||[Jan. 18th, 2006|11:29 pm]
On the matter of comics.|
So this thing, this A Coming of Age (which happens to be the title of the book I was writing) thing, apparently Jeff and I have gone our separate ways, much to my regret. I wish it wasn't so to be quite honest, however I don't see much of a way to have avoided it; I believe I wrote and prodded him ad nauseam, yet to no avail. He seemed unmotivated, and I don't fault him for that, but as I said to him, it's not the place I'd like to be in right now. He told me once that he would have liked to have the first issue done by the end of October, yet it wasn't until mid November that I even saw a rough sketch of the first page. Granted I liked what I saw, but I related the fact that if we were to ever turn this, or any project, into something serious we would have deadlines and editors to answer to, and the kind of haphazard attitude he was showing wasn't what I went into this looking for.
I'm again looking for an illustrator, however I'm hesitant, as what I found with Jeff seemed something special; we could brainstorm like no others. We had ideas for post-apocalyptic (affectionately dubbed "cyberpunk") comics, reluctant superhero comics, coming of age comics. Quite honestly whenever I made a joke, in the book or otherwise, he was always right there with me, and it felt like we could run the entire gamut if we wanted to. Regardless, I don't just want any Joe Schmoe illustrator to do this with me. I don't want someone who solely does the work so much as someone who can really get into the work.
Of course there's a great potential that me writing any of this is solely lip service, and perhaps all for naught. Regardless, recently I've taken an interest in the art of one Randall Whiteis. His art can apparently be found here (there's some free promotion for you, sir). It seems perfect for what I'm looking for, so I sent him a MySpace message. I remember a while back, Ciera mentioning to me that she had a friend who would be interesting in pursuing the project with me, however, regretfully, I never found out who this person was however. Perhaps it was him and perhaps not. We shall see, I suppose.
Anyway, wish me luck, and if any of you have any insight or input, as far as illustrators go, or otherwise, do let me know.