Optimum Wound Releases Guide for Comic Artists to Succeed in Any Economy

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Tougher economic times call for comic artists and illustrators to aggressively market themselves and diversify their client base and the mediums in which they present themselves, according to a guide which has been prepared by Jason Thibault, writer, artist and publisher for Optimum Wound Comics.

23 Ways for a Comic Artist to Survive and Thrive in any Economy.

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Jason Thibault, publisher of Optimum Wound Comics, has written a guide entitled, "23 Ways for a Comic Artist to Survive and Thrive in any Economy." Times are tough out there economically and budgets for the arts are amongst the first things to be slashed. A list of preventative measures was drawn up in order to address these concerns for struggling creators.

The guide contains sections on online comics, merchandising, creating limited art prints, increasing social media and web presence and interacting with the music industry. The emphasis is on positioning the artist as a one-person cottage industry and arming them against the "putting all of their eggs into one basket" syndrome.

Optimum Wound expanded their website during the summer of 2008 to include an online magazine, "Masters of Ink", devoted to interviews with comic artists, illustrators as well as articles on drawing in pen and ink and pushing creative boundaries. The site has become a "go to resource" for artists seeking information on tools and techniques and methods to promote themselves.

"So many artists and creators have helped me along the way that I'm always looking for ways to give back to our community out there', said Thibault. "After the amazing response that we received in the spring from our article, The Comic and Manga Submission Guidelines for Every Publisher' in North America and the UK, I knew that I should do more. When I first created this list it was primarily as a way to get myself pursuing as many avenues as possible as an artist. I thought that it might also be helpful for other creators."

The staff at Optimum Wound plan to expand on the guide by writing longer articles and creating videos for each section to be posted on their site. These will eventually be collected into a book.

For additional information please visit http://www.optimumwound.com

Optimum Wound Comics is a boutique publisher operating out of Vancouver, Canada, specializing in dark crime and genre graphic novels. Founded in 2005 by comic creators Richard Serrao and Jason Thibault, Optimum Wound started as an online comics channel branching out into publishing in 2008.

Optimum Wound differentiates itself publishing primarily black and white genre work from around the world. In 2008 the publishing house released the graphic novel "Rex" by a highly acclaimed author, graphic artist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj. Their first house book "Optimum Wound: Volume One" will be released in September, 2009.

Jason Thibault
Publisher, Optimum Wound Comics


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