I’m leaving for a mini-tour in a week! I’m so busy! Current to-do list before I go:
Make fake poopy pants with secret pockets
Snap-on nose on puppet
Draw Meaty Yogurt buffer
Put a gun holster on a music stand
Sew Joe’s tearaway pants
Finish painting book covers
I’ve decided not to send the books to the printers immediately before I go on tour. If there’s any mistakes with the files, I need to be available to fix them, and I can’t do that from the road. I’m gonna finish it as much as I can before tour starts, then finish those last little bits when I get back. Believe me, I want to get these books done and off to the printer more than anybody else in the world.
Does that mean that Eat Me has an end? If it does have an end will it be available to purchase as a PDF? Really gotten spoiled by being able to read all of IWKBLPFO over and over again on my kindle. Wanting to have more of that. Having the PDFs of that Kickstarter you were apart of is why I bought into it.
It does have an end. All my comics have ends. I don’t like writing things that go forever into infinity and last a million years. I don’t read those kinds of things because they’re hard to find a jumping on point.
As for selling books/PDFs, I’m not sure when that’s gonna happen. I’ve got my hands full with the kickstarter stuff right now, and I also want to encourage people to get Filthy Figments subscriptions because that helps not just me, but dozens of other lady artists.
So let’s say like a year? In a year I’ll do that stuff.
“There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?”—Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair, via this excellent Buzzfeed article on diversity in publishing. (via leeandlow)
Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever. What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago— A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree. "What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!" To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
As someone hoping to eventually write at least ONE book, I'm facing a conundrum... I had something I wrote last year, ended up not liking the way I wrote it out, rewrote it for NaNoWriMo, found it more acceptable and then I just... stopped. Any tips on getting over a hurdle like that? It's not that I don't have things to write for it, just that I can't get past this one annoying point... Feel like an RPG character facing a wall and my pathway is fixed so I can't just go around it.
I’m gonna kick your ass a little bit here.
Are you writing because you want to be a writer, or do you have a story to tell? Nothing wrong with writing for the sake of writing. It’s excellent practice. But it’s not always gonna be the best motivator for getting results.
I reeeeeeally want to be able to do the splits. I’ll work at it for a while, and then forget about it, because I realize I want to do the splits only if I don’t have to work at it. Really wanting to do the splits isn’t enough. I don’t have follow-through in that area. It doesn’t hold my interest long enough to accomplish it. There’s other things in my life I’d rather be doing.
But when it comes to my comics and writing, that’s what I actually want to do. I have so many stories to tell. I have something I want to say. I am willing to work at it, even when it isn’t fun. Because it’s often not fun. There are long parts of this job that are super boring. It gets done because I don’t stop. If something isn’t working, I find a different way to do it. There’s always another way to go at a story.
So first ask yourself why you’re writing this book. If it’s for the sake of being able to say you wrote a book, then just keep typing words until you have collected a lot of them and then write “the end.” But if you’re writing the book because you have something to say, then say it. Sit down and say the thing you wanted to say. It’s hard, but again, it’s work.
If you can’t write past this one annoying point, readers are even less likely to get past that point. If you’ve written yourself into a corner, back up. Keep hitting delete until you’re at a point where a character making a different choice leads to something more interesting that you actually want to write again. You might have to abandon some of the plans you had for its future. It happens.
Your path is never fixed when it comes to writing a book, because you can literally rewrite its history. Be patient. You’re not famous yet and there’s no editors hounding you with a deadline or fans demanding the next book in the series. You haven’t published anything yet so there’s no worrying about having to retcon something. Just write your story and don’t tell yourself these hurdles can’t be overcome. Don’t let yourself make excuses like that.
I really am trying to diversify my own stories. It’s hard, and I fuck up a lot, but I keep trying. Webcomics can be a really tricky medium to bring up big real issues in, since the pacing is so slow. I’ve introduced several threads and conflicts into my stories that deal with this stuff, that won’t be resolved for years, and it leaves things up in the air, unsettled, for a long and uncomfortable time. I’m constantly examining how I’m portraying my characters. I’m acutely aware that if I write a group I’m not a part of, I have a serious responsibility to not add any grief to them. And despite that pressure, and despite fucking up, I would never avoid writing more diverse characters because it’s something that needs to be done, and as I was talking about earlier, readers are hungry for it.
Every single time one of you writes to me with a story about how you related to one of my characters in a way you weren’t getting from elsewhere, I feel a sort of weight on me, but I don’t dislike the feeling of that weight. It keeps me focused, keeps me working hard. All I can do it be better than I was before. I appreciate when you guys give me feedback, tell me when I’m doing good or doing things that could be better. You guys don’t have to be patient, and yet you are. That’s so cool.
I really hope I can keep expanding my characters in a way you find exciting.
