I decided to go to a meeting for aspiring comic book creators in NYC. I agreed to it and then forced myself not to think about it. Meeting new people is difficult. Add in you’re opening up about something close to you and have placed a lot of hard work into- it can get nerve-racking. At least my experiences from art school critiques have prepared me for the usual annoying personalities but hoped a few good eggs would show up too.
I was not disappointed to see both groups represented.
One guy, a screenwriter and not an artist, (maybe he misread the description of the group) was putting together “high concept” storylines (his words) that would instantly sell. He just needed to find financing for the projects. For example basketball players abducted by aliens to fight an intergalactic war- totally high concept right (not sure what that phrase means)? After looking at my work he attempted to recruit me to draw storyboards and when I told him my graphic novel (not a screenplay) involved a school shooting he informed me it wasn’t high concept enough. Hollywood would never pick it up. I wanted to ask him if I needed more aliens. (I’ve drawn several basketball players in “Sacco” already- so I had that base covered)
I also met two guys that were in the beginning stages of their graphic novels. One was a writer and had a friend who was doing the artwork. The storyline was dark and the art matched it perfectly. The other didn’t bring any material but could articulate his plot with great clarity and sounded intriguing and not a simple one line blurb. The screenwriter panned their ideas as low concept also.
I’ve been pushing out the pages these few weeks in between weddings. Next week’s is in Chicago.
In the interim I’ve started drawing with blue lead. I stumbled upon the fact that they sell blue mechanical pencil lead (even on amazon)- which surprised me. The lead should be invisible to scanners if they are set to black/white. But some sources contest that point. I hope it does work, because I suspiciously believe erasing the normal lead (that scanner typically pick up) damages the ink.
More so, due to actively preparing written material to send to comic publishers I am tinkering with placing the graphic novel online. I would love to publish it. But it will be three years until I finish and the reality is if I can’t find a publisher it will mostly likely surface here anyways. Also most indie comic cartoonists don’t make that much money. I have a decent job and can draw in my spare time. I’m lucky I can do such. It would be great to be paid for it, but this industry is built off people who love the media and love doing it- not dollar signs. When I first began “Sacco” it was to open avenues for future illustration assignments. But now I like telling stories with images. If I get an illustration job- great! If I get a book published- even greater! Nonetheless, Illustration-wise, drawing 250+ pages has definitely helped my process and placing myself on the regiment of 2 pages a week has speed up my delivery time. (It used to be about 2 weeks for 1 illustration- 1!)