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CREATING COMICS

30 November 2005

Oh my, have I been producing comics this week! I started my run on Monday, drawing my horror comic with the consistent sped of one full page a day, inked and well. As of yet I haven't broken this link, so as I'm writing this I've produced a killer amount of seven pages in one week.

A page a day is a rhythm I'm perfectly content with. It brings speed and order to the otherwise chaotic production of comics. Where oftentimes this is a process wholly dependant on whimsical feelings and spurs of the moment ('inspiration' and other such nonsense), it's now steadied and streamlined -facilitated by a ruthless schedule that forces one to produce regardless of emotional state. This is a good thing, because is eliminates the one thing that is most detrimental to the making of a comic.

And I'm pretty pleased with the quality of the comic as well. My horror story, which already benefited from a kick-ass script, is shaping up beyond expectation (for my standards at least). I'm using the same heavy black/white contrast I used in some earlier, smaller comics of this year such as my Star Wars Lego comic and my paintbrushed Kraken. But where they were small tales (respectively 5 and 14 pages long), my horror comic will be large enough that I'd consider calling it a graphic novel. Just so you know the allure I'm aiming for.

This is all so much it should threaten the very schedule of Captain August. But it doesn't strange enough. On those days I seem to have enough energy to produce two full pages of comics a day. I know that for a professional that's peanuts and mayhaps expected, but for someone not earning a dime with it?

Roderick.