Sunday, September 16, 2007

The long neglected blogspot

Basically, been in the battle to balance life so that I can start devoting myself daily to the LOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNGGG climb of drawing/writing again.

The "Buffy" sketch was pretty damn lame, but it was a rush job on a Wacom tablet I'd never used before- and I wanted to turn in SOMETHING for fun for the SDCC program book.

What's been happening of late?
Well, mostly in between life obligations (of which there's too many), I've been diving more and more into reading books about comic writers and artists' both on the industry once you get inside it (much uglier than it looks on the surface, not dissimiliar to working at McDonald's, with the petty politics, but less grease) and on the struggles to create what you have in mind, without editorial interference.

A good number of people that I've hung around with have been more into the amateur filmmaking/wannabe pro filmmaking over the last few years--- mixed successes. I still so far to go on my own "1000 bad films before you do a good one" list... *sigh*...

Yeah, "Vangelis" was a 40 minute project, and the one before was about 50-60 minutes with a lot of locations and scenes, but they were more about "starting what you finish regardless and learning in the process"--- and so, there's reason to be proud of something so far out of your control, but..... the results are something that still screams 'amateur', and that's painful but as time goes by, I think somewhat understandable because so many elements were being juggled with no money to cushion disasters.

Anyhow, the aspiration for 2007 is to wrap up old projects film-wise (I still have 80 hours of edits and many many special effects to deal with) and clear the slate for 2008 and start back into my first love--- writing/drawing comics, whilst balancing the books and paying the rent.

On the plus side, I think of two things:
Paul Gulacy (from what I've read) is not a rich man, but he's got a body of work that's somewhat immortalized for all time in comix history.
Rob Liefield has a lot of money. So what?

Life's short. The day is short. I'm short.
Regardless of whether you succeed or fail, ya gotta do the work in order to get better.

I just wish I hadn't dropped out of the race so many times in the past or gotten discouraged... o well.
Each day is a gift, don't waste it.


benton jew said...

The great thing about comics is they are cheap to make. Self-publishing them is also fairly inexpensive.

Plus you can get a fairly wide audience with online comics I hear.

Films are expensive, but certainly a lot cheaper than they've been in the past. My little short only cost me $3,000.00 to make. With digital, these days it's probably even cheaper.

Good luck on the next project!

crazy_asian_man said...

Thanks Benton! :)

Comics are a first love- and I'm glad that I'm going back into illustration (Literally back to the drawing board)--- I kick myself everyday by not sticking to illustration years ago, but o well.

I know what you mean about film/video. Even with good cameras (I bought high end ((which already are now low end)) videocameras), the costs add up like crazy on projects.

I never touched 16 millimeter film, but friends of mine have, and $3,000 actually sounds pretty cheap! I'm glad your film got recognition, it was awesome!

Looking forward to more comix and film from you and Anson, too! Here's hoping 2008 turns out fruitful for all of us!