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Hi guys! I’m in my last two weeks of school here and about to graduate with my BFA in Printmaking. I had to stop working at my part time job in order to focus on my thesis show and I’m sloooowly losing money - but also hoping to make part of my living as an artist now!
I have a GUMROAD -where I have PDFs of all my little minicomics and and artists book for a buck or pay-what-you-want
I have a SOCIETY6 -where you can get fine art prints of a lot of my nice prints from my time in school!
I appreciate all the income I get from making art, since this is the pursuit I love! Expect to see many more comics soon, now that I’ll have graduated….
waryalbatross asked: Hi John, there's a lot of stuff I want to ask you, but I've just had a terrible week of loss and rejection in my "budding art career" and it really sucks and it seems like something you would have a piece of wisdom for. How do you cope with putting your ego and life's work on the line over and over?
I tried to answer this a bunch of times but I don’t really know! You hold onto Berryman’s line — “It is idle to reply to critics” — and understand that the actual work isn’t the thing you make, but the process that makes it, whose inherent value and dignity is well beyond any debate, because it is an expression of your self and therefore nobody can really judge it.
this is an unsatisfying answer, I know, artists have struggled with varying degrees of success over how to deal with these problems forever. the simple terrible platitudes of kindergarten are actually applicable here — the ones that tell you your work is good no matter what anyone thinks of it — but they seldom help much in the short term. in the long term, they do. people didn’t get very excited about Get Lonely when it was new. we were bummed! we felt it was our best work. we thought we’d gone somewhere special, unique in our work, its own place. over time, the people who relate to our impulse on that record have found it and connected with it, and the people who didn’t care for it have stopped thinking about it, because not many people spend a lot of time dwelling on work they didn’t care for.
but as I say this is a question people struggle with, I don’t think there’s a “here’s what you do” answer (and I reject, with thanks, any allegations that I am wise). you keep your focus on the work, I figure. when your focus wanders, you bring it back.
I’ll just leave this here.
Mike Maihack’s ‘Cleopatra in Space’ is the All Ages Sci-Fi Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For [Preview]
You’re reading this on the Internet, so there’s a good chance that you’re already familiar with Mike Maihack, whose super cute, super fun Supergirl/Batgirl fan comics pretty much take over whenever he draws a new one. I’ve been a fan of those for a long time, and ever since I saw the first one, I’ve been wondering whether he was going to turn his attention to a full-length story with a similar aesthetic, and with Cleopatra In Space, it looks like that’s exactly what he’s done.
READ THE FIRST 13 PAGES HERE!
I am SO EXCITED for this book.
MOEBIUS STILL ALIVE
in the starwatcher level
Episode 047: Box Brown -
I was told podcasts have a long tail. Listen to me yap on and on about wrestling, my career and comics!
Full-disclosure: Box Brown is the artist behind RiYL’s logo, so in a sense, he’s sort of been on-board since the very beginning. For my part, I’ve been aware of his work since the earliest days, when he first began exploring the medium, posting his loosely autobiographical comics on…
Who amongst you has anything better to do with your time than listen to Box Brown (Andre the Giant) being awesome?
"Volcano" illustration by Charles Burns.