Well, I’m feeling better now. I’m back at work on the book. I’m re-working a few things, and I’ve decided to go ahead and add full color. as soon as I’ve got something done worth looking at, I’ll post it here.
Yesterday was awful. It was just one big panic attack. I just had this unshakable feeling that everything I was doing, the story I’m trying to write and draw, my aspirations of being a cartoonist, all of it, was just one big huge waste of time.
I wish I had someone to talk to about comics and cartooning.
These are the first three pages from my work-in-progress graphic novel, The History Of Lot #67.
Three pages down, a hundred or so more to go. I honestly don’t know if these pages are any good or not. I’m trying like hell to press on and see this project all the way through, but as it stands right now, I’m terrified.
This is a ‘test’ page, from my book’s prologue. Here, I’m just trying to come up with a procedure for making this thing. First, I did a rough layout in a small sketchbook, rewrote the text a few times, then finally drew a ‘real’ page of comic art, penciled, inked, and lettered by hand, with finishes and gray tones rendered in Photoshop. I considered using a font and just typing out the text, but I was worried that that would come across as too cold, and distance potential readers from the story. So, my less than perfect ( but hopefully warmer and more inviting!) hand lettering.
Any thoughts? Let me know…
Announcements & Introductions
Hello, Tumblr people. This is just to let you know I’ve started a thing here where I’m going to post sketches, rough drafts, finished art and whatever else I come up with as I write and draw my first graphic novel. I’ll also post other bits of art and comics as I go along.
The title of my graphic novel is The History Of Lot #67. It’s about what it was like to grow up in a trailer park in the seventies and early eighties, deep in the South.
I can’t recall ever seeing a movie or reading a book that talks about this subject matter seriously, or has any respect for the people who’ve lived there. Hopefully, I can fix that.
I want to update fairly regularly, so I’ll try my best to have something fresh and new to look at every few days.
I would absolutely love to receive feedback, so please feel free to use Tumblr’s ‘ask me anything’ feature, or their fan mail thing, or just send me an email direct to cartoonistjohnboren at outlook dot com.