesome! I use your Minotaur as reference. Thank you very much!  cs416421.vk.me/v416421362/7a8b…
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shushubag Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you. Sorry I haven't been online in a while
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconhiiiplz: Hello! And welcome in :iconkrynn-dragonlance:
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shushubag Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I loved these books growing up. It definitely influenced my art style. I don't know who it was that invited me but thanks for the welcome
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
XD! Pleasure!
Yep, awesome books with awesome illustrations, it did influenced me too I guess :P!
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Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav: !! Very appreciated!
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shushubag Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem.
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