Hey all! Just wanted to dash of a quick note here to say that I’m sorry for leaving you hanging, but I started on a new Project at Dreamworks TV Animation and it is VERY different from Dragons: Riders and/or Defenders of Berk and thus required more mental energy than usual. However, I’m back!
Thanks for hanging in there!
More news to come!
Lets get right to the point: I discovered that it was NOT KC Green, creator of GunShow who led the comment from Rack Jeacher on December 30th, but instead was one of his fans. I made a leap I shouldn’t have, and then said some hateful, petty things about KC Green and his comic. I called him a child, said he had a lazy mind, called his talent into question, etc.
All of this is uncalled for, and wrong. I apologize to KC for saying these things. It was wrong for me to jump to conclusions, and mean and petty for me to say horrible things about him and his work. I truly am sorry, KC.
I make this apology not because his idiot fans and their ludicrous comments, but because it is right to apologize for a wrong doing, and I have done wrong to KC.
Do I apologize for calling him out on not being able to discuss a movie without resorting to cutesy comments? No. Why?
My reason still stands. If he didn’t want to discuss it, he should have ignored me. Was I aggressive in my approach. Yes, and for that I don’t apologize.
If you make a statement I do not agree with and word it in a way I find silly, then I might just tell you so with the way I word my inquiry.
To all you KC acolytes commenting, I’m going to answer some of you in the comments section. Most of you are cowardly keyboard cowboys. What’s the matter fellas, afraid to put your name on a statement? Afraid to leave a REAL email address?
That makes you a coward, and your comments will be given the consideration they deserve.
Thanks for your patience, readers. I’ll try not to be such a hot head in the future.
KC Green, you take it easy, sir, and please accept this sincerest apology in the spirit it is given. Enjoy your success, but keep an eye on those fans of yours.
Those types may eventually turn on you. Watch out.
Hey all. It’s been a while since I’ve written. I promise to do more of this in the future. It’s good for me, I’m sure. Writing is always a good thing to do, especially if it’s done well. I’ll try to do it well, for you folks.
So…I began the New Year by getting into a Twitter fight with Webcomics Superstar; KC Green, creator of the wildly popular Gunshow. No, I will not provide him with a link, he doesn’t need the traffic, and I’m going to try not to give him any.
Here is what happened: after many, MANY recommendations, I finally watched the Tom Cruise movie, Jack Reacher. If you enjoy action movies, or have read any of Lee Child’s excellent Jack Reacher novels, do yourself a favor and go watch it. It’s on Netflix Instant. If you have a membership it is yours right now!
Anyway, it’s a solid action movie. Great story, fun tough-guy dialogue, and incredibly clear action scenes. Like I said, I enjoyed it. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a GOOD movie.
So, I pop into Twitter for a bit yesterday, and saw that KC Green and another of his compatriots didn’t like it so much. That’s cool. I can handle a different opinion. What I take issue with is that all KC had to say, was this : that movie is a big ass piece of shit (sic).
I decided to engage him thusly: why is that movie as you so articulately put it, a “big ass piece of shit”?
Now I have since been told that this is a pretty aggressive way to engage in a conversation that I wasn’t really a part of. Firstly: yeah, maybe. Secondly: It’s TWITTER. It’s not a private conversation. This is the nature of Twitter, it’s a free for all. People joining in uninvited to a conversation is part of what makes Twitter cool.
KC responds: poor writing and an NRA jerk off fantasy, more so than other schlock action movies.
Heh. NRA jerkoff fantasy? A movie in which the hero walks around UNARMED for two thirds of the movie is an NRA jerk off fantasy? Perhaps he’s referring to Robert Duvall’s rather gun-friendly character. Okay. I asked him to elaborate. Why was the movie poorly written, I asked. He responded with a cutesy scene he made up. Twice. Okay. When someone does something like that, it tells me that either they can’t articulate why they didn’t like something, or that they didn’t really see the movie, and that they are reviewing it from the trailer. If he didn’t like it great. I’m okay with people not liking things I like. Happens all the time.
There are several movies my wife hates that I love, and vice versa.
This isn’t the point.
It’s the cutesy bullshit answer. I hate that.
So I told him he obviously wasn’t able to discuss the movie like an adult, and to go get a juice box.
He told me to get fucked, then blocked me. Classy move!
THEN…he left a comment on the December 30th strip entitled “Resolutions for Dummies”. You can go read the comment for yourself.
Cowardly move, and a bit infuriating, but truthfully, very revealing. It reveals a lazy mind, and a smug, pompous attitude.
Of course, Mr. Green’s comic is wildly popular, more so than my humble little feature here. He has 20,000 followers on Twitter to my paltry 3,000.
It’s tempting to attack him for his lack of drawing ability, but what’s the point. That is self evident.
