MAGIC OF LOVE!! Love Love Hill has a few happy announcements for you all!
- We’ve been accepted to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival for May 2014!!! Yaaaaay!! This is the show that normally kicks off our con year :D It’s always filled with lovely and talented comics people, so If you haven’t been please come check it out!
- Work is now underway for our new anthology for next year, tentatively titled "FUJOSPORTS". The theme is exactly as it sounds: sports comics with passionate men, designed to give you the dokes. We’re collecting members from our past anthologies and maybe a couple new people… More info to come as it develops, look forward to it!!
- What you can also expect to see at TCAF is a new issue of Life On the Hill, our dumb autobio comics! We’ve been traveling a lot more than usual so we are all raw for material haha. They are so stupid! They are the greatest. They go really fast at zine festivials and now there are French editions too at our store, if that is your thing!
- Our friends and collaborators, En Masse, will be painting giant canvases at Smart Design Mart this weekend, Dec 6 to 8th at 5505 Casgrain in Montreal. You can expect Koyar and Kim to be ducking in and out every day, putting our dues on that wall!
- En Masse will also be making an appearance at the Toronto Long Winter festival on Friday December 13th at the Great Hall 1087 Queen Street West. It’s a free event and Dirchansky will be there live painting from around 7pm-ish — swing by and say hi if you’re in the area and give her prompts on fun things to draw!
Hehe, we’re all each doing Christmas cards for the season, have you guys signed up to get yours yet?
Some knights because we’re down to our last 8 copies of Knight Life comic anthology!
Here’s some tribute art to every contributor <3 thank you all for being a part of this anthology.. Very exciting for me since I helped put the anthology together in 2012 :). Thank you for supporting our books so far! Last chance to grab a handsome copy (teal Risograph ink!) if you don’t have one already!
Get it while you still can!!
Thank you all for coming to visit us at Canzine this weekend!!!!
Canzine is happening this weekend in Toronto! Come find Love Love Hill! Dirchansky and I will be there!
Meanwhile, Kim is representing Love Love Hill in Tokyo for Kaigai Manga Festa! David Namisato and Kagan McLeod will also be there as part of TCAF! Ryan Cecil Smith!
Now the problem is, how do we make the Toronto party better so I can make Kim jealous.
Come visit us! Canzine Toronto
Sunday October 20, 2013 (1-7pm)
918 Bathurst Centre :)
salbrucculeri asked: Do you have any tips for pitching a creator-owned comic at a con? Synopsis is made as well as the first few completed pages.
I usually try to couch my answers to advice questions — to ‘keep it in the “i”’ as they say in certain rooms — but this is the one time i won’t:
Don’t. meet editors at cons. Shake hands, get cards, get the fuck away from the booth. If you see ‘em at a bar, buy a round. Because nobody’s reading anything at a con and — dirty secret time — everybody spends a long five minutes the day their plane leaves with the hotel room garbage can, sifting through whatever they were given at shows, trying to decide what weight is worth lugging back to fuckknows and what shall not be leaving the la quinta. Don’t pitch at shows. Meet people. Have a conversation. Is this the right place for you? Is yours right for that place? Are these people you could work with? Do they HAVE a sub. policy already? Don’t be hungry at shows. Be human. Say hi.
Then send the pitch on monday.
I do know people whose conversation at a con turned instantly to a green lit project. These are people who the publisher wanted to work with. While creators don’t always know which people in the industry are crushing on them - insecurity! insecurity! - it’s unlikely one is you.
Do as Matt says. Meet people. Be human. Don’t be needy. Decide if they’re right for you as much as they’ll decide you’re right for them. Don’t be needy. Really, don’t be needy.
Can’t emphasise/re-state this enough.
"But I’m an exception —" No, you’re not.
"But my pitch is so amazing —" No, it isn’t.
"But I know they’re secretly looking —" No, they’re not.
You know what editors are looking for at cons? To re-establish relationships with existing creators, to meet fellow editors for a gossip and bitch, and to maybe — maybe — meet some cool new people on the scene, in case those people pitch them in the future.
Not at the con. Not at the bar. Not in the bathroom. Seriously. Just be sociable, get to know people, and talk to them about things besides comics. Be human. Be cool.
Yep yep yep.
Never get why, when a publisher SPECIFICALLY ask people to not pitch things to them at a con, people still try.
So true. So if you’re stressing about prepping your packets with your portfolio samples & pitches to carpet bomb NY comic-con, stop right now.
DO have business cards, to exchange with people you meet.
DO get enough sleep, so you can be relaxed, sociable & professional when you meet / chat with people.
DO your homework — not all manuscripts/stories are a good fit for every publisher. Know their strengths, their editorial focus, — which you can find out by checking out their current & upcoming releases.
DO walk the floor, see what’s new, check out a panel or two & have fun away from your table/booth — cons are a great place to connect with people who love comics as much as you do.
Just my two cents! :-)