I posted a pic form one of my ongoing comic projects the other day. A picture of a Hackintosh Gainsbourg, intrepid reporter and drug addict. I’ve been adverse to talking about my comics projects because they are in such a state of disrepair and disorganization that it is frankly quite embarrassing. One of the main reasons that I maintain this site is to show case them and it has been an uphill battle to say the very least. First: I am learning how to make comics as I do this. This is hard and I have a lot of half finished work to show for it. There are so many different elements that go into comic making: writing, design, art, planning, and a working knowledge of mechanical reproduction. Plus you need to be able to draw EVERYTHING. Thought you knew how to draw? Draw a car. On a street. filled with people. chased by a dragon. next to a building. thats on fire. from three different angles. for 16 pages. consistently enough that you can recognize it as the same car and people on the same street for all sixteen pages. Yup, I thought so.
Next: Technology. Word press and its associated plug ins and extensions aren’t the most complicated thing in the world, and all the info you need is out there on the interent. That being said: if someone gives you a guitar and sits you down in a library filled with musical instruction and sheet music, you dont just pick it up and begin playing classical spanish compositions.
I’ve been faced with two fairly steep learning curves and working on it in my spare time and learning some hard truths about producing artwork that doesn’t suck along the way. I guess that I have anything to show and havent given up and hanged myself should be fairly impressive. I do however feel as though I am at the top of those terrible curves and things might start to go more smoothly from here.
I have two that I am currently devoting time to, as they are short and I could complete something in the foreseeable future. One is a 16 page one shot book called “The Devils Cupcakes”. Its a semi autobiographical comic about a hallucination that I had at a concert brought on by sickness heat and narcolepsy, and how that sorta applied itself to how I rate cupcakes. Its funny ( I hope) and a little weird. I was working on it for an art show earlier this year until i realized that it wasn’t going to be done in a week. I was going to make part of this some art work I was going to give to friend, but realized that if I want to give him something anytime soon. I’m doing something else for him, a certain smug jackal wearing people clothes. that bastard.
The second foreseeably completable project is Deth Bunny, a thing Me and a friend of mine came up with one night while quite insane. It’s an absurdist barbarian revenge comic staring a bunny. I’m writing it as a fairly low panel count strip, which means all I have to do is come up with a fairly simple action stream once every couple fo weeks and illustrate it. I have the first strip done, but the art is on a 12x 18 sheet and I need to scan it at work. I also have thumbs and a rough idea of a story that should fill up about twelve or so pages.
So, thats were i am right now! Also in progress is my werewolf apocalypse (zombie apocalypse? Yawn! so five years ago) comic “The Hunter”. A scifi story called “Metallic Injection” and another called strange weather. A fantasy war epic called “The Witch House”. A 70’s scifi Saturday morning cartoon call AM/FM, crap there are more.I sat down and figured that if i did this everyday all day for the rest of my life, at a page a day, I might finish what I already have written. I feel these are all decent stories so, one page at a time, one line at a time.
This doesn’t take into account my other projects or full time job.
I like you. Please come back ofter. Tell your friends.