The Complete Creative

Sustaining an art career for more than 30 Days of Night with NYT Bestselling author/artist Ben Templesmith

July 27, 2017

My guest this week is Ben Templesmith. He is a comic book writer and artist most recognized as the artist on the 30 Days of Night comic which was adapted into a motion picture with the same name. Here is his bio, straight from his Wikipedia page.

Templesmith produced his first commercial American comics work in 2002, providing the art for Todd McFarlane Productions' Hellspawn, which was published by Image Comics. He has gone on to create his own original works as well as contribute to many licensed properties at various publishers, most notably IDW Publishing, with which he had an exclusive agreement through most of 2008 and part of 2009 before returning to being a freelancer.

Other licensed properties that Templesmith has worked on include illustrating "Dark Journey", a story in issue #17 of the Dark Horse Comics anthology series Star Wars Talesin 2003, and the covers to Devil's Due Publishing's Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes #1 in 2004 and IDW's G.I. Joe #0 in 2008.

Original works Templesmith has produced include the miniseries Welcome to Hoxford, the New York Times best-selling Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse [3] Tommyrot: The Art of Ben TemplesmithConluvio and Choker at Image Comics with writer Ben McCool. He also provided a number of covers for the Oni Press series Wasteland.

In April 2012 DC Entertainment announced that Templesmith will be one of the artists illustrating a new digital Batman series whose stories will be set outside of the regular DC continuity.[4]

Starting in November 2014, Templesmith launched Gotham by Midnight from DC Comics with writer Ray Fawkes

Listen to this episode if you want to learn:

-Ben’s method of utilizing Patreon, Kickstarter, and the direct market to create a profitable business model for his art

-The trick to having a successful Patreon

-What to watch out for in a publishing contract

-Why he keeps coming back to comics even though other forms of art pay better

And much more.

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