hey people. Let me bore you with my personal comics history. Grab a bag of chips and a drink and read away! yay!!
I've been making my own comics for fun ever since I was 9 or 10 years old. First I loved the newspaper comics and stuff like Garfield and was making my own three panel strips. Then I got into comic books and for a while struggled to make my own and had the problem of well,.. everything. When I was 14 (1995) I discovered some book from the local library about making and publishing comics and it totally opened my eyes.
It was a revelation to me to find out so much info about not only making comics,.. but it had examples of comics from other countries as well as small press and indie comics. I learned about doing thumbnails and layouts based on scripts from that book.
I used to draw and ink(with pens and markers) and letter my pages(by writing the text and balloons on separate sheets of paper, cutting them out and sticking them onto the art),.. then get some 11x17 sheets of paper and stick the comic pages on the front and back of the 11x17 pages to lay it out like a magazine and then ask my dad to make copies at his job.
Then I started to draw on 11x17 paper and ink with crow quills, brushes, and bottles of ink. By that time I would type the text in MS Word and then print out all the text,.. draw balloons around them,.. and cut and paste them onto the art.
Then I started buying the bristol board blue-lined 11x17 art boards and worked on them. I got sick of cutting and pasting the text and balloons onto the art so I started to just write and draw in the text an balloons but it was kind of crappy.
I was going to a local college in 2000 and bought a Wacom tablet and it came with Painter. I messed with it a lot but found that I draw much better with plain old pencil and paper.
Then around 2002 I had kind of a freak out and suddenly got all depressed and stopped making comics and being creative. About once a year I would start something but just give up and go back to waiting to die.
Then the Fall of 2006,. after Thanksgiving, for some reason I started to just feel happy again and the depression was gone. I started really itching to make comics again so I finally made my first finished comic book since 2002! I started it after Thanksgiving and finished it by Christmas and it was kind of the best thing I had done. (well,.. now when I look at it I see low detail backgrounds and awkward poses,.. but I had lots of fun.) That book was the first time I had scanned my art into my PC and then lettered it in MS Word. It worked out just fine.
But I've got lots of stuff I'm working on right now and I'm not depressed anymore. Comics make me happy.
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AS far as subject matter and styles and what comics I like to read:
I grew up reading The Punisher and X-Men,.. then moved on to Spawn and The Maxx and Wildcats,.. then got into Sin City and then Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Preacher other small press stuff and weird indie stuff. Now I mostly just read old comics form the 80's and 90's in the back issue bins. I used to love the computer coloring and glossy paper when it first showed up but now I prefer the old coloring and rough paper. (or black & white)
I never really got into Manga. Yes I've got the Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and Dominion books,.. but it was just a dabble. I draw in a more American style. I have my serious(sort of) stories where I draw semi-realistic,.. then I have my cartoony stories where I draw.... uuuhhh..... cartoony.
So in a nutshell, I'm 26. I love stuff from the 90's,...,and comics make me happy.
There will be a test later.....