It’s no secret. It took me forever to break into writing comics professionally. And once I did manage to start writing comics for a living, the learning curve was pretty slippery for me. All along the way, I made more than my fair share of mistakes. I gave into frustration, anger, and fear. I mismanaged my schedule. I overestimated how much time I would have in a day. I overate and gained weight. I freaked out and panicked.
Now… I needed to go through all of those obstacles to get where I am now. I had to learn through experience. And every day brings a new batch of mistakes that will… hopefully make me a better creator in the future. But I often wonder… What could I have done differently? If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice about working in comics for a living, what would it be?
I figured most other creators have wondered the same thing, so I asked a few writers and artists to think about advice they wish they had been given when they were just starting out. Here is some of that advice. Some of it is thought-provoking. Some of it is funny. Some of it may not apply to you. And some of it will sting a bit.
Buckle up. (more…)
Here’s a quick rundown of the things I’m obsessed with this week! (more…)
While my kiddo usually goes to pre-school and the sitter on work days, today he’s with me.
This morning, he went to his annual cleft palate evaluation appointment with his mom and me. This afternoon, for various reasons, he stayed with me. I’ll admit, it’s nearly impossible to get any work done when he’s here. And… yeah… during a busy month, losing a day of work can be extremely stressful.
But today I wouldn’t want him anywhere else. (more…)
Even though my final issue of Wolverine came out today, I’m not done with the clawed mutant! Coming in March is Ultimate Wolverine, a four-issue series exploring the secret family tree of Jimmy Hudson, the son of Wolverine!
Here’s a few thoughts on the series from a recent Comics Alliance interview:
“In terms of a great comic book story, Jimmy Hudson offers the best of both worlds. He’s the son of Wolverine, so he has a pedigree and a rich history to draw upon. At the same time, though, there’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding his origins. With this series, I have the chance to play those two elements–the pedigree and the mystery–off one another. Once this story is told, Jimmy will have a better understanding of where he came from and a clearer vision of where he’s going. (more…)