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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Comic Books and Me

I'll admit it. I like comic books.

I wouldn't say I'm a zealous fan. But I do like to read them.

I have also come to the conclusion that, as much as I like them, I can't make them.

Oh, I can write a comic book. I've done it.

But I can't write and draw. That's the kicker.

My skills aren't that good. They're passable. But not the quality that I'd like them to be, and I believe that's where I get hung up.

So I start a comic project. Then stop. Start one. Then stop.

I've done that four times over the span of several years. Each time I begin I think "Okay, this time, I'll actually go through until the end."

And it doesn't happen.

Maybe it's a bad thing to compare myself with artists I admire. Maybe that's my problem.

But I think my draftsmanship just isn't developed enough to warrant another go. And the learning curve would be rather steep at this point.

On the other hand, the writing part never lets up. Even as I struggle with perspective, figure work, and object rendering, I'm miles ahead in the script department. When one fully drawn page took me 10+ hours, the script for a 22-page issue took far less time.

Every comic project. One page of art = long ass time. 22 pages of script = not as long.

Seems to be telling me something.

Stick with the writing.

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