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The Lonely Cartoonist

Douglas Wolk in his book Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels work, “whereas the great majority of mainstream comics are made by teams of writers and artists, alternative comics is largely an auteur tradition, in which the different styles described above are the work of one author” (2007).

Creating art is often a solitary pursuit. Within the realm of ‘independent’, ‘alternative’, sole creator comics, this is compounded to its maximum. Every step of this specialised process is completed by the same hand. There is no avoiding the desire, even necessity, to produce everything yourself. From idea to script through to finished product; from thumbnails, character development, layout, pencils, inks, through to book design and publishing, the type of comic that I like to read and to make is a single-minded, solo effort.

One author, one mind, multiple directions to choose from.