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05/23/2008: "#119: santo26- cartoonist?"

Music: The Bar-Kays
Mood: contemplative

When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a "cartoonist." Now that I am drawing again as well as writing, what if I combined them once more and see what happens?

In order to reacquaint myself with comics theory once more, I have turned to Scott McCloud. If you don't know already, Scott McCloud has written a series of graphic novel manifestos on the subject of comics as art: Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and his latest one, Making Comics. Then again, if I want more practical advice from an actual cartoonist I know, I should probably ask Katie, who does the awesome webcomic As Seen In VT.

At the same time, I wonder if I should just pick a genre and stick to it for once. For years, I have bounced around from artistic medium to artistic medium, never quite finding one that has felt right; or is it that I have never stuck with one long enough to find success? While I am planning to finish editing the book and the short story and send them out, that's no reason that my next project can't be a comic. In fact, I have always thought that the stories that have inspired the name of this very website would do very well as comics. What if, just maybe, comics are the genre for me?

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