Don’t get sucked into thinking of yourself as a professional. Someone with a group of marketable skills. Don’t give up your artistic vision for a good publishing contract. Don’t buy in too easily to the system of literary editors that developed for prose writers. Comics are a different medium and not all editors know how they work as well as you do. Have faith in your own judgement. Remain an artist, at all costs.
People will look at my drawing style and think, that’s pretty simple. I can do that. And actually, I think that’s good. That’s what I want people to say. Hopefully it’ll just inspire someone to feel like they can do it.
I decided at age 12 to do comics and I became unemployable after that, because “eyes on the prize”. But what is that prize?
We live in a world where Dan Slott got death threats over killing a comic book character. That’s like getting death threats over the sun going down.
It is always a joy to meet with the characters I create in manga. This is as much fun as meeting with people in the real life.
Forget the word “risk” when it is linked to the wallet, and replace it with “try” when it is linked to artistic experience.
Other than the size and quality of paper, I will never understand the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel.
Our culture has conditioned us to take Dick Tracy with a straight face. But nothing prepares us for Ivan the Terrible.
Professionalism is about handing in quality work on time, or about being friendly to fans at conventions, or about working towards a mutually beneficial goal. Professionalism is about dedication to your craft, not about running around the offices like a demented gerbil telling everyone how busy you are – so busy, in fact, that you forget to do any actual work.
When’s the last time you read a comic book? Oh, right, the term now is “graphic novel” — as if calling them “comics” was somehow undignified or not sufficiently intellectual. But the problem with “graphic novel” is that it’s far too limiting — because, sure, while all comics are graphic, many of the smartest and most exciting examples don’t even remotely resemble novels.
The [graphic novel] format is declaring ahead of time that the work is “important,” rather than having the work speak for itself. It’s also a format that doesn’t work for anything that’s intentionally lowbrow or irreverent. It’s like dressing a pig in a tuxedo, and I don’t mean that as an insult to pigs.
Comics evolved by directing creative effort away from any moments of quality and toward large-scale creative bankruptcy. This leads to cognitive dissonance among fans, who are attached to the mythology but eventually realize they’ve been tricked, as well as among the writers themselves, who generally don’t like thinking that their work actually requires them to avoid artistic merit.
Who is the most feminine comic book character? Lord Fanny.
That’s right, the most feminine hero in comics is a male.