I think the thing that gets me the most is the attitude.
That smug, “I know art and art is important, everything sucks” attitude has begun to really wear on me. What worries me is that sometimes, I do that. I hate on things just to be funny. I do my best to justify my positions, but sometimes, …I just hate. That’s not cool.
I think the other thing is the idea the fact that it appears that he believes his popularity gives him license to act however he wants, and to be as big of a jerk as he wants to be. Why do I say that? Well, because he could have just ignored me. He didn’t. He chose to engage just to be an asshole, because he can.
His little comment reveals a lot. It reveals that he truly has the mind of a child. A petty, immature child.
Of course, I should have known that from his brilliant assessment of the movie. “A big ass piece of shit?” He’s not exactly Leonard Maltin, or even Harry Knowles for that matter. So it made me think.
I engaged. Me. This is my fault for thinking a child like KC Green would have the intellectual capacity and the maturity to seriously discuss anything.
Well. I won’t do that again. Until I do.
Truthfully, to quote the Tick “I haven’t learned a thing”.
There is a lesson in here somewhere. I’ll find it eventually.
Thanks for reading! You all go and have a Happy New Year!
Quick explanation: so, I am an Apple user, and I upgraded the iMac that I use to composite and letter this strip to Mavericks.
This completely rendered my scanner temporarily inert. Thus..no strip Monday. Today’s strip was supposed to be for Wednesday, but..well…egh.
Anyway, here it is.
Lots of cool stuff coming. Prints, commissions..etc. Stay tuned!
Thanks for reading!
I’ve talked about this on twitter and Facebook a bit but haven’t had a chance to properly address it here. Last week, Friday’s strip marked my return to brush and ink. REAL brush and ink, as in a Windsor Newton Series 7 # 2 and Windsor Newton India Ink. For you completists, I’m working on Canson 2 ply bristol, vellum surface (the ONLY surface for brush work in my experience). I made the switch after reading a chilling article about an animation colleague named Sharon Forward and her harrowing experience undergoing emergency surgery to repair a damaged retina. Sharon goes on in her account to postulate, and reasonably so, that the cause may have been all those hours she spends with her eyes inches away from a Cintiq, the now required tool for her job as a story artist in animation. I immediately mentally gave my own work habits the once over. I don’t think I spend as much time at the Cintiq at work as Sharon does, but if you add in the time I spend drawing Chippy and Loopus in Manga Studio? Well then, we are there and then some. I sat here at my desk staring at the Cintiq 21UX I’ve owned since January of 2006 and contemplated my options. I turned my head about 45 degrees to the right and stared at the large Mayline table I purchased in 1999. It was covered in bills, scraps of paper and other detritus. My tool drawer was still brimming with pencils, pens, nibs, and most importantly, brushes and inks. The choice was clear: I’d go back to doing the strip Old School.
I’m not going to lie, it was intimidating, staring at that blank strip of bristol. I wound up missing Wednesday’s update due to this brief bout with performance anxiety. How did I do this again? I just kind of blocked in the characters, right? Yeah..but what If I get the sizes wrong? Well then grab that eraser, scrub down the board and try again. Finally, I began.
Holy crap, you guys. It was like…hearing Van Halen’s first album in vinyl again. I pencilled the strip, and after shooting a quick photo to record my progress, I dove into inking. I was rusty, at first, tenative with the brush. I gripped it too hard. Then, it all came back…and I started having fun again. I realized that while I inking with a brush on actual bristol forces me to pay attention to the drawing, to really feel it out. I read somewhere that Bill Watterson does VERY loose pencils and prefers to find the drawing in the inking stage, something that I found impossible when inking digitally. Not so with a real brush. I felt like I could improvise a bit with a brush, really improve the drawing as I inked. As I inked my way through the strip, I cursed myself for not pencilling a few more so that I could just keep inking. Then it struck me: this was why I always wanted to be a cartoonist. This was the real joy of cartooning. An ink-loaded brush on bristol. Finding those thicks and thins.
Why is it that I don’t find that joy in digital inking? I have a theory: you are disconnected from the drawing by at least one factor, possibly two. You are using a stylus, which is a reasonably balanced tool on a slick, glass surface. There is a proxy inking your drawing for you, a program helping force the pixels to behave in a way that simulates how you might ink this on real paper. But it ain’t real. It ain’t live, it’s Memorex, or worse. It’s all just 1′s and zeros.
I still use the Cintiq for compositing and fixes, I still use the font instead of hand lettering, I use the Manga Studio tones rather than cut out zipatone.
But inking, man….I don’t think I can go back. Maybe if I’m REALLY behind I’ll bust out my Surface Pro and jam on a strip, or if I’m traveling.
However, now that I’ve rediscovered the real joy in Cartooning, it will be very hard to do this any other way.
Thanks for listening.