Creating Comics

34686097_1313113698821367_4922289330195529728_oLately I’ve been focusing on creating more of my comics. I find that when I think too hard about it, I struggle to come up with content for my cartoons. I’m trying to balance creating illustrative comics for my book and just comics for the fun of it. I think focusing too much on the book illustrations will suck all the fun out of the process. I’m trying to temper fun with serious, nose-to-the-grindstone kind of work.

For kicks and giggles I sent a query letter and some of my work to a publisher in the off chance that it wont be thrown out immediately. Luckily I’m in no hurry to get a publisher, but I have to start somewhere. Worst case scenario is I self-publish. As long as my book gets out there so people can enjoy it, I’ll be happy.

I’ve thought about sending in some of my comic panels for syndication, but I need to do some grooming with those if I want to stand a chance at that happening. Illustrative comics that tell a story are different than your Sunday newspaper type comic panels. There should be solid characters and or a specific theme, like political or sports comic artists. Thanks to the internet though, many artists have an equal chance to get their stuff out there, even if it doesn’t follow the old school guidelines for syndication through a traditional publisher. You can create a website or use social media to get your work seen. A lot of self-made greatness is possible thanks to technology.

 

Good Luck and Stuff: Writing and Illustrating a Book

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(Book cover draft for my upcoming book “This is Fine. We’re Fine.”)

I’ve been creating comics about my life and about other things I find funny for about 3 years now. I started out drawing comics on paper and scanning them (yuck). Now I use a tablet and illustration software (yay!). Like most artists, it’s taken me a long time to find my style. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to art, which is simultaneously awesome and intimidating. Not that I can compare myself to Picasso, but I feel like i’m going through the same sort of thing that he did. I began my artistic career doing very realistic work. Horses in particular have always been some of my favorite things to paint. Now i’m primarily a comic artist, drawing pretty unrealistic things for the sake of comedy. Obviously Picasso didn’t draw comics so much as he painted whatever the hell he wanted to because he didn’t like being told how to create art (go, Picasso!), but you see my point. This is not where I started.

So now I’ve decided to throw myself into the deep end of the pool by attempting to write and illustrate a book. It isn’t so much that I think the whole world will love what I create and I’ll become famous, but that I believe humor has great power to change people and brighten their day, and I have the power to do that through something as simple as a book.

This is going to take me a lot more time than I’m accustomed to taking on a project. I am impatient and work fast, and I wont be able to do that with this book. Writing and drawing with quality takes time, so that’s what I’m going to give this project. Fingers crossed that I come out of this feeling like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to, even if only two people (probably my parents) buy the book. Wish me luck and stuff.