Are people seriously doing the "WELL DON'T WHINE ABOUT IT DO IT YOURSELF BLUH BLUH" dance at you? Good grief. Aside from the fact that not being a creator doesn't exclude you from being critical of representation in media, I just. Wow. It makes it painfully obvious that that particular line is more about trying to shut people up than actually giving a damn about diversity :/
Plus, not everyone wants to be a writer. Not everyone can be a writer. You shouldn’t have to be a writer in order to want to read something better than what you’re given. You don’t have to be a master chef to know if food is rotten.
Well here's an idea: pick up a goddamned and write one yourself. Be part of the solution instead of sitting around doing fuck all.
Dude, you realize I’ve written several books, right? Seven series, thousands of pages. Literally, multiple thousands of pages. Four of those series are in book form, as well as some in anthologies published by other people. Total, there are 13 graphic novels that I wrote and drew or contributed to, and that’s not counting single issue comics or illustrated prose stories or other sundry illustrations (I keep updating this section as I remember more of the things I’ve written. There are enough to lose track.) All about people who are not straight white dudes. I will be the first to admit my track record on characters of color could be way better, as well as trans and disabled characters, and a whole bunch of other types of people, and I’m working on it. I’m actively working on it. In the books that I am writing. And publishing.
I feel kind of silly pulling out the “don’t you know who I am?” thing but… you obviously don’t know who I am or what I do. And you look reeeeeeeeeeeeeally silly right now.
Yesterday, the nominations for the Eisner Awards, often considered the Oscars of Comics, came out, honoring five comics in the digital comics category. But there are dozens of amazing webcomics out there that the Eisners have completely ignored.
Eisner noms aside, this is a great list of #webcomics - I’ve read a few! As long as AG is on your lists- I’m happy :)
In the Eisners’ partial defense, I’m pretty sure a lot of these comics aren’t submitted to them with any regularity— and they need to be submitted to qualify. You can argue that’s a flaw in the system, but it does mean that not all the comics on this list were exactly snubbed. Still, it’s a great list.
I spent most of this list going “Mmhm that’s right!” and then other parts of the list clicking links for comics I haven’t read yet so now I have a bunch of new comics to read. But also, I’m so glad Melanie Gillmanis nominated for an Eisner. Basically, this is a gateway to a bunch of great comics.
I'm working on a script for a comic I'm creating. My cast is primarily female and I'm worried I have too many women. When you're writing CM (since your cast is largely female) do you ever think, "there should be a guy in here somewhere?" And if so, what do you do? I'm really comfortable writing women, and I love my characters... I see no need for anymore men in the story at this time, but I'm afraid it won't appeal to a large enough audience. 3 prominent women to 1 supporting male? Too much?
>too many women
I’m sorry, I don’t know what those words mean in that order.
>do you ever think, “there should be a guy in here somewhere?”
>I see no need for anymore men in the story at this time, but I’m afraid it won’t appeal to a large enough audience.
You’re trying to sell a thing you haven’t even written yet. Write the story you would write if you were just going to put it in a drawer.
Today I was just tumblering as usual, and stumbled upon your Meaty Yogurt comic strip, I figured hey I'm just gonna read this little comic, realized it was a super long story, got totally absorbed by it and read for about an hour and a half. I can't really explain why I liked it so much, but it's like home and childhood with a dab of punk, kitsch and dreaminess, or something, I just, uh, ok, bye.
I’m so glad people are enjoying this comic! I want to work on it even more. Thank you! <3
please let me know, you’re not rude or annoying and I actually do give a fuck and I will correct my mistake, thank you
For real. Most of my mistakes come from reblogging things from my phone when I’m really sleepy. Or sometimes, I make the erroneous assumption that the person who posted it on tumblr is the one who made it. (After all, that’s what I do with my work.) So give me a little heads up when this happens.
This project: Gamings Feminist Illuminati offers up to a 5X through teespring, if that's any help! They initially only had through a 2X but were able to get extended sizes. the creator was on twitter talking about but I can't put links in here!
This isn’t the way I do my t-shirts, but it’s good info for others who might want to go that route!
I’m trying to do less print-on-demand stuff. The artists’ cut tends to be miniscule while the costs for buyers is high, and this is something I’m trying to make a living at. Also it’s usually CMYK process printing rather than true screenprinting (where each color is its own screen), which is another thing I’m trying to move away from. But it works well for many other types of projects!
Hey there, huge fan here. I just saw your t-shirts and got excited, but then I saw that they only go up to 2xl like most non plus size clothing stores. Is there a way around that for us (much) bigger girls?
I haven’t been able to find a screenprinter who I can afford that goes higher than that, otherwise I totally would. The ones I can afford either don’t offer them, or charge significantly more for those sizes to the point that I can’t afford them anymore. I really wish this wasn’t the case.
If anyone has some recommendations for screenprinters who might work, I’ll take your suggestions.