Sale, Sketch Cards, Imaginationâ€¦
Submitted by Scott Story on March 31, 2009 - 12:49
I want to remind you that the current sale we are running, to commemorate selling out the first run of our books, that we are including a free sketch card with each copy of â€œJohnny Saturn: Synns of the Fatherâ€ that you buy from this site.Â These sketch cards are completely original handmade art, such as these (Shown at actual size):
OK, change of subject.
I was recently asked how long it takes to make an episode of â€œJohnny Saturn.â€Â My stock answer is nine hours per episode.Â Iâ€™ve arrived at this estimate the following way: 8 hours to pencil the page, 6 hours to ink the page, 4 hours to color the page, and up to an hour to letter a page.Â For convenience sake, letâ€™s round that off to the nearest even number, 18 hours.Â Since each original page is made up two episodes, the individual episodes take about nine (18/2=9) hours.
We post three of these episodes a week, amounting to about 27 hours of work per week, or more than three traditional work days (plus change).
Obviously, we do this comic because itâ€™s a passion: I love drawing and creating comics, and Benita is a natural storyteller.Â But, why else?
One answer might be that this ongoing schedule to keep producing quality work on a timetable helps us produce a lot of material for printing.Â Â Another answer might be that we love presenting our story as it comes out, and interacting with readers.Â Both would be true.
I would also ad that there is a tremendous level of satisfaction with actually doing something creative, and keeping up with it.Â We prove that we arenâ€™t simply dreamers, people who plan to get around to doing something creative someday but never do.Â We have something tangible to show for our efforts, and that is psychologically huge for us.Â When readers actually get the subtleties in the story, or figure out what we are up to, or come to care for our characters, the emotional pay off for Benita and I is huge.
Iâ€™ll end this by writing something that should be obvious to creators of all kinds: Using the imagination at a high level is itself a pleasurable experience.Â The more you use the imagination, the stronger it gets and the more pleasurable it gets.Â You could probably enjoy this benefit by engaging in highly developed daydreaming, but itâ€™s so much better to have something to show for it.