Q:When you first got into comics, did you feel like you were better at, or more interested in, the drawing or the writing? I want to make my own comics, but I feel like my art straggles behind my writing. How can I cause these two aspects of comic-making to come together within myself, and make the works I want to make?
Oh hey, this is something I think a lot about, actually! So when I started making comics (15 years ago this month, haha), I was really terrible at drawing. And I wanted to do, y’know, GRAPHIC NOVELS, with fairly realistically drawn characters and backgrounds and things that are hard to draw. Things that I didn’t really have the skills to draw at the time. So I’d draw my comics and the art was generally pretty terrible. But I was comfortable with writing, and that helped me keep going with making comics, because I enjoyed the storytelling aspect of them so much.
It’s hard when you feel pretty okay about your writing but your art doesn’t measure up. I kind of feel like my art still doesn’t measure up to what I want it to be (mostly right now I want it to be Hiromu Arakawa, which will never happen, no matter how much I practice), but I’m very comfortable with the writing part of comics, so I look at that as my great strength in my work. It makes up for where my art is lacking, and I work hard at writing to make the sum total of my work better than if I was just writing or just drawing.
I mean, the absolute best thing about comics (to me) is that you don’t need to be a spectacular artist to make really great, involving comics. I’m not an amazing technical artist. During my down times, I don’t draw gorgeous illustrations or do amazing paintings (I kind of dislike doing that kind of thing, to be honest). I will never be Gillian Tamaki. But I’m good at storytelling, and I’m good at interpreting emotion and drawing that on the comic page. So I work to my strengths, which is making stories about engaging characters, and laying out scenes where there is a lot of emotion running through them, and people who like my comics don’t seem to mind that my art is not as great as Gillian Tamaki or Hiromu Arakawa.
Comics aren’t just art or just writing, they’re the two combined to make something new and wonderful. They are more than the sum of their parts. So work hard to because a decent artist with a good grasp of storytelling basics (this is super important!), and work harder to become a truly excellent writer and storyteller, and you can quite possibly make great comics! It worked for me. :)
We love your art, Faith!
things you might miss from Ms. Marvel #08
Ms. Marvel has some of the best background details in the posters and signs.
Many of these rates (before taxes, might I add) haven’t changed in 20 years. $100-$250 in 1994 aint the same as in 2014. This is why Comic Book Conventions for many comic illustrators, in many cases, are the lifeblood of their comic making (commissions, direct fan interaction books sales).
Support your local mainstream or indie comic artist!!!!
This is what respecting consent looks like and people need to respect that there are kids who will read this, end up in a similar situation and they’ll have learned not to assault their partner because they changed their mind.
The important things from ‘trash’ like comics.
In the future, every move you make will be tracked by a microchip under your skin. And you’ll do anything to get one.
Time is running really short! There are only 4 days left in the Kickstarter campaign for Illegal! We’re almost at our second stretch goal and we need your help to make it!
Let’s make it guys! We got four more days, I know we can’t make it to that extra goal!
Hells yes Cat! Let’s do this thing!
Guess what I just did.
We did it people! $8,000 and counting!
You know what that means? Everybody gets digital copies of the first three issues as long as they donated $10!
That’s more than you get for $10 in a comic shop! Coincidentally, that also makes this a really good time to back the campaign if you haven’t already!
Archie Meets The Punisher (1994) par Batton Lash (scénario), John Buscema (dessins du Punisher), Stan Goldberg (dessins d’Archie)
LE crossover Ultime. Frank Castle le vigilante qui lésine pas sur la violence rencontre Archie le sympathique bênet de Riverdale.<3 <3 <3 <3