This is where my new creative endeavour started: an unassuming punchline about working through writer’s block! But then something magical happened: I tried the characters out.
After making a few of these, and I realized they were a TON of fun to make, I decided that maybe I should make a separate instagram account just for them (being in black and white, they definitely are a different aesthetic than my normal GoGoMachRocketSheep comic strips, so I thought it best to separate it out ).
These are really fun to draw for a few reasons. First, the art style is FAR simplified, which means that I am not as concerned as the art looking “right” as I am with the art looking entertaining. For a guy like me, who only has about an hour to draw a comic strip (and even that’s really pushing it), it’s a breath of fresh air to have art that I’m happy with that takes like ten minutes to make. Am I gonna win any Eisners? Ha! no. My goal is always just to get people to laugh. But it’s a fun exercise in re-thinking my comics making process, and I’m really enjoying it.
The other reason I wanted to make a new comic strip is because I’m experimenting around with the idea of a more sitcom style base to write from… The advantage is that comic strips aren’t limited to my thoughts on stuff I experience in the day, or on funny things that happen to me, and therefore I’ll be able to flex my writing muscle a little bit. I’ve also been working on a choose-your-own-adventure scifi graphic novel, but it’s sort of stalled out because of the sheer scope of it and the fact that I basically need 5 hours of uninterrupted silence just to be able to keep it all straight in my head (and as I mentioned earlier, I really only get about an hour of time to focus on creative endeavours).
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