This took some time.
I read a tonne of comics. I love the art form, I’m consistently astonished and impressed by the artwork and the stories. There seems to be so much freedom in the story-telling. From Dark Knights and lycra-clad heroes to the photocopied indies I like to pick up at comic-cons – there’s whole worlds to explore and I get the warm fuzzies when I see the effort and time people put into their work.
Last year I decided I would jump in and make one of my own. I had a lot of guidance and support (thank you!) from friends and family and in ways that humble me, from real-life professional comic book creators who spared time to give me encouragement. But I was shy and stumbling. I made a black and white comic called ‘Dead Signal‘. Best thing I did in a while.
I don’t mean best as in ‘I’m so fancy and awesome’, I mean, I learned so much more by doing than I ever could by dithering. I make lots of sketches here and there of things that amuse me, like the irregular appearance of ‘Murder Cat‘ on my running route. But I am hopefully learning more about writing short weird tales and then challenging myself to draw them.
This one was based on reading lots of Swamp Thing, reading a lot about the Green Man and knowing wonderful people who let me stay at their house in the country – with it’s stunning garden and green stuff. (Thank you again!)
So, here’s a story, this time in colour. It’s probably not perfect, but it’s mine and I made it. So I’m satisfied with that and already working on something else to challenge my understanding of panels, pens and ink.
*Oh, there’s no title. I know…If I may quote another lovely friend, I would call it ‘Sugar for the soul’. Following a brief discussion of how flowers can be enjoyed.
Here we go. Be gentle!
(Clicky for bigness – then click for even biggerer – I’m still learning about making my text a bit clearer.)