This piece is kind of unusual. It’s pencil, digital and handmade paper, but it came out looking like pastel!
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Those comics included “Red Horse” by Garth Ennis and Frank Victoria, “Sway”, by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, “Cabaret Amygdala Presents: ‘Second Sight’” by Peter Hogan and Paul Davidson, and “Big Nemo” by Alan Moore and Colleen Doran.
Alan Moore on BIG NEMO, the project we did together. Naturally, I am going to highlight the wonderful things he said about my work. Because you would, too.
And in any possible future outings, what I would want to do would be to continue the story, and frankly that is aided immensely by having the sublime Colleen Doran on the artwork. We had no idea who would be drawing this when I wrote the script. I think Jose Villarubia suggested her name, and I’d been a fan of her work since A Distant Soil. The job that she’s done on “Big Nemo” is absolutely stunning. That rollercoaster, I believe that did almost drive her mad.
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This was storified by third parties from my twitter account.
If there’s one thing I can’t stand in comics is how many young creators benefit from who came before and show nothing but contempt for ’em. There’s almost nothing many of us enjoy about working in comics now that someone else didn’t have to fight really hard to make happen first.
Remember Junior, when you scoff at that dated comic art, that out of touch oldster: you’re next.
Everyone praises him now, but young creators used to make prank calls to Kirby and call him a hack. No kidding. Have a little compassion.
I’m just as glad to see bad, sexist racist attitudes in comics die off as the next person, but a lot of the people in comics have worked long and hard to make the industry better.
Didn’t happen overnight, didn’t happen easy, and there’s lots more to improve. None of this happened without one person at a time who came before you making the right decisions and taking actions. So, give credit where its due.
And as awful as some people have been, we can forgive where we can, move on where we can, & get justice where we can to make comics better. And if we can’t get justice from people who did harm, we can get justice for ourselves by doing our best for comics as individuals & creators.
Personally, I do not want to put any more emotional energy into trying to get anything out of people who did me harm in this business. They are all entrenched and desperate to protect their “legacies”. They have no incentive to do the right thing because admitting harm would tarnish their “legacy”.
“Legacy” is something a lot of comics creators put stock in, whereas before, we were all just a bunch of schmucks doing comics for fun and a little cash.
I can’t change anyone. I can only change how I frame the past and how to make the experiences work to better the future.
YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME.
I have the power. I will outlive all of you. And do better comics.
If you did me harm back in the day, I don’t need to rub your face in the dirt to leave you in the dust. I just make more comics.
I hope you became a better person.
I don’t expect my Comic Book Gods to be anything but human.
Fortunately, I’ve never needed them.
But many cartoonists do.
This job comes with no security, or benefits of any kind. And if you can’t keep working, and don’t have enough royalties or savings, you can quickly be wiped out. Most creators are only about 60-90 days from bankruptcy.
One of my all-time favorite inkers, Bob Wiacek, has a GoFUNDME campaign up right now to help him recover from the devastating financial losses he sustained when his wife became severely ill and passed away. Bob and his wife were uninsured.
THE HERO INITIATIVE is the only charity for comic book creators. It has distributed $750,000 to artists and writers in need.
This is a wonderful story about the good work they do.
You’d be surprised how many big name creators have had to turn to THE HERO INITIATIVE for aid.
The creative team on AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE STAN LEE donated a portion of the advance from the book to THE HERO INITIATIVE. I hope we’ll be able to continue to contribute.
If you care about the people who bring you the stories you love and can help out, please go to THE HERO INITIATIVE website and contribute what you can, or make a purchase, with all proceeds going to the benefit of THE HERO INITIATIVE.
Sign up to Beta Test ‘Big Nemo’ by Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) and Colleen Doran and Jose Villarrubia HERE.
Quick, like a little bunny.