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Do you think you can be a good comic artist and raise a family and kid in the same time or you have to choose ?
sure, lots of great artists have kids. I feel like it would only give you more to talk about in your work.
not that I’m gonna have kids though.
Yeah, it is possible but it changes your entire life. I finished the third North World book in anticipation of my first born, however I got about 75 pages into a planned four book series and I completely and literally lost the plot. My daughter would typically take 20 minutes of outright sobbing to get to sleep, and that on top of working at a soul-crushing job equaled that I just could not do it. The story was shelved and I rediscovered video games for a few years.
Then she started sleeping better, I started working nights and being alone for hours in silence and io9 did a review of North World and kicked my butt into gear. Penultimate Quest 1 was drawn in anticipation of my son and the second volume was drawn despite his occasional sleepless nights (but he goes to sleep great, thank you, Lord).
Because I drew before and through this time I feel far more confident about continuing to draw even as I have now passed the 30 year mark. Also thanks to my son I can reflect on the lost years as being pretty understandable. Kids are draining, but also wonderful. Similar to comics.
What brand of bristol board do you use? (I was intrigued by a previous question about inks and erasing)
Everyone, everyone! Brandon Graham just revealed a fantastic secret.
This is the paper that he and Stokoe draw everything on. It can run through a printer (I use it for prints) but it can stand up to some good ink. It’s also cheap because you get 250 sheets in a pack. And as the label says it’s 11x17. I used to pick up a pack when I was in Seattle but I recently ordered a pack of Neenah Paper brand of the same type online and it works great.
Hey!! i just wanna say that i just finished reading northworld and i think it was awesome. Also, while reading the comic, i had the constant feeling it had a Scott Pilgrim-ish thing to it (its not bad at all, i love SP and you made unique in its own way). And when i saw the last page, with the bear dressed up as Scott and Kailee as Ramona, it brought a smile into my face. But just to be sure, i wanted to check that up with you. Thanks for the good work, and keep it up.
Thank you so much! There is absolutely a Scott Pilgrim vibe. When I started seriously considering making comics I was following a very short lived art blog called Dumpling that had art by Corey Lewis, Andy Helms and Bryan Lee O’Malley. At the time it totally tweaked my brain and definitely aimed me in a certain direction. When Lost at Sea and Scott Pilgrim came out I purchased them immediately. I had the good fortune to talk to Bryan on Corey’s Gingerbox forum when I was starting out and while I was rewriting the first part of Epic of Conrad I sent Bryan some notes and he correctly shot them down. I definitely owe a large debt to him in sensibility in approaching stories, and also gratitude to him and Corey in helping to ingratiate me into Oni and the comics community. And the cosplay drawing was meant to be an ad for the book, originally James Lucas Jones thought it was funny but it was appropriately not used.
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