The Importance of Seeing It Through

I’ve illustrated only a few graphic novels. There are cartoonists that can produce an astonishing amount of pages every year. On the flipside there are cartoonists who take a decade to produce their magnum graphic novel opus. I’m not the fastest, but I’m also not the slowest. Speaking from experience, I’ll add that having a child can slow you down your productivity a bit. The most important thing to do when you’re working on a graphic novel is to simply finish it.

There was an interview in The Comics Journal years ago with Aaron Renier – I’m paraphrasing of course, but he was talking to a fellow cartoonist, the talented Craig Thompson. He was offering advice while Aaron struggled with his debut graphic novel, Spiral-Bound.

I can tell you from experience, It’s difficult, grueling and daunting. The sheer amount of work is overwhelming. Craig Thompson worked on many comics that he abandoned before finishing his breakthrough, Goodbye, Chunky Rice. He realized that the most important part is to finish things. You have to see it through. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There may be weeks where you get nothing done, or days you lose because you realize the storytelling didn’t make sense. Even though you may like the drawing itself, you’ve gotta throw out the page and start over.

To have a finished book, to hold it in your hands – it’s like crossing that finish line. You, can’t get there, however, if you don’t stick with it. If you’re a flake, if you don’t commit to the work, you can never finish. You simply have to chug along, do the work. See it through.

To find out more about my new book, PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN, including how to order a copy, go here.

 

Dungeon: Twilight Takes Its Final Bow

Hi, I’m Jeff Whitman. I’m the new Publishing Assistant at NBM Publishing, here to post the latest and greatest releases NBM has to offer. I will also share with you exclusive info and previews when I can. I have to admit I am new to the world of Dungeon. I just read the finals for Dungeon Twilight Volume 4 and got instantly curious about the whole series of work. Read on!


 

The Dust King, Marvin the Red, Zakutu and all your favorite Dungeon dwellers return for one final adventure! What has been called “the looniest world of horror and heroic fantasy you’ll ever be transported to” has captivated international audiences for years. And now, the saga concludes with Volume 4 of Twilight, containing two stories: High Septentrion and The End of Dungeon. Join NBM as we celebrate, one more time, the fun and dangerous world that was created by Johann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim over 15 years ago! The End of Dungeon arrives in fine comic shops starting in November, bookstores come December.  Preorder today at your favorite comic shop or bookstore!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol.4

DUNGEON: Twilight
Vol.4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan.
The last two stories of Dungeon!
In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”
And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. 
All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.
6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, 9781561639199

Click here for previews and more Dungeon fun!

The History of Dutch Comics

On display in Museum Meermanno in The Hague right now: a great exhibition of 200 years of Dutch comics! Ever since I helped putting Dutch Comics History online on Lambiek.net, the subject has been a bit of a hobby of mine. So I was very pleased and honored when the museum asked me to draw a magazine to accompany the exhibition. It’s become a 40-page comic book, relating the history of Dutch comics mostly through several children of the past, who tell which comic they like best and why. The book is for sale only at the museum, as long as the expo lasts, which is until January 12, 2014. But here’s a bit of a preview:

 

I also made a short VideoScribe (in Dutch) with a few of the old comics and children from the book. Click on the picture to see it on YouTube:

Comics, Hollywood and The Next Big Step: Neil’s SDCC Report

"The News: Writer Neil Kleid‘s and artist Nicolas Cinquegrani‘s The Big Kahn is due out at the end of the month. Why You, Non-Comics-Geek, Should Care: Smart people who’ve seen the book — about a rabbi’s family that discovers, upon his death, that he wasn’t Jewish — are talking it up like crazy."  — Glen Weldon, NPR

"Calvin Reid of PW suggested Neil Kleid’s new book as one that should come out of CCI with more buzz than it might actually be able to generate in these star-driven times."  — Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

As most of you know, I attended the big San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend in order to a) promote my new book, The Big Kahn, coming out next week from NBM Publishing, b) sign copies of Creepy Comics #1 for Dark Horse Comics, which hit stores last week, c) meet with editors, producers and would-be colleagues and d) get drunk and silly.

Every convention, I tell myself I’ll be taking it easy — a few signing times, one or two meetings and that’s it. This year, I loaded myself up with Kahn signings, one Creepy signing and only one comic book meeting… and then found myself drowning under the weight of meetings with THEM. Hollywood came calling this year, and despite my promise to keep a light schedule, within the space of a day I found every single hole during my day-to-day filled with meet and greets, pitch meetings and the like. Once again, I ran the floor from signing to panel to meeting to signing… but I still managed to see a lot of the show and have a damn good time doing it.

CHECK OUT THE REPORT BY CLICKING HERE