Sequential Underground #18 – Giving Up

Sequential Underground

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators gives up!

Dan wants to know: When’s it time for an indie comics creator to hang up the towel?

Shawn likes the Webcomic Alliance* answer to the the question. Nick thinks it comes down to economics, emotions, and artistic growth. Dan admits to struggling with this question himself and Nick has bizarre sources of inspiration. And Hardball starts a chain of corny sports analogies.

*Dan’s downer topic was coincidentally covered on Webcomic Alliance less than two weeks ago — check it out.

12 Responses to “Sequential Underground #18 – Giving Up”


  1. 1 Link

    I dig Nick’s MO, that’s something I can get behind. I mean, right now I’m just writing funny pages for YIBR, and I enjoy doing it but I pretty much suspect that’s the extent of my creative talents… at least in terms of effort I can put forth. We’re playing with doing a legit comic, but… I’m never sure if I can go that route.

    This was a really interesting topic though, you guys always inspire me to get involved doing some independent stuff myself. Not even to sound like an asshole (and I hope I don’t) but it’s very much like a “If Nick can do this I’m sure I could give it a shot.” But, like I said, I don’t think I’d have anywhere near the drive that he does.

  2. 2 nick marino

    hahaha that doesn’t make you sounds like an ass. it totally makes sense.

  3. 3 Double S

    it’s funny that you put this up today. i just had a conversation with a friend about hanging up my comic. i feel a lot like the guy that was worried about his future. (sorry i don’t know which gentlemen that was. i don’t think you introduced them in the beginning.) also i feel sometimes like i don’t have the proper level of commitment or instincts to make a legitimate go at it. anyway, good ‘cast really made me think. keep it up!

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  5. 4 nick marino

    THX Double S. Hmmm worried about his future… I can’t even remember who that was now. I don’t think it was me.

    (Anyway, we should probably start doing introductions at the start so people get a feel for who’s who. We mention names here and there, but never explicit say “this is who I am.”)

    I can agree with the instincts sentiment. I also feel like I just don’t produce enough work. And everyday I try to buckle down and get better at all that stuff, that’s another day that (to me) ends up the same as the day before.

  6. 5 Brian John Mitchell

    A great episode. I run into this all the time. As some of you know I do my art for a living (music/comics/painting in my case), but the reason that happened is it was thrust upon me because I didn’t have the ability to fulfill my family obligations & work out of the house. But I don’t know if I would do it if I’d had the ability to keep the security of a crappy job as my music career was suffering for my job for ten years.

    I do think I personally have a problem with figuring out where my comfort zone is for my art & I think that’s a problem a lot of people have. At what point are you comfortable with your level of success & at what point do you get frustrated enough that you stop trying to be successful & instead just focus on making work. Which is kinda where I’m at right now. I’m not interested in spending a lot of time on promotion any more, I’d rather just work on my art & let someone promote it after I die.

  7. 6 nick marino

    Yeah I sorta feel like that some days, but I always end up going back to the promotion because it’s like a game to me. And I feel like if someone else out there could beat it, then I can too, ya know? So I keep playing the promotion game because I love the challenge.

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  9. 7 Brian John Mitchell

    Yeah, I’m surprised there aren’t a lot of semi-predatory people hiring themselves out as promoters for comics as it seems like people would be dumb enough to do it, you know? But just today I was looking around for some new comic sites to solicit for reviews & it seems like most “comic” sites are about comic peripheries like movies & cartoons & toys. Which I guess is true with music as well. Plenty of music sites are more about gossip than music. So maybe that’s what we should do. Figure out a good scandal to build our careers on….

  10. 8 nick marino

    GOOD IDEA! I’m gonna try and sleep with a famous musician and then go to the press about it. Any suggestions?

  11. 9 Brian John Mitchell

    Maybe Lindsay Lohan as she’s always in the news despite not delivering any new content?

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  13. 10 nick marino

    the more i think about the topic of this podcast, the more i think there’s never a good time to give up! maybe reorganize, maybe rethink the creation and promotion processes… but never give up!!!

  14. 11 ross

    ALWAYS GIVE UP

    NEVER GIVE UP

  15. 12 nick marino

    @Ross: I edited your comment to make it say what you really meant to say.

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