Artistic advice from Neil Gaiman
Accept that you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t listen to anyone who says there are rules and limits. If you know your calling, go there. Stay on track. Keep moving towards it, even if the process takes time and requires sacrifice. Learn to accept failure. Know that things will go wrong. Then, when things go right, you’ll probably feel like a fraud. It’s normal. Make mistakes, glorious and...
Le me = Komikš!
As part of my worthless effort towards making more and better comics despite the terrible working conditions and time schedule I currently have, I decided to send 4 colored pages to š!, one of my favorite anthologies in the world right now. After they received the Fauve d’Angoulleme this year for their 9th issue, I figured there would be plenty of artists submitting material for their next...
Any writer who could take hold of such a theme and not, gripping it by the...– Joseph Conrad, talking about me.
You should not worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You...– Paul Graham
Warren Ellis insights
Warren Ellis is a peculiar influence on me. I haven’t read most of his actual work, but following him on Twitter constantly gives me food for thought on many subjects. The same could said about William Gibson. Today he gave a twitterview™ about science fiction, writing, etc. I missed the opportunity to ask a question, and frankly I don’t think I would have one, because if I had...
How to pay the rent and make comics at the same...
(Note: all of the images in this post are clickable) I am married, with small kids, and I have a very complex time-consuming poorly-paid job. Like most people, I spend all of my money before the half of the month, and then survive the rest of the time with the little crumbs that are left after all the bills are paid. So people wonder and ask me a lot: where do you find the time to make comics? ...
Whether I’m drawing or writing, or simply thinking about the book, I like to listen to music that will but me in the right mood. I started sketching out a playlist so I can define to myself how the book is supposed to sound like. Sometimes it’s the music, the mood, the instruments, but the lyrics eventually mix into the process too. Eventually I’ll divide the songs into...
...and we're back
I halted the production of this book for a while because I had so many projects going on at the same time, and I had no idea what to do next. But after giving it much thought, I realized that all of my other projects were, in a way, trying to please certain people or certain audiences, and I figured that this wouldn’t take me nowhere. I was also waiting for two of those projects to be either...
Daemons and Alan Moore
For no apparent reason, Alan Moore started to creep into the book. Maybe it’s because of all this Frank Miller vs. Ocuppy thing. Or maybe he’s just using his magical powers to control me from beyond. Alan Moore is probably the one most influential comix writer in all my work. Most of my influences are artists who did both drawing and writing (specially the European ones) but if I...
Research: visual arts
After defining a few writers that would serve as inspiration for the book, I started reading about modern art, mostly post-World-War-2 visual and fine arts. As much as I love comics, I find most of them always follow certain rules, not only of theme and form, but also of materials, dimensions, and so forth. Even my favorite heroes in comics had to comply to drawing with india ink on white paper...
Literature and comics
This entire project started out with a drawing: it was an old man, sitting on a couch, with a syringe in his hand. Suddenly, the concept started to grow on me. For some reason only the lower layers of my mind could reveal, I learned he was a writer, with a heroin addiction. But there had to me something else to that. I started thinking about William Burroughs and how, in a way, his work could...
November 25. 1 am. I decided to keep a journal about this new book I’m working on. It’s a graphic novel of about 128 pages, made in black and white. The title will remain a secret until I release the actual book. I’ll try to post everyday to keep myself working. Also, having other people see my work in progress will help me keep the pace, because people start asking about it,...