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how do i make money with christian comics? in nigeria and some parts of the world there is no readership. how do we create awareness for people to come back to this endangered pasttime?

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That is the same problem we face in America. To my knowledge, there is no one that is able to quit their full time job and produce Christian comics for a living. You do it to share the gospel and for the love of the medium, with very little financial gain involved. There may be a few, but compared to those who not, the numbers are very small. I don't want to negate the possibility or dismiss a mighty move of the Lord in this field, but in the 20 years I've been following the Christian comics movement, it has yet to happen.
In Nigeria, you may have more success going the online route. Many artists have blogs that they regularly update with new strips and comics---this builds readership and shows what you can do to publishers across the globe.

Awareness is something you have to do with promotion to your prospective audience. Making a living in the independent publishing market is very difficult---get your work out there, get it visible to publishers as well as fans and readers, and if it's marketable, you might get a shot at making some money.
Matthew makes a great point in suggesting to start your book online. The key to the success of online comics is consistent updates on your stories. You want to develop weekly traffic to your comic book site and start building a fan base. Once you stop updating, people stop going to your site. I would also suggest getting input from writers and artists. Solid and constructive criticism can be very helpful.
Perhaps you could also see whether it would be possible to partner with a church organization, or even a denominational or missions headquarters. While it seems unlikely that you would find somebody who would carry the cost of creating a comic (you could be surprised), maybe you could pitch doing comics in conjunction with a Sunday School or a Vacation Bible School curriculum.

Just a thought.
Antoher excellent suggestion by Chris. If you should decide to approach an organization, find out their mission. Is it evangelistic or ministering to the sick or poor? You want to approach them with a project that fits their vision, then they may be more likely to fund it.
Brother Umar Jawfu-

Greetings in His Most Holy Name!

I think you will be interested to know about the pan-African Christian Comics Project of our ministry COMIX35:

http://www.comix35.org/africa_project.html

Part of the purpose of this project is to provide Christian comics creators in Africa with some income from their comics efforts. Three brothers from Nigeria participated in the first issue, as well as brothers from Kenya, South Africa, and Cameroon, plus a sister from Zimbabwe. A few of them are part of this CCAS online group.

Also COMIX35 has proposed a gathering of African Christian cartoonists and comic book producers at the LittWorld2009 World Conference of Christian Publishing in Nairobi, Kenya, November 1-6, 2009:

http://www.comix35.org/nairobi2009.html

I know that travel is expensive in Africa, but perhaps you will want to pray about attending that meeting.

In Christ,

Nate Butler
COMIX35 / ROX35 Media, Inc.
okay...i plan to create a master mind group to start comics...pls pray that the right people who share this vision will come and start. is this a solid move? i like your comments. thinking of joining the pan african comix35
That's not an easy question...especially in parts of the world where there is even less readership then here in the U.S.

I've found most of the brothers and sisters I've met creating works in the comic or graphic novel format, are not doing so mainly to "make money", rather most are driven to use the format to share the gospel.

Now that being said, to better accomplish that mission being able to sell enough to fund further printing and/or production is always desireable and many of us are driven to try to achieve both goals, to better reach (or continue to reach) as many as possible.

But like you've heard here...for the least amount of overhead and the ability to reach the largest audience a webcomic is the way to go.
I agree with what Bob has said about webcomics - it's the quickest and easiest way to get "out there" since you don't have to worry about the time or even the cash required to print.

Webcomics usually accrue most of their money through advertising. If you are able to draw a crowd to check back day after day people notice and are willing to pay to put banner ads on your site. There are other ways of making money through webcomics, but this is a most basic and primary function.

Of course, it's still a challenge even if it is quicker and easier compared to print. As Ralph noted, consistency is key. You have to update as often and as consistency as possible - with the latter being particularly challenging amid the day-to-day hustle.

The best advice I can give - as a webcomiker - is to do your homework. Pay strict attention to effective web design, efficient marketing and all other aspects in both creativity and business.

Above all else, join the webomic community. You have to be patient. We were not, and our webcomic floundered in part because we expected to reap rewards too much too soon. At the very least, by taking an active role in the webcomic community, you can seek to enrich the lives of others by spreading the Good News of the Gospels.

Bob Luedke said:
That's not an easy question...especially in parts of the world where there is even less readership then here in the U.S.

I've found most of the brothers and sisters I've met creating works in the comic or graphic novel format, are not doing so mainly to "make money", rather most are driven to use the format to share the gospel.

Now that being said, to better accomplish that mission being able to sell enough to fund further printing and/or production is always desireable and many of us are driven to try to achieve both goals, to better reach (or continue to reach) as many as possible.

But like you've heard here...for the least amount of overhead and the ability to reach the largest audience a webcomic is the way to go.
okay guys...i'm so sorry i haven't written a thing in this side of the world...have been extremely busy because i'm in a band and it's very difficult to balance drawing comics and playing the guitar...ha...how do i do that?
and i seriously want to start drawing again...how do i do that? is it too late for me?

what is your position on characters with powers in christian comics?

who has joe kubert's how to draw comics?
I was in Nigeria (Lagos, Jos, and Abuja) eight years ago, and encountered some of the International Bible Society comics (Heroes of the Faith) while I was there, doing missions work.

Yes, do pray, brother, and see how God directs you. Nate Butler's suggestion sounds like an exciting opportunity.

Kind regards in Christ Jesus,

Alec
I was in South Africa once. To say the least their comic output was minimal at best. And the most popular comic was done by people who had moved there from England. And that was a newspaper strip.

So, when I discovered this I looked around the rest of the world and discovered something: Outside of Europe, North America and Japan - the "Indigenous Comic Book" is minimal at best. (This is not to say that they don't exist) Either due to a) No one knows they exist b) No one cares c) No one can afford them because their too busy trying to buy bread d) The product produced in those countries is so badly done no one wants it anyway.

So what did I learn from this:
1) If you produce a well done product in targeted market (i.e. your country) it could potentially sell very very well.

2) Make sure the product is better than what's already in that market (usually, this is not difficult to do).

3) If your country doesn't have a "signature character" create one for your country and boom! (Needs to be obvious. i.e. If your national animal is a Lion or if in folklore it's some sort of weird creature i.e. Moomin in Finland).

4) Be willing to be in it for the long haul.

My thinking is smaller countries it could potentially be easier to stand out and create a market for yourself. It will take a lot of work though. And pray about it. If the Father is in it, you He'll make it happen with your help.

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