This page, I feel, marks a new paradigm in my skills. I would like to formally dedicate this page to Doug TenNapel. I have included a few panels that are very similar to a few from Ratfist to honor the author and the work. In 2009 I spent a year at a very good art school, and I was around a bunch of comic students. Even though I could see their work, and talk about it freely, I never really learned anything from them. In fact, I had no idea I would attempt a comic myself. I was studying film, and I really didn’t care. The only thing I had that sparked my interest was my stack of Doug’s graphic novels. I loved them. Sure, sure, I liked the Green Lantern, and I’d read plenty of other things, but nothing felt quite as awesome as a real TenNapel graphic novel.
One of the aspects that I praised the most – fantastic artwork aside – was the stories and story structure. Something I have been interested in, even with film, was things that had a definitive ending. A guy could read ever single DC and Marvel comic forever, and that’s great, but when reading a TenNapel novel you’ll receive the whole story. Getting the entire concept, seeing the whole thing have an absolute home is something that turned me on. I could read them all and have read a dozen different stories instead of different takes on the same story.
When I dreamt up Alice, imagined four stories. Sure that wasn’t one story, but I had a definite ending, and that got me going. This will end someday, but in that time I will develop and learn as well as gain feedback. I think it’s these concepts that really kickstarted this experience.
Recently, as I said in my blog yesterday, I started looking closer at the books and authors that inspire me most. (Doug’s stuff, Buffy, Angel, etc.) I got fired up, and I looked at each page of Alice, with my dear Carrie over my shoulder. I couldn’t help thinking it wasn’t that great. I could do so much better. These older pages, were too easy, I think. I needed to challenge myself. Now over this week, I have pushed myself to a new level, expecting much more out of my work. My new pages are getting better and better, and I sure can’t wait to bring them to you. I think you’ll really love them.
In closing, I have to say that everything I have learned about comics I have learned from Doug TenNapel. Thanks for all the immensely inspiring work, and thank all of you for reading. Stay tuned for an ever improving page on Wednesday!