I spent a lot of time (the better part of a year) planning this entire story out, before I started drawing any pages. I really wanted to make sure that I had a plan and that I would be able to see it through to an end that both satisfied and tied everything together. These early pages, although not terribly “pulse-pounding” are all necessary for what’s to come. At least that’s what I tell myself as I lie awake at night second-guessing my decisions.
So, I am ever-so-slowly continuing to plug away at Carbon. I used to feel like there was this clock I was working against when making my comics, but that clock has either crapped out or been put away for now. I don’t exactly feel like there is any real need to produce X amount of pages a month or force myself to stick to some production deadline. Doing that shit just leads me to feel like a failure when I fall short of those self-imposed goals. So, screw it. The clock’s gone. Carbon is still moving forward, I’m still working on it, in some way, every day. And I’m really excited about where it’s going now. It may take years to complete it, but that’s okay with me. That’s just the kind of comics I like to make – long-form sprawling narratives.
Anyway, the scene I’m working on right now has a flashback sequence in it involving detectives. My kinda comics!
When it came to producing comics, I used to think of myself as rather prolific, producing a number of new comics every year and working on multiple projects at the same time. I would hit up five or six cons & shows every year, selling books then having to make more Xeroxed copies for the next show, which always seemed just right around the corner. But it was all very doable, because, quite simply, I had the time to do it and I really enjoyed doing it. I still do enjoy making comics and still work on them every single day. I just don’t have as much time to devote to them. Priorities change. Of course they do. I work on my comics after the kids go to bed, even though I’m exhausted from the day, even though I want nothing more than to crash on the couch and watch some mind-numbing tv. So, I would no longer refer to myself as prolific as far as producing comics goes, and I’m slowly accepting that truth, even if it hurts a little.
Seeing that I don’t have as much time to devote to making comics, I am making damn sure that the comics I do make are the best they can be. I am taking this comics-making more seriously, in a way, because I know producing one book may take five or six years. And I’m okay with that (sort of). I don’t really know what the point of writing this is. Making comics is not easy. It takes a lot of time. A hell of a lot of time. But I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be spending my time doing. And I mean that.
I will be running Carbon here as a webcomic, free to be enjoyed by all. I have already posted a number of pages from Book 1 and will continue to do so until Carbon is finished (or until I realize this is a bad idea, whichever comes first). A couple pages a week for now. Also, I have added a few notes about each page to enhance the whole experience. Ooooh, commentary.
I still do have a good amount of Carbon #1 books for sale, so if you don’t want to wait to read more here, just buy one and read it, okay?
At long last, I have a new book out! The first in a series of five graphic novels, CARBON – Book 1 introduces a cast of citizens living in the city-state of Carbon, which has, for years, been a welcome place for “Seers” (those with psychic abilities) to come and work and raise families and live normal lives. But now that has changed, thanks to a newly-elected governor who seeks to rid Carbon of “Seers” once and for all.
Squarebound – 74 pages – 6.625 X 10.25
Color cover with b & w interiors
$8 plus shipping
I will be attending CAKE once again this year in Chicago. A fine show, by all measures. I will be debuting CARBON – Book 1 there. That is quite exciting. If you are around, do stop by. The details can be found here: http://www.cakechicago.com/