Lots of experts much more seasoned than I have tried to tackled this one, and the answer is always that there is no answer!
My personal feelings on it are more that all graphic novels are comics, but not all comics are graphic novels. I would argue a graphic novel should have a single storyline with a start, middle, and end, whether completed in a single book or over the course of a series. In addition to being a complete story, I also feel that it should be of sufficient length to deserve the “novel” title… Though you don’t see things labelled “graphic novella” or “graphic short story” very often….
Anyway, yeah, it’s gray territory and tends to vary from person to person. A lot of the time the term gets used simply to differentiate a work from the layman’s idea of what “comics” are.
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And you and all of your friends each want to get the top. From the base of the mountain, the top looks really small and it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be enough room for everyone. Even if it is big enough, you aren’t sure that all of your friends are going to make it all the way up. You aren’t sure that YOU’re going to make it. You see people up there on the top and you can’t understand how they got there. Are they stronger than you? Were they born there? Still, you all want to make it so badly that you all take each other by the hand and start running. Sometimes you’re pulling your friends along. Sometimes they are pulling you. Sometimes you want to give up and they have to drag you, but no one ever lets go. At the end of the journey, none of you are sure who did more pulling than getting pulled, but all of you are staring out at the world from the top of the mountain together.
I know this is corny, but it’s the most important thing I’ve ever learned about being a creative professional. When you have the opportunity to build up or break down your peers, build them up. Lift them up over your own head. How else are they going to reach down and give you a hand when you need it?
I have a little bit of breathing space between projects right now, so I finally got down to doing some boarding I’ve been wanting to do for a while! These are some rough concepts for a TV-style animated opening sequence I would love to make if I can free up the time!
Hey artists! I’m running an art and comic anthology that’ll be kickstarted in March. It’s last minute to ask, but in a last ditch effort to diversify the book some more, if anyone would like to join and can handle the quick turn around for submission, send me a message, please!
We’re looking for either comics, or 1 page illustration contributions. The theme is “WHERE IS HOME?” and artists are expected to interpret this as openly as they desire. We have wonderful art already in our book and we’d love yours to go alongside it!
If you can signal boost this, too, that’d be wonderful! Again, it’s a quick turn around so I don’t expect many people will leap forward with full comics, but there’s always a chance someone already has something that fits, too!
Spreadin’ the word!
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Beauty and The Beast, just in time for valentines day!
1. What book will you never get tired of reading?
The Mozart Season, by Virginia Euwer Wolfe. Somehow this book just perfectly captures the strange longing behind the pursuit of identity and art.
2. What movie will you never get tired of watching?
Ooh. hm. Something with a good world to sink into, I think. Labyrinth used to be my go-to, but I overwatched it. Maybe Howl’s Moving Castle?
3. What is your favorite genre?
Slice of life! It’s not a very popular genre, but almost every book I loved as kid falls into this category.
4. What is you favorite game?
Nuns on the Run —it’s a board game version of hide and seek!
5. Are you taking classes right now? If so, which is your favorite and why?
I’m too poor to take any classes right now. I’d love to take a painting class, either oils or watercolour… I’d also enjoy a good history lecture, since I always wind up wanting to write something historical but lack the drive to do my research right.
6. Do you have a job and, if so, do you enjoy it?
I draw comics and I. Frigging. Love It. I’ll be prepping a book for May launch, but I’m taking clients again soon. Drop me an e-mail!
7. If you could become one character, who would it be and why?
I always wanted to be Ursula, from Kiki’s Delivery service. She’s compassionate, philosophical and dedicated to her art, but also not above a little blackmail! Osono would also be acceptable!
8. If you could change the events in one story, which would it be and why?
I’d fix the last decade of Disney and Pixar movies. Geeze guys. Simple story structure, foreshadowing and pacing. That’s all you need to focus on. Write the songs and choose the gimmicks later.
9. Who is your current character crush?
Uhm… Hm. I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, and everyone in there is too young for me…. But those Raven Boys…!
10. Do you have a crush on someone in real life?
Yeah. And it’s a big nerd with a silly haircut.
11. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?
That’s private! ;)