Hunger. I was very hungry in 1934. So I created Li’l Abner. It became big business and I became overweight. Since then my motivation has been greed.
The older generation of cartoonists thought of themselves as entertainers who were paid to sell newspapers. The generation that came of age in the 1980s described themselves more often as “artists” who were expressing a unique vision. This changing self-awareness might explain why these [1980s] creators retired at the peaks of their careers.
Comics writers: if you want comics and graphic novels to be treated as literature, at the very least you must make sure that your writing is free of simple errors.
Graphic novel? What is that?! They don’t want to call it comics, so they come up with that posh name. If that improves sales, fine by me. By whatever means, comics need to regain their popularity or they will die off. Because that’s what comics are: popular culture.
I am interested in being alive. Seriously, staying alive for an artist means to always be in an unknown part of himself. To be out of himself.
I’ve tried webcomics, print self-pubbing, 2 indie comics pubs, 2 book pubs. In my opinion it’s all about matching the right book to the right outlet.
Comics are still a vibrant entertainment genre. Whether newspapers remain vibrant as a delivery method is a whole different question.