Most people seem to agree that we live in a youth-driven culture, and this perception spills over into nearly every aspect of it, including comics, and by default, webcomics. But since I don't honestly know what the demographic age is for today's webcartoonist, I'll resort to writing about the aging artist in general. Continue Reading
Somewhere out there, amid the dwindling thousands of comic book collectors and readers, a lost fanbase exists. They are comprised of males in their 30's to 50's, who long ago read and collected comic books. They've grown up, started families, settled into their chosen careers and left comics behind. They'll go see the film adaptations of the comics. Continue Reading
In a perfect world, I would have the patience to create a webcomic, from beginning to end, and then post it like clockwork, on a daily schedule. But it's not a perfect world, and I don' t have a lot of patience. Continue Reading
I have writers block. It happens every few years, and I don't think there's anything I can do about it except continue writing. Wait, before you think I just contradicted myself, give me a moment to explain something.
Writing is like anything else, the more you do it, the better you'll be (at least in theory!). I used to keep a 'journal of thought' at arms length, where I would scribble down ideas that would emerge from stray thoughts, dreams, conversationsâ€¦ I had to write these things down because they were always fleeting, like a partially obscured road sign on a speed trap.
I still practice this, to a limited degree. I have several new ideas gestating, but none of them have that spark, that inexplicable 'something' that compels me to write it down. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you've conceived a new story idea, one that inspires you to quickly hammer out a synopsis, and then a script. I have a lot of ideas, but they very rarely inspire me.
Lately, I haven't even had ideas.
If you're a webcartoonist, then you probably own a digital pen and tablet. Mine is a Wacom Graphire 3, which is probably the base model and lacks some of the sophistication that the other versions have. But it gets the job done. I've come to rely on digital tools, and that digital dependency really shows this week, because my Wacom pen is broken. Continue Reading