The John Betjeman Appreciation Society (stealthmunchkin) wrote in dumbangelcomic,
The John Betjeman Appreciation Society

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I'm not at all happy with the art on this one, especially the third panel. I'm *trying* for a use of blacks similar to some of Dave Sim and Gerhard's work in Melmoth, but the difference is that they a) could draw, b) had drawn some comics before that one, and c) weren't trying to draw with a mouse. Given my total lack of any discernable artistic talent though, I should count myself lucky even to have got them looking humanish...

And some more information about the comic. I'm hoping to do roughly 100 pages, and I hope by the end I'll have got half-decent at drawing. I'll then correct the more egregious of the mistakes and, if anyone wants it, self-publish it through .

This first section will probably be the dullest - rather narration-heavy, lots of still shots, telling the bare-bones story of the album's making. I'm hoping to go in many different directions with this though, exploring some of the questions behind Smile, the mythology, my own responses to it, the way it affected the key players and so on, as well as maybe doing some short pieces interpreting the songs as comics. It *won't* all be like these first few pages - this is just the intro, and me teaching myself to draw (as well as to write...)

Once the comic gets going a bit, I'll also do notes for each page, a la From Hell, where appropriate.
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The art is not as bad as you think it is. Promise. The more I look at the Mike Love picture, the more I like it. It seems to look less evil. Slightly. I think it's because he's talking, though I can't tell if it's because he's saying something moronic or because the speech bubble covers up part of his face.

And you know I like the bit about the goats. I know that's just me being easily amused, but I also like to be reminded that art is made by humans. I like the "I don't believe a best exists" aside for the same reason.

And I don't think there's anything wrong with narration-heavy storytelling. It's not always dull, and I don't think it will be in this case. I know you've only done two pages so far but I think they're good. They present the beginnings of your story in a way that seems accessible to relatively clueless people like me as well as people who use the word "Brianista" in casual conversation.

I'm intrigued to see what you do with it next.

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Thanks. I really *can't* draw - most of it is traced from photos, which I consider OK since even Proper Comic Artists do that sort of thing all the time, but I can't draw freehand *at all*. Part of this is trying to teach myself to do that by relying less and less on the tricks I'm using at the start as I go on.
Glad you like it though :)