Sunday, November 28, 2010

Comics are Calling

It was years and years ago, during a family visit to the home of someone my parents knew, that I had my first memorable encounter with comic books. That evening we went to supper at their house. Later while our parents visited, we kids went upstairs to play. I was completely enchanted by the huge piles of comic books spread throughout one of the upstairs bedrooms. They were on the shelves, piled in the closet, a box under one of the beds and all over! I was stunned by the sheer numbers of them. We had children's books and maybe a few comic books at our house. I really don't remember how many, but nowhere near the volume their kids had.

I have always been drawn to art . . . and drawing pictures, coloring, painting, etc. And I have always loved reading - ever since I learned (with delight!) that I could decipher and read the words myself. I loved that I could read on my own and figure things out without having to wait for someone else to do it for me. It's only natural that combining these two 'loves' in the form of comic books would be the perfect mesh. And being told that night after supper than we kids should go run along and play . . . to walk into that room with all those comic books was like walking into Wonderland!

As the summer turned into fall this year I was feeling drawn back to comic books, and comic book art. These days it is referred to sequential visual art, graphic novels and other monikers. No matter the name, it still enchants me. Those little panels with the blending of drawn images and story telling seemed a sublime mix. What a wonderful way to communicate! It uses both one's visual acuity and verbal skills. I picked up a couple books with instruction on making comic books some time back: Making Comics - Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, and Understanding Comics - The Invisible Art. Both books are by Scott McCloud. He's got a website, too.

I am working my way through these and some other books on comics - all in the hopes of teaching myself how to make my own professional quality comics. This, my new blog, will be a place to share my comics as they materialize.