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Visit to HesselandThis week's strip, my most pretentious so far. Does it make it any better to say it was practically beamed into my migraine-addled head while I tottered feebly round the Tate with my lovely little sister? No, you're right, that makes it worse. It took me a couple weeks to bring myself to finish it, I felt vaguely ashamed of it, somehow. I was going to do something about men peeing in the street. Or was it giant snakes in bed? Lucky you, getting an inpenetrable anthropological ramble about a dead artist instead. Don't worry, I didn't actually touch the art, nor did I encourage small children to sleep in it. Much. Anyway, the really fragile stuff was under glass.

In other artistic news, I was contacted by a guy from comixpedia investigating online journal comic artists. I suppose Pete's handy stripblogger label has competition. Given that I use Livejournal, you think I'd be happy enough to call it a journal, but, hm. Stripblogger sound neat. And the 5 line self potrait site just updated --- I'm in Gallery 20, right next to a Russian artist who looks suspiciously like me. Bet we use the same graphics tablet ....

incidentally, anyone interested in Frank's questions can

1) Why did you start writing a journal comic?

2) Why a journal comic instead of any other genre?

3) Do you try to follow a set format or formula?

4) Do you find you self-edit yourself a lot, or do you really let your life spill onto paper raw?

5) Have you ever made up any of your journal entries (i.e., major embellishment or complete fabrication)?

6) Do you feel you have to have a "punchline" for each installment, humourous or no?

7) Do you feel you have to update on any set schedule? If so, why? If not, why not?

8) What kind of feedback do you typically get from your readers?

9) Do you have any set goal or objective with your journal comic?

10) Do you think that journal comics are marketable? Why or why not?

11) Do you feel a sense of exhibitionism when revealing your daily experiences, and/or a sense of voyeurism when reading someone else's journal comic?

12) What do you most like when reading other people's journal comics? What are your favorite moments or
types of strips?

13) What is your own favorite personal "journal comic entry"?

14) any other things you'd like to say about the genre, or about any fellow journal comic artists?


( 5 worms — Feed the birds )
10th Mar, 2003 17:25 (UTC)
Strikes me a lot of that could be asked of weblogs, fanzines, journals - any kind of personal expression creative stuff. I've been interviewed 2 (count em!) times about my blog stuff - first about the weblog itself and then about the use of digital cameras in blogging. The same kinds of questions came up there, mainly centering around "how do you decided what to blog/write/etc?" and "why do you do it?"

Which isn't to say this stuff isn't worth investigating - I just wonder if the distiction between mediums actually means that much when these kinds of questions are being asked.
11th Mar, 2003 02:19 (UTC)
why do you do you do it?
There are a couple of questions about marketability, too -- always my least favourite part of the discussion. As if journal comics were a way of "breaking into" web-comics, though there seems to be some truth in that as I'm coming across more and more sites where yet another cartoonist has gone off to join one of the online anthology sites, either current or planned.

I suppose if I *do* get into an article on comixmedia (that was just an informal research questionnaire, not an interview, so, you know, I might, I might not) I might be faced with that choice myself ... though probably not, I think right now my work is plumbing new depths of uncommerciality.

The stuff about editing and fabricating was where I really noticed the effect you're talking about -- the blog continuum -- a couple of times I had to stop and deliberately divide my thinking off from the various other diary/calendar/daily/weekly projects/pictures/writing I'm doing at any given time, because the level and quality of edit/fabrication is very different between say a dropandgiveme50 exercise, a weekly strip and a LJ entry, but the same questions come up for all.

Maybe it's more difference than distinction.

11th Mar, 2003 01:53 (UTC)
5 line gallery...
And the 5 line self potrait site just updated
Very nice. The alt-tag text calls you 'Jeremy Davis' by the way. Like the piccy a lot though.

PS: reminder to colour yr pic that I'd like to consider as a tattoo? (ie the one I'm using on this post.)
11th Mar, 2003 02:22 (UTC)
Re: 5 line gallery...
Typical. Well, the link works, anyway.

You want a B&W version for the tattoo and a colour version for the colour guide, right? Got any thoughts about dimensions?
11th Mar, 2003 02:53 (UTC)
Re: 5 line gallery...
you mean a line art version for the actual lines and a colour version for what goes in/around the lines? yes please.

Size -- not very clear on this. No larger than a comics panel (ie 1 to 1.5 inches square) I don't think, depending on how thin the lines look at that size.
( 5 worms — Feed the birds )