Karalyn and Company-Breaking Into Comics with Jamal Igle Part 1


For every free gig I do, I usually get two paid gigs just by knowing how to market myself -Jamal Igle

Jamal Igle is a professional comic book artist, editor, art director and animation storyboard artist. His work can be seen in comics such as Supergirl, Firestorm, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Zatanna, Iron Man and his newest series, Molly Danger.


Zatanna Pinup by Jamal Igle

"One thing I believe I should say is that making a living as an artist is about as likely as getting hit by lightning, then again there is always going to be a market for your art. You know, I see a lot of people out there just to break into the comics business that are making no money doing it, yet they don't always want to take a chance on working for the possibility of money. Some have been burned,(I think we all have been there) some feel that shouldn't have to do "the leg work", some feel that they are already a credible and sought after resource and someone should just come up and dump a big pile of money in their lap. 

The truth is, the greater your talent, the greater your tendency to lean on it. It becomes a crutch and an excuse as to why you're not succeeding rather than being a tool to help you do so.

Jamal at the NY Comic Con 2010

If you've been hemming and hawing about whether or not to do something for free or for backend pay, ask yourself a simple question..."Will I be better off, worse off, or the same, from doing this a year from now?"

If the answer is better off, or the same, or even "I don't really know", chances are you should probably give some serious thought to doing it. Maybe it doesn't work the same for everyone but for every free gig I do, I usually get two paid gigs just by knowing how to market myself. So why not do free gigs all the time? Well simple, if I got two paid gigs let me get those done, and if I get two more...and so on.

Right now I have enough commission work to last me until about Christmas time I think, which isn't that much. But I'd like to get done sooner in order to get more work. 

That being said, I hope that you do make a connection of some sort here and you do work on something even if you make little or no money off it. I guarantee the end product WILL contribute to your growth as an artist in one way or another. Unless of course you take the easy route and your end product is nothing. Breaking into comics means more than just drawing some things you like or think are cool and hoping someone will buy them. 

Nightwing 132 Cover

An average writer working for the big two (DC Comics and Marvel Comics)... and I'm saying AVERAGE writer...makes about 2 grand a book. The average writer has one book, and maybe at times gets a second title if lucky. Break that down to 500 bucks a week...before taxes. So lets go as far as saying they have two books a month...and remember, 90% of writers make no royalties...this person makes about 48 grand a year...before taxes. Not working for the big 2 and it's MUCH less. We also pay our own medical coverage, because the companies don't. After taxes, medical and so on, this person makes around 32 grand a year writing 2 books for the majors. Does this make sense or just plain scare most of you?

Writers, the writing part is easy. It's the struggle that will define your career. Keep on truckin."

-Jamal Igle


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Whats the Buzz- Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels Return!

Back by Popular Demand - Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels!

In today's issue of What's the Buzz, we decided to bring back a buzzworthy product from our first edition of What's the Buzz. We are bringing back the Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels. After our first article, we had lots of people check them out and let us know how much they loved them. We got so many new reviews and emails and comments, we had to share them with you. Seriously, if you have not tried these yet, you are missing out!


The quality of these handmade hand rolled soft pastels is incredible. Unlike most machine-made pastels, Gallery Soft Pastels are hand-rolled without the use of a binder. That means that these pastels are softer to the touch and can lay down more pigments with a smooth consistency over some chalky machine-made pastels. And look at how brilliant the pigments in these pastels can be!

The high quality hand-rolling, time it takes to make these, and lack of a binder make these pastels stand out among the rest. Now let's see what you all had to say about these now that you've had a chance to try them out.

"Since you wrote about them last time, I had to try these gallery pastels out. It's hard to describe the pastels because they don't feel like most pastels I've used in the past. When I draw with them, they hit the paper with much more consistency and go down with so much color. You wont waste time going back over what you've already drawn or space you've colored. I would definitely recommend these to a friend!"- Matth3w4te, Chicago, IL

"I really like the way that the soft pastels are used for layering and how they blend so smoothly together. With such diverse color choices in the sets available, I haven't switched mediums since I started with these. Pastels are my new favorites."- Wesley Welner, Denver, CO

"I had to try Mungyo pastels after not liking some others and reading your last article on them last week. These are great. OMG I love them!!!!"-Liona D, Detroit, MI

"As an art instructor, I take the word of Jerry's Artarama very seriously as one of the top authorities on art supplies. I thought after seeing the price listed for these pastels that they might not be as good as you said. Boy was I wrong! These pastels have surpassed any expectations I had. The quality and consistency of the Mungyo soft pastels makes them so much easier to work with. When you blend them, the colors and pigments mix well and come out so creamy. I will be instructing my classes to get these for sure."-Marsha Lynchburg, Seattle, WA

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"Gallery pastels are the best product you can buy for the value you save!"-Patty Nedefens, Concord, MA

Thanks for all the reviews and comments. Glad you all liked Gallery Soft Pastels to take our word for them and try them for yourselves. For those that haven't tried them out yet, What are you waiting for? With Jerry's, right now you can save up to 67% off list price. With a deal like that, if you've ever thought about getting into pastel art, now is the time. And only with Jerry's Artarama will you find content like how to work with these Gallery Soft Pastels with famous artists like Dick Ensing:



Try Gallery Soft Pastels for youself and see what all the buzz is all about. And remember, we take your comments to heart here and will share them with you as much as we can to help Artists like you find the best tools and products on the market! So make sure and leave us some comments! See ya next time with more Whats the Buzz next week!

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