Iron Dragon puts the squeeze on Desi

A young person majoring in Sequential Art at a well-known art school wrote in with a list of twenty questions for me. I was happy to answer them, but since the questions seemed so universal, I asked permission to answer the questions in the form of a video so I could share it with others as well. This is the part of a three-part series you can find on my YouTube channel.

In this video, we discuss...

  • What is the etiquette of approaching someone you don’t know, like an employer or another artist?
  • Do you deal with your finances yourself, and if you do how do manage time for it? Or do you hire a financial advisor? • .
  • Being an artist is a risky one, how do you set a safety net for yourself
  • What are your thoughts on art school for comics artists?
  • If someone is looking to attend art school in the hopes of being a working comic artist after graduating – what should they be looking out for in a good school?
  • If school isn’t an option – what are some good resources (outside of to prepare one’s self for working as a comic artist? i.e. – books, workshops, groups, etc.


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Questions asked and topics covered...

  • How do you write characters different from yourself?
  • Losing interest in your comic
  • Zines vs formatted-for-phone comics
  • Releasing the comic as an eBook before it appears on your site
  • Storytelling structure

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Brad Guigar is the creator of Evil Inc and the editor of Dave Kellett is the creator of Sheldon and Drive.

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Plastic Man cancelled

DC is ending the Plastic Man title, written and illustrated by Kyle Baker, with issue 20. I have mixed emotions about this. Plas is my favorite super-hero. Numero Uno. I agree with Batman’s assertion that he is the one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe (if not the most powerful).

And the most poorly handed character in modern comics. Bar none.

I was overjoyed to see Plas get his own title. I was even prepared to give the overly cartoony approach a fair shot. I devoured the first three issues. But each issue after that seemed more phoned-in than that. It’s not that I have a problem with digital art — far from it — but I can only stomache so many cloned images in a product like this.

And before you misinterpret that, let me make it clear, I’m not slamming digital artists, but the difference between Baker’s work in Plastic Man and, say, Greg Dean’s work in Real Life is tremendous. Dean uses his computer to push boundaries. Baker used his to push deadlines.

It was this kind of lack of effort that lead to the demise of the title. And that’s a real shame. It’s a shame because Ty Templeton, a writer who really gets Plas, as evidenced in 1999’s JLA Presents Plastic Man, could have made that title soar. Go to your comic shop’s quarter bins and check it out. Look at the gorgeous illustrations by Aaron Lopresti and Richard Pace. No copy-and-paste crap here, fanboys and fangirls… these guys made the effort.

These guys love Plastic Man the way I love Plastic Man.

And it’s a crying freaking shame that they never got the chance to take the reigns of the title as it became evident that Baker had long since lost interest.