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johncomic: (Face of Boe)
 still learning deep and valuable life lessons, even at my advanced age

also, it's National Cartoonists Day!

johncomic: (SK BW)
making a couple of drawings this morning that I liked
johncomic: (SK BW)
the pleasure I find in the mere process of cartooning, even when the end result is less than ideal or not yet in view
johncomic: (SK BW)
getting a page inked right after breakfast
johncomic: (BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad)
 new creative discoveries
johncomic: (SK BW)
Back in 2010 I created Influence Maps to show the various influences on my comic creating over the years. I decided it was time to update that, since new influences have come onto my radar, others have grown or faded, etc.... so here is my current Influence Map. The difference here is that these show the influences I am consciously aware of today: the ones I can feel active in me while I work now... whereas the earlier ones included influences in every stage of my life.


The largest one, in the upper left, is Alex Toth.

To his right: Roy Crane, Noel Sickles, Leonard Starr, Dik Browne.

The row below Toth: Osamu Tezuka, Jean-Claude Mézières, Jaime Hernandez, Mitsuru Adachi, Bill Watterson.

Bottom row: Scott McCloud, Ben Caldwell, Tonči Zonjić.
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
On FB I am Friends with a large number of cartoonists, so for a few days now my feed has been filled with tributes and remembrances of Bernie Wrightson, who passed on the weekend. Much as happened with Darwyn Cooke last year, all these folks are remarking on not just what a great comic artist the guy was, but what a wonderful person and good friend.

And for some reason I find that I keep thinking about what these people are going to say when I go.

I am nowhere near the major figure [commercially or artistically] that Wrightson or Cooke are, so there isn't much reason for anyone to talk about how I was one of The Great Comic Artists. And these people barely know me, so they won't be talking about what a Good Guy I was either.

I find myself wondering if I ought to be more gregarious and outgoing, so that people will know me better and hopefully think of me as a friend. But then that strikes me as being fake and manipulative. It took me a long time to figure out who I really am, and I feel like I owe it to myself to be that person, even if I am in many ways not as good at human-ing as a lot of others are.

Besides, I have always told myself that I don't really care what people say about me when I'm gone, because I won't be here and I'll never know. What I mostly hope for is that someone will read my work after I go. But again, I'll never know whether they do or not, will I.

Not really sure what I'm getting at here, other than "I yam what I yam", for both good and ill, I guess.
johncomic: (SK BW)
getting back into drawing Space Kid! pages after a hiatus of literally months!
johncomic: (SK BW)
getting comfy with a new pen

ink study Toth75

[also losing half a pound, but that's another story]
johncomic: (Moss)
quiet hours spent paging through works by a variety of inspirational artists
johncomic: (SK BW)
This has been one of my fave comics drawings since I first laid eyes on it 25+ years ago.

It is a panel from the March 17, 1945 installment of the Buz Sawyer newspaper strip by Roy Crane. I love its clean simplicity and, especially in Buz's face, the way it conveys so much depth and subtlety of expression, so much solid form... with so few lines, depending on the perfect placement and execution of each line. And yet it's a precision that doesn't feel tight or cramped -- it has give and life to it.

I still marvel anew every time I see this!

johncomic: (Sweets)
I just finished reading Meanwhile, a thick biography of comics legend Milton Caniff. (Well, finished but for the appendices, but I quibble.) In several places, Caniff was asked how he evaluated himself and his work in the Grander Scheme of Comics -- he has almost unfailingly been proclaimed one of The All-Time Greats by his audience, critics, and peers. He was willing to say things like “I am good at what I do. And, in some respects, I am the best at what I do.” And this got me thinking about how I would answer such a question....

I recall that, earlier this year, I was asked if I recognized that my work was good. And I said, “My work is okay. It will do.” But this book has got me thinking about the matter a bit farther:

I recognize that, over the last decade, I have deliberately focused on what are called storytelling skills. Meaning that I am more concerned with creating a clear and smooth reading experience than with dazzling people visually... and I realize that to some people this can give my work a modest appearance. Not to mention that there is some question about my ability to dazzle people visually if I chose to do so. And I'm okay with that. But tonight, this is how I see myself and my work in the Grander Scheme of Comics:

I still think my work is okay, that it will do -- but that's not nothing. That is an achievement of sorts.
I don't think my sutff is Great, certainly not Great Art. I don't think people come away from it with any profound insights into the human condition, and I will never be held up as an example of How Comics Are Done [as Caniff was and is]. But I do think that, now and even after I am gone, if people can find my work, and take it in the spirit it is offered, some of them will enjoy it.

I create work that some people enjoy. And tonight I realize that, really, that is all I ever wanted. So, in my heart of hearts, I feel that my work is a success.
johncomic: (SK star)
remaining excited about my work and my medium
johncomic: (SK star)
finishing the last page of a Space Kid! episode -- always feels good
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
one of those times when inking helps to distract me from a migraine for a while, as opposed to the migraine screwing up my inking
johncomic: (SK BW)
a drawing I made that I am pretty pleased with

johncomic: (SK BW)
Being awake and lucid and functional early enough to get a page pencilled and inked already.
johncomic: (roundhead cartoon self-portrait)
learning to feel better about my drawing
johncomic: (SK BW)
Although I did not create  Mag Wolf [shout-out to my brother Mich!], I have been drawing him semi-regularly for longer than any other character (40 yrs+)… so, by now, he really does feel like an old friend.

[holy mackinaw, I managed to stick with InkTober for the entire month and not miss a day! I confess, going in to this, I wasn't always so sure I could do it....]
johncomic: (Booth)
getting [yet more] excited about working on comics

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