"If you’re an aggressive individual and you want to make this your field — and there is no school. You make your own school. You make your school. I say that you borrow arms and legs and heads and necks and posteriors from anybody you can. In comics, which is a peculiar field, every man — every artist — is the other artist’s teacher. There’s absolutely no school for it. People can teach you the mechanics of it, which is good. I can see a good reason for that. But drawing a good figure does not make you a good artist. I can name you 10 men, right off the bat, who draw better than I do. But I don’t think their work gets as much response as mine. I can’t think of a better man to draw Dick Tracy than Chester Gould, who certainly is no match for Leonardo Da Vinci. But Chester Gould told the story of Dick Tracy. He told the story of Dick Tracy the way it should have been told. No other guy could have done it. It’s not in the draftsmanship, it’s in the man.
Like I say, a tool is dead. A brush is a dead object. It’s in the man. If you want to do, you do it. If you think a man draws the type of hands that you want to draw, steal ‘em. Take those hands.
The only thing I can say is: Caniff was my teacher, Alex Raymond was my teacher, even the guy who drewToonerville Trolley was my teacher. Whatever he had stimulated me in some way. And I think that’s all you need. You need that stimulation. Stimulation to make you an individual. And the draftsmanship? Hang it! If you can decently, learn to control what you can, learn to control what you have, learn to refine what you have. Damn perfection! You don’t have to be perfect. You are never going to do a Sistine Chapel, unless somebody ties you to a ceiling. So damn perfection!
All a man has in this field is pressure, and I think the pressure supplies a stimulation. You have your own stresses; that will supply your own stimulation. If you want to do it, you’ll do it. And you’ll do it anyway you can."
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JACK KIRBY IS YOUR COPILOT

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CARLOS DANGER FOR MAYOR

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daveshumka:

Now that I’ve had a chance to give all the details to my immediate family, I feel like I can share this online.
At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?” He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard him fire two more times.
When I returned to the scene, I found everybody standing around in shock, and the shooter lying on the ground. He had shot himself, and he later died. Everyone else is physically okay. I was grazed on the top of my head by the first bullet (that’s the picture above), and I still have a ringing in my ears.
All things considered, I’m really lucky. Not only am I alive and didn’t witness him shooting himself, as so many did, I have extremely supportive family and friends, I have an understanding employer, and I have resources to talk to.
The shooter was mentally ill and wasn’t so lucky. The lesson I’m taking away from this is that we need to make mental health a priority in ourselves and in our communities. Support your local mental health organizations in whatever ways you can, financially and by forcing politicians to take the issue more seriously. If you live in Vancouver, this is a good place to donate.
If you want to hear more about the incident, we describe it during the first 30 minutes of episode 281 of Stop Podcasting Yourself. Don’t worry, the podcast is a lot more lighthearted than this post.
Sorry ‘bout the selfie.
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daveshumka:

Now that I’ve had a chance to give all the details to my immediate family, I feel like I can share this online.

At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?” He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard him fire two more times.

When I returned to the scene, I found everybody standing around in shock, and the shooter lying on the ground. He had shot himself, and he later died. Everyone else is physically okay. I was grazed on the top of my head by the first bullet (that’s the picture above), and I still have a ringing in my ears.

All things considered, I’m really lucky. Not only am I alive and didn’t witness him shooting himself, as so many did, I have extremely supportive family and friends, I have an understanding employer, and I have resources to talk to.

The shooter was mentally ill and wasn’t so lucky. The lesson I’m taking away from this is that we need to make mental health a priority in ourselves and in our communities. Support your local mental health organizations in whatever ways you can, financially and by forcing politicians to take the issue more seriously. If you live in Vancouver, this is a good place to donate.

If you want to hear more about the incident, we describe it during the first 30 minutes of episode 281 of Stop Podcasting Yourself. Don’t worry, the podcast is a lot more lighthearted than this post.

Sorry ‘bout the selfie.

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Let’s talk about nepotism/cronyism

There’s been some talk going around about whether or not people are getting opportunities they don’t “deserve” based on other relationships, and I’m not going to touch the subject of “qualification” in comics because it’s so dumb as a conversation it hurts my entire head even to consider typing about it.

The other part of it: as an ad hominem reductor it’s gibberish: almost everyone I know in comics is on some level through a door based initially at least on familiarity. A friendly face vs a stranger’s. This wasn’t less true when I worked in any other business… people would rather work with someone they know is not going to make their day any worse.

That’s not the part of your argument that’s ridiculous. Even if we accept your potentially flawed supposition in that case (and I really really don’t) that’s not where your idea falls apart.

Where it falls apart is that foot in the door somehow blocking your entry. Where that person’s illegally squatting on your career, on work that would be otherwise yours.

No matter what you think of anyone’s work, no one hires someone they think is bad for their book. So even if someone else helps you peek into the room, that other foot gets in the door if they like what you do when you get there.

And if Alan Moore II’s standing next in the line, they don’t tell him the inn is full. They’ll find a spot for him. 

No one’s blocking your entry into comics.

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post-TCAF

In Toronto for 4 and a half days, I walked 18 miles, was in 5 storms, 2 of them frozen. I drank Soju, against all better judgment. Ate a few hundred french fries.  Met my favorite comics event in the world.

I’ve tried to go to TCAF before but every year the wires cross or I just don’t get it together in time. This year Taiyo Matsumoto was making his first North American appearance, his first gallery showing ever in the world and the advance release of his new book, Sunny. So that pushed me to make it work. I’d have gone to those things and been happy.

Chris Butcher and the Beguiling were gracious enough to set up a couple signings for me at the show. I’ve known Chris for years but never been to his store. I had no expectations. I’d already met Matsumoto on the first day, what else does a reasonable human need?

When I got to TCAF I encountered a weird pocket universe that somehow embodies none of the characteristics of the traditional North American comics scene. A truly international show that bridged symbiotic forms from very different places and wove them all comfortably together. There is a warmth in this show that’s very difficult to describe. None of the weird pretense that exists at either a “mainstream” or “indie” American show. And the show has a weight… everything there seems fully realized. Everyone’s a professional. 

It’s basically the physical form of the comics industry my friends and I’d imagine in our heads. Somehow once a year in that place, it exists, bigger than anything.

I wish I hadn’t missed it every other year. I’m going to try not to miss it again.

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TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL

I’m gonna be signing at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival tomorrow May 11th at 3pm and Sunday May 12th at noon. I’ll be at the Beguiling Store booth on the 2nd floor http://torontocomics.com/attending-tcaf/schedule-and-floor-map/

I have very few books and some silkscreened posters. And an overabundance of love in my heart.

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DOOM CANNON

Monday means a brand new OFFSET comics joint: DOOM CANNON.

Created by our boss-of-arts Daniel Krall:

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water minus gravity

It’s Superman’s 75th birthday. Here’s the first time i got to write him. Art by the great Julián López.

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one of my favorite friends in the world lost his hands, how do i kickstarter his new super-cyborg form?
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one of my favorite friends in the world lost his hands, how do i kickstarter his new super-cyborg form?
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never too late for the future

i got haunted by these things all through brooklyn last night
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