Never chase money
This blog might seem like an odd thing to post on my Tercona website but there’s a big reason for it, I promise.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been watching YouTube videos where someone voices / narrates a brief outline of a movie. Mystery Recapped is one. There are also Movie Recaps, Story Recaped, and a bunch more. I saw how many views these videos were getting and figured out there were probably making a LOT of money just from the views alone. We’re talking between $5,000 – 10,000 dollars a video or MORE! So I made a NEW channel for my version called Movie Rundown.
First, I posted 2 shorts, which didn’t take me very long to make and then I posted my first video called “2 Girls Get High Together” about the movie Fall. It took me a LONG time to voice and edit that 8-minute video! On Friday, Nov. 4th I voiced another video that took me hours to record. This video would probably be 12-14 minutes long! It took me over 2 hours just to record the audio and I didn’t even edit the video yet!
When I woke up the next morning I thought…
What am I doing? I’m chasing money again!
So on Saturday, Nov. 5, I decided to scrap the Movie Rundown idea…for now.
Listen, I know I NEED money to make a living. I would love for all of you to buy my comics. (hint, hint…lol ) and I hate giving up on things but, I have a gut feeling this Movie Rundown is NOT the path I’m supposed to take.
November is National Writing Month! I should be writing!!!
In the summer of 2022, I wrote a LOT of outlines and summaries for different stories. There are so many more stories I could be working on besides making videos. The Molock Powers, Vita: Villmark (Part 1) Vita: Earth (part 2) Vita: War (part 3) Vita: Invasion (part 4), The Legend Of Zelta Dusana, Yami: Kim Sweet and (believe it or not) there’s more…
I’m not a religious man but if I can come up with ALL these ideas in one summer God, the universe, SOMETHING, or SOMEONE is telling me…I’m a writer and I need to be writing.
So for most of November, I’m going to take a break from making YouTube & TitTok videos. I need to put all my focus and energy into what I absolutely LOVE to do. Writing!
As you know, I try to write a newsletter about once a week or once every other week. This week I decided to add something different. A blog. The blog is NOT going to promote my comics or books but instead give YOU some friendly writing advice and tips.
This week’s writing tip…
Know your target audience!
My first 3 Tercona books –
Tercona: Book 1 – Our New Home,
Tercona: Book 2 – Dr. Q & The Banana Gun and
Tercona: Book 3 – Trinity’s Traps
These books were targeted toward girls 8 – 12 years old.
My first comic book was published in 2019. It was called Tercona comic #1 – Who is Thea Baymon? It was targeted toward teens but generally, I like to say – all ages. Comics 2 – 6 also target the same age group.
My romantic comedy novel The Taming Of April is targeted toward adults. If it was a movie it would be rated R. Sex “talk” and teasing but defiantly not pornographic or what some people call “spicy”. The Taming Of April is sent to be published in March of 2023.
As you can see, books, comics, and novels can all target different audiences and different age groups. If you want to sell your books to that age group you have to know who your target audience is.
I’m starting to book shows in 2023!
Here it is, November of 2022, and I’m already starting to book comic cons for 2023.
My first show of 2023 will be Fan Expo Cleveland. I grew up in Cleveland in the 80’s & 90’s. I moved out of the area in the late 90’s but I always came back to see my family and friends. It’ll be nice to see them again. Fan Expo Cleveland is a fantastic show!
Jim & Dan put on about 4 – 5 small shows every year. This flyer was from the one I attended in Aug. of this year (2022) I’m already booked for one show next year (2023) but I don’t know when that will be cause they don’t have the schedule made for 2023 yet. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know.
In 2015 I went to my first comic con. The Gem City Comic Con. In 2016 I bought a table to sell my books and I’ve been going to the Gem City Comic Con every year! Join me at the Gem City Comic Con in Dayton, OH in 2023!
I went to the Cincinnati Comic Expo in 2021 and it was one of the best shows I ever went to. 2022 was a fantastic year too. I will return to the Cincinnati Comic Expo in Sept. of 2023!
There are also a few smaller library shows I plan on attending in 2023 but I haven’t booked them yet because the people running those shows haven’t scheduled them yet. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know.
Tercona comic #7 is coming soon!
After school, on a cool crisp fall day, Tercona is needed to save people from a house fire that just happens to be the home of Britney’s uncle. She must act fast to save everyone trapped inside because the structure is falling apart. Tercona finds Britney’s 10-year-old cousin Teodora and brings her to safety but when she returns to the burning building to save Teodora’s father, the unthinkable happens. The house explodes! Tercona learns that even superheroes can’t save everyone.
There are still a few minor changes to be made to this comic (making sure everything is spelled right for one. lol) Along with some color changes and a few more things too but…I wanted to let you guys know that Comic #7 – You Can’t Save Everyone will be ready by 2023!
