This past weekend was the 4th of July weekend here in the states, so for this blog entry I think I'll talk about something that's very American, COMICS! of course in the Scott McCloud book "Understanding Comics" He talks about forms of comics such as hieroglyphics existing long ago, but the idea and the model of these mass released forms of graphic storytelling were birthed in America.
Now if you think this article is going to be some jingoistic "Rah Rah, America is better than everyone." then you might want to find a different blog post. This is about how Comics were America's gift to the world and how the world gave back to it.
The Style I draw with, people ask or infer to me that my style has realism, or a Japanese style, or a European look to it. and my answer to all of them is just simply; "Yes..." I don't feel like I need to gave an answer beyond that. I'm a sponge that tries to absorb all of these approaches to storytelling that I see around me. One style or expression is not greater than the other. They are a techniques given to us to help us understand this visual medium.
That is the approach that I have taken into doing Streets of Galsha is that it doesn't have to be just this one thing. They only commitment I've really made to the series is producing each page in landscape format. Other than that, it is a world I have created that can house all of these different influences and cultures and styles. I try not to be dismissive of the other different styles that are out there and I admit that doing that can be pretty hard.
At our core we all want to stick with what we know we will like or what we're comfortable with. For someone who likes to read manga, I might suggest something done by the French artist Mobeus or vice versa. If he or she ends up disliking it, that's not bad, but I do suggest to keep an open mind. I watched something on the Discovery channel once that was talking about wolves and it said something like (and obviously I'm paraphrasing): "Wolves would purposely mate with members of other wolf packs to ensure that their offspring would come out strong, rather than inbreeding their pack into disease and death." Now I'm not trying to promote any philandering here, but I do think that is a mentality that those who create media should take to heart. Don't just feed off of one type of influence or you're work is going to feel regurgitated and bland. If you try to gather influence from everything that's out there. than that will create a richer creative experience for both the creator and the reader.
I'm sorry if that felt a but ranty, but it's something that's been on my mind for a bit.
So here's to the love of comics, and I hope this one I've created is a proper love letter to it.
Thanks for reading