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I've always liked the idea that the music I listen to while creating a comic will somehow seep into the work I'm doing. I've made specific playlists filled with songs that gave me the feeling I wanted to have in a given project I've been working on. I don't think it really works that way for me, though. The specific playlists I've made for specific projects just don't end up getting listened to. Instead, what I've found is the best work music for me is Kraftwerk's The Man-Machine.

One reason is because it's not too wordy. Words will distract me if I'm working on story ideas and dialogue. This is true with music where the lyrics are dominant as well was with podcasts. Wordy things are fine if I'm doing something that is somewhat mechanical like cross-hatching, but if I'm figuring out plot elements or page layouts, words need to be minimal.

Another reason is that The Man-Machine is not too propulsive. Music with big guitars or driving…

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