To me, the technique was almost irrelevant; it was what was coming across.
For a while I felt very alone; sort of out there in the world of comics, especially here in the States
And that, to me, is the main attraction to comics. It's an avenue to say what you want to say
So I look at a lot of stuff now that I did and some of it looks tame to me, but my interest in terms of what I want to say with it is a little different
I wanted to learn how to paint rather than just doing black-and-white work
I still love a lot of the guys who just paint
I was lucky enough to be given books that weren't top sellers; books that were kind of under the radar
If somebody can inspire me, it feels really special
But I'm aware of the fact that I'm working in a commercial venue where I'm producing something that I wouldn't normally be approaching the way I'm doing it
But with comics you're reading and assimilating an image simultaneously, instead of just reading or watching the tube
One of the problems I have with a lot of movies these days is that everything is too well lit. In the world of digital creations there is a tendency to show too much
Kyle Baker's work is really funny, but it's also got a very clear vision
So cartooning, for me, is an honorable thing. It's pushing the envelope. It's the truth of something through exaggeration
So much of Jaws was amazing because the mind filled in what was missing.
I want to say 90% of stuff out there is just crap that got made. The main point is that it got produced.
Especially with Elektra, because I'm doing a lot of the covers for the new version of Elektra.
There is a whole generation of people who are going to see movies or watch TV who don't want to work.
And within the world that you've created, the physics of that world have to remain constant; they can't be amorphous and changing.
So there's kind of a simultaneous aspect to pushing the boundaries, and being very safe
But there's still an avenue for smaller comics and personal expression
But if I really want to produce my own work and tell stories, then I will
Cartooning is an honorable thing
People who can pull you in and take you on a journey, as opposed to simply adding flash. Again, that feels very clinical, and I don't respond to that the way I used to
If you're going to establish a certain level of unreality than you have to deal with it
Do the story in the way it really demands to be done, which may mean using several different styles or only one style; but it's still about respecting the story
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