2 FREE read webcomics!
When I go to comic cons and bookstores I always tell people I offer 2 comics as a FREE READ webcomic. Comic #1 and comic #5. Comic #1 is called – “Who is Thea Baymont?” This is the comic that started the “Thea Baymont.” storyline. You can read that entire comic (like a webcomic) by clicking the cover below.
After a local barber shop is robbed, Tercona and Britney return the money to the store only to be attacked by a sniper with a unique slime gun. Who is the new villain with a unique weapon? Who does he work for? Most importantly, will Britney ever dye her hair blue?
The next free webcomic is comic #5. This comic has nothing to do with the Thea Baymont storyline. However, it’s an LGBT+ comic so I felt the need to make sure anyone around the world count read it. If you know anyone in the LGBT community and you think they’re afraid to talk to anyone, this comic will show you how they feel. Yes, I know some people in the LGBT community are proud of who they are and they should be but for those people who are afraid to tell anyone, this is why! To read comic #5 – Coming Out To A Friend – for FREE click the cover below.
Tercona and Britney help stop an 80-year-old woman named Madge from being robbed. When the fight is over Madge mistakes Tercona & Britney for being a couple. This doesn’t sit well with Britney. As the girls walk home, Britney opens up about her sexuality, her home life, and how she doesn’t like being called a ‘sidekick’. She tells Paige that she needs more friends she can talk to because it’s hard for her to open up to just anyone. We soon find out why she shows so much anger, rage, and anonymously when she fights.
Remember: There are 6 comics in the series with #7 on the way next year. You can ONLY read #1 & #5 as FREE READ webcomics. The rest will only have the first few pages as a sample.
Some of you might be asking why I didn’t make these webcomics as a free download. It’s simple. I want you to read it on the website because it keeps you here on the site. After reading the webcomics you might want to order them or find out more about the characters.
I hope you enjoy my 2 free webcomics!
My last comic con in 2022 was The Cincinnati Comic Expo this past weekend!
I went to this comic con in 2021 and it was fantastic. I couldn’t wait to go back and it did NOT disappoint!
The crowd was so busy on Saturday that I hardly got a chance to talk to anyone because they just kept walking by. It was kind of like the “herd” mentality.
Even though I did sell a lot of comics I didn’t make a profit because my hotel cost was high. I assume the more books I have on my table the more people will have to choose from and the better chances I’ll have at making MORE money by selling more books.
Nonetheless, this is one my my favorite comic cons of the year because I always do well. I can’t wait to go back next year to The Cincinnati Comic Expo.
2022 Monroe Pop Fest – Review
This past weekend I went to The Monroe Pop Fest in Monroe, MI. I hadn’t been to this con since 2019!
I’ve been going to The Monroe Pop Fest since 2016. Back then it was called The Monore Comic Con. In those years this con has always brought in lots of people. Lots of foot traffic.
On another note, since 2017 I’ve always wanted to go to the Cincinnati Comic Expo. The bad thing was, every year both of these cons were on the same weekend.
In 2020 I bought an Artist Alley table for The Moroe Pop Fest AND the Cincinnati Comic Expo because this was the first year they were not on the same weekend. Sadly, we all know how 2020 went.
In 2021, both cons were on the same weekend – again. So I decided to go to the Cincinnati Comic Expo this time. My AA table for the 2022 Monroe Pop Fest was my rollover from 2020.
Now that you know a little backstory, here’s what I think is the 2022 Monroe Pop Fest. It was…OK. First off, they added a “preview” day on Friday from 5-9. I didn’t want to go because this con is about a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from my house and this meant I would have to drive up there….twice! But I went. I thought the Friday hours were unnecessary. Every 3-day con that I went to had there Friday hours usually from 3-9 or 2-8. In any case, Friday is usually 6 hours. For Monroe, it was only 4.
I also believe the attendance was down a little too. There was still lots of foot traffic and people were happy to be there but It just seemed a little slower than in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Finally, I only sold 1 comic too.
I want to make this very clear. Gary puts on a great show. I still love The Monroe Pop Fest and I will return to this show again in the future it’s just that…I think I’ll skip next year and try again in 2024.
Again, it’s a great show. I like it but I felt the attendance was down from previous years. It’s also possible that the people that were there just weren’t buying. lol
For the next 2 weekends, I’ll be on the road!
This Fri. & Sat. I’ll be at the Monroe Pop Fest in Monroe, MI.
Join me at the Monroe Pop Fest Fri. & Sat. Sept. 16 & 17. I’ll have all 6 comics with me and the first 3 original books as well. Plus I’ll be part of the panel – Indapended Comic Creators Circle at 4:15 on Saturday. It all starts on Friday at 5 pm!
And the very next weekend I’ll be at The Cincinnati Comic Expo.
I’ll be at the Cincinnati Comic Expo on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 23, 24 & 25. Come by my booth and let’s talk about superheroes, comics, cartoons, and of course…Tercona.