So, I’ve tried a few times to branch out what I’m doing. I think the thing with illustration is that a) it’s a solitary pursuit and b) your career is only as good as the client list you’ve got. And, I get the FEAR that that’s not really enough to make a living. So, I’ve hit St George’s Market for a few Fridays in a row. I’ve always lost money on this – to be frank the market on a Friday is full of little old biddys buying their shopping – not really the market place for people to buy original comic art or prints (or self published comics). Saturday, though, is tourist and families, and, I hope, people MORE likely to buy what I’m selling. We’ll see.
I’ve had to pay £88 for membership of the Market Trader’s Association (who then give you public liability insurance up to £5 million – a requirement of the market!) and £12 for the table per day. And, since the day runs 9-3pm I’ll probably need a couple of quid for lunch.
I quiet like the idea that, over time, I can turn one little section of St George’s Market into a mini-utopia for comic creators selling their own original comics, and, at some point, I may invite some people along selling self published work. Or, I might give up after I’ve been there for a couple of months and not earned a penny (not really looking forward to spending winters down there… ulp…)
Right now, the plan is to be there every week bar deadlines and comic conventions, so if you’re ever in Belfast of a Saturday – pop in and say hello (and then buy something, I’ll need the money…!)