Phatcomics 2002 -15, the end.

I have decided to end my self publishing adventures . Malta comic con will be my last convention as Phatcomics. I set Phatcomics up in 2002, I had no idea how to make a comic and what to do with it. My first completed comic was Grey Sky. I traveled to Angouleme with a badly photocopied version and handed it out to French Publishers out of a carrier bag. Rather than carry them home they went in the recycling. This has happened quite a few times over the 13 years. Self publishing and promoting my work,seeing how far it could go was a passion. I was really driven by it. The scene was a lot different when I started, early Internet, no Facebook, Twitter. Colour comics were still considered innovation and risky. I knew most of the comics being published, and what issue number my friends were on.I worked hard to make a book. Twelve Hour Shift was a great moment for me, and encapsulated everything I learnt up to this moment. This was 2007/8. I produced more books, Ed, Dark Matters ( With Douglas Noble) and Necessary Monsters ( Daniel Merlin Goodbrey ) and 40 mini comics. 

I am more than happy with what I’ve achieved. I’m sure there are plenty of things I could have done better. It was a slow progress as I had a day job during all these years, maybe if I had taken a risk, things could have taken a different path.

Eventually my comic skills improved, and the finished work was well received. But it no longer sold. I wrote about my experience at Thought Bubble last year, and this proved to be a defining moment. I decided to have one last year as a self publisher, and have produced new work, but the sales have continued to decline.

Despite what people say, sales are important. Plaudits are welcome, but if you set yourself up as an independent producer then the end goal has to be selling. 

Self publishing has been a great experience, but it’s time for me to move on.

I am working on volume 3 of Necessary Monsters. I have an as yet unseen book being put together with Douglas, and a few other things. I want to convert all that time and energy from self publishing into being a better story teller, artist and most importantly, a better cartoonist.
Finally thank you to everyone who supported me through my adventures in self publishing.

Now who wants to work with me on making some hot new comics ?

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8 thoughts on “Phatcomics 2002 -15, the end.

  1. mfearing

    I’v enjoyed following your travels from over here. And I know many people who have been down this path. I’ve self published on and off, usually more off than on. Good luck and keep drawing and telling stories. Amongst my friends we have learned through the years that, at you say, comics (drawing and writing them) are a great hobby. We all do other things to make a living and still draw comic books. So I’m sure you will find new opportunities to get the work you do out there.

  2. Geen Geenie

    I totally understand Sean, and it’s not like you’re giving up comics for good. As you’ve said you’re busy working on comics with other people, you’re just not that bothered about self-publishing at the moment. And self publishing is expensive. It’s not something I ever made my money back on so its an expensive ‘hobby’, and there are cheaper ways to get your work seen. I know it’s tempting to view things as a failure when you decide not to do them any more, but its really a success, you’ve learned something and you’re ready to move on to the next stage- what ever that may be. From someone else whose falled off the comics radar I can say assuredly, I know we’ve not seen the last of you yet. B πŸ˜‰

    1. Sean Azzopardi Post author

      Thanks, Bridgeen. I probably continued on a few years longer than i should have. Becoming freelance and not having a day job to support self publishing really hasten my decision. It’s all good, and I feel a lot lighter, that’s for sure πŸ™‚

  3. Andrew

    Good luck Sean. Certainly likely to be another liberating experience, and you may have to remind yourself to reign yourself in, and keep the good stuff for the good opportunities. It’s focussing. You’ve put in a lot of hard work with self-publishing and you’ll those lessons are transferrable. May good jams and healthy contracts follow.

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  5. Sean Azzopardi Post author

    Hey , Colin. Excuse the delayed reply. Thanks for the well wishes. I will still be around events, just as a punter, which will be weird. Interesting that in the time it’s taken for me to respond to this, Chelsea have sacked Mourinho, and now LVG is getting the same treatment. I blame the media, etc. Good luck with the comic stuff for 2016 πŸ™‚

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