okay, the story behind this one is i really wanted to make comics for the school newspaper, and i had the idea that it would be about my roommate and me (and yes, i was completely aware of how original i was being!)
the joke here is that i try to make a joke and it doesn’t make any sense at all. this is probably the truest thing i have ever written.
oh yeah, the newspaper! yeah they ended up rejecting me, which i’m still pretty peeved about! because man, the comics in my university’s newspaper were unanimously seen as completely terrible.
(may 19, 2010)
My last final is tomorrow! Wish me luck. I realize the layout of my blog is a bit messed up right now, but bear with me. It’s a work in progress!
I’ve started accumulating my old works on my Tumblr, cause I’d like to turn it into my homepage of sorts. I started with my short-lived webcomic “Aurora.” I also wrote a little reflection piece on why it turned out the way it did, which I may as well post here.
After putting my comics on the internet for the first time in early ‘07, I quickly found out that I was not the first person to have this idea. I became addicted to webcomics—read them, subscribed to them, joined their forums, and tried to be a part of the culture. I still have the same passion for comics today.
Back then, despite having very little experience, I knew I wanted to contribute my own comic in some way. I had already become dissatisfied with a gag-a-day comic I was doing, so I decided to take a turn and try my hand at a story-based comic. I knew I wanted to write something set in the wintery north, inspired by my trips to Canada.
Ultimately, my inability to write a coherent story led to too many convoluted ideas that I just couldn’t let go. Whatever vague ideas I had in my head weren’t translating onto the page. I decided to forget about planning a story and just start making pages with what I had. Upon retrospect, this isn’t an entirely bad idea—one can spend several lifetimes plotting out backstory and never get to draw anything. However, there’s a fine balance between knowing exactly what your story will be, and spontaneously coming up with ideas as you go along. Unfortunately, I found that simply making up a story as I went along was not my forte, and my ideas for a fantasy narrative eventually devolved into a slice-of-life comic in a mountain setting. I gave up after seven pages. These days, I prefer to write a completely text-based script so I can at least fine-tune the pacing.
So was one of my first lessons in writing for comics, and the first of my many battles with perfectionism. I learned a lot by fumbling my way through Aurora’s seven pages, but I think most of all I learned that an artist has to believe in his/her creations.