Q: I'm a 17-year-old senior in high school without a job. The only thing I think I'm good at is drawing my little own individual comic strip. I'll like to publish it and make little money off it as a job but where do I start?
A: This is hard to do, especially while you're still a senior in high school.
I would keep doing the strip, especially if people tell you that you have talent, but I would get a job, too. That will start to give you the income and security you'll need. I bet you'll find that you're good at more things.
Keep drawing and try to get published closest to home -- the school paper, papers in the area. Those can be steppingstones to bigger venues.
If you haven't already, learn to do your work digitally. This will open whole worlds for you as it will let you e-mail your strips anywhere.
I'd definitely go to college and I'd take art courese and content courses that will feed your strip. They could be in politics, pop culture, history -- whatever subject area you'd like to comment on in your strips. The art courses might show you other areas, such as page or Web design, illustration or informational graphics, that will sustain you as you go down that long, tough road toward syndication.
Even some of the best-known artists had a very tough time breaking in. You've got to be tenacious as well as good.
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