I’m taking part in something called the My Writing Process Blog Tour. I was invited by Eric Kaplan - I illustrated his upcoming book Does Santa Exist? which I liked very, very much.
What am I working on?
My process busts down into two pretty seperate parts - thumbnailling, which for me is writing in doodles, and then making the thumbnails into finished comics. Right now I have two stories thumbnailed that need to be drawn. One is called The Thai True Nudity Clinic. It’s about a wealthy couple who travels to Thailand and spends a huge amount of money in order to be Truly Nude together. The other is called March of the Penguins. It’s about a young man who works for a crime-scene cleanup company having sex with his girlfriend while they watch the movie March of the Penguins.
I also want to work on a story about a teenage girl with supernatural hair and a hardcore pornography comic.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It’s by me. Other peoples’ work is by them.
Why do I write what I do?
My Great-Uncle Almyr died of cancer a while back. He was an interesting guy; an engineer and a gold miner and lots of other things. When he was diagnosed with cancer he was living in Mexico. In addition to Western medicine, he tried a lot of alternative therapies. One of the things he did was a visualization exercise. He would imagine himself very small. Then he would imagine taking this tiny version of himself and cutting it open. He would find the cancer inside this tiny self, and he would take it out. Then he would imagine that the tiny self was cured.
How does your writing process work?
I sketch and stare out the window and feel sorry for myself until I have an idea and I fall in love with it. It’s usually a little, slippery, shadowy thing, but I fall in love with it in the way you fall in love with anything - shortness of breath, heart racing etc. Then I build a story around the slippery idea, for it to live in. Sometimes after I’ve finished building the story I look inside it and the idea has disappeared.
Next up I’m tagging Joey Weiser, Patrick Lee Dean and Robert Newsome. They are great guys and my fellow Athenians.
Joey Weiser is the author of the Mermin graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics have appeared in several anthologies including the award-winning Flight series, and his first graphic novel, The Ride Home, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Michele and their cat Eddie. http://www.http://tragic-planet.com/
Patrick Dean was born in Rome, Georgia, and relocated to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. After four and a half years, he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. Then he washed dishes and cut open his drawing hand. Then he quit washing dishes and took a day job that did not involve sharp things. Then he left that job, too. His comics and illustrations appeared weekly in Athens’ Flagpole Magazine for a decade and have been published in Legal Action Comics, Typhon, The Comic Eye, Vice Magazine, and The Oxford American Magazine. He lives with his wife, two kids, a cat, and a dog that acts like a cat. http://patrickdeancomics.blogspot.com/
Robert Newsome is the man behind The Atomic Elbow, the ‘zine Fifty-Three (which he put out weekly for a year and one week), and The Journal of Modok Studies. He is also responsible for numerous other interesting and edifying projects, which he may or may not take credit for, but which he will definitely try to tell you are stupid. http://secondperiodindustries.blogspot.com/