Thursday, June 07, 2007

JOSS GRINDSTONE

So many things I've not blogged about. I've got a stack of the comics I want to say something about but haven't gotten to yet. I've got a thick folder of music worth mentioning (new indie darling Battles: remember when they were called Yes? Why is it that no one told me about post-rock/prog-metal band Isis? They are ridiculously awesome! The National: Leonard Cohen's off days fronting Interpol and doing his best Ian Curtis?).

I also have many emails to get to. Tomorrow. Thursday is email day. I've got, like, six immediates to do. The most recent backlog first, I always say.

I'm nearly done inking page 13 of EMAW 9. I printed out some test pages, to see how badly I had botched the first 12. 50/50 botchy, it seems. Back when I decided to work as huge as scanable, the original plan was to have more versatility of line. But, I somehow took that as license to cram as much crap into each panel as possible. So, something that was supposed to open things up and increase my speed wound up getting more crowded than ever and taking forever to do.

That's why in rewriting the last two thirds of this issue, I decided to open things up a bit more in that initial stage. I'm also back to working at the size I was working at for most of EMAW 8, but with more lessons learned. It's roughly the same size ratio mainstream cartoonists work at. I also decided that I needed to pop some comics viagra and bone up on some Kirby tricks (hence the latest How Did This Happen? panel) and some Jason. Gone are the days of reading their works for pleasure, and now are the days of studying them for minimalism. I think the book is going to benefit from such intense boning — until it doesn't and I need to rethink things again.

Since I was changing things up a bit, I decided to check out Paul Pope's blog to see if he was doing the exact opposite of me. And, look, he is. Click on the pic to see an incredibly dense, 19 x 56 drawing, a preview of THE NEXT THB!!!! yay. I figure, as long as I'm always doing the exact opposite of Pope, I'm at least doing something. And that's better than doing nothing at all.

So, tomorrow, along with finishing emails and page 13 and starting page 14, I'll post some of page 13. Here's aiming to have 20 pages done before MoCCA.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kenneth Belasco said...

battles will be playing at the seaport music festival on August 31st if your interested, I'll be going for shorts.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

I can't imagine planning that far in advance. Who they playing with? Entice me!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Belasco said...

TBA

9:07 AM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

I love them!

6:39 PM  

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