Okay. I am a writer. I think I have established that in a couple of ways. Way #1 being that I have written and finished the first volume of Foreign Matter and I am publishing the bastard. Way #2 being that I think I am a writer and therefore am one. I am writing this very moment, and that is all the proof I need. Sure it has been a million years since I reviewed what a subject is, but I write and do write. Whether I do it well is a whole other barrel of potatoes (I even make sayings up).
I have mentioned the other hats that I have had to wear during my days of being a comics person, and my current hat is the hat of marketer and publicist. Basically that means getting my book in people's faces. So, I get my ass in gear and I am writing personal letters to reviewers/podcasters/retailers and more in order to get some eyes on the pages.
What have I taken this to be? Calling in every small favor that I have accrued, bothering every single creator that I have ever had a small amount of contact with, and basically cold-calling every person that I can and swinging my book in front of their faces, hoping that I can get a bite or two. And I have.
Look, if there is one thing that comics people like, it is comics, and I think ours is pretty boss for a self-published piece of work, probably just under pro level, or pretty damned close to it, as close as I can possibly make it, I scammed every design trick I could off of the graphic novels that surround me. So, I am gently, but assertively getting my product in people's hands. Every site I want it on needs a personal note, every retailer that I encounter needs a personal touch and a reason to buy my comic. I hope they look at it, I hope to god they open up the links that I send them without just tossing it away because they have to see it to believe in it, they have to know that German and I have poured ourselves into the project like metal into casts, and come out with a finely honed product.
Like I said I have had some progress, but not enough. I haven't shaken enough hands personally and had enough face time with the comics' crowd because I work on the weekends when the cons are on. I haven't had drinks with the people that you should have drinks with, I haven't pressed the flesh. Dear god, I hope that people open up that file and take a look, and read past the first issue, and find that we have made something worth having.
Because we have.