Monthly Archives: September 2018

Mini mentoring session offer for Thought Bubble

Hi everyone! So, this year at Thought Bubble I’ll be free floating rather than tabling, which means I’ve got a bit more flexibility! So I thought I might offer a little free mentoring coffee meeting to someone who might find it useful!

This would be basically a little mini creative mentoring session – we can talk through either your work itself, or questions you’ve got about comics or freelance, for someone early on in their career who might find chatting to a professional a few years further down the road useful.

(If you’re reading this, you probably know my work, but I also realize some of you may want to send this on to friends you think might find it useful, who might not, so! I’m Sally, a freelance comic artist and writer based here in the UK. This year is my ten year freelanciversary! So I’ve got some solid experience under my belt on the freelance side of things, and I care about freelancers’ rights and wellbeing.

I’ve had work published with Dark Horse, Oni, IDW, Image, Oxford University Press, the Phoenix, and others, as well as working with museums, and other commercial illustration clients. My most recent book is Conspiracy of Ravens (Dark Horse), a middle grade magical adventure graphic novel with writers Leah Moore & John Reppion and tones by Niki Smith, out next month! Hi!)

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What can we talk about?
Feel free to tell me what it is you’re most wondering about atm – but probably one of these areas:
-Creative practice (style, creative direction, motivation, creative feelings!) – creative stuff is a bit nebulous, but I love talking about it, and if you’ve got some questions or concerns in this area I’ll do my best to be a sounding board and offer some hopefully useful perspective!
-Freelance/practical issues – what’s the process with a freelance job? Is (x) normal? How do people get (y) opportunities? What about contracts and agents? Happy to talk through this kind of stuff!
-Artwork/comics – we can have a look at your work (in general or a specific project) and chat about where you want to go with it and some next steps that might help.

What to do if you think this might be a helpful thing for you:
Send a short email with the subject line “Thought Bubble mentoring” to sallyjanethompson (at) gmail.com, with a short paragraph to introduce yourself and let me know what you’d want to chat about. Let me know:
-A quick note on who you are/what kind of work you make
-What specifically you’d like some feedback or info on
-A link to examples of your work
-What times over the weekend you’re available
Please email by Sept 13th , and I’ll select someone by 15th and get in touch to make plans! 
I’ll select based on who I think my experience could be most helpful to. 
Note: I’ll probably just set up one meeting this time around, as it’s my first con since getting fairly ill, and I don’t want to overbook myself. But if it turns out that this would be useful to multiple people, I’ll try and do this more at future cons!