Like A Potato #81 - Finally…
I’m pretty sure this is true everywhere, but here in Portland there is a noticeable difference in everyone’s attitude as the clouds part and the sun finally comes through. Everyone starts going on hikes or hanging out at the waterfront. Dogs are running around. Flowers are blooming. All the cafes and coffee shops start putting little tables outside in the sunlight. It’s a beautiful time to be alive.
Also, Jon really is quite blind when it comes to noticing what is around him. He said he once lived in a house for over a year and never realized it was purple till someone pointed it out. True story.
Anonymous asked: Maybe a loaded question, but if you had one piece of advice for an aspiring comic book writer, what might it be?
Read books on history. Honest to god, this is my number one piece of advice for writers. Most non-fiction books will give you SOME ideas for stories, but books on historical events and persons are huge idea factories, in a way that the internet just doesn’t quite replicate.
So every time I go to a book shop, I check their remainder shelves for books on interesting historical events and grab them up. It is a person with a very poor imagination indeed who can’t come up with ideas after reading this stuff…My first Deadpool villain was based on King Ludwig II, the ‘mad king,’ of Bavaria. Secret Six dealt directly with prison allegories based on North Korea, China, and Ireland. The beastmaster story in Red Sonja is based on Roman arenas in rural Wales.
This stuff is precious as gold and you can get it for almost nothing on sale at bookshops anywhere.
For the actual PROCESS of writing, the advice I have is FINISH something. Start SMALL, a column or a paragraph or a very, very short story. FINISH. That’s what counts. The act of writing teaches skills, but the act of FINISHING teaches confidence. And you will NEED CONFIDENCE.
Finish things. Finish your story and do another. An unfinished story does no one any good. FINISH.
More great advice on writing. Mostly, and Joss Whedon says this as well, “Finish!”
Like A Potato #80 - Looking Good, Hopskotch
It is pretty amazing what cutting bread and sugar out of your diet will do for you. Work it!!
I came home from work to finish inking tomorrow’s Potato Page and it was missing from my table. I left it right there. My first thought was “Did someone, hopefully a friend, come in here and get it somehow to play a joke on me?” Then I saw it on the floor, against the wall. Somehow my cats must have knocked it off without knocking anything else off. They got mad skills!!
Like A Potato #79 - Why Do I Have To Take Away That Which She Loves?
I miss Ladybird and look forward to seeing her every time I go over to Jon’s.
I’m still not able to use my browsers on my home computer. Not sure what is wrong. I have to wait for Jon to load it online then I can post from my phone. Computers…
Been drawing from life about an hour every day since ECCC. I have learned quite a bit about how clothes hang on the body. I’m going to focus on how people hold themselves next time. #art #tips