2015: Convention burnout, and doing things differently

I realized last year that I’d been tabling at conventions every year for over a decade. (Yay!) Then towards the end of last year, a combination of conventions-that-had-been-booked-in-the-spring and jobs or events that showed up later and I couldn’t say no to meant that I had a period of almost three months with a con, job, or event every single weekend (straight after being out of the country for a month).

To say I became burned out is an understatement, and I had no time to plan or prep for any of the cons I attended, having to simply pack what stock I had around, and then leave it in the suitcase afterwards for the next one. On the one hand, being forced to have a more casual approach meant I put less pressure on myself regarding earnings, and tried to focus on seeing people. And in between all that running around, I did get to spend some time with comickers I adore, and had some really great conversations.

But after doing cons the same way for so long, I think it’s high time for a change of pace. I still want to do a few cons this year – I would miss you all too much if not! So:

Continue reading

Happy New Year

 

And late Christmas wishes too – I hope everyone had a bit of a breather, and some time to relax, recuperate and reflect. Christmas-SThompsonI won’t make this a full new year’s post, as I’m still reflecting really, but I am looking forward to the year ahead, and very grateful for the blessings of the last year, including the wonderful chance to do a CUNE residency in Estonia, and getting the chance to work with the absolutely fantastic Phoenix crew.

Planning to make a few changes for this year, mostly to cons as I’m feeling a bit burnt out – but will be around, making work and enthusing about comics! More thoughts soon :)

Freelance (not quite) Friday – VATMOSS updates

As we approach EU-VAT-Reg-Day (Jan 1), here are some updates. A lot has happened since my first VATMOSS post (which you can read here if you need a bit of background on what this is about. If you sell digital content online, this concerns you).

I will be getting things off Gumroad, etc, before New Years, and know what a lot of fantastic individual creators,  small presses, and small businesses of different sorts will be calling curtain, and that is a horrible, backwards thing.

I’ll update a few categories here: Campaign updates; International; Third-Party Platforms; and Emailing Files.

Continue reading

VATMOSS Updates and Twitter storm – UK and EU creators, please read!

I’d been hoping to do a more in-depth followup of VATMOSS updates, but time has not allowed (if you’re not sure what VATMOSS is, see my last post, w/ info and links - if you sell digital content online – comics, fonts, knitting patterns, etc – and are in the UK/EU, this affects you).

However,  a quick post is needed anyway, for this important update:

The excellent EU VAT ACTION site are organizing a Twitter Storm for tomorrow, at 10AM GMT. Their site has fantastic and specific information on what to tweet, to who, and with what hashtags, to make the greatest impact.

Building on the petitioning and contact with HMRC in the UK, the aim of this is to push the European Commission to suspend the new regulations, before they break up over Christmas and the regulations roll in Jan 1.

Further updates as I’m able and as news becomes available, but keep an eye on the EU VAT ACTION site as well. While you’re there, please please also sign the EU-targeted petition as well.

Freelance Friday – VATMOSS

Okay! So big, important post today, targeted at UK freelancers who sell digital products, about new VAT regulations that apply to you (and other EU freelancers: this discussion regards EU-wide legislation, so any changes or thresholds are agreed in Brussels will, as far as I can tell, affect you too – you may wish to skip to Updates/What to Do Section). There’s already been a lot of incredibly valuable information, thoughts and action posted around HMRC’s new VAT changes, but I thought I’d try and collect as much good info as I could in one place, in case it’s helpful.

*Disclaimer – as always, I remind you that I am not a lawyer, and nothing I say should be considered legal advice. I’ll leave that to your lawyer and HMRC.

This is all to the best of my understanding – if you spot any errors or old information in here, please do let me know!

This’ll be quite a long post, with a bit on what VATMOSS is, what our options are, selling through third parties, Kickstarter/Patreon and donations, updates/things to do, and useful links.

Continue reading

Writing update (fake NaNo progress)

A non-Museomix post, gasp!

Just a quick solidarity update for everyone I know who’s doing NaNoWriMo, or any variation of their own. I’ve never done the official version, and am not this year (partly time, and partly because I always have multiple stories on-the-go, so starting a new one is probably not the best idea).

But I did want to play along, so I gave myself a simple write-something-every-day on particular project challenge. Anything, even just one line.

Continue reading

Museomix UK 2014

Over the course of this weekend, I’m acting as artist-in-residence for the UK iteration of Museomix. I’m going to send you to the sites rather than write anything up here right now as it’s coming up on midnight and I’ll be doing this all again the morning, but I wanted to make a start on posting the sketch journal I’m working on recording it! Much more to come, this batch barely gets us past setup into the first day – will make it available in full in one form or another after the event!

You can follow along on twitter under #MMUK14 !

MuseomixScans001 MuseomixScans002 MuseomixScans003 MuseomixScans004 MuseomixScans005 MuseomixScans006 MuseomixScans007 MuseomixScans008