Comics on hold
I’m putting my comics on hold, all of them.
I’m more than art blocked, I’m completely art choked. I can’t draw, I can’t write. My inability to finish long term personal projects is feeding this vicious wheel of self loathing I’ve been caught in for longer than I’d like to admit.
In the past, drawing and writing helped me overcome my problems. I’ve gotten a low point that won’t allow me to do that even. It’s temporary, and I’m working on getting out of this pass.
I’m not writing this out here for sympathy or pity or forgiveness. I’m just letting know that there’s unfortunately not gonna be comic contributions from me in a while.
Away forever I said
You found my bed
Your hair was slick and dry
Greasy soul with a tongue sharp and sly
For you and I
You can make my scales your coat
And you can wear my horns as your helmet
But never, never you will take me down
Unless you are ready for oblivion
I’ve painted in the drawing I had posted some time ago! I’ve posted the images of the two canvas together as well as on their own as they were planned to be shown separately but close. I’m really happy with how it turned out! Despite the greens not matching completely.
On Historical Comics
Today I want to talk, and ask, about historical comics. However, let’s not just limit it to the realm of comics. Let’s say historical fiction. How much fiction is too much, how much « real history » is necessary. How about works that are obviously inspired from an era but do not claim to be historical per see?
Of course, if I’m asking these questions and reflecting on them, there is a reason for it. I was recently thinking about how much the stories I wrote or made comics about, they were all set in modern or future times. Yet, I find myself thinking a lot about other time periods, and being drawn to them in other people’s creations. Then, when I set on to put on paper my ideas with these, I realize how much I do not know about these. That sometimes only some aspects interest me. Maybe it’s only the architecture, maybe it’s social realities, maybe it’s the military, ect. I know that if I am to put a comic set in X period of time or location, there are people much more knowledgeable than me that will end up facepalming very hard through all of it.
Then I wonder, what do people think, again, of fiction that does borrow from distinct eras, without claiming it all to be accurate, and only mixing it with their own ideas, or aditional inspirations. Is there some stigma around it, or a way to make it stand on its own well? Am I just overthinking?
I know that when something is branded historical fiction, I am very demanding of it. I do like it to be fairly accurate, or at least be clear about what is complete fantasy and what is not. Although, when it is said to only be inspired from history, I can still appreciate it as much, like any other fiction piece. As long as I know what I’m getting into.
What do you guys think?