A million comics to be drawn and put together in a million ways and a million comics in a million styles to buy. I'd like to get them all. I'd like to draw them all. I'd store them in a giant version of one of those plastic capsule vending machines, but I wouldn't need a quarter. And each and every time I wanted a comic, I'd just turn the wheel and one of the million comics would tumble out.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
This race-car book was only going to take the form of little eight-page installments every now and then, but it's taken me over, and the real joy of it for me is just how loose it is. No plans, no thumbnails. Total liberation.
And if in a scene I happen to want to have a band playing Weezer's In the Garage in Portuguese (cause the race took place in Brazil)(and cause In the Garage kind of sums up my whole attitude with this comic), that's what will be.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Way way back back when I was twenty-four, I wanted to be the Jack Kerouac of comics, and I had this idea of drawing comics all across the country. I stop in a place for a little bit, draw a comic, and then move on. A series of comics written on the road. I was serious. I even wrote emails to a number of my friends living across the country proposing that me put me up during this artistic adventure.
But I never did it. I felt like I needed my space: my drawing board, my lamp, my giant pieces of bristol, my precious brushes and pens. There was all this gear that I just couldn't go lugging around. Comics tend to make you sedentary. Hence the cartoonist physique.
However, now, ten years later, I find myself kind of doing the cross country comics thing. I've been working on this race car comic for the last couple of months in my sketchbook. It's small and portable, and I've taken it with me. I've drawn pages in my home Boston, Toronto, Maine, Chicago, Sacramento, Phoenix, and on the flights in between.
I don't know what Jack Kerouac would thing of this silly race car comic, but I'm having a great time.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
So I've continued to work on this seat-of-the-pants-all-women-Formula-1 comic, which may turn out to be the next book (but I thought the next book was a western)(this is the other next book)(I thought the other next book was the rock and roll book)(this is the other other next book). Anyway, that's what I'm doing, but in between doing that:
This Wednesday, 6:30pm, at the Cambridge Public Library, Joel Gill and I will be talking comics, mini-comics, and process, and it should be a lot of fun. Come on over.
So yeah, and here are some sketchbook pages that have kind of convinced me that I don't think I need anything more than a sketchbook.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Come on by to the Cambridge Public Library and say hello! We're going to be talking about our books, our process, and what's going on with our upcoming books, which are both westerns.
Oh and in case you're wondering where that photo of me came from...
(taken by Jen Vaughn at SPX)
Monday, June 9, 2014
Fitting all the things that I want to do into the limited amount of time that I have can just seem so impossible. There is this desire to do everything at once. I want to do this western comic, the Formula 1 comic, and this rock and roll comic. I want to improve my coloring skills. I want to go back and fix up some of my old comics from way way back back in the day. I want to go kayaking today. I should get some exercise. Haven't called my mom in a bit. It's summer and I really should get my pale skin to the beach. I haven't seen so many people in so long...
Sometimes I think it'll help to make a list. Clarify my intentions. Prioritize. Then there is this list of a million things to do. It just gets longer and longer. And then it becomes this weight. It's too much! I can't do all that. All that is impossible.
But anyway, you gotta get past all that. Take your time. Enjoy your day and try and do what you can.
So this week, I got some Formula 1 in, I got some rock and roll, and I did some research for my western.