Most comic book writers I know are the worst artists. Whether or not you can draw is irrelevant. As is the whole concept of “breaking in.” Whether or not you can write is what you need to concern yourself with.
That doesn’t necessarily mean on a craft level*, but the idea of sitting down and doing the work. That means knowing you might pursue this for years and it could absolutely fail. That means not letting yourself boil over with resentment or jealousy over people who succeed before you. That means pushing through when it seems like everything has gotten fucked up. That when people talk shit about what you do, you don’t give a crap and just keep writing because it’s what you want to do. I’d also add a caveat and say don’t do it unless it’s the doing it you want to do, not the being known for doing do it. That’s an empty pursuit.
So, stop waiting. Stop putting Asks on Tumblr. There’s no secret code to any of this. There’s just showing up, sitting down and doing it. Unlike screenplays there’s not a set format or a font to use or whatever — just whatever communicates with your collaborators. And remember they’re your collaborators, not some hand your self-viewed brilliance pours through. This medium is a collaborative one. If you don’t like that, I highly suggest prose.
And it’s very likely your first script will suck. It’s very likely your 90th one will too. Most writers — whether they’ll admit in public or not — hate everything they do, but but it’s the showing up and not letting yourself buckle under external or internal pressure that matters more than anything.
You can do this if it’s what you want to do. I can’t guarantee you that will bring any success, monetary or otherwise, but the pursuit is yours for the taking.
All you have to do now is the work.
*(I add this here because I feel a lot of what you’ll see on craft online is bullshit anyway — so you’ve got to work hard to weed out the good advice from the world of bad. I highly recommend starting with Steven Pressfield’s War of Art, a book I only read recently, but has already had a huge impact. It’s less on the craft and more on the pursuit, but it’s a damn inspiring read that will lead you elsewhere. I made a list of other books on craft recently that reblogged a list Kelly Sue made [which included War of Art])
Joe speaks the troof.
…. and preferably blue
let me tell u all a thing
when you draw suits, there is reference
there is so much reference, here is some reference
here are some things you may notice suits do not do
- the bottom hem of the jacket is straight across, it does not arch toward the center front
- the jacket extends beyond the beltline, i do not need to be staring deep into the crotch of a fully suited man
-lapels are not outer labia
-lapels are not inner labia
-lapels are not squiggly lines
-seriously there is so much god damn reference.
I just noticed my good friend, Ben Bates's profile picture on Deviant art recently changed.
Being a professional comic book artist is apparently killing his spirit!
Hang in there, Ben, I’ll be right over with a cake shaped like a car!
Visit Ben on Deviant Art http://benbates.deviantart.com
You open Ben Bates, and you’ll find his heart is made of rainbows. You open his heart, and you’ll find it’s full of worms. You open those worms, and you’ll find they’re really candy.
At least, that’s what I’ve heard.
Guilermo Del Toro - How Pacific Rim saved his life
“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”
Nice article, worth a read. (via nudityandnerdery)
OH FUCK YES
This movie is a lot more than just robots punching monsters.
Between Pacific Rim and Disney’s Frozen, it’s refreshing to see action stories with female leads that don’t all come down to getting that climactic kiss from the dude.