When making a graphic novel, there are many milestones that can be celebrated with a heart-felt: “Finished!”. There’s the moment all the pages are drawn; then when they are all digitalized, lettered and put in the right order; when they’re all colored; when the file is sent to the publisher; when the file is sent to the printer’s; and then, finally, when the actual book arrives and can be held in my greedy hands. Finished!
Yiri and I especially celebrate the first finishing: when all the pages are drawn. It has become tradition to make a little doodle in a tiny booklet, marking time and date.
Here’s the first Finishing, in 2009, when we made Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics:
This one was drawn a year later, in 2010, when finishing Religion: a Discovery in Comics:
Science: a Discovery in Comics was a heavy one – it was finished in the summer of 2012:
The fourth book, about World Domination, is not out in the States yet, but I have just made an info page on my site if you want to take a look. This is how I felt when finishing it, in 2015:
And just a few weeks ago, the last pages of the book about Love were drawn!
We’re now in the process of finishing up the other finishings: the colors, the text corrections, the index etc. But those are minor finishings – the big one is out of the way!
Here’s another drawing from the little book, by the way, the only one in English:
Words to live by!