Reading more of the Eisner/Miller book has got me thinking of an old idea – the cartoonist versus the penciller/writer/inker mentality. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a penciller, because that was what Jim Lee (hot artist at the time) was. Even while I was starting to think about Golden Boy, I still thought that this would be good to get a start as a penciller.
Now more than ever, I want to be a cartoonist. Something I read in the book was that Neil Gaiman, no matter how successful a comics writer he is, will never be a cartoonist; he can’t draw. Writers Joe Casey and Matt Fraction touched on this when they reviewed the book this week in their Basement Tapes column: they both read Eisner/Miller and wished they could actually draw their own stories.
Late on the Friday night we arrived in Kansas City for Planet Comicon, Fredd and I were talking about his webcomic (which should be coming shortly) and how he was almost scared to tell me that he wasn’t writing a script for it. We had been discussing how his vision and ideas were so purely formed, and I told him he shouldn’t even bother with a script so he wouldn’t get hung up on the idea of “doing it right” and not ever getting this work out in the world. He admitted to having much the same idea, but was almost scared to mention it, somewhat because only the greats seem to do that (we were talking about how Moebius would just sit down and bang out a graphic novel with not much prior planning). He almost felt that it would be presumptuous and egotistical to believe that he didn’t need a script, even though that method of storytelling is “pure” cartooning.
I have traditionally always written a script first, but now I’m wondering if i should try my hand at being a cartoonist in the purest form.
The worst I can do is fail miserably.
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