I just chug-a-lug-o my coffee mug
And I don’t need no kiss and hug
I just chug-a-lug-o my coffee mug
Done around the time Supergods was released. Surprisingly funny! Surprisingly punk rock!
Grant gets into things like being a method actor for the things you write to fully embody your own work, the importance of super hero comics in our society as a moral code, and an observation on how trends in youth culture have a link to the sun.
He also offers a lot of insight behind many of his titles that helps you understand his vision so much better.
Grant also acknowledges Gerard’s embodiment of the concept for the Black Parade and uses it as an example of how it tells a dark story with a positive and hopeful message that’s comparable to super hero stories.
When they got into method acting, it reminded me of a semester I had back in college when I was taking Acting 1 and Creative Writing at the same time. In an effort to make the dialogue in my writing better I would act out the scenes using my newly found acting skills at the time.
After seeing this fun little interview it’s encouraging me to act out my crazy ideas again to get more of my ideas out and to even give my work deeper meanings and make them more inspired.
Also, Meltdown Comics now joins Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash on my little list of comic book stores I wanna visit one day.
Haha! Hey thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I’m actually surprised anyone even read it. That in itself is a gift. If anything, we may need to owe Gaiman :D
In it he helps a George RR Martin fan realize that writers and artists don’t owe the audience anything and with good reasons. Reasons that hopefully remind readers that writers and artists are humans and have human experiences just as much as they do.
It also reminds me of other times where this statement was being made such as the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the conversation Bart had with the Comic Book Guy in the Poochie the Rockin’ Dog episode of the Simpsons.
Then I stopped and thought to myself if I make the same mistake of being an entitled fan. I did make this one post a while back:
I’m a big fan of Gerard Way’s writing (and can’t wait for his issue of Spider-Man later this year) but wasn’t sure if the statement I made in that Tumblr post was just silly fanboy gibberish and maybe I’m just over analyzing or me unintentionally letting this sense of entitlement in me that I may or may not have slip out.
That way of thinking hasn’t really been a problem for me but since I aspire to be a comics writer and artist myself (having written and illustrated my own comic book for my BFA and understand the burnt out feeling one gets afterwards) and noticing and understanding this problem in the comic book industry in more recent days, I should definitely continue without the entitled mindset. As a matter of fact, the summer following graduation I was just about out of ideas and whatever artwork I was producing at the time was just a rehash of old ideas but with a different coating. It took a while for new ideas to generate. On top of that I had an awful overnight job and no other art jobs lined up at the time to lead me in the right direction.
Had I been a professional comics creator (backed by a comic company and had my own fanbase) right out of college though, I highly doubt anything I could’ve had published at the time would’ve been anything to write home about. It puts me in the shoes of a writer or artist and has me thinking about all the negative feedback that may come from the publishers, the critics and the fans. Would I get constructive criticism or would all of it just be a cesspool of complaints about how I let down my audience and now I owe them?
Graduation, a BFA project, a crappy job, no direction in terms of a career, an imagination I had to reclaim, as well as other personal junk are both emotionally exhausting and time consuming. Had those been the experiences of writers and artists I’m a fan of as well as the reasons why they weren’t producing any work, I would understand if they were to completely dismiss me if I approached asking them “Where’s my comic book?”
Many of my favorite creators take their time making some of my favorite comics. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely sometimes spent several months working on a single issue of All Star Superman. BKV and Fiona Staples take breaks between volumes of Saga to prepare the next one. Bryan Lee O’ Malley takes several years to produce a single graphic novel. Whether or not I agree with what happens in the stories after such a long wait doesn’t blindfold me from every other aspect from the title. If I’m not a big fan of the story, so be it. But I’ll still appreciate the craft, the dynamics in the writing and storytelling, the subtleties in the body language, the compositions, the symbolism, the witty dialogue, the panel experimentation, the pacing, and anything else I can salvage from the work. If I love it, I’ll think about how I can apply some of the methods to my own work. If I don’t, then I’ll use it as an example of what I don’t want to do with my work.
Hopefully in the future people can transcend from that level of fandom. It’d be nice to be able to have more conversations with people that enjoy deconstructing comics (not to mention novels, movies, shows, even music). And if Game of Thrones fans never learn, chances are their punishment will most likely be that after all those years of being impatient, their favorite characters get horribly and embarrassingly eradicated from existence, probably by a kick in the head from a mule, when the new novel finally gets released. But in my case, while I wait for the new volume of The Umbrella Academy I could always reread the first two volumes as well as his other works and continue thanking Gerard Way (for the coffee).
Hopefully this made some sort of sense and wasn’t too all over the place.