Comics Digital Style

Look what came in the mail yesterday. It's a new graphic novel - or as we used to call these things - a comic book. The story's not much and the art work is just so, so, but I wasn't expecting all that much. After all, the comic book was written and drawn by me.

Actually, what I truly consider quite amazing is that this comic was produced completely on the computer. That's right, boys and girls. Absolutely no paper, pens or inks were allowed to create this comic book. While I tend to be a fan of "old school" cartooning and still love to draw on paper, I'm still somewhat surprised at what I was able to accomplish. I created a comic story by utilizing a few very effective applications. Now, I'm well aware that comic artists have been using these amazing new tools for some years. However, I was still surprised how much I could accomplish by making the move to digital. I was able to write, rough and ink in record time. Plus, even coloring the comic pages took less time than the old analog method of applying color.

Of course, going to press these days is not as cumbersome as it once was. Since publishing has gone digital, a full color book like this one could be delivered in a matter of days. That’s quite a change from the way we once worked back in the fifties when I was penciling pages for Archie Comics. I still fondly remember those days when I was a kid assisting the feisty Katy Keene cartoonist, Bill Woggon. As a high school kid, the comics business looked exciting and appeared it might make a pretty cool occupation. At least, that’s what I thought until I eventually found out there was no money in comic books. I went back to comics in the seventies but that was mainly out of nostalgia. The page rates were nothing to speak of, and I penciled comic pages simply for the fun of it.

Speaking of page rates, they were pretty darn awful on this book as well. What did I earn per page you might ask? Was it a hundred bucks per page or perhaps even less? Well, this comic book was done for a friend so the page rate was zero. That’s correct. I wrote, penciled, inked and colored this book for nothing. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Nope, this book wasn’t done for Disney although the page rate sounds about right, doesn’t it?