Monday, July 19, 2004

Understanding You

[Current Mood - Accomplished]
[Current Music - Claire Voyant- Serenade]

"It works 60% of the time ALL the time." -The Bry Man

I've learned alot this week. I've also become inspired to think about drawing again. THINK about it... there is alot I have to consider. To be more specific... I'd like to see what is involved in cartooning, and I'll see where it goes from there.

Understanding Comics was definately helpful. I'm almost done with it, and I can't wait to finish. It talks alot about sequential art, and the inner workings of storytelling through comics. Talk about inspiring. It just made me think about about myself, and made me think about my potential. In fact, this while week was filled with realizing alot of things about myself. I knew this would happen again. This seems to come in spats... learning things about myself, and just being blown away by what I learn (in my own way, of course.)

I visited Julia last night and watched Family Guy. I wish they'd bring that back already. Family guy is insanely genius. Why would Fox ever cancel it?

Afterwards, I visited Raquel at work. She was suprised, although my visit had to be announced. I brought her a yellow carnation... just because. Call me a sucker for romance, I know. She's my love, and deserves a gesture such as that every once in a while.

Friday night hung out with the Boehms and ate sushi. I've concluded that I like the Philadelphia Roll the most. It's not strait-up Japanese, I know, but it'll do. They should make a Lehigh Valley Roll... consisting of... a piece of perogi, funnel cake, and hot dog. Better yet, they should make a Puerto Rico Roll... filled with fish, tostones, chorizo and rolled with yellow rice.

Then we saw Anchorman (it was viewing #2 for me) and I laughed hard the second time around. I stick to my orginal review... an instant classic.

"I'll have to be honest with you, it smells like pure gasoline."

Thursday, July 01, 2004

How to be Frank Miller

[Mood - Ambitious]
[Music - Sisters of Mercy - No Time to Cry]

"You don't get to be Frank Miller by drawing a nice picture of Daredevil. You get to be Frank Miller by spending ten years studying Will Eisner and B Krigstein pages and working out for yourself just what makes them good." -Warren Ellis

So, that's all it takes, eh? "Hey... I can do it."

So... by July 1, 2014 I should be in some how, some way involved in comics. If I decide this is something I really want to go after, then I'm willing to committ the time and effort. I'm still at the stage where I'm not too sure, but I want to give it a shot.

Researching the comics business, I've learned a little on what's involved in producing a comic from the perspective of an editor. There's alot of work involved, and I'll spare the details, but it's overwhelming. I'm not scared off, though. I'm willing to learn and put in my time.

Right now I'm concentrating on the basics. I'm trying not to get too saturated with current titles. I'm trying to get my hands on every Planetary book. I started reading Fantastic Four, although I've never been a fan (seeing what Ellis is doing with established superheros these days) ...Astonish X-Men (because of Joss Whedon & John Cassaday) and NYX. That's not too bad.

Today I purchased the DC Guide to Writing Comics, by Denny O'Neil. I've learned quite a bit in the first 30 pages. I think I'm off to a good start. I just want to learn the basics of writing before I dive into the actual craft of creating a comic.

Of all the things I've heard about the industry going downhill, comic shops closing, and sales not what they used to be, it hasn't scared me away. I'm genuinely curious about what I can do in this industry.

I'm in no way getting away from graphic design. In fact, I plan on persuing my bachelors degree in design. I also want to write. I've been doing fan fiction for so long (on red flags, please) that I want to go to the next level. Don't care if it's going to be a slow process. Don't even mind so much that my chances of writing for DC or Marvel are a less than slim, but I don't care.

This year I've learned that you need to work hard and stick to your guns. It sounds like a cliche, but it's worked for me so far.