For years - since I was a high school kid - I've dreamt of producing (writing and drawing) a comic book. My natural style, however, doesn't lend itself to the world of super hero comics, and unfortunately I was born just a little too late for the 1980s black-and-white underground comics movement.
Since then, I went to art school, graduated, and promptly landed in a cubicle, doing non-creative work. I lead a frustrated existence, and drawing remains my main outlet of expression...but the distribution of the resulting artwork is limited largely to close friends and family, and is done on a small scale.
My dream is still to create a comic book, hopefully ongoing, in the traditional manner - drawn on bristol board, hand-inked with real ink, and published in the classic "comic book" format (none of this "graphic novel" stuff for me - I want something you can roll up and shove in your back pocket). The characters featured will be semi-autobiographical characters: the dejected, melancholy "everyman," the Inexplicable Toaster Guy; and his friend and roommate, the Marvelous Master Ninja (sort-of a melange of various friends I've had throughout my life).
Together, the two face all manner of weird and macabre villains and monsters, in addition to the drudgery of daily life in a working-class southern city. Our heroes will go from travelling backwards thru time, to fighting deranged arson-happy burn victims, to dealing with the beaurocracy of city government and the harassment of local cops...not to mention the National League of Ninjas!
The money being raised is for acquiring materials, specifically a scanner capable of scanning large format artwork; repairs to my 15 year old drawing table; and a portion of the money will help cover the costs of the initial print run, which I expect to be fairly small. I'll be coming out of pocket for the portion of printing not covered by the funds I'm able to raise. My plan is to complete an initial mini-series of 4 issues and a print run of 100 copies per issue.
You'll see in the video - I'm not exactly Mister Cool. I'm chubby, bald, I wear bland clothing, and I'm a little nervous talking about myself. At 31, I'm to the age where I'm embarassed to tell acquaintances and family members that I want to draw comic books. But it's one of those things that I feel like if I don't do it now, I'll never do it, and I'll regret it forever. You know how when you become a man, you're supposed to put away childish things? Well, I'm not ready to put this one away yet.
I appreciate you reading this! Check out my links for some non-Toaster Guy-related art. Thanks!
- (45